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Country Life at its best at Tatton Park’s Home Farm this bank holiday weekend

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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 the event is now firmly established as one of Tatton Park’s most popular and 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 the farm will be joined by skilled local craftsman who will be demonstrating their art and giving 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.

Children will be able to have a go at plate spinning or try 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.

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 Scottish Piping Band on Monday.

New for this year on Sunday and Monday is ferret racing with Bear Behind Events. The ferrets will be running several times during the day and in between you will be able to meet the ferrets and even take them for a walk.

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 ‘’the  Country Fayre goes from strength to strength with ferret racing and a Scottish piping band new for this year, there really is something for all the family to enjoy over the weekend.’’

The English Country Weekend at the Farm takes place Saturday 29th to Monday 31st August. Normal opening times and charges apply.

Home Farm opening times and prices The farm is open for high season (until October 26, 2015) 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 £5 per car applies to all.

Please visit our website www.tattonpark.org.uk or call 01625 374400 for more information.

For further information about this release contact: Vicky Wilby, Marketing Department      Tel: 01625 374417 / Email: vicky.wilby@cheshireeast.gov.uk www.tattonpark.org.uk

Tatton Park is managed and financed by Cheshire East Council on behalf of the National Trust.

This impressive historic estate receives in the region of 800,000 visitors every year who come to enjoy its Georgian mansion, Tudor Old Hall, award- winning gardens and 1930s rare breeds farm.  The 1,000-acre deer park is home to red and fallow deer and the estate also boasts speciality shops, adventure playground, restaurant, Gardener’s Cottage tea room and year-round events programme.


The Tatton Park Vision

The `Tatton Park Vision’ is the park’s 5 year vision for its visitor activities and aims to substantially develop its visitor experience by increasing the attractions and activities on offer. In delivering the vision the aim is to fully realise Tatton Park’s potential and present the best possible experience for its current and new visitors in order to provide new and sustainable income to help manage and conserve the historic estate into the future. This will be done through a programme of investment by Cheshire East Council and the attraction of new business. For more information about the vision visit www.tattonpark.org.uk/vision