Bringing farming and the working countryside to life for young people

ALTHOUGH the Melplash Agricultural Society’s flagship event, the Melplash Show, is cancelled for 2021, the society is looking forward to hosting an interactive Discover Farming event, aimed at the under 12s.

The event will be held at Vurlands Animal Farm in Swyre, near Bridport (DT2 9DB) on from 10am to 4pm Thursday, August 26 by kind permission of the Ives family.

Society director George Streatfeild said: “We will be building on the success of the Melplash Show’s popular Discover Farming marquee – a must visit for all families who are interested in learning more about food production and farming.

“There will be lots of activities  and interactive demonstrations where children of all ages can get hands on experience of a variety of ‘Farm to Food’ activities.”

Activities on offer will include:

  • Driving a radio-controlled tractor around the farm
  • Taking a virtual Dairy Farm tour
  • Making and cooking pancakes
  • Juicing apples and making smoothies
  • Making butter
  • Building Charlie’s barn
  • Having a go at wool spinning
  • And even calving a cow!

Admission is free to all children under 16 years and £2 for adults, although £2 is redeemable when a ticket is purchased to visit Vurlands Animal Farm. Tickets must be booked prior to attending online at www.melplashshow.co.uk   

Also on Thursday, August 26, the society is hosting a Summer Homecrafts and Horticulture Show with lots of classes for flowers, fruit, vegetables, cookery, preserves, photography, handicrafts and much more.

There are lots of classes for both adults and children to take part in, and to compete for prizes and the chance to win one of our prestigious show trophies.

Lucy Hart, show secretary, said: “Although we have slightly reduced the number of classes from a normal show year there is sure to be a class for everyone.  

“The show will take place at West Bay in our show field and will be open to exhibitors only. 

“Sadly, we will not be allowing the general public to come and view the exhibits this year, but we will take plenty of photographs and publish the results on our website as soon as they are available.

“Exhibitors can stage their entries either the evening before the show or on show morning.  We will then close the marquee for judging and exhibitors will be welcomed back in the afternoon to see if they have been awarded prizes”.

The homecraft and horticulture schedules are available to view online at www.melplashshow.co.uk

Entries for the homecrafts classes close on Thursday, August 19 and for the horticulture classes on Monday, August 23. All entries must be made online via the website above.

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