No Agricultural Show would be complete without the ever popular Heritage Section. The Kent County Show is particularly proud of the huge selection of vehicles that exhibit over the three days. Located between Entrances 4 and 5, the plumes of smoke from the steam engines can be seen next to the 25m poles for the UK Pole Climbing Championship. As a country the UK has a long and prosperous history with transport, we were pioneers and along with the hugely successful Ford Motor Company and German manufacturers, led the world.
Everyday the vehicles parade in the Heritage Ring and include motorcycles, commercial, buses, pre/post war cars, tractors, steam engines, models and steam. The parades start at 10.00am and continue until 4.30pm each day. A selection of vehicles travel through the Showground each day so that all our visitors have the opportunity to see these wonderful examples. The enthusiasts who man the Heritage Section are always on hand to talk about the history and are more than happy to give advice about restoration projects. The Kent County Show is a great opportunity for families to show their children and grandchildren the majesty of our motoring legacy.
From working Steam Engines to Rolls Royce Phantom’s the area is full of nostalgic trips down memory lane. For details of the vehicle parades see the daily programmes at the beginning of the guide. The area also boasts, tractors, machinery, car clubs and model railways.
Hadlow College Tractor Driving
Hadlow College will be in the Heritage Ring every afternoon completing a Tractor Driving Demonstration. Hadlow College are Kent’s premier Land-Based College and are rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Learning to drive a tractor is just of many courses they run in both Farming and Horticulture.
Under 17’s can have a go in a car with A-Class Driving School from Rainham. Located on a large tarmac area youngsters are able to take the wheel for the first time to see if they have the skills and confidence to drive. The specially adapted cars are able to accommodate children from the age of 13.
Elsewhere on the Showground new vehicle manufacturers will be happy to show you the latest models in their range.
Kent Youth Trials Bikes
With riders starting from as young as five years old, Kent Youth Trials Bikes teach children and teenagers the skills required to balance bikes across obstacles such as giant rocks, ride up tree trucks and jump bikes on the spot. Observed motorcycle trials is a skill sport where the rider manoeuvres a bike using the throttle and clutch control all the while practicing good balancing skills. Having worked with the Kent Showground for over five years, they are always a favourite for young and old alike.