THE UK’s largest farm machinery show is set to draw thousands of visitors to its diamond anniversary extravaganza next week.

Founded in 1898, tractor giant Ernest Doe has been serving customers for the last 122 years, providing agricultural, groundcare and construction machinery.

This year is the 60th annual Doe Show, at its base in Ulting.

The free show takes place from Tuesday and is open to everyone.

The three-day event attracts more than 9,000 people, including farmers, construction industry workers, professional groundsmen, greenkeepers, arborists and tractor enthusiasts.

There are also a large number of visitors from the local community.

In 1960, the first Doe Show was held at the company’s Braintree branch. Over the years the event has gone from strength to strength, drawing thousands of visitors.

A new feature for 2020 is a Tech and Innovation Hub showcasing the latest technology available on the market.

A spokesman said: “With over 150 trade stands from all the leading manufacturers, clearance bargains, ex-hire stock, country clothing, parts and showroom offers, there really is something for everyone.

“The show always takes place during the first full week of February – timed to take advantage of the quietest time of year for farmers. The shooting season is finished by February 1 and it is too early for the spring work on the land.”

Resident artist Steven Binks will again be exhibiting at the show.

He is well known for his high-quality paintings and other agricultural-based art products and will have a large selection of his work for sale at the show.

There will also be a huge display of historic tractors which the company has sold since 1960, and the popular Kawasaki Driving Experience putting quad bikes and utility vehicles through their paces on the show’s rough terrain test track.