Teaching children about food, farming and Lincolnshire’s heritage is the driving force behind exciting family event Countryside Lincs – which returns this Easter.
Launched last year at the Lincolnshire Showground in a bid to teach youngsters about farming, the field-to-fork process and to encourage them to embrace the countryside, Countryside Lincs is a fun, hands-on and informative day out.
On Sunday 10 April, children and their families will be able to interact with farmyard animals big and small, try their hand at a variety of crafts and meet local producers and farmers who will demonstrate different farming methods, showing where some of our favourite foods come from.
Rosie Crust, education and development officer for the Lincolnshire Agricultural Society, said:
We have six different zones for children to explore. New this year is our farmers market which will host some great Lincolnshire produce.
Children will also be able to get involved with our Easter egg hunt, watch impressive falconry displays, learn how to make sausages, bread and cheese with local suppliers, get hands-on with creative activities and even have a ride around the Showground on our big tractor and trailer!
Last year, Countryside Lincs proved to be a much-loved event as we had 1,000 young visitors attend – double our expected numbers. We launched Countryside Lincs as we were keen to have an event which appealed purely to children. We have such a wide variety of events at the Showground all year round, but this is our first which we have created exclusively for kids.
Advanced tickets go on sale for the event at the end of February and organisers promise six hours of non-stop educational activities which run from 10am – 4pm. It will feature a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for youngsters to make, bake and explore. Under 5’s go free and tickets will also be available on the gate.
One of last year’s young visitors to Countryside Lincs said:
My favourite bit was looking at all the animals, they were really soft and cute. We made lots of things and had a ride on a tractor and trailer.
The Showground and Society is passionate that children know and understand the process that is involved from farm to fork.
We hope to continue to broaden horizons, inspire minds and engage and enthuse children about food, farming and the countryside.
For more information please visit, www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk.