Countdown To Countrytastic 2016

Countdown To Countrytastic 2016
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Families and farmyard animals will flock to the Three Counties Showground this Easter Holiday as Countrytastic returns.

Promising an action packed day of farmyard fun, Countrytastic will take place on Thursday 31 March. Tickets are priced at just £6 with free entry for 3’s and under, making it the ideal indoor Easter outing for all the family.

BBC Countryfile and Cotswold Farm Park favourite, Adam Henson will be fronting this year’s show once again. Visitors can hear his ‘tales from the bales’ in the Livestock Ring with stories about his very own farm.  Children’s television star Tractor Ted will also be inviting budding farmers to climb aboard his enormous inflatable bouncy tractor at the heart of the show.

Ken Nottage, CEO of Three Counties, said: “Countrytastic is a real celebration for all the family. This is a show designed to engage the next generation in the fun of the farmyard with an entire day devoted to family fun. Throughout the day there’s plenty of opportunities for children to get stuck in and get their hands dirty – from bottle-feeding lambs, to cooking workshops and planting their own mushroom logs to take home. The showground will also be awash with feathered and furry friends too with a petting corner and grooming stations.”

A theme of Crops will run throughout this year’s show. In the ‘Ask The Farmer’ theatre children and grown-ups alike can learn the stories behind many kitchen cupboard staples.

Easy Peasy Cookery will be demonstating the journey of food from field to fork with hands on sessions for children about cooking with crops. Children will be able to take to a pop-up kitchen and create a foodie feast.

A menagerie of farmyard animals will await visitors including donkeys, goats, cows, rabbits, sheep, pigs and even the occasional alpaca. Children can learn how to care for these animals, along with plenty of stroking and grooming too. In the Wag and Bone Ring children can get involved in session on caring for a pony and also watch displays of Shetland pony cart rides.

Westons Cider will be running dray rides. There will also be a variety of agricultural machinery, both old and new, for little ones to climb aboard, along with plenty of pedal tractors to have a go themselves.

Junkfish will host a fabulous range of free ‘make and take’ children’s craft activities. The popular Junk Ball Run and giant hula hooping will also make an eagerly awaited return. As children let off steam here, grown-ups can unwind in the family chill out zone.

Hitting the hay, children can immerse themselves in straw baling displays and be ‘a-maze-d’ as they meander through the Countrytastic Maze. 

Should the March weather not be kind, the majority of Countrytastic this year has been planned to take place inside. Come rain or shine, Countrytastic promises to entertain all.

Bredon School is proudly sponsoring Countrytastic 2016, having been involved with the event since its launch in 2009. As a school that’s fortunate enough to have a working farm on site, the school see the daily benefits that active farm learning can bring to students  – from working outdoors and being physically active, to learning how to care for animals responsibly and understanding the journey our produce takes from field to fork.

Gemma Doyle of Bredon School said: “Understanding about agriculture and its role in this country is so important. Countrytastic gives us this platform to meet local families, share the work we do on our farm and show our animals. The event enables us to involve youngsters in fun activities to help continue the learning outside of the classroom too. It’s really is an excellent event to be involved with and we’re delighted to be continuing our partnership.”

Countrytastic takes place on Thursday 31 March from 10am to 5pm.  Tickets are priced at £6 per person, 3s and under are free. Tickets booked by 17 March will be entered in to a prize draw for a chance to win one of 20 places at the Countrytastic picnic hosted by Adam Henson.

For more information please call 01684 584900 or visit www.threecounties.co.uk/countrytastic