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Countryside Days

13 & 14 June 2017

Information about Countryside Days is sent out to Schools in December. 

Countryside Days is our largest education event and will be held on 13 & 14 June 2017. It is aimed at Key Stage Two (7 to 11 years) children from across Yorkshire and Humber and up to 6000 children attend over the two days. It comprises up to 100 practical and interactive workshops covering every aspect of farming, the environment and the countryside. It also includes three ‘shows’ the Sheep Show, Farm Animal Arena and Countryside Arena. It is held in the Yorkshire Event Centre, Great Yorkshire Showground and the surrounding outside area.

For each child coming to this event there will be three timetabled half-hour workshops, one free period when schools may explore all the activities and two/three displays.

The workshops and displays that attended in 2016 included:

  • Farm Animals - cattle, sheep, pigs & goats
  • Farm Machinery
  • Percussion
  • Horse Racing
  • The Sheep Show
  • Country Crafts e.g. Rug making, Felting, Knitting
  • Dry Stone Walling
  • Stonemason
  • Cooking e.g. breadmaking
  • Planting and Growing
  • Sheepdogs, Gun dogs, Falconry
  • Bushcraft
  • Circus Skills
  • Pond Dipping
  • And much more

The day is free to all primary schools but children, teachers and helpers should provide their own lunch and drinks.

Details are sent out to schools in December 2016, including details on the workshops available and the booking process.

NB: 2017 bookings are now being accepted, please email Di Kirkman, Education Co-ordinator for more information. 

Competitions at Countryside Days

Schools coming to Countryside Days will be invited to enter the Model Competition - further details to follow.

Preparation for Countryside Days

Tuesday 14 March 2017, 1pm-3pm - further details to follow.

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