Glorious blue skies and sunshine welcomed over 7,000 visitors for a magnificent day of farmyard fun hosted by BBC Countryfile and Cotswold Farm Park favourite, Adam Henson.
Thousands of families flocked to the Three Counties Showground as CountryTastic returned, a landmark event of the Easter Holidays.
Ken Nottage, CEO of Three Counties, said: “Wow! What another stonking CountryTastic. We are delighted with the overwhelming number of visitors who joined us to make it yet another brilliant year for the show. It was a roaring success and a real highlight of the Easter Holidays. The sun shone and the showground was filled with flocks of farmyard animals, fun and laughter as children got stuck into engaging activities throughout the day. Thank you to all the families and farmyard animals who came out in force and also an enormous thank you to our firm friend Adam Henson for welcoming our great many visitors. 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 Day of RHS Malvern on Sunday 8th May with Ben Faulks as Mr Bloom and BBC Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins.”
BBC Countryfile and Cotswold Farm Park favourite, Adam Henson fronted CountryTastic 2016. Visitors pulled up a perch to hear him share ‘tales from the bales’ in the Livestock Ring with stories about his very own farm. Adam also got stuck into the fun of the day as he joined the ‘Mushrooms for the Masses’ area, stepped into the cattle parade and climbed aboard agricultural machinery, before meeting visitors with a signing of his latest book.
A theme of Crops ran throughout this year’s show. Phillip Houlbrooke kicked off the day inviting budding farmers to get ‘Potty about Potatoes’ with engaging workshops. Followed by Asparagus Growing sessions spearheaded by Spear to Fern. The Story of Rapeseed Oil was brought to life by Ed Godsall of Warren Farm, before Adam Henson took to the ring to teach little ones and grown ups alike talking all things Wonderful Wheat.
A hive of activity, the Wag and Bone Ring saw working gundog demonstrations, heavy horse displays, carriage driving and much more. Henry Ray Ferrets were a favourite visitor with lively demonstrations in this area of the show.
Cuddling of lambs throughout the day was a hugely popular highlight of CountryTastic, along with a menagerie of other farmyard animals including donkeys, goats, cows, rabbits, sheep, pigs and even the occasional alpaca. Children learnt how to care for these animals, along with plenty of stroking and grooming too.
Easy Peasy Cookery demonstrated the journey of food from field to fork with hands on sessions for children about cooking with crops. Children took to a pop-up kitchen and created a foodie feast.
Junkfish hosted a fabulous range of free ‘make and take’ children’s craft activities. The popular Junk Ball Run and giant hula hooping made an eagerly awaited return, along with dray rides from Westons Cider. As children let off steam here, grown-ups laid back in the family chill out zone.
As grown ups were hitting the hay, children immersed themselves in straw baling displays and were ‘a-maze-d’ as they meandered through the CountryTastic Maze.
Bredon School proudly sponsored 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.
Preparations are firmly underway for the Three Counties next family event, RHS Malvern Spring Festival from 5th – 8th May. A dedicated Family Day on Sunday 8th May will see teenies TV favourite Ben Faulks as Mr Bloom and BBC Blue Peter gardener Chris Collins headline, alongside main headliners Alan Titchmarsh and Mary Berry. Tickets are on sale now and children go free to all days of the festival.
For more information please call 01684 584900 or visit www.threecounties.co.uk/countrytastic