Fifteen hundred primary school children enjoyed an interactive experience learning about farming and food production at the annual Farm & Country Days held within the Exhibition Halls at the Royal Cornwall Events Centre, Wadebridge.

The pupils in attendance, aged between seven and nine, were drawn from 32 schools from across Cornwall. 

Over 200 farmers, food producers and representatives from businesses and organisations related to agriculture and food production created exhibits to bring the journey food takes from field to fork alive.

Children saw beef and dairy cattle, sheep, pigs and poultry, visited the on-site milking parlour, learnt about the importance of soil as well as understanding the process of growing and harvesting arable and vegetable crops.

Making and tasting food created from locally grown and reared produce also featured. 

Children found out about meat from Cornwall Farmer of the Year James Kittow, were shown the cheese making process with the help of Dairy Crest and perfected their crimping skills with guidance from expert pasty makers from Warrens Bakery.

Lewis Nurton, Year 3 teacher from St Day and Carharrack Community School, said: “The activities were stimulating, sensory and ideal for children. 

“The people working on the stands were very enthusiastic and energised, and were always willing to ask any questions, whether from children or adults!”

The event, in its seventh year, is jointly organised by the Cornwall Food & Farming Group (CFFG) and the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association (RCAA).