Take a ride in a tractor and say hello to a llama at a free family day out at Hartpury that will be bigger and better than ever before.
Open Farm Sunday at Hartpury’s commercially-run Home Farm on Sunday, 9 June (10am to 3pm) will feature a host of activities that will appeal to visitors of all ages.
Attractions will include an opportunity to meet members of Hartpury’s animal collection, a sheep-shearing demonstration, tractor rides, a Tractor Driving Experience for over-25s, machinery displays and a cookery demonstration for all ages.
Farm manager Andrew Eastabrook said: “As suppliers to major retailers, such as Morrisons and Waitrose, we’re proud to be one of the farms taking part in this nationwide RSPCA-assured event.
“We’re looking forward to opening our doors to visitors from the local community and further afield so they can find out more about our animals and the work that goes on at Home Farm, and discover more about the world of agriculture.
“We’re determined to make sure it’s a really enjoyable day for everyone who comes along, with even more free activities and fun events planned than last year.
“We’ll take visitors on a tractor-trailer farm tour, which will include a visit to our grazing fields and livestock sheds – they’ll even get to have a go at milking a prosthetic cow!”
Hartpury, which runs a number of agriculture diploma and degree courses, provides its students with access to the latest in farm technology to help equip them with the skills and knowledge to gain careers in the industry.
Later this year it is due to open its £2 million Agri-Tech Centre, which will utilise and demonstrate the latest smart farming techniques and illustrate the importance and impact of science and technology in agriculture.
Managed by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), more than two million people have visited farms on Open Farm Sunday since its launch in 2006.
Each farm runs a unique event with different activities, animals and techniques on display.
Open Farm Sunday is supported by a number of well-known businesses and organisations, including AHDB, BASF, DEFRA, Farmers Weekly, Frontier, John Deere and the NFU.