Farms throw open their gates to the public

Written by Peter Davison on .

Children enjoy at trailer ride on Open Farm SundayChildren enjoy at trailer ride on Open Farm SundayA clutch of farms will be throwing open their gates to the public on Sunday, June 7 for the 10th annual celebration of agriculture.

Open Farm Sunday events will be held at Wexcombe Manor Farm (SN8 3SQ) – home of Marlborough News Online columnist George Hosier – from 11am until 3pm.

Visitors will be offered guided walks and tractor rides around the farm, while children can enjoy face painting, an obstacle course, and corn pit.

There will also be a scarecrow competition, and families are invited to bring along a scarecrow for the chance of winning a prize.

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At Kingham Farm, Aldbourne (SN8 2NP) there will be a chance to meet the animals and enjoy tractor and trailer rides. There will also be a static display of farm machinery.

The farm gates will be open from 1pm until 5pm.

At Overtown Farm, on the edge of Barbury Castle Downs (SN4 0SH) visitors will be able to enjoy a sheep shearing display and watch the sheep dog in action. A fly fishing competition, a gun dog display, and terrier racing are planned.

The farm will be open from 11am until 4pm.

And at Manor Farm in Compton Bassett (SN11 8SW) there will be the chance to watch the cows being milked and fed. There will also be a farm tour, trailer rides, and a static machinery tour.

Last year, 375 farms across the UK took part in Open Farm Sunday, attracting 207,000 visitors. For more information about Open Farm Sunday events, log on to