Talk to the animals at this month’s Heathfield Show

Showing a pig at Heathfield
Showing a pig at Heathfield

Children have the chance to go and play with their favourite farm animals for free at the Heathfield and District Agricultural Show on Saturday, May 23.

When they are with a full paying adult, children under 16 can discover a world of traditional farming with the exciting Children’s Trail.

Starting at the Education Marquee, children can pick up a question sheet, follow a free map around the showground, find the relevant trail board which provides answers to the questions about different farming facts, including milking, bees and heavy horses, among other things. With three age groups for the questionnaire, there will be something for everyone to enjoy and a prize for winners. Also in the marquee will be a cow and calf, a ewe and lamb and a sow with piglets along with fun activities including colouring and lollipop sheep making! For those who want an even more hands-on approach, head to the poultry tent to the ‘hug a hen’ stand.

Also on offer is the popular fairground, with loads of rides and classic fun fair games to enjoy for a small charge. Other free activities and performances are also on offer. The sheep show introduces audiences to rare breeds of sheep, all done with a great New Zealand sense of humour. Another excellent show is the Kangaroo Kid and his son, who perform daredevil stunts on quad bikes. They are there all day to show off skills and talk to visitors about their bikes and risky tricks.