Countryfile comes to Tatton Park! | Knutsford Times

Countryfile comes to Tatton Park!

By on September 16, 2010

Farm and Garden staff had a helping hand on Tuesday 14th September with their preparations for Harvest Festival.

This came from none other than BBC Countryfile’s Matt Baker, who was filming in the historic park in Cheshire East with fellow presenter, Julia Bradbury, for an episode airing on Sunday 26 September.

Marking the bicentenary of the birth of the author Elizabeth Gaskell, Julia explored the market town of Knutsford and talked to Mansion and Collections Manager, Caroline Schofield about Gaskell’s connections with the town and estate.

Twinkle-toed Matt Baker (recently announced as a contestant on Strictly Come Dancing) harvested produce in the stunning Kitchen Gardens, with Gardens Supervisor, Simon Tetlow.  He then tripped lightly down to the Farm to help farm staff Elly Edwards and Jayne Chapman groom the Clydesdale horses and shear one of the gorgeous angora goats; getting the animals ready for Harvest Festival on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 September.  He even took time out to practice some steps on the cobbled yard, much to the delight of our visitors!

Without giving too much away … you may even spot Julia and Matt riding through the parkland on unusually large two-wheel transportation during next week’s show.

Jayne Chapman, Farm Manager commented “We had a fantastic time with Countryfile on Tuesday.  They were a great crew, loved Tatton and were really keen to find out all about our estate and area.”

Harvest Festival takes place at the Farm on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September (12pm-5pm, last entry 4pm).  This annual festival, one of the Farm’s favourites, is a fantastic way to mark the end of summer and celebrate another successful season. Visitors are invited to bring along their pets for the special ‘harvest blessings’ by a local minister, which take place on Saturday and Sunday at 2pm, accompanied by the Preston Brook Brass Band.

A number of special activities take place during the weekend, including duck racing and spinning displays and visitors 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!

Visit or call 01625 374400 for more information.

Home Farm
The Farm is open in high season (until 3rd October) from Tuesday to Sunday 12pm-5pm (last entry 4pm).  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 £5 per car applies.

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.Visit our website for further information or call 01625 374400.

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