Bless this Home (Farm)! Harvest Festival at Tatton's Home Farm. | Knutsford Times

Bless this Home (Farm)! Harvest Festival at Tatton’s Home Farm.

By on September 14, 2009

This annual festival, one of the Farm’s favourites, is a fantastic way to mark the end of summer and celebrate another successful season. And audience participation is needed!

Visitors are invited to bring along their pets for the special ‘harvest blessings’ which take place on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm, accompanied by the Bostock Brass Band.  The local Minister, Duncan Rutter from Bowden Church, will give thanks for the season and bless the Farm’s livestock and any other precious pets our visitors bring along.

Jayne Chapman, Farm Manager commented “We often see guinea pigs, dogs and kittens at the festival and we have had a goldfish or two also!  Our animals are always keen to see new faces, so do please bring your own feathery and fluffy (or gilled) friends!”

A number of special activities take place during the weekend, including duck racing with Tatton’s Indian Runner Ducks.  The quick quackers on the starting blocks have all been hatched at the Farm this summer and are in prime running condition and ready for their moment of Tatton Olympic glory – bets are on!

It’s also a close shave for the Farm’s gorgeous angoras this weekend.  The new kids on the block, who arrived at the Farm this summer, will be having their final shear of the season on Sunday.

Throughout the weekend visitors will be able to see traditional spinning displays (perhaps with the goats’ own wool!) and will be able to take part in a number of traditional activities, including making corn dollies and scarecrows. The Cheshire Guild of Woodturners will also be demonstrating traditional skills of pole lathing and wood-turning and the steam engine will be up and running!

Jayne commented “Harvest Festival is always a really enjoyable weekend for the Farm; allowing us to be thankful for all our healthy and happy animals this year.  We’re hoping for no fowl play from the Indian Runners during the races and a great turn-out for the Harvest Blessing!”

Harvest Festival at the Farm:   Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September from 12pm-5pm (last entry 4pm).  Harvest Blessing takes place on both days at 2pm. Prices: Adults £4.50, Child £2.50 (2-15 years of age), Family £11.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children).  National Trust members pay 50% entry to the Farm.  Park entry charge £4.50 per car.
Totally Tatton Ticket: ONE ticket to the Mansion, Gardens and Farm.  This ticket can be used on another day if one or more of the attractions are not visited (park entry applies).  Adult £7, Child £3.50, Family £17

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