About the Little Ellingham Vintage Working Show
If there was ever a man in need of a name change it was William Crotch (1775-1847). He was born in Norwich in the county of Norfolk and he was a child musical prodigy. He did okay for himself with his talents, but he may have gone much further with a melodious sounding name like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart instead of Crotch, a word that is associated with the region of the body where the legs join the torso. It is too late to change Crotch’s destiny but there will be many torsi with attached legs headed to the Little Ellingham Vintage Working Show held in Little Ellington about 20 miles southwest of Norwich.
People with all kinds of names will be treated to a two-day August weekend vintage show at the White Lodge Farm off Rocklands Road in the village, near Attleborough. On display will be heavy horses, steam engines, vintage tractors, ploughing matches, and more.
Past shows have featured a vintage funfair for kids, full-size traction engines and if Mother Nature agrees to keep the rain away, there should be working displays of bygone combine harvesters. One of the show’s founders says, "There is a particular emphasis on things working and doing the job they were meant to do, rather than just standing static.” There will be nothing “static” about the live entertainment, food, and the licensed bar to help attendees enjoy sheep shearing and sheepdog demonstrations.
The Little Ellingham Vintage Working Show has gone on for nearly 20 years and it has an important purpose of raising funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. The founders say, “…the event gets bigger every year, and there is something for everyone."
Entry To The Event
Tickets are £5.00 at the gate, with free entry for those under age 16. The fun begins in the morning each day at about 10:00 a.m. and runs until late in the afternoon with live entertainment on Saturday evening. Do check with the show organisers for exact times and any late changes to the entry fee.
Somewhere to Stay in Norfolk
Glampers (glamourous campers) have two nearby options for some luxury under a tent with the Glamp & Tipple - Luxury Norfolk Glamping Site and Wild With Nature Glamping sites near where the show will be held. A bit further out are some more traditional camping and RV parks like the Thetford Forest Camping and Caravanning Club Site or the adults-only Rectory Farm Campsite and fishery. Hotels and B&Bs for every budget are available along A11 and A47 heading toward Norwich.
Other Things To Do Around Little Ellingham
Fans of museums will find some not so mainstream places to view artefacts from the past. In Norwich, the Strangers' Hall Domestic history museum sits in a 14th-century Tudor house with period furniture replicas and a garden. Also, in Norwich is the Bridewell Museum, a two-floor museum exploring the city's industrial history, with galleries, tours & hands-on activities. The nearby town of Watton is home to the Museum 4 Watton where visitors can journey through Watton's 1000-year history.
The outdoor venue means that weather can be a factor so people in wheelchairs will need to be prepared to navigate around muddy spots if it rains. Other than that, the flat grassy terrain should present no issues. Before arrival, call the organisers about their policy on dogs and if parking on the grounds is available at no cost. Finally, it is okay to listen to Crotch’s music as he is not to blame for the family name he inherited.
When is the next Little Ellingham Vintage Working Show?
The Little Ellingham Vintage Working Show is planned to take place at White Lodge Farm, Rocklands Road, Little Ellingham, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 1JJ, Saturday 10th August, 2019. This is a Weekend Vintage Show.
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