A new club has been established for tractor, engine and agricultural machinery enthusiasts across the North East.

The National Vintage Tractor & Engine Club has groups across the UK including clubs covering North and West Yorkshire.

The North East club is the latest to join NVTEC and has already attracted more than 30 members, covering a region from the River Tees to the River Tweed in Scotland.

The club will be taking part in this year’s Tractor Fest held at Newby Hall, Ripon, North Yorkshire on June 10 and 11 with some of the club’s members exhibiting their vintage tractors.

Organised by the National Vintage Association, Tractor Fest is the UK’s largest tractor festival attracting more than 12,000 visitors annually and featuring more than 1,000 vintage and modern tractors and 600 stationary engines, commercial vehicles and vintage horticultural exhibits.

North East NVTEC chair Ryan Blenkhorn said: “The success of Tractor Fest was our inspiration for setting up our own club in the region. We felt there was a need for a club covering the North East with North Yorkshire previously being the nearest one for members. We’ve had an encouraging start and hope to grow the membership in the coming months.”

North East NVTEC is also organising this year’s Beamish Tractor Show which takes place on July 22 and 23 at Beamish Museum. The show is in its third year and has expanded to include stationary engines, light commercial vehicles and vintage horticultural exhibits.

This year’s Tractor Fest will celebrate the centenaries of John Deere Model D tractors and MG cars with exhibits from across the decades, factory built portable engines and tractors with Perkins engines. The show will also feature displays from specialist marque clubs and working vintage machinery.

A host of entertainment, crafts, food and drink make Tractor Fest a great family day out. Admission includes access to Newby’s award-winning gardens, adventure playground, dolls house and teddy bear exhibitions.

Other activities for families over the weekend include mini tractor driving, face painting, colouring and interactive exhibits. There are also trade stands, crafts and a choice of street food.

Tractor Fest is sponsored by Europe’s leading agricultural and machinery auctioneer Cheffins, The National Vintage Tractor & Engine Club (NVTEC) and Econ Engineering. The show is also supported by Ripon Farm Services.