HEVENINGHAM HALL COUNTRY FAIR & CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
Heveningham Hall’s Country Fair & Concours d’Elegance returns this year on Saturday 30th June & Sunday 1st July. The event, which takes place in the Georgian estate’s Capability Brown parkland, includes attractions on land, on water and in the air.
During the centenary year of the RAF, the event includes no less than three Spitfires, including two which will participate in the aviation concours at the airfield plus a third which will take to the skies at 3.00 pm both days for a dog fight flypast with a Hispano (Buchon), evoking the Battle of Britain that took place during WW2.
Highlights in the main ring this year include a Shetland Pony Grand National, Stampede Horses, Suffolk Punches and Tractor Parade and other must-see attractions include the Wall of Death, Dog Show, F1 power boat racing on the lake and - all new for 2018 - modern agricultural vehicle display. There is live music throughout the weekend and a wide range of crafts on show plus lots of tasty local food and drink to enjoy.
Entirely new for 2018 is Horsepower Hill which will see concours’ entrants and selected vehicles burning rubber in a timed ‘DragRace’ along one of the estate’s roads. Spectators can watch all the action from a grandstand located near the start and enthusiasts can also view competing cars in the adjacent paddock. Horsepower Hill takes place in the parkland as part of the main country fair.
The motorsport Concours d’Elegance returns for a third year (separate entry via catalogue at £10 admitting up to four) and will see 50 world-class cars exhibited on the grass terraces to the rear of the Hall. Leading the pack this year are two of Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason’s cars, a 1962 Ferrari 250GTO and Maserati T61 ‘Birdcage’.
The aviation concours also returns for a second year and includes some of the world’s finest aircraft at the airfield, where up to 100 light aircraft will also be taking off and land throughout the weekend.
All proceeds raised go to charity and the estate does not take its expenses. Over the years the event has raised more than £700,000 for local charities - this year in particular supporting a dementia unit, local schools and several good causes.