Three Counties welcomed 5,000 visitors at this year’s sell out CountryTastic event. Despite grey skies, the landmark family affair of the Easter holidays was a fantastic day of farmyard fun with special guest BBC Countryfile and Cotswold Farm Park favourite, Adam Henson.
Diana Walton, Head of Shows, said: “This year’s show was a phenomenal success. We were delighted to have sold out and would like to thank the overwhelming number of visitors who joined us to make it yet another brilliant show. The showground was filled with flocks of farmyard animals, fun and laughter as children got stuck into engaging activities throughout the day. We were thrilled to have Show Ambassador Adam Henson headlining the show again and would like to thank him for welcoming our great many families. Each year CountryTastic seeks to inspire and engage the next generation of budding farmers and we hope to see many of our visitors back again, hopefully for Family Weekend of RHS Malvern Spring Festival from 13-14 May.”
A theme of Fruit ran throughout this year’s show. Visitors gathered to see Adam Henson in the Ask the Farmer classroom, where they listened intently to his ‘Tales from the Bales’ and were told about all aspects of fruit production including pruning, pollination, harvesting and learning all about the role insects play.
Easy Peasy Cookery provided a hands-on session for children where they were given the opportunity to create fun fruity treats, whilst GoFaster educated them about how eating the right things will help support an active lifestyle.
The much-loved Wag and Bone Ring held displays of Shetland pony cart rides and saw children pick up some tips on training dogs from the Midwestern Gundog Group.
The ever-popular tractor and trailer rides returned along with a display of vintage agricultural machinery and even more pedal tractors for children to have a go themselves. A livestock ring and donkey rides were also available for children to enjoy.
Junkfish hosted a fabulous range of free ‘make and take’ children’s craft activities. The popular Junk Ball Run and giant hula hooping also made an eagerly awaited return. The Play Barn had plenty of other activities to help children let off steam including archery and golf.
Preparations are firmly underway for the Three Counties next family event, RHS Malvern Spring Festival from 11-14th May. A dedicated Family Weekend from 13-14 May will see the School Gardens Challenge Champion, BBC Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins host interactive plant workshops whilst thirteen schools from across the country show off their design skills in the annual award-winning School Gardens Challenge. Tickets are on sale now and children under sixteen go free to all days of the festival.
For more information please call 01684 584900 or visit www.countrytastic.co.uk