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10 fun things for children to do at the Norfolk Spring Fling

PUBLISHED: 08:08 10 April 2018 | UPDATED: 08:11 10 April 2018

A two-weeks-old Jacob lamb from the Stody Estate, gets a cuddle from Taverham friends at the Spring Fling. From left, Ben Aldborough, Mia Blyth, Rebecca Barber. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A two-weeks-old Jacob lamb from the Stody Estate, gets a cuddle from Taverham friends at the Spring Fling. From left, Ben Aldborough, Mia Blyth, Rebecca Barber. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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The Spring Fling returns to the Norfolk Showground today, with 5,500 visitors expected for the popular showcase of food, farming and family fun. Here are some of the highlights:

Max Curtis, left, and his brothers, Josh Hughes, centre, and McKenzie Curtis with a tractor at the 2017 Spring Fling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYMax Curtis, left, and his brothers, Josh Hughes, centre, and McKenzie Curtis with a tractor at the 2017 Spring Fling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

• Go on a treasure hunt

Bring your smartphone or tablet to take part in the Spring Fling’s real-world digital treasure hunt.

• Feed a lamb

Visit Mr Mawkin’s revamped farm and get up close and personal with a host of cute and rare farm animals including sheep, piglets, goats and donkeys.

Spring Fling 2016. Jack Smith. Picture: ANTONY KELLYSpring Fling 2016. Jack Smith. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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• Be a hero

Visit the new emergency services zone and get a hands-on experience with the heroes from Norfolk’s emergency services.

• Feel like a farmer

Mr Mawkin the scarecrow will be at the 2018 Spring Fling. Picture: ANTONY KELLYMr Mawkin the scarecrow will be at the 2018 Spring Fling. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Visit Mr Mawkin’s new machinery zone and discover what it’s like to get behind the wheel of a combine harvester or tractor.

• Take a tractor tour

Don’t leave the Spring Fling without going on the ever-popular tractor ride around the showground, stopping off to see grazing lambs.

• Say hello to Jelly

Spring Fling 2016. Connie the collie taking part in the dog agility course.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYSpring Fling 2016. Connie the collie taking part in the dog agility course. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Come and meet the famous Jelly the Jersey cow to find out how milk is produced, and learn how it is made into ice cream with Dann’s dairy.

• Be amazed by singing and dancing sheep

Don’t miss the world famous sheep show in the company of Norfolk-based New Zealander Richard Savory.

• Hedgehog awareness

The Sheep Show at Spring Fling 2017. Picture: Simon FinlayThe Sheep Show at Spring Fling 2017. Picture: Simon Finlay

Find out how to make your garden hedgehog friendly, play the hedgehog quiz and make hedgehog finger puppets.

• Here shep!

Don’t miss the sheepdog displays throughout the day, demonstrating the agility and intelligence of these incredible working animals.

• Smile for the camera

Isla Moore gets behind the wheel of a combine harvester at the 2017 Spring Fling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYIsla Moore gets behind the wheel of a combine harvester at the 2017 Spring Fling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Get a snap with the friendly scarecrow himself, Mr Mawkin.

The 19th Norfolk Spring Fling on April 10 at the Norfolk Showground is aimed at giving children aged 4-11 a fun opportunity to learn about food and farming, with 70 interactive stands and more than 50 animals to meet, including Jelly the Jersey Cow and spring lambs.

New attractions for 2018 include Mr Mawkin’s Machinery, a revamp for the petting zoo at Mr Mawkin’s Farm, and a new Emergency Services Zone.

Tony Bellinger, education manager for the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association (RNAA), which organises the event, said: “At the RNAA we are committed to teaching and helping children understand about the countryside, food and farming from a young age.

Spring Fling 2017. Picture: Simon FinlaySpring Fling 2017. Picture: Simon Finlay

“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 event is supported by the John Jarrold Trust, the Felix Cobbold Trust, the Clan Trust, Chadacre Agricultural Trust and the East of England Co-op.

• The Spring Fling will be open from 9.30am to 3.30pm but don’t forget to check our live traffic map before you travel. For more information see the Norfolk Spring Fling website.

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