Bless this Home (Farm)! – Harvest Festival at Tatton’s Home Farm.
Tatton’s Home Farm animals will be wriggling into their Sunday best for Harvest Festival weekend.
This annual festival, one of the Farm’s favourites, is a fantastic way to mark the end of summer and celebrate another successful season.
It is held on Saturday September 22 and Sunday September 23 and audience participation is required.
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 Preston Brook Brass Band. Local minister Jackie Betts form Peover will give thanks for the season and bless the farm’s livestock and any other precious pets our visitors bring along.
A number of special activities take place during the weekend, including duck racing with the farm’s rare breed Indian runner ducks. The quick quackers on the starting blocks, such as Daffy the Devious and Jogging Jemima have all been hatched at the farm. Farm manager Jayne Chapman said: “Our ducks are in prime running condition and ready for their moment of Tatton Olympic glory. We’re hoping for no fowl play – bets are on!”
Throughout the weekend visitors will also be able to see traditional spinning displays and take part in a number of craft activities, including making corn dollies and scarecrows.
The Cheshire Guild of Woodturners will also demonstrate traditional skills of pole lathing and wood-turning and the traction engine will be running and on display.
Jayne added: “Harvest Festival is always a really enjoyable weekend for the farm. It’s a great occasion for us to mark the end of a successful summer season and be thankful for all our healthy and happy animals.”
Harvest Festival at the Farm
Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 from noon to 5pm (last entry 4pm). Normal farm admission and Park entry charges apply.
Home Farm opening times and prices
The farm is open for high season (until October 28, 2012) Tuesday to Sunday from noon-5pm (last entry 4pm). The remainder of the year the farm opens weekends 11am – 4pm (last entry 3pm).
Prices for single attraction entry: adult £5.50, child £3.50 (aged four to 15 years of age), family £14.50 (two adults and up to three children).
Totally Tatton Ticket (entry to three attractions: mansion, gardens and farm): Adult £10, child (aged four to 15) £5, family (two adults and up to three children) £25. National Trust members pay 50% entry to the farm. Park entry charge of £5 per car applies to all.