Wednesday 10 June 2015

Open Farm Day - Dorset

Sunday 7th June 2015 saw hundreds of farms across the UK opening their doors to the public, giving us a chance to meet the farmers and see what goes on at our local farms . Although Open Farm Sunday has only been going since 2006, I remember going to similar days out when I was a child and have fond memories of fresh milkshakes and tractor trailer rides!

There were several options for us in Dorset but we decided to visit Middlebere and Hartlands Farm which is located in the Purbecks, not far from Corfe Castle. Entry is free so it's a cheap day out!

When we arrived we were a bit miffed to see that it wasn't actually a traditional farm as such, but one that sits within a nature reserve. It did state this on the website but we didn't actually read that bit, oops!

The first thing we spotted were some woolly pigs but they were situated next to the amazing smelling bbq which we thought was a little unfair ;) Resisting the food (it took will power of steel to resist!) we made our way over to the tractors where Elliot had lots of fun clambering on and pretending to drive. We soon saw that there were lots of little stalls offering environmental fun and info, and also some Dorset produce for sale.

There were lots of activities for Elliot to get involved in and he planted a seed, coloured in a butterfly, took part in a wildlife quiz, made a badge, pinned the tail on the cow and made a bumblebee!

Guided walks around the farm were available but we decided to go on a tractor trailer ride. These were around 20 minutes long and totally free and looked to be very popular with every ride full up. There were longer tractor rides available but these were £1pp and had to be pre-booked. The ride took us round the pretty farmland and it was interesting to hear the farmer talking about the land and the cattle that were grazing in the field.

Our last activity for the day was a spot of welly wanging! Harder than it sounds and Elliot definitely need a bit of help throwing the wellies!

Whilst it wasn't quite what we were expecting, we had a lovely (and free!) afternoon at Open Farm Sunday and we will definitely return again next year.

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  1. It looks like you had a great day out! Such a great thing for the farms to do. Finn's Grandad is a farmer and he loves his time on the farm.

  2. Great day out - love all the crafts, had a chuckle at the pigs being next to the BBQ, my hubby would have approved :D #kidscorner

  3. looks fun! elliot kept telling about all the animals he saw!

  4. The bbq next to the pigs does sound a little rude! I remember visiting farms as a child in the UK. It's not really done in the same way here in the US. They open up farms for people to pick their own fruit and have something they call petting zoos to allow interaction with the animals, but it's not the same. Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

  5. Haha pigs next to the BBQ how funny! Looks like a great day out! Thank you for sharing in #KidsCorner x

  6. sounds like the made alot of effort to make a fun day for everyone I've never gone to one of these before but will have to look in to it next year thanks for linking up to #kidscorner xx

  7. This looks amazing and what a lovely thing to do all together. Thank you so much for linking up to Share With Me. Hope to see you again tomorrow for another great round. #sharewithme


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