Norfolk’s favourite family Easter event is set to return to the Norfolk Showground with a new look and feel for its 19th year. The Norfolk Spring Fling, held on Tuesday 10th April, attracts thousands of visitors each year and is regularly a sell-out success.
The family day out is aimed at children aged between 4-11 years and is a unique opportunity to learn about the countryside, agriculture, food and farming especially the link between the countryside and what appears on our plates.
As well as over 70 interactive stands and Spring Fling favourites such as The Sheep Show, 2018 will see the introduction of two new areas at The Showground.
The Emergency Services Zone is new for 2018 and will be a hands-on experience with the opportunity to view demonstrations, take part in activities and meet local emergency service teams. It will also provide a brilliant opportunity to learn about the vital services that our emergency services provide across Norfolk.
Mr Mawkin’s Machinery is a new addition to Spring Fling due to the growing success of having farm machinery at the event. This new area will be dedicated to tractors and farm machinery. Children will have the opportunity to ride combine harvesters and try out tractors.
Spring Fling has also had a revamp with Mr Mawkin’s Farm, the petting farm and animal meet and greet, now being housed in its very own farming shed. The new location means little ones can meet even more animals than previous years and Mr Mawkin the friendly scarecrow himself. Children will be able to pet unique ‘teddy bear like’ Swiss Valais Black Nose Sheep, piglets, goats and donkeys.
Tony Bellinger, Education Manager for the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and the Food and Farming Discovery Trust, says the Norfolk Spring Fling is set to be another brilliant educational day out for the whole family.
“At the RNAA, we are committed to teaching and helping children understand about the countryside, food and farming from a young age. It’s important for not just children but the whole family to learn about the importance of where their food comes from and through Norfolk Spring Fling we’re able to do this in a way that’s fun and educational.”
“The Norfolk Spring Fling is always a sell-out success, so we would remind families not leave buying tickets to the last minute otherwise they may miss out! Tickets are available now and can be bought online.”
Amongst the 70 stands families can have a go at making their own flavour crisps with Kettle Foods. Explore the roots of dairy farming and how ice-cream is made with Danns Ice Cream and Learn how to make goats cheese with Fielding Cottage.
The RNAA is grateful to the generosity of the John Jarrold Trust, Felix Cobbold Trust, The Clan Trust, Chadacre Agricultural Trust and the East of England Co-op for supporting Norfolk Spring Fling and helping us to promote food, farming and the countryside.
Tickets cost £9.50 and include a hog roast lunch (or vegetarian option) and apple juice drink. Tickets can be bought online from www.springfling.rnaa.org.uk. Children age two and under will gain free entry, but food and drink will NOT be included. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The Spring Fling will be open from 9.30 a.m. until 3.30 p.m.