Sunday, 9 June 2013

Open Farm Sunday 2013 at Blackstock Farm

This Sunday, 9th June 2013, was Open Farm Day. Hundreds of farms across the country opened their gates. Open Farm Sunday is educational, an opportunity to show support for British farmers, and also a chance to enjoy a family day out, often for free or to somewhere that you wouldn't normally have the opportunity to visit.

Last year we visited Blackstock Farm near Hellingly, and we enjoyed ourselves so much that we decided to visit again this year. We knew from last year that it would get very busy, and so we made sure that we were among the first there when it opened.

Open Farm Sunday at Blackstock Farm, Hellingly

Like last year the children first made a beeline for the outdoor adventure playground, although this time there were two pairs of legs running down the slope! There is plenty of equipment to play on, there were also two big bouncy castles and two trampolines.

Open Farm Sunday at Blackstock Farm, Hellingly

I loved this slide made from an old trailer. It was a pretty cold day so we did retreat to the indoor soft play area for a while and enjoyed a warming hot chocolate.

Open Farm Sunday at Blackstock Farm, Hellingly

Of course the farm visit wasn't all about playing, there was plenty to learn as well. We took a short tractor ride around the farm and saw some of the horses, donkeys and alpacas. Then we went for a walk to see the chickens, goats, pigs and finished with a lovely nature walk through a little wooded area.

Open Farm Sunday is organised by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) and has been running since 2006. If you want to keep up to date with the latest news, then you can follow @openfarmsunday on Twitter.

Here are links to some other fab bloggers that also enjoyed a day out thanks to Open Farm Sunday:


Did you visit a farm today? If you did I'd love to hear about it, and if you blogged about it please do leave a link in the comments!

8 comments:

  1. I'm just discovering this from other bloggers! Something to make note of for next year! Sounds like you had a lovely day. We love visiting animals here!

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    1. I'm pretty sure it will be on again next year so definitely worth looking out for!

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  2. I think this is something for us to think about next year. What a lovely thing to be part of. It sounds very much like us with all the same animals and a tractor and trailer ride too! Thank you for making me aware of the day and linking to Country Kids. I am off to follow OpenFarmSunday on twitter!

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    1. It would be wonderful if you could take part next year!

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  3. It looks like you had a great day at Open Farm Sunday! I visited Sandy Lane Farm in Oxfordshire, just lovely! My farm day photos at http://hellomistermagpie.com/ laura x

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    1. Thanks for sharing your post, what gorgeous photos!

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  4. We've got Marsh Farm near us and we went on a tractor ride last year - I think I enjoyed it just as much as Sausage did! Can't wait for some nicer weather so we can visit again.

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    1. I love tractor rides too! I think I have as much fun as the children on our days out, I love sharing things with them.

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