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Norfolk HarFest brings the countryside to the city at Norwich Cathedral

Norfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Pictured: Holly Garrod of Norfolk Young Farmers, with Sage the chicken. Picture: Chris Hill

Norfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Pictured: Holly Garrod of Norfolk Young Farmers, with Sage the chicken. Picture: Chris Hill

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The countryside came to the heart of the city today to share a celebration of the Norfolk harvest with hundreds of urban visitors.

Norfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Chris HillNorfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Chris Hill

Norfolk HarFest, run by the organisers of the Royal Norfolk Show, returned for the third time to promote the county’s food and farming heritage at Norwich Cathedral.

Visitors saw modern tractors and vintage combine harvesters parked outside the historic landmark, and shopped for Norfolk delicacies at a busy farmers’ market in the cloisters.

There were also chances for children to have a close encounter with farm animals including calves, goats, sheep and chickens, while listening to entertainment on the music stage in the Close, and stirring orchestral performances inside the cathedral.

Mark Nicholas, show and programmes director for the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association, said: “It has gone really well today, and we have been delighted to see so many visitors, despite the damp weather.

Norfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Pictured: Campbell McCurday, aged two, from Oulton Broad, meets a goat. Picture: Chris HillNorfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Pictured: Campbell McCurday, aged two, from Oulton Broad, meets a goat. Picture: Chris Hill

“We have had a great celebration of food, farming and the countryside at this harvest time of year, and it is a moment just to pause and appreciate this county’s very significant agricultural output.”

Katherine McCurday visited the show from Oulton Broad with husband Greg and two-year-old son Campbell, who particularly enjoyed petting the goats.

She said: “Norwich is a city, but it is a countryside city. This is a really good event because its free and its easy to get to. Campbell just absolutely loves animals, farms and petting zoos, so to be able to get up close to these animals is fantastic.”

Norfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Pictured: Mr Mawkin the scarecrow. Picture: Chris HillNorfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Pictured: Mr Mawkin the scarecrow. Picture: Chris Hill

Norfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Chris HillNorfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Chris Hill

Norfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Pictured: Jane de Feyter, Hannah Wait, and Will de Feyter selling their lamb products at the farmers' market in the cloisters. Picture: Chris HillNorfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Pictured: Jane de Feyter, Hannah Wait, and Will de Feyter selling their lamb products at the farmers' market in the cloisters. Picture: Chris Hill

Norfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Chris HillNorfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Chris Hill

Norfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Pictured: Campbell McCurday, aged two, from Oulton Broad, meets a goat. Picture: Chris HillNorfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Pictured: Campbell McCurday, aged two, from Oulton Broad, meets a goat. Picture: Chris Hill

Norfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Chris HillNorfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Chris Hill

Norfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Chris HillNorfolk HarFest 2018 at Norwich Cathedral. Picture: Chris Hill

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