West Norfolk farms throw open their gates to visitors for day of activities

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This weekend several farms across West and North Norfolk will open their gates to visitors for Open Farm Sunday.

Since the project was launched in 2006, hundreds of farmers across the UK have opened up their farms for one Sunday each year and provided the opportunity for people to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer.

Each farm taking part sets up its own activities which are based around the farm’s own individual story. Activities include events such as farm walks, nature trails, tractor and trailer rides, pond dipping, activities for children, a mini farmers’ market or picnics.

Among those taking part locally are: Manor Farm, Gayton Road, Grimston. There will be a chance to meet the animals, tractor and trailer rides, static machinery display, competitions and a hosted farm tour. Food is available and the event is free.

At Whitehouse Farm, Oxborough Road, Stoke Ferry, the event runs from 1pm to 5pm. Activities include sheep shearing and the story of wool; a chance to meet sheep dogs and watch them at work, tractors, a meadow trail, Scott’s field pig and piglets, cows, lambs and chickens, tea and cakes available. No dogs permitted.

At Cornerways, Cornerways Lane, Wissington, there will be an opportunity to take a guided tour of the nursery and greenhouse. Tours are by appointment and can be made by calling 01366 550999. There will be the chance to taste some of the produce and try some of the new varieties. Refreshments available on site. Entry and parking is free.

Holkham Estate, known as the birthplace of modern agriculture, will feature a display of small tractors and farming staffwill be on hand to describe how they work. There will also be trailer rides, and the chance to find out how sugar beet is made into sugar, sheep shearing demonstrations and sheep dog trials. Visitors can also meet the cows and pigs we have on the estate. There will be activities and games for younger visitors too.

Entry to the event is free of charge, but there is a car parking charge of £2.50 per day in Holkham Park as other attractions are open to the public. The car parking charge is redeembale in the Gift Shop on purchases of £10 or more, or visitors can surrender the value as a donation which Holkham will give to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution.