The Great Rempstone Steam & Country Show

Posted by Chris Graham on 28th September 2023

Chris Graham reports from the excellent Great Rempstone Steam & Country Show, which took place this summer in Leicestershire.

Great Rempstone

Great Rempstone Steam & Country Show: P Chadbourne’s 1954 Fordson E1A Major Industrial certainly drew the eye while on parade in the Rempstone arena.

This was my first visit to ‘The Great Rempstone’, and what a pleasure it was. The event, which takes place at Turn Post Farm in Wymeswold, Leicestershire, and was held over the weekend of July 8th-9th, ran with the theme ‘Bigger and better’ this year. 

Great Rempstone

K Hollingshead’s 1964 County Super-6 waits patiently for its turn in the show ring.

As event chairman Dave Morley explained in the complementary show programme: ‘The 2023 show offers more steam, more vehicles and a new addition; tractor pulling. We’ve extended the site to include a completely new field and, with QR codes displayed around the site so that visitors can access additional information, Rempstone moves into the 21st century.’ However, Dave was also keen to point out that, despite all the progress, the show still retains its old world charm, and remains a happy event. 

Great Rempstone

This 1939 N Industrial, belonging to A Bancroft, was one of the oldest Fordsons on display at Rempstone. According to the information sheet, it was used by the Royal Navy until the mid-1950s.

Well, I can agree with all of that, and can confirm that the show certainly had much to offer. Among the 800 or so exhibits on display, visitors could enjoy a great mix of steam traction engines and miniatures, veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorcycles and tractors, heritage commercials, historic military vehicles plus a vintage fairground, numerous fair organs and horticultural displays.

This very presentable, Perkins-engined, 1947 Fordson E27N is owned by L Hollingshead.

Here are just a few of the Fordson and Ford exhibits that I spotted during a very enjoyable visit.

Unfortunately, those taking part in the spectacular tractor pulling competition at Rempstone weren’t listed in the programme, so I’ve no idea who was at the controls of this somewhat tweaked Major!


S Ablewhite’s 1970 Ford 4000 looks to have been painstakingly restored.


There aren’t enough Ford TWs on the show circuit, in my view, so it was great to see M Wright’s smart, 1985 15 on display at this event.

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