On Saturday we enjoyed a glorious day of sunshine at Festival on the Farm, Gressenhall, Norfolk.
If you’ve not been to Gressenhall and you’re a Norfolk or nearby native then you’re missing a trick. A wonderful museum set in 50 acres which brings to life country living with a workhouse, school and farm with rare breed aninals.
On our visit the grounds had been opened to a miriade of fabulous stalls, animals, people and music. We were greeted by the guys from the Goodies stall telling tales of Jack and the Beanstalk while the childen sat on straw bales and listened intently – they even managed to weave some carrot and veg action into the mix – a fabulous story followed by a healthy message – result!
We headed around the corner to be greeted by a tiny and rather beautiful pony who happily stood while little hands patted his nose and stroked his back . Behind him was a wonderful old car brought back to perfect condition – Arthur was rather taken with that – I think it’s because he’s just fallen in love with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Arthur and his little friends even managed to touch snakes and stroke gigantic stick insects – which I admit made me feel a little squiffy! There was den building, bug hunting and loads to keep little adventurers happy and it all had a wonderful feel of simple outdoor fun.
We bought lunch from the cafe and sat outside on the grass and listened to some of the great local musicians playing live. Arthur and his friends took to the dancefloor for some outstanding toddler moves and the sun continued to shine.
In the chapel was a lovely art and crafts fair with local producers and artists displaying some of the best Norfolk has to offer.We even managed to spot the Gruffalo stalking the grounds – we were too late for tickets to make a Gruffalo lunch but the children were quite happy to simply follow him around for a while.
We moved down to the farm where the children learnt what it was like to milk a cow and we watched a cute little shadow puppet production in the cow shed, by Nutmeg Theatre. After a little more running around in hot sunshine we cooled off with a quick head duck under the water pump – this turned into a mini water fight and it wasn’t just the small people getting in on the action.
We jumped on the farm truck for a ride around the fields and then headed back up to finish our day with a final run around – I loved that the children didn’t need fancy rides or expensive games – they picked up sticks, ran free and generally had a wonderful time.
There was loads to do and see, some of which we just didn’t have time for. But it was a magical day and even the practial things such as parking was easy. It didn’t feel crowded, there were loads of easily identifiable staff on hand to help and I have to say, Festival on the Farm was the perfect way to spend a sunny family day out.