Open Farm Sunday 2017

Open Farm Sunday was held back on the 11th June and is an annual event that we look forward to.

Open Farm Sunday started back in 2006 and has grown substantially over the years, offering a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer and the fabulous work they do producing our food, enhancing the countryside and all the goods and services farmers provide.

We pick a different farm to visit every year and this year it was the turn of North Farm in Horton, and without a doubt it was our favourite visit to date.

There was lots to see and do including tractor and trailer rides, farm animals to see, a farm walk, thatching straw demonstration include thrashing and thatching, all sorts of farm machinery, and local food and drinks on sale.

Tractor Wheel

It was obviously going to be a busy day as the car park was filling up quickly, so we headed to see the machinery first.

Open Farm Sunday

When you are a child there is nothing better than clambering on to giant machines, pretending to drive them and finding out just how they work.

Open Farm Sunday

Or just give your Mum kittens as you are so high up!!

Open Farm Sunday

Once the kids had finished clambering over their favourite machines, we headed off to see what else the farm had to offer.

Open Farm Sunday

Our first stand was a competition one, where the kids were given a sheet of paper with a challenge to find the answer to the questions throughout the farm, which ranged from questions on animals to questions about the crops and the next was to guess the number of balloons in a tractor.

Open Farm Sunday

The difference between this Open Farm Sunday to others, was the sheer amount of activities on. Sainsbury’s were there with a couple of stands, one to plant tomato and cress seeds.

Open Farm Sunday

The other was to sample local produce such as strawberries and cherry tomatoes.

Open Farm Sunday

The barns were also filled with things to see and do, including the opportunity to see some live sheep shearing.

Open Farm Sunday

And the answers to their all important quiz sheet.

Open Farm Sunday

There was also the chance for us mums to have a sit down with a cuppa whilst the kids charged around on mini tractors.

Open Farm Sunday

And then that all important farm tour on a big tractor, where we found out what they were growing on the farm and what fertiliser they used (treated human poo, much to the kids amusement).

Open Farm Sunday

Open Farm Sunday

My mum is currently having her roof re-thatched, so we found the thrashing and thatching really interesting.

Open Farm Sunday

We found all the answers to our questions, although we did have to ask someone what a baby hare was called (Leveretes if you are wondering) and the kids earned themselves a lolly for their hard work.

Open Farm Sunday

We spent a good few hours exploring with the kids learning lots about farm life without really realising. Find out what Megan and Olive thought of their day out over at Charliemoos.co.uk.

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20 thoughts on “Open Farm Sunday 2017

  1. Aww looks like you had lots of fun! I can verify that there’s nothing more fun than climbing on big machines, my Dad worked as a farm manager growing up and I loved going for rides on things at the weekend!

  2. I think this is the best looking Farm Sunday visit I have seen. It is full of interesting things for the children to do and very hands on. Even better you got to go along with Joanne and her family too. Farmer Nick would have serious envy at all the farm equipment which is huge compared to his collection. I didn’t know what a baby hare was called!

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  3. We sort of live on a farm, well the kids have helped out for most of their lives as their step grandad is the farm manager. I didn’t see many open farm Sunday signs out as usual this year. Looks like you had a great day.
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