Get involved in an action-packed, hands-on event which celebrates farming and the countryside. Whatever the weather, with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, CountryTastic is the perfect Easter Holiday family day out.
The theme for CountryTastic 2024 will be ‘Farming Heroes’- celebrating the roles and careers of the people who support or work in the countryside, with a fun superhero twist bringing farming alive for younger visitors.
There’s so much for youngsters to get involved in and the vast majority of the activities are free of charge.
Muddy Boots Theatre
A wide range of hands on demonstrations, interactive experiences, talks and Q&A sessions are held in the Muddy Boots Theatre, to help children learn something new about the interesting world of farming whilst having fun.
The Ask the Farmer sessions were a fantastic high point of CountryTastic in 2023. Much like Facetime a Farmer sessions in schools, children and their families discovered all there is to know about farming and the countryside with in-person experts.
The Muddy Boots Theatre timetable for 2023 can be seen below, as an example of what to expect at the 2024 show (subject to change on the day):
|11:00am||The milk journey with Cotteswold Dairy’|
|1:00pm||Learn all about Dairy Goats with Gloucestershire based Oh My Goat|
|2:00pm||Veterinary Dog Health Check with MacArthur Barstow & Gibbs|
Hartpury University and Hartpury College
In 2023, the university brought a thermal imaging camera, Daisy the cow to practice milking on, a John Deere tractor toy model with lights and engine noise, plus a real tractor to sit on and have photos taken on!
There was also an animal quiz and colouring sheets to complete.
The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) provided the opportunity to investigate food miles and learn more about where our food comes from. Children were also able to take part in colouring activities and design farm robots of the future, as well as have a go at the RAU buzzwire challenge!
Tractor and Trailer Rides
A firm family favourite feature, tractor and trailer rides are available at the show.
Little ones can get involved in piping and decorating workshops run by Choccotastic, pasty cookery workshops held by Ladies in Pigs and biscuit decorating run by the WI.
Ladies in Pigs
The Ladies in Pigs group provide the chance to learn more about Red Tractor pork and try some delicious samples. They also give out healthy easy to cook recipes to try at home.
Cotteswold Dairy carried out butter making workshops and provided the chance to learn about different breeds of cows and what cows eat.
Croome cheese were on hand pressing cheeses with local ingredients using a small manual cheese press. Visitors could choose from three different cheeses – mature cheddar, cheddar with honey & figs and cheddar with Worcester sauce & shallots, the children made the cheeses with the help of the Croome Cheese expert team and the cheese was wrapped and packed ready for children to take home.
Vintage Tractors and Machinery
See some fantastic vintage tractors and machinery from a bygone age!
Children can get their hands dirty while digging up potatoes, a crop largely grown in Herefordshire, which they can take home.