Tractor Festival – Sunday 22nd September

On September 21st and 22nd this year we warmly invite you along to our Tractor Festival in collaboration with Thomley, to celebrate our 70th year of farming.

We are very excited to be welcoming Banbury and District Vintage Ploughing Society to the event, with around 45 vintage tractors (and a horse and cart) putting on ploughing displays and competitions throughout the weekend.

As well as vintage tractors, you can also meet a fleet of modern machines from New Holland – the tractors we use across the farm – with opportunities to sit in the tractors and meet our farmers.

We will also be holding creative workshops run by our charity partner Thomley, potato harvesting demonstrations, activities such as archery (additional charges apply to some activities) and will have a host of local food and coffee trucks on site.

Booking tickets in advance is strongly advised as we cannot guarantee availability on the day.

 

Under 2s free – no need to book a ticket.

£3.00

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VISITOR INFORMATION

  • The festival site is a seven minute walk from the farm shop, or a fifteen minute walk from our furthest parking space. If you have access requirements or issues with mobility please drop us an email on [email protected] and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • There is one road to cross to reach the field where the festival is taking place, and marshals to manage road crossings. Please adhere to all instructions and only cross when instructed to do so.
  • Tickets are non-refundable or transferable to another day. If you cannot attend on the day you have booked you are welcome to pass your tickets on to friends and family who can enter the event with your booking reference – no need to let us know in advance.
  • The horse and plough attraction will be Saturday only.
  • Some activities at the event will incur an additional charge.
  • Some tractors will be available to sit in for photo opportunities and other tractors cannot be sat in. Please respect all the machinery – these tractors are all being loaned to the event by working farms and farmers.
  • In the event of Rectory Farm cancelling the day you are booked on, a full refund will be issued.
  • Dogs on leads are allowed in the cafe, PYO and play area but not allowed into the Tractor Festival event.
  • Wristbands will be issued to all visitors and inspected around the site.
  • There will be no access to the festival without a wristband. Our shop, cafe, sunflower and sweetcorn PYO and wooden play area will be open as usual for all visitors with no need to book.
  • The fields will not be closed on rainy days and tickets will not be transferable on account of the weather.
  • All children under the age of 18 must be closely supervised at all times.
  • The ground is uneven in places on the farm which can make it difficult for pushchairs or wheelchairs.
  • Your ticket is valid for the whole day. Visitors can arrive from 9.30am with first entry to the event at 10am, and the event finishes at 4.30pm (4pm on Sunday 22nd). Last entry is at 3pm and no refunds will be given to those arriving after this time.
  • Our farm shop will be open from 9.30am – 5.30pm daily (café closes at 5pm daily and 4pm on Sundays).
  • In addition to our café offering (snacks, hot and cold lunches, hot and cold drinks) we will have coffee van and food vendors in the tractor fields, plus indoor and outdoor seating at the farm shop and cafe.
  • Please note that only food purchased on site can be consumed on site – no picnics, please.
  • We have ample parking on site.
  • We will have toilet facilities at the event site as well as at the farm shop and cafe site.
  • We have 2000 tickets available per day for the Tractor Festival and anticipate that this event will sell out. Please be kind to all our staff and patient if you need to queue at any point. This is a charity event and we look forward to raising funds for Thomley over this fun-packed weekend.

farm shop

We sell all our own homegrown produce when in season - including several varieties of our own potatoes - picked and on the shelves within a few hours. We work hard to source the best quality local products from Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and The Cotswolds. In our fridges you’ll find local meat, pies and sausage rolls from Eadles Farm in neighbouring Beckley village, chicken, lamb and beef from D'Oyley's Farm in Stadhampton, award-winning organic cheeses from Nettlebed Creamery, and traditional farmhouse Cotswold Butter – plus all manner of condiments and cooking sauces, baking supplies, biscuits, pantry essentials, free range eggs and milk from Oxfordshire farms and dairies. Our bread arrives each morning from Oxford’s Natural Bread Company and Degustibus artisan bakers in Abingdon.

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PYO

The Rectory Farm picking season runs from April - October, starting with asparagus and finishing with pumpkins. 

Our strawberries ripen up at the start of May and finish into September. Check out our PYO page to see what's in season when, and for lots of recipe ideas.

Plan your visit

Enjoy a day out at Rectory Farm picking all your favourite fruit and vegetables to take home and enjoy. Remember to bring your own punnets and carrier bags to help us reduce plastic use.

Visit the shop from March - December to stock up on kitchen essentials and all our ready-picked fruit and vegetables if you’re short on time.

rectory farm cafe

Join us for coffee and locally baked pastries, a pot of tea and a slice of homemade cake or a cool ice-cream topped with a flake. 

We have both indoor seating and outdoor seating (covered and uncovered) and plenty of space for families and groups to gather and catch up over good food and drink.