Vintage tractors on parade to start Grimston Country Fair

Vintage tractors will take to the roads around Grimston on Sunday
Vintage tractors will take to the roads around Grimston on Sunday
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Looking for somewhere to take your Dad on Father’s Day? Look no further – a dream day out with throbbing engines and beer is on offer at Grimston.

The 6th annual Vintage Tractor Road Run and Country Fair is being held at Manor Farm on Sunday.

You can go along at 10am for a cup of tea and a bacon butty to wave off the vintage tractors as they embark on a road run around the leafy lanes of West Norfolk, then return at 2pm for the country fair and welcome the tractors back as they return from their jaunt.

The tractors will all be there for you to look at as well as displays of vintage farm machinery and steam engines from a bygone age.

Craft stalls and demonstrations of pottery, stone carving and lace making to name but a few, with lots of other side shows and stalls for all the family to enjoy.

For refreshments during the day there will be a barbecue, hog roast, strawberries and cream, beer tent and Pimms stall ... while listening to the great local band DNA.

To find the venue, put PE32 1BG into your Sat Nav and treat all the family to a great afternoon out.

This event is in aid of Friends of St Botolph’s Church, which raises money to keep the Grade I listed Church in a good state of repair, as well as doing practical jobs and keeping the churchyard tidy, thus maintaining the church for future generations.

A number of fundraisers and other local organisations will be hoping for “Flaming June” weather over the next few days. Here’s just a flavour of some of the events being arranged.

WESTACRE

Welly wanging, duck racing and traditional village fete entertainment will be on offer at Westacre on Saturday.

It’s being held at Abbey House (behind the church) from 2-5pm with admission at £1 for adults and 50p children (5-16 years).

There will also be crafts and plant stalls, real ale, a barbecue and refreshments, with all proceeds going to the Westacre Village Hall fund.

GAYWOOD

The annual summer fete at St Faith’s Church, Gaywood, is from 2-4pm on Saturday at the church rooms. There is free admission with lots of stalls, games, bargains and refreshments to enjoy, with proceeds for church funds.

TOTTENHILL

A funday with a car boot sale is being held at Tottenhill Village Hall on Saturday in aid of Wormegay School funds.

It all starts at 11am with crafts and activity tables, fun village games, bouncy castle, tombola and raffle etc. Car boot traders can set up from 10am and it is £5 per pitch (cars only).

SOUTH WOOTTON

An open gardens weekend is being organised by South Wootton in Bloom, from noon-5pm on Saturday and Sunday. There are nine gardens to be viewed – keep a look-out for the marker balloons – and tickets cost £4 per person (under 14s free) available from the village hall in Church Lane.

Funds will go towards a number of projects on the go including recreating roadside beds with bulbs and flowers, new tubs needed for the village green and more plants for the sensory garden in the churchyard.

The team have created two wild flower strips on Wootton Park and have helped children at the local school to run an allotment garden.

EAST WINCH

All Saints’ Church in East Winch has been prepared for the Noah’s Ark flower festival which opens on Friday at 2pm and continues until 5pm on Sunday.

Also on Friday evening at 6pm, there is a cafe concert with Bob and Julie Bones (singing and guitar) plus special guest Vanessa Wood-Davies on harp.

Tickets at the door are £8 and a variety of refreshments will be included.

Contact Nell Steele on 01553 840814 for further details.

THETFORD FOREST

This year’s open day and reunion for all Desert Rats past and present from the 7th Armoured Division, and from the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades, will be held on Sunday at High Ash, Thetford Forest.

The event is from 10am to 4pm, with the memorial service starting at 2pm.

Military vehicles will be on display, a marching band and 40s singers will provide entertainment and various stalls will be set up.

GRESSENHALL

Treat your dad with a day full of everything great about Norfolk as Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse celebrates Father’s Day.

The site is brimming with things to see and buy, from homemade sweet treats, to wood turned gifts. With stalls selling fresh produce, crafts and plants there’s sure to be something for everyone.

You can join the staff for a sneak peek into some of Norfolk Museums’ stored collections where you can find out about Norfolk’s brewing history. Discover special behind-the-scenes tours of the unique collection of objects from Norfolk breweries and pubs.

And don’t miss a chance to meet the head brewer at Panther Brewery in exploring Norfolk’s brewing heritage both past and present.

There is fun and games for all the family, join in the fun of the Euro 2016 final tournament and see who will win the penalty shootout. The challenges continue with sports and games. Step into Art Attack! and make medals and awards for the winner.