Fornham farm’s first ‘open Sunday’ event is hailed a success

Vistitors looking at potatoes growing with  Richard Daniels
Vistitors looking at potatoes growing with Richard Daniels
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Last weekend’s Open Farm Sunday saw crowds almost six times larger than expected flock to Fornham All Saints.

Moseley’s Farm, of R C Browne & Son, took part in the event for the first time, welcoming many families who came to learn more about what was involved in life on a farm.

Alfie Thompson, age two from Risb,y meets a Norfolk Horn lamb

Alfie Thompson, age two from Risb,y meets a Norfolk Horn lamb

Staff had expected up to around 100 visitors but ended up receiving more like 550, with friends and family called in as volunteers to help out.

Owner Charlie Browne said: “It went much better than we dared to hope so we were very pleased in the end.

“It’s certainly something we’ll redo in a couple of years. It was a good family day out.”

As well as meeting farm animals like donkeys and sheep, visitors were able to enjoy tractor trailer rides, guided tours and farm machinery displays.

Caitlin, age seven, and Logan, age five, from Fornham, with their Working Cocker Spaniels

Caitlin, age seven, and Logan, age five, from Fornham, with their Working Cocker Spaniels

There was also a welly-throwing competition, a walking trail with an activity sheet for youngsters and a range of refreshments including ice creams and a hog roast.

Mr Browne said people seemed to enjoy watching potatoes being dug up in one of the fields, with visitors given bags to take home to eat, while the tractor and trailer rides also proved popular.

“I’d just like to say thank you to all the people who helped make it a good day, and all the people who turned up and, hopefully, enjoyed it,” he said.

Dawn Howarth with her boys, Ned, age five, and Digby, age three, from Bury

Dawn Howarth with her boys, Ned, age five, and Digby, age three, from Bury

Charlotte Lord, from Drinkstone

Charlotte Lord, from Drinkstone