Where: Green Farm Prickwillow and in the Prickwillow Engine Museum, Ely, Cambridgeshire
£: Adults 5, concessions 4, weekend passes 8 and accompanied children under 16 go free.
What is it?
The 2nd Prickwillow Ploughing Festival will take place on 6th and 7th October on Green Farm Prickwillow and in the Prickwillow Engine Museum. As well as horses and classic tractors ploughing, with competitions on the Sunday, there will be an assortment of trade stands, stationary vehicles and engines, bygones, working displays and high quality arts and crafts. There will also be engines in the Museum ‘running’.
Entertainment comes in the form of live music from Akimbo on Saturday and the Eel Pie Band on Sunday. The real ale bar by Bartrams Brewery will feature the festivals very own brew. You can see demonstrations of the revived East Anglian Step Dancing which is performed on an 18 inch square board to folk music and very unusual to see these days – and more difficult than it looks.
Activities will include archery and football, and a road train will be giving rides around the site. You can learn about alpacas, drive a mini tractor by remote control, or take part in the RSPB activity for a chance to win a fluffy toy bird. The historical steam fire appliance, originally used by the City of Ely Fire Service, will be reunited with the Bedford lorry that was bought by the City of Ely to pull the appliance after conversion from horse-drawn in 1933.
More info: prickwillow-engine-museum.co.uk