Traditional Farming and May Day Activities at Marsh Farm this Bank Holiday
3 May 2012
Families are invited to step back into medieval times this bank holiday for a host of fun and traditional May Day activities.
Activities kick off on Saturday 5 May, when families are invited to experience one of the highlights of the farming calendar: sheep shearing. Demonstrations will be given by the farm's expert shearer and visitors will be able to learn more about the whole process and what happens to the wool once it leaves the farm.
Other activities over this bank holiday weekend include a day of traditional May Day celebrations harking back to medieval times. Throughout the day visitors will be able to watch traditional maypole dancing, as well as taking part in craft activities which will appeal to fans of Robin Hood. The farm will be doffing its cap to the heroic outlaw of English folklore with Robin Hood-themed activities, including Robin Hood hat making, archery and traditional garland making .
In addition to the special bank holiday festivities, the farm will be offering a wealth of activities ensuring a great day out for the whole family, including pony rides and grooming, tractor trailer rides, and the indoor aviary and petting in the pet barn. As the British weather is always unpredictable, the farm’s 1,500 square foot indoor Play Barn provides a great way to keep children entertained whatever the weather.
County Councillor Jeremy Lucas, Cabinet Member for Environment and Culture said: “Now is a really special time in the farming calendar when everything really comes to life. A visit to Marsh Farm gives people the opportunity to experience important farming activities first hand, such as sheep shearing, as well as the chance to get up close to our animals and all the other action on the farm.
“Over this bank holiday weekend there will be a wealth of special May Day activities sure to entertain all the family for the day.”