Here is a little tour around and the highlights of our day. Come through the grand wooden gates and into the showground.....
Then it was time to go and find some animals for a farm mad little boy! Adam's Farm was a highlight of our day where we learnt all about the different breeds of farm animals. From watching mummy pig give in and crash out on the straw for her hungry piglets to watching a milking machine, we came away full of new information and will start learning about how farms work as part of our home education programme.
|A favourite of mine! Indian Runner Ducks|
Then it was time to cuddle a cow, well a model one anyone but I'm sure given the chance my boy would hug the real thing.
Then it was off for food and drink - so much to choose from, we liked the street food area and had some delicious onion bhajis and vegetable samosas, obligatory summer drink of Pimms. We found a quiet area for some sensory downtime for Little Bird who has autism and relaxed on a bank underneath some trees - good fortune on two accounts for a brief downpour sheltered us and also Adam Henson came strolling past and we said good afternoon to him. Which brings me onto the fun we had spotting the Countryside presenters, after Adam we saw John Craven, Anita Rani and I said hello to Matt Baker who looks a bit startled :) So onwards around the rest of the show with tractors, crafts, clothing to buy, wellies to wang and the beautiful surrounding to scenery to take in. The striking River Glyme was the setting for a spot of fishing, canoeing and kayaking and there is a pond dipping area too, the activity that set the seeds of ecology alight in me as a child.
A Wildlife Zone gave me plenty of ideas to take back home, from herbs planted in palettes and a chat about wildlife ponds with one of the keen and knowledgeable Wildlife Trust helpers. A wildlife Olympics was busy involving the children in games and the skulls of British Mammals was popular with young explorers. My son said they were dinosaurs :)
Also I am now in love with ferrets, so cute snuggling into each other and extremely playful.