Photos: Open Farm Sunday 2017

More than 350 farms across the UK took part in Open Farm Sunday (OFS) last weekend (June 11).

The initiative was a celebration of British farming and gave thousands of visitors a unique chance to see some of the great work farmers do first-hand.

Here’s a pictorial snapshot of the action.

See also: Open Farm Sunday – myths, information and advice

Julian Pickworth stands next to another man in front of farm machinery

Heather Ross took these images at Whitacre Hall, a neighbouring farm to hers in Warwickshire. The day was organised by Julian Pickworth (left), his wife Teresa and their son Carl.

Children stand at the edge of a waterway

“It was a fantastic day,” says Heather. “It was the first time they’d done it and they had more than 750 visitors.”

Annie Fouracres cuddles a four-week-old Oxford Sandy and Black piglet

Visitor Annie Fouracres gets to say hello to a four-week-old Oxford Sandy and Black piglet at Scrubditch Care Farm near Cirencester in Gloucestershire.

When they’re not hosting OFS events, Scrubditch is a charity providing farm-based training and activities for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

A sheep stands in a pen on the bars of a pen is a sign telling visitors to wash and dry their hands

Health and hygiene is a top priority for farmers who open their gates… this is one of the ways this important message was communicated at Greenfield Farm, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire.

“It was fantastic to see so many people out on farm – this year’s been another huge success,” said Linking Environment and Farming sustainability manager Kathryn Green, who snapped the picture.

A child is held by an adult next to a dairy cow

Goldsland Farm near Cardiff in South Wales was the destination venue for Gareth Barton, pictured here with his little boy, Rupert, mid-farm tour.

“It was a really good event and a great showcase for UK farming,” he said.

Visitors stand in a farmyard

A busy yard at North Farm Horton, midway between Wimborne and Cranborne in Dorset. “We had a great day with close to 2,000 visitors.

“The sun shone and everyone enjoyed themselves – great PR for British agriculture,” says Peter Snell.

A young girl strokes a pony

(Above) Alexandra Sikora holds her daughter Antonia, 3, while she strokes a Shetland pony; and (below) estate foreman, Graham Robson, gets help from young Daniel Barr to lay a beech hedge. 

They were taken at Easter Cadder Farm on the Caledonian Estate, on the outskirts of Bishopbriggs, less than five miles from Glasgow. 

A young boy watches as a man tends to a crop

About 300 members of the public came to the event, organised by managing agents Galbraith and CBRE, which helped show how partnerships between landowners, tenants, contractors, employees and the public can work.

A man and a woman cook burgers for sale outside

Tasty lamb burgers are cooked at Saddlescombe Farm near Brighton in East Sussex.

A field of cows

© Tim Russ

About 750 people travelled to Washingpool Farm on the outskirts of Bridport in Dorset, where among those on hand were members of Marshwood Vale Young Farmers’ Club.

A tractor takes visitors around a farm

© Tim Russ

The day featured sheep-shearing demonstrations, tractor and trailer rides, along with an opportunity to meet lots of animals, including freshly hatched chicks. 

Radio 2 star Chris Evans sits on a deckchair with his feet on a straw bale. To his left is his wife Natasha Shishmanian and to his right is Alison Frost, Row Farm’s OFS organiser. All three are giving the photograph a thumbs up sign

Row Farm near Bracknell got a celebrity visitor – Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans. He’s seen here putting his feet up for a few minutes with his wife Natasha Shishmanian (left) and Alison Frost, Row Farm’s OFS organiser. Row Farm is home to the well-known “PartyBales” business, founded by Alison’s brother Steve.

A young girl smiles as she sits in a tractor cab

A snapshot of the action at Shotford Hall Farm, Harlestone, Norfolk, as seen through the lens of Farmers Weekly website user “LibbyA”.

Open Farm Sunday facts and figures

  • 358 farms hosted events
  • About 250,000 visitors were welcomed on to farms across Britain
  • This was the 12th year the event has taken place
  • The Countess of Wessex visited Leckford Estate Manor Dairy in Hampshire 
  • Open Farm Sunday is organised by Linking Environment And Farming, the sustainable farming charity
  • Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, more than 1.8 million people have made a visit
  • Next year’s event is on 10 June 2018
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