A fascinating selection of vintage agricultural engines and tractors will be on display at Monk Park Farm on Easter Sunday, April 9th. Around 30 working stationary engines will be shown at the farm by private collectors mainly from across Yorkshire, Cumbria and Northumberland. The display will feature one or two tractors but will mainly comprise restored vintage agricultural engines. Discover the history of farming by watching these engines in action and finding out more about the many tasks they would have been used for. The collectors love sharing their knowledge of the history of agricultural engines and are always delighted to demonstrate how they work. Stationary internal combustion engines were a vital component of almost every farm during the 19th and early 20th centuries before the widespread electrification of rural areas. Usually run on gasoline, these engines powered a variety of essential farming equipment and tools such as corn mills, dryers, milking lines, circular saws, water pumps and hay elevators. Many thanks to engine enthusiast Richard Gouldthorpe, who lives in Thirsk and has organised the display through his network of private collectors. Richard is a member of the National Vintage Tractor and Engine Club and the North Yorkshire Vintage Machinery Society. He and his fellow collectors display their engines at a variety of agricultural shows and community events around the country. For 15 years they held an Easter display at Kiplin Hall near Richmond. They also used to run a full vintage working day here at Monk Park Farm in the 1990s, so we are delighted to welcome them back again as part of our offering for Easter this year.

Easter fun at Monk Park Farm

Easter at Monk Park Farm promises a fun day out for all ages, with a host of activities taking place including a Giant Easter Egg Hunt. We’re also expecting to introduce our visitors to lots of newborn lambs, chicks and kids, and will be holding bottle feeding sessions. The Vintage Engine and Tractor Display is part of your general admission ticket to Monk Park Farm on Easter Sunday. If you are intending to visit on this day or at any point during the Easter holidays, we would advise booking your ticket in advance online to avoid disappointment.