6,000 spaces available for children at Food & Farming Day

Date Posted: 17/02/2016

Taking place on 1st July, the Kids Country Food & Farming Day will return to the East of England Showground in Peterborough to teach children about food, farming and the countryside.

The event offers 6,000 spaces for pupils, costing £2 each for a day of learning about and celebrating all things associated with food and farming.

The show aims to teach children where food comes from as well as the importance of agriculture and the countryside.

The annual event is organised by the East of England Agricultural Society and is the culmination of its education programme, which is delivered to over 8,000 children each year.

What can your class see?

The Food & Farming Day features a series of different zones, each of which deliver hands-on farm and food related activities.

Last year’s zone activities included learning how to milk a cow and discovering how to grind flour.

There will be exhibitors and interactive workshops from key members of the industry, as well as shows featuring working dogs and ponies.

The showground’s livestock buildings play host to a variety of animals, and students will be able to engage with livestock.

They will also learn about a variety of farming skills, from sausage and flour making to rural crafts through the use of interactive exhibitions from a variety of leading industry suppliers – featuring last year were Kellogg’s, Albert Bartlett, Bonne Maman and Arla.

The event incorporates elements of the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3, and associated project work is available for classroom preparation and follow up lessons.

Pupils who attended last year’s event said: “We get to pet animals, race ferrets and watch dancing sheep, as well as learning lots of cool facts! We learnt the chickens can lay up to 300 eggs a year and cows drink up to two paddling pools of water a day!”

School trip information

Teachers who would like to organise a visit for their class should e-mail slauridsen@eastofengland.org.uk or call 01733-363514.

For further information visit www.eastofengland.org.uk/kids-country.

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