July 2nd: Heveningham Hall Country Fair Eastern Meet

Despite some blustery winds and the threat of storms later in the day, the 20th Heveningham Hall Country Fair was a superb day for those pilots who made it in. Around 15 aeroplanes arrived today with more scheduled tomorrow. G-ARNE and G-PAXX from the Vintage Piper Aircraft club arrived on Saturday.

The runway at the country mansion is temporarily marked out for the event. It’s just over 500m with trees on the approaches so with blustery winds, it needs a little consideration. It’s a hugely satisfying and slightly unusual location for the logbook though and members are definitely encouraged to come along in a future year.

The fair is a superb and incredibly diverse event, which is what makes it so appealing. This is much more than just blokes talking about aeroplanes over a bacon sandwich: catering extends from strawberries and cream to curries and hog roasts. There’s a food hall showcasing some wonderful local producers, stalls selling everything from country clothing to bespoke jewellery and a range of rural businesses explaining what they do, whether that’s land drainage or ferreting. The main ring hosted some super events: the monster trucks being just one of the highlights.  And just to keep the aviators happy, some flying displays too.

All in all, an excellent day out – the only improvement could have been if the weather had let more people fly in.