Biddenden Tractorfest 2022 Donations

Biddenden Tractorfest 2022 Donations

Biddenden Tractorfest is organised by a team of volunteers and the Kent County Agricultural Society (registered charity no: 1001191), to raise money to support the future of agriculture in Kent and to support clubs, amenities and charities within the local area.

We are proud to announce that we have been able to support the local associations, clubs, groups and charities listed below with donations totalling over £10,000.

Many of these, and others, were also supported with free or discounted stands at Biddenden Tractorfest 2022, which they were able to use to generate additional funds and awareness. (Applications for these stands are now open at https://www.tractorfest.co.uk/exhibit/ – Biddenden Association/Charity Application)

We have also donated an additional £10,000 towards the Kent County Agricultural Society’s own charitable activities (more information at www.kcas.org.uk ).

In addition to the above, we are delighted to have sponsored the transport for three local Primary Schools – John Mayne Primary School in Biddenden, Benenden Primary School and Sandhurst Primary School – to attend this year’s Living Land (a free one-day event at the Kent Show Ground open to Kent primary school children in years 3 and 4 aimed to educate children in areas of farming, agriculture, the countryside, and healthy eating).

Recipients of donations from Biddenden Tractorfest 2022 are:
Wealden Community First Responders (to be used to provide an additional public access defibrillator in Biddenden), Biddenden Strummers Ukulele Club, Biddenden Community Library, Mount Lodge Farm & YFC (pictured), The Take Away Pantry (Biddenden), Biddenden Local History Society, Biddenden Homemakers, Biddenden Bowls Club, TaDah Theatre Co, SERV Kent – Bloodrunners, Wellbeing In The Weald, Ashford & District YFC, Childs Vision, Farm Safety Foundation – Yellow Wellies, Team Ben Hammond and Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex.

A big thank you to all who supported Biddenden Tractorfest 2022, and therefore helped us to be able to make these donations.

Biddenden Tractorfest 2023 tickets on sale now!

Biddenden Tractorfest 2023 tickets on sale now!

Tickets are now on sale for Biddenden Tractorfest 2023, to be held in the fields of Holden Farm, Sissinghurst Road over the weekend of 19th & 20th August 2023.

Tickets are available to purchase at advanced prices here.

Tractorfest offers a fun day out for all the family, with local stands, demonstrations, food & drink, music, classic cars, stationary engines, steam engines, horticultural machinery, emergency vehicles and of course, plenty of tractors!
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Biddenden Tractorfest 2023 dates announced

Biddenden Tractorfest 2023 dates announced

We are delighted to announce that Biddenden Tractorfest 2023 will go ahead on the weekend of 19th & 20th August 2023, returning to the fields of Holden Farm, Sissinghurst Road, Biddenden.  Tickets will be on sale in the coming weeks, along with applications for exhibitors, trade stands and caterers.

For the latest updates, please check back soon and don’t forget to follow/like us on social media to be the first to know all the news from Biddenden Tractorfest:

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Biddenden Tractorfest 2022 “thank you’s”

Biddenden Tractorfest 2022 “thank you’s”

It’s been a month since Biddenden Tractorfest 2022 and with the team rested and revived, there are quite a few thank you’s that we need to give!

So, thank you to…

All of our exhibitors, stand holders, those who gave demonstrations & put on interactive displays, and all who joined us over the weekend. There is so much time & effort put into preparing vehicles, setting up stands and across the whole weekend, and we really do appreciate your time and effort.

Everyone who visited over the weekend. The aim of Biddenden Tractorfest is to offer a traditional, family day out in the Kent countryside, and we simply wouldn’t be able to do that without your support. Thanks also to everyone who took the time to give such positive feedback both in person and on our social channels – it really does make all the hard work worthwhile!

Our amazing committee, who give up hours of their time not just over the weekend but in the week leading up and months before planning, preparing and bringing together each of their sections seamlessly. Our section managers are as follows:
Tractors: John Kingsnorth, Susan Thomas & Paul Bridge
Horticultural Machinery: Kevin Castle
Stationary Engines: Stephen DeCicco
Steam: Ashley & Sarah Pettitt
Classic Cars: Leon Price
Emergency Services: Jamin Beer
Animals: Helen Stow
Music: Caroline Hopkins
Trade & Vice-Chair: Kim Reeves
Catering: Bill Stacey
Site: Lawrence Richards & Ben Cooper

The volunteers that joined us across the weekend, including Norman Searle, Cherry Cornelius, Lee Govier, Sonia Farmer, KCAS Rural Scholar Alice Edmonds, Denise Lievesley, Roland Rosner, Kiaya Purchase, Teresa & Perdy Hutchings (11 years old), Lucille (Biddenden Vineyards’ French intern), the Police Cadets and Kent Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs. Mervyn & Angela Reeves & Kelly Clark (Merchadise tent), Bernard Pike (commentator), Andy Gardner (commentator), Alec Lockwood (tractor rides), Steve Pike and others from Hadlow College (tractor rides), Jumbo Saunders and Trevor Charman from the Rural Past Times Show (tractor rides), Bill Giles from Weald of Kent Steam Rally who kindly provided coal.

Our sponsors, who have provided services or support – ASH Scaffolding, Ashford & Tenterden Tourism Association, The Bell and Jorrocks, Biddenden Farm Shop, Biddenden Walking Rural, The Broyle Country Show Ringmer, Danny Body, FarrisWeb, Invicta Audiovisual Ltd, Invicta Insurance, GM Woodgate & Son, Kent Design Studio, JPF Farms, Mark Hellier Tractors, Oak Surveys Limited, Print Big UK, Staplehurst Transits, Mount Lodge Farm & YFC, Ashford YFC and Team Ben Hammond.

The whole of the KCAS team, KCAS directors Jan Loraine, Hugh Summerfield & Clare Seymour who helped across the weekend and our show manager, Lucy Hegarty, who have brought the expertise and connections to put key infrastructure in place and allow Biddenden Tractorfest to run smoothly from traffic management, to health & safety and so many other areas in between.

Julian Barnes, KCAS Chairman and owner of Biddenden Vineyards, who has been a huge part of ensuring Biddenden Tractorfest was able to continue as a local event, as well as providing a venue for meetings to take place throughout the year and whose staff did an amazing job helping litter pick the site after the event. Robert Lewis, who allowed us to use his field for parking.

And a special thanks to Michael Palmer, who allowed us to return to his fields – certainly a much loved venue by exhibitors & visitors alike.

I have to say, I am in awe of what our team achieved, and we are already starting to look at plans for next year. Watch this space for further updates!

Vikki Eames, Chair, Biddenden Tractorfest

 

Biddenden Tractorfest makes a triumphant return!

Biddenden Tractorfest makes a triumphant return!

Biddenden Tractorfest returned last weekend (20th & 21st August 2022), welcoming just over 14,000 visitors across the weekend.  Held in the fields of Holden Farm, Biddenden, it was the first time the event had taken place since 2019, with the site last used in 2017.  Although tractors remained the main attraction, Biddenden Tractorfest offered a fun day out for all the family, with entertainment and activities for all ages.

And it’s not just visitors that flocked to the much-loved event!  Over 250 tractors and a further 400+ classic cars, stationary engines, miniature & full-sized steam, horticultural machines and more than 100 trade stalls took part, with displays, demonstrations and tractor & trailer rides running across the two days.

Running for the 8th year, Biddenden Tractorfest was originally set up by a group of local volunteers, before being taken on by registered charity, the Kent County Agricultural Society (KCAS) in 2020.  With the support of KCAS, this year’s event continued to be run by a committee of volunteers, many of whom have been part of the event for many years.

Vikki Eames, Chair of Biddenden Tractorfest commented, “We are delighted with the support that we have received over the weekend from visitors, traders and exhibitors.  Biddenden Tractorfest aims to provide a traditional, rural, family focussed day out.  Having finally been able to put on the event after a 2 year break, we have been overwhelmed by the level of support and positive feedback.”  She continues “I would like to thank everyone who visited over the weekend, took part as a stand holder or exhibitor, the many volunteers helping on the day and of course our committee of volunteers who put in hours of work not just over the weekend but during the months of planning.”

We will be sharing round ups from each of our sections over the coming weeks – please do check back for updates and make sure you are following us on your preferred social channel.