Bank of Ireland open farm weekend 

On the 17th and 18th June a number of working farms across Northern Ireland opened their doors to the public. And it’s a free event, so it’s always worth a try.

My sister had invited me two years ago when DD1 was about 2 months old, but we figured that taking such a young wee thing along wasn’t the best idea. This year we thought we’d give it a go.

Saturday was busy for us with a morning trip to Hillmount for some free ice cream and then a church fete, so we tagged along on Sunday morning.

Foote’s farm on the Moira road had never taken part in the open weekend before, and as we were newbies too it seemed fitting that we went to this one.

Foote’s farm rear chickens for Moy Park, and although the part that we coukd visit was small, they’d done a lot with it. We were able to look inside one of the big poultry barns, see a lot of farm equipment old and new, hold a 8 day chick (my kid loved this) and there was also this:

How could we resist? 3 please.

We got to sample strawberries, cherry tomatoes, fruit drinks and crisps.

My little girl had a great time playing with the peddle cars and peddle tractors. There was a man dressed as a scarecrow that she didn’t like unfortunately, but the other kids seemed to be having a whale of a time with him.

It was a short and sweet outing, but it was great fun. Next year we’ll try a different farm and report back. It was a great free day out for the kids. We’ve also entered a couple of free competitions, so here’s hoping.

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