Vintage vehicles at Newby Hall

Tractors on Ripon Market Square.
Tractors on Ripon Market Square.

The largest outdoor Tractor Festival in the UK will be hosted by Newby Hall on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June.

The event celebrates all things tractor, showcasing both vintage and modern marques, cars, lorries, stationary engines, crawlers and motorcycles from around the UK and abroad.

The annual two-day festival attracts more than 12,000 visitors and 1,500 exhibits.

The first day culminates in the March of the Tractors – a parade of more than 100 tractors from Newby Hall to Ripon’s Market Square.

The Ripon Hornblower will mark their departure back to Newby by sounding her world-famous horn.

This year’s show commemorates the outbreak of World War II with a 1940s theme.

There will be displays of vintage tractors from the era, including the Fordson N tractor – ‘the tractor that won the war’ – and period lighting sets.

This year the organisers are celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Fordson N tractor with a display of 90 Fordsons – one for each year of manufacture. Produced by Henry Ford and Son, the Fordson was the most ubiquitous tractor in the UK during World War II.

Its reliability and affordability made it possible for many farmers to own a tractor for the first time as it was cheaper to maintain than horses.

During the war, 100 Fordson N tractors were produced each day and the Fordson N was widely used by the Women’s Land Army, as well as by the RAF for pulling aircraft.

Its simple design also made it the ideal base for conversion into road rollers, trucks and drainage machines.

A spokesman said: “Tractor Fest is the perfect family day out with fun activities throughout the weekend including opportunities to drive mini tractors, face painting, colouring, interactive exhibits, working machinery, trade stands, crafts and street food all available.”