Next Sunday 7th June is the annual Open Farm Sunday, a national event where the working farms all around the country open their doors to visitors, many of them for free. This was a hugely popular event with families last year, and if you haven't been before then don't miss it! There are going to be hundreds of different events from farm walks though to full open days, and you can find out what your local farms have planned on the link below.
Here's what the official website has to say about the day, but to be honest my kids won't need any persuading for this day out! What children don't like big tractors, muddy fields and cute animals?
Open Farm Sunday is one of the farming industry's biggest success stories. Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006 over 1000 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed people onto their farm for one Sunday each year. It is 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 and managing the countryside.
Take time to listen to the birds, soak up the scenery, experience the smells of the farmyard and really get in touch with the land that feeds us. So come and feed your senses on Open Farm Sunday.
Each event is unique with its own activities - based around the farm’s own individual story. Activities during the day may include a farm walk, nature trail, tractor and trailer rides, pond dipping, activities for children, a mini farmers market or picnics.
You do need to check on the website to see which farms near you are participating, if any entrance fees apply and for timings, and a few farms are opening on different dates rather than the national day next weekend. Open Farm Sunday looks like a fantastic opportunity for children to see what goes on at farms, and also to learn more about where their food comes from. Chuck in plenty of fresh air and it looks like a great day out.
Thanks to andywedge @ HUKD