A farmyard full of summer holiday fun at Tatton | Knutsford Times

A farmyard full of summer holiday fun at Tatton

By on July 14, 2014

Staff at Tatton’s Home Farm have been busy creating a highly imaginative (and educational!) programme of summer holiday activities for children to immerse themselves in this school holiday.

farm maize maze

The programme has been excitingly inspired by the farmyard tales of Kim Lewis. Visitors are already enjoying viewing an exhibition displaying12 pieces of Kim’s original artwork and transcripts from her books, including Floss, Emma’s Lamb, Just Like Floss and Shepherd’s Boy.

The Summer Farm Fun kicks off on Tuesday 29th July and continues until Friday 22nd August. Children can search for Floss’s lost sheepdog puppies in the maize maze and follow the Little Baa trail in the farmyard and dress up as a shepherd and have their photo taken with Ma the sheep.

Back by popular demand are the daily sheep races with some of the farm’s lambs running as fast as their hooves can carry them cheered on by farm visitors.

Jayne Chapman, farm manager and head coach said ‘’We have been training our lambs for the last couple of weeks now, and they are raring to go. It’s been a real close race up to now so it will just be down to the form on the day. The more people cheer the faster they seem to go, so we expect to hear lots of shouting for their favourite. It’s certainly a real fun event that everyone will enjoy.’’

The farm’s well-liked farm facts sessions are a great way to get close to and learn more about some of Tatton’s wonderful farm animals – the hatchery talks are a particular favourite where cute newly hatched chicks are guaranteed. You can then pop in to the farm’s shippon used for milking cows in the past and now the venue for regular milking demonstrations with Tatton’s very own and very gorgeous Beauty the Guernsey. She loves showing off her lovely special creamy milk and you will be able to learn more about the milking process.

Top off the day with some real adventure in the farm’s den building zone – great for all ages…and a fantastic new woodland play trail will really test those skills of balance and agility.

Why not bring along a picnic and enjoy the woodland setting of the farm’s own picnic area? The perfect family day out this summer!

newly hatched chick - Home Farm

Home Farm opening times and prices

The farm is open for high season (until October 26, 2014) Tuesday to Sunday from noon-5pm (last entry 4pm).

High season prices for single attraction entry: adult £6, child £4 (aged four to 15 years of age), family £16 (two adults and up to three children).

Totally Tatton Ticket(entry to three attractions: mansion, gardens and farm): Adult £11, child (aged four to 15) £5.50, family (two adults and up to three children) £27.50.

National Trust members pay 50 per cent entry to the farm. Park entry charge of £5 per car applies to all.

Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.

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