Following the success of last year’s event, with over 1000 people attending, Common Leys Farm in Hailey will be playing host to a Countryside Fair on Saturday 13th of June, from 11am to 4pm.
Bring all the family and enjoy a whole host of activities and demonstrations to get involved in, meet the animals, roam the farm, grab a drink and a bite to eat and see awesome student displays!
K9 Academy will be providing dog training demonstrations, alongside a have-a-go dog agility course, if you’re looking to prepare your pup, whilst kids will love the pony rides, animal handling and foal parades that will be happening throughout the day. There will be craft & gift stalls, food stands, bouncy castle, face painting and many more activities!
Abingdon and Witney College’s Common Leys Farm Campus is over 60 acres of rolling countryside just north of Witney. The campus runs specialised courses in land based industries for students aged 16-19, adult learning courses and those on Higher Education programmes. The programmes include agriculture, forestry, countryside management, horticulture, floristry, animal management and horse management. Higher Education courses in Animal and Equine are run in partnership with Oxford Brookes University.
The campus boasts a wide variety of farm animals and a range of rare breeds which visitors can see up close; Oxford Sandy and Black Pigs, Whitebred shorthorn Cattle and Norfolk Horn Sheep. The unit is also home to a variety of reptiles, aquatics, avians, poultry, donkeys, alpacas, goats and even meerkats!
The College is unique in the fact that it has an on-site Thoroughbred stud. Equine students are involved in the covering, foaling, weaning and selling of the foals and includes taking them to Tattersall’s sales in Newmarket. The Centre runs unaffiliated dressage show jumping and showing classes throughout the year open to the public.
Students are also able to develop their agriculture and land management skills, and undertake courses that include working with local farms, estate maintenance, arboriculture skills, landscaping, establishing and maintaining plants, dry stone walling, hedge laying and green woodcrafts.
The College holds many open days and evenings throughout the year but for now, come along on the 13thof June to the Fair to find out more about what we do and have a little fun too!