As anyone who’s been to Tractorfest will attest, the Country Fair is not just about the spectacular machines. No, it’s also about the tractor rides, numerous other arena displays like dog shows, falconry, the shires at work, the craft stalls, the children’s entertainment, enticing local artisan food and drink and, of course, the music.
This August, together with local favourites Headcorn Ukulele Band and the girl rock choir The Tuesdays, we welcome musician/songwriter David Archer, who will be busking for Cancer Research UK.
Back at Tractorfest this year is the Weald Beekeepers organisation (part of Kent Beekeepers) who exist to support all those in the Weald of Kent who are interested in beekeeping. Some of their members are commercial beekeepers, others have just one or two hives. Speaking to one such member, Alex, a busy businesswoman, she says of it, “I keep 3 or 4 hives depending on the year and each hive has up to 50,000 bees when it’s at full strength. There are three main reasons I keep bees….
The Vintage Horticultural Garden Machinery Club is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and has a large and well-supported membership throughout the UK. It is a national organisation formed to promote an active interest in the preservation, exhibiting and operation of vintage equipment used in horticulture and home gardening.
The VHGMC is well placed to be the place for vintage horticultural machinery in the UK.Run by a talented group of country-wide volunteers and with several hundred paying members throughout the UK there is a keen and growing interest in horticultural equipment. (more…)
Tractorfest has always been keen to attract a real variety of exhibits, stalls, attractions and at the same time provide a really good showcase for new as well as established businesses that could be enjoyed by all our visitors.
Biddenden Family Chiropractic or BFC, owned by Tom and Becky Claykens, opened in October last year. It had always been their intention to set up their own chiropractic clinic close to Becky’s family in her lovely home village of Biddenden.
Having both worked and lived in The Netherlands for six years gaining specialty degrees and lots of experience, they felt the time was right in 2017 to return to open their own practice; helping the local community with their back and neck pain, headaches, arthritic joints, sporting injuries, etc. (more…)
Riding the Blue and Yellow (or Green)
“We stay open until every child has gone”
A really great favourite of the children who visit Tractorfest, is the little miniature railway – Rileys. What many people won’t know about it though is the heart warming story behind its creation and that it’s named after owners Larry and Sandra’s Lewis’s grandson, seven year old Riley.
Sadly, Riley was born with six serious heart conditions.
In order to acknowledge the subsequent very special care Riley received, and continues to receive, from the most wonderful and talented hospital staff during many hours of operations, at Evelina Childrens hospital, St Thomas’s, Larry and his wife Sandra, asked themselves how they could possibly support and raise much needed funds for this amazing hospital.