LONGDOWN ACTIVITY FARM EVENTS 2016
We do not charge any extra on top of our usual admissions for our events (unless specified for certain activities on the individual event details), and any free tickets, vouchers or special offers can be redeemed as usual (unless specified on the individual event details). Regardless of the event, our usual full day's schedule of hands-on activities will carry on alongside*.
Make a note of all our events in your diaries and come along and join in the fun! See you soon.
Please note: Listed events may by subject to change or cancellation. Additional events may be added at a later date.
YOU'LL BE SWEPT AWAY WITH SWEEP'S DISPLAY
SUNDAY 8TH MAY
Sweep the sheepdog will be visiting Longdown Activity Farm with his owner Terena Plowright on 8th May to demonstrate his incredible herding skills with the help of friendly geese Yogi, Gaylan, Shipley and Rosie. Wocki the sheepdog will also be in attendance to watch Sweep skilfully navigate the geese around a series of obstacles.
The audience will be able to learn the different commands Terena uses, which have been used by generations of shepherds across the country, and can even have a go at saying them to see if Sweep will listen. Sweep will certainly be smiling as he demonstrates what he loves doing best in the world.
Terena Plowright has worked sheepdogs for over 25 years; she has recently appeared on BBC’s Countryfile as a founder member of SheepWatch UK, which is an organisation that works with farmers and dog owners to reduce the number of dog attacks on sheep.
Terena says of Sweep: “He is 3 years old and has been working for the last 2 years so is still very young. He tries very hard and is absolutely brilliant but people should watch his back legs when he is told to 'lie down' as he sometimes cheekily creeps forwards, which the children love to see. He is the kindest chap you will ever meet and very handsome! At home, Sweep works the geese, the sheep, tries to work the chickens, and has also attempted to work the cats, but got a swift bash on the nose for his trouble! Sweep would rather work than do anything else so he will be very happy demonstrating his skills at Longdown Activity Farm.”
Come and see Sweep, Terena, and retired sheepdog Wocki, who loves to meet the children and be stroked all day long, on Sunday 8th May at Longdown Activity Farm (no extra charge).
There will be two demonstrations: one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and Terena will be on the Farm to answer questions at intervals throughout the day.
The usual full schedule of hands-on activities will take place all day.
LONGDOWN VINTAGE FARM RALLY
SATURDAY 21ST MAY AND SUNDAY 22ND MAY
Our friends from the New Forest Vintage Tractor and Engine Club are back with their fantastic exhibits, so come on down to the Farm for a glimpse of yester-year. Lots for the children to see and do including bumpy tractor rides and the fabulous tractor v children tug of war.
Displays of vintage tractors, vintage working machinery and engines. Working demonstrations such as woodcutting on the sawmill and cooking in the Victorian country kitchen. Also crafts. There'll be a rural, vintage surprise around every corner!
Plus, our usual schedule of hands-on farming activities will run throughout the day.
Usual admissions apply - no extra charge.
* Please note: due to the nature of this event, some exhibits may change or have to be cancelled.
IT'S MAGIC ON THE FARM WITH SILLY SCOTT
FRIDAY 3RD JUNE
Join us at Longdown Activity Farm on 3rd June and enjoy lots of madcap humour and magical mayhem with one of the UK's top family entertainers Silly Scott. During the day Silly Scott will be performing two completely different award- winning family magicshows jam-packed full of comedy magic with guaranteed belly laughs for the whole family. Silly Scott will also be balloon twisting between his shows, and can make some fantastic creations!
DADS HAVE FREE ENTRY ON FATHERS DAY
SUNDAY 19TH JUNE
Free of charge entry for all the dads on their special day.
(Please note: discounted and free of charge child vouchers cannot be accepted from the same family group if dad has free of charge entry.) Thank you.
SATURDAY 25TH JUNE AND SUNDAY 26TH JUNE
We have teamed up with Mower Madness, a group of mower (yes, that's mower, not motor!) racing enthusiasts who race at venues across the south coast. Fast, furious and 'cutting edge' fun, the Mower Madness racers will appeal to the thrill-seekers and gardeners alike!
If you want to spectate at this fun-filled motor mower race event, come along and support the teams who all raise lots of money for local charities at each event.
No extra charge for this event. Our usual full schedule of events will take place throughout the day.
SEE US AT THE NEW FOREST SHOW
TUES 26TH JULY, WED 27TH JULY AND THURS 28TH JULY
Some of the animals will be packing their bags and heading off to Brockenhurst for the fabulous annual New Forest Show. Come and see us in our tent, where there will be lots of different farm animals to see, touch and feed.
(Please note: Longdown Activity Farm will remain open as usual on these dates, with a full schedule of hands-on activities, as normal.)
Go to www.thenewforestshow.co.uk for details of the show and ticket prices.
IT'S MAGIC ON THE FARM WITH SILLY SCOTT
Join us at Longdown Activity Farm on 9th August and 30th August and enjoy lots of madcap humour and magical mayhem with one of the UK's top family entertainers Silly Scott. During the day Silly Scott will be performing two completely different award- winning family magicshows jam-packed full of comedy magic with guaranteed belly laughs for the whole family. Silly Scott will also be balloon twisting between his shows, and can make some fantastic creations!
MORRIS DANCING WITH DEOFRITH MORRIS
SUNDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER
Traditional Morris dancing by Deorfrith Morris. Live music and dancing - watch and join in!
Times to be confirmed.
IT'S FRIGHTFULLY FUN AT THE FARM!
SATURDAY 29TH AND SUNDAY 30TH OCTOBER
Lots of spooky stuff to see and do including pumpkin carving* and paper bat making. Transform the most angelic child into a monster with our brilliant face-painter, Katie*.
SUNDAY 30TH OCT ONLY:
Every child that arrives at the Farm in spooky fancy dress, will be allowed entry at a special concessionary rate of £5.00 each. Sorry, these concessionary tickets cannot be bought online and must be paid for on arrival at the Farm. (Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.)
SUNDAY 30TH OCT ONLY:
Meet and hold a barn owl and see lots of creeeepy creatures like rats, snakes, cockroaches and huge snails, courtesy of our friends from The Creature Teachers.
*extra charge applies
LONGDOWN FARM CHRISTMAS BARN 2016
3RD DECEMBER TO 24TH DECEMBER 2016
Watch this space for more details...ho,ho,ho...