Countryside Fun For All the Family
Askham Bryan College preparing for Countryside Day
A great day out is promised this weekend at the Countryside Show and Open Day at Askham Bryan College. The York based College is throwing its door open to the public on Sunday 17 June and has a packed programme of activities on offer for all the family.
On the agenda is everything from tractor rides and a dog show to butchery demonstrations and a food market . And there's the chance to see the iconic “Little Grey Fergie” tractor being built up from scratch, courtesy of the land-based engineering students who will be racing against the clock to put the famous tractor together. It was originally launched in 1946 by Harry Ferguson, and was one of the most successful tractor designs ever - still has a devoted following of enthusiasts.
“The emphasis of the day is very much on family entertainment but also on showcasing what we do here with plenty of people to chat to about the courses we offer,” said Sally Steadman, Marketing Manager. “If previous years are anything to go by, it will be a hive of activity from the beginning to the end of the day.”
Those with gardening queries can visit the plant doctor in the College's horticulture department where there will also be plants on sale and floristry workshops. Everything from meerkats to snakes can be viewed in the lively Animal Management Department. Whilst, with children in mind, there's face painting, a climbing wall and a bouncy castle.
Elsewhere there's a flyball display, musical equine rides, motor sport displays, sheep shearing and willow weaving. There's also the chance to see if you can spot the shy tansy beetle in what is one of the College's latest initiatives to encourage its increase.
Doors open at 10.30am and close at 4.30pm. Entry is £5 for adults with under 16s free. Dogs on leads are allowed. For more information see www.askham-bryan.ac.uk or ring 01904 772277.