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

By on September 4, 2014

Tatton’s Home Farm animals will be wriggling into their Sunday best for Harvest Festival weekend.

Tatton's steam engine at the Farm
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 20 and Sunday September 21 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 ministers Jackie Betts and Margaret Fogdan 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 sheep racing with this year’s dynamic racing team, Little Baa, Nelly and Sam. The sheep have been taking part in a daily sheep race during the summer holidays and it has certainly been a close run competition.

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. For the first time this year we also be having Harvest story time with local story teller Elizabeth Morris.

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.

Farm manager Jayne Chapman said “Harvest is a very special time of year, we love to take this opportunity to say thanks for all the crops that we have grown and all the new arrivals that have been born during the year. We try to make the event lots of fun and sheep racing is always a highlight for the visitors”

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Harvest Festival at the Farm

Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21 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 26, 2014) 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 £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% entry to the farm. Park entry charge of £5 per car applies to all.

Enjoying Harvest Festival at the Farm is just one of over 101 things to do at Tatton Park.This brand new campaign, launched in April features 101 of the best possible experiences to be enjoyed at Tatton this year. These range from feeding Tatton’s deer their daily breakfast to singing happy birthday with a rare breed pig: watching the Vikings invade Tatton’s Old Hall to escaping in to a New Zealand rain forest. www.101tatton.org.uk

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