Author – Kirsty, guest post reviewer
Review of Countryside Lincs 2018 at the Showground
Last Sunday I got the chance to head to Lincoln for the Countryside Lincs 2018 at the Showground. Although the weather was slightly grey and little drizzly we did not get put off and were all set to explore the wonderful surroundings and get engrossed with all the activities that were on offer.
Things To Do
There were plenty of things to keep us occupied from hourly shows in the countryside ring ranging from the Tailwagger Club dog display which featured a singing dog choir and ballet routine, to Derek Tindall’s falconry where children had the opportunity to hold the falcon and get involved with the show to the chainsaw sculpture which was incredibly detailed and so artistic!
There was also a range of interactive activities in the make it and explore it zone. From learning about electric and water to getting information regarding outdoor life and growing plants and seeds to visiting the hedgehog hospital. I would say this was more for older children as Mia was much to young to get involved but I can see the appeal when she is a bit older to get more engaged.
I have to say one of myself and husbands’ favourite places was the food zone, which had stalls for purchasing Lincolnshire meat to delicious homemade fudge which we sampled and was super rich and creamy. The varieties and flavours on offer where incredible from chocolate orange flavoured, bubblegum to rum and cherry Bakewell. We honestly could have brought it all! Again it was very hands on with children being able to learn how to make sausage rolls with the Ladies in Pigs, to pork pies with Redhill Farm Free Range Pork and being able to learn the art of making cheese with Cote Hill. Again I would say this was more aimed at children around 6+.
After a quick pit stop for lunch as Mia was hungry (we managed to get her a baby portion of fish fingers and chips from the cafe) we were soon on our way to explore the farmyard zone. Mia got the chance to look at all the animals you would expect to see at a farm which was great as we are starting to teach her about animal sounds.
There were a range of cattle, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs to sheep and baby lambs and goats and their offspring. The chickens did seem to scare Mia a little as they were rather loud. It was interesting to learn about animal products that came from each breed (i.e milk from cows and the differences between each type of milk) again it is all very informative and educational for children to learn.
Overall we had a very fun and enjoyable day out. It would be perfect for when Mia was a little older. But we had fun exploring the range of areas on offer and had the chance to take some family photos and create memories for us to cherish.
Kirsty from www.kirstyralph.co.uk attended this event on our behalf.
Disclaimer: Kirsty was provided with tickets for the event in return for an honest review. All words, photos and opinions are entirely her own.
Further Information about Countryside Lincs
Countryside Lincs is now a yearly Easter time event and I have friends that try to go every year. There’s plenty to get involved in, there’s even archery, rifle shooting, climbing wall & fishing. If the weather isn’t great there’s plenty to do indoors as well as out. In 2018, on the gate, a family ticket for 2 adults and 2 children was £20. Adults: £8, Children (aged 5 – 16): £5 and Under 5’s: FREE. Tickets will be available to purchase in advance in 2019.