EUSTON RURAL PASTIMES
11th June 2017
The annual celebration of rural pursuits and agriculture promises another great day out for all ages whilst raising money for a range of charities and good causes including St. Nicholas Hospice Care. This will be it's 26th year.
Admission: Adults: £10, under 12's: £5 while under 5's go for free. You can buy tickets here or 'on the gate' on the day.
Dogs are very welcome on the Showground.
Enjoy a lovely day out at this ever-popular Country Fair
in the heart of beautiful Suffolk countryside.
In 1990 Honington Church was in need of essential repairs and a fund-raising committee was set up under the Chairmanship of Dr Giles Smith. The Farm Manager, the late John Farrow suggested that Euston Park could be used and with The Rev Sally Fogden and her husband Tim, who for many years did most of the hard work, started what we now know as The Euston Park Rural Pastimes Event
The project quickly grew from being a church-led event to one involving the whole village, and therein lay it's strength. The community spirit grew around the project and it was not many years before enough money had been raised to pay the whole of the Church's repair bill. After the initial objective had been met the beneficiaries grew to be the four churches close to the Euston Estate and St Nicholas Hospice Care in Bury St. Edmunds. Now in it's 26th year the event has raised a total of more than £495,000 for the charities it supports.
In 1994 a Flower Festival was incorporated into the event which always takes place in the beautiful Euston Church set in the park over the weekend of Rural Pastimes with a service of dedication led by Rev'd Sally Fogden on the Sunday morning. It was also in 1994, by which time it had become apparent that Euston Rural Pastimes was 'here to stay', that The Duke of Grafton at Euston Hall was invited to become President in which role he continues to this day. The organising committee are most grateful to His Grace for his continuing patronage and interest.
By 1995 the event had grown to such a size that it was decided to add additional show rings for specific interests. The Norfolk ring continues as the main ring featuring all the attractions, whist the Suffolk ring is dedicated to heavy horses and their equipment and the Grafton ring features hundred of tractors of all shapes, sizes and ages.
For a fabulous day of fun, with loads to see and do, put the 11th of June in your calendar now!