Country Life at its best at Tatton Park’s Home Farm August bank holiday weekend.
A traditional weekend of country crafts and fayre will make the perfect family day out this August Bank Holiday.
Held at Tatton Park’s farm, this is the 4th year for the event having delighted visitors to the farm over the past 3 years. The event is very much in keeping with the ethos of the farm where time honoured farm practices form the basis of their work with traditional breeds of animals.
During the weekend skilled local craftsman demonstrate their rural farming practices and give visitors an insight in to their expert and intriguing techniques. Cheshire bee keepers and dry stone wallers will impress as well as spinning and meeting Tatton’s own rangers to learn more about the wildlife in the Park.
There’s a farmyard full of fun for children. During the weekend there’ll be the chance to have a go at plate spinning or trying the uni-cycle at the Circus skills workshop and take part in traditional games including all time favourites the three legged race and tug of war! Also on the programme is a chance to meet our rare breed chicks in the hatchery.
Home Farm is set in a corner of the Park know as Tatton Dale and was, in its heyday, at the heart of the vast Egerton estate, feeding family, guests and staff at the mansion using traditional rural farm practices and animals. The farm’s old traction engine and steam engine have been restored and visitors will be able to see them both operating during the weekend as well as meeting all the farm animals including pigs, horses, donkeys, goats and poultry.
Country life isn’t complete without the magnificent horse and Tatton’s resident Shire horses Tabitha and Friar will entertain all with their fantastic ridden display to music. Shires have played an important role in farming country life. Not wishing to miss out, the farm’s sheep will also be taking part with their own sheep racing contests – the 100m hurdles which this year will be ridden by some recognisable characters from Roald Dahl’s best loved stories.
Visitors will be able to take a nostalgic step back, watch Morris dancing and on Sunday be entertained by the skill of the sheep dog with local sheepdog trainer Peter Hallam and watch the Northern Piping Band on Monday.
Back by popular demand is the highly entertaining ferret racing with Bear Behind Events and an opportunity to meet these furry fun ferrets.
To complement the activity and make for a great day out traditional stalls selling locally produced fayre from local traders including Wells Foods, Great Budworth ice cream as well as Tatton’s own produced delicacies from the Housekeeper’s Store to entice you.
Jayne Chapman, farm manager said ‘.’’this weekend is the jewel in our crown of summer farmyard fun, there really is a packed programme of events for everyone to enjoy from ferret racing to riding on a uni-cycle with a homemade ice cream in hand, fun for all the family”
The English Country Weekend at the Farm takes place Saturday 27th to Monday 29th August. Normal opening times and charges apply.
Home Farm opening times and prices
The farm is open for high season (until October 30, 2016) Tuesday to Sunday from noon-5pm (last entry 4pm). During the rest of the year it is open weekends from 11am-4pm (last entry 3pm) and school holidays
Prices for single attraction entry: adult £6, child £4 (aged 4 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 4 to 15) £5.50, family (two adults and up to three children) £27.50.
National Trust members pay 50 per cent entry to the farm. Park entry charge of £6 per car applies to all.
Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.