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FARM PARK

SUMMER AT ADAM HENSON’S COTSWOLD FARM PARK Fun rides, demonstrations and special events: Adam Henson reveals just what will be going on at the Cotswold Farm Park over the sunny months As you might well expect, summer can often prove to be our busiest season. It’s about this time that the park is awash with the faces of new visitors – and some who’ve been returning since they were children, who now have families of their own! Don’t miss our seasonal farming demonstrations: milking (15th April - 20th December) and the sheep show (4th July - 20th December). A member of the team will take you through the process of milking with the assistance of either a Gloucester cow or one of our Saanen or Toggenburg goats. As for the sheep show, it’s excellent fun: essentially a pageant of history on four legs! Some of our rams climb up a pyramid-shaped stage and help us to demonstrate how sheep breeding has changed over the last 4,000 years. Some lucky children will get the chance to join in with our staff, and dress up in period costume.

great reason to come along at this time of year. And here’s something else that’s proven very popular with our visitors: fun rides. We’ve had a twoyear break but we’ve revamped for 2015, purchasing 30 new jumps so that we can now offer up to 60 jumps in total. All are optional and aim to cater for a wide range of riding abilities. The course is 10 miles long (with an optional shortcut avoiding the road sections and the ford crossing. The shorter route is around 7 miles long). We are encouraging all riders to book online in advance this year. Start times are staggered and we are limiting spaces: this ensures each participant has the time and space to enjoy their ride.

(I don’t want to spoil the surprise just yet, but we are also planning on running a series of summer weekend events - they will all be included in the normal ticket price.)

I’m not a keen rider myself but I have a special soft spot for my Exmoor pony, May. She was born in 1989 and we’ve had her from a foal, - she is the most friendly of our lot! She has retired this year and so will not be having any more foals. But my daughter, Ella, has her own horse and loves to ride - so I think she will get lots of use out of all the new jumps!

Apart from anything else, summer is usually peppered with new births – we see litters of piglets, calves and Exmoor pony foals delivered. It’s another

If you’d like to find out more about Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, visit www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk

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