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Tickets now on sale for new-look Norfolk Spring Fling

PUBLISHED: 09:20 25 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:33 25 February 2018

A new lamb gets a cuddle from Taverham friends at the 2017 Spring Fling. From left, Ben Aldborough, Mia Blyth and Rebecca Barber. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

A new lamb gets a cuddle from Taverham friends at the 2017 Spring Fling. From left, Ben Aldborough, Mia Blyth and Rebecca Barber. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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An Easter family favourite will return with a new look this year to give youngsters an educational insight into the life and work of the Norfolk countryside.

Jonny Burridge and his son, Ayrton, of Fundenhall, with their 46-day-old Holstein calf at the 2017 Spring Fling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYJonny Burridge and his son, Ayrton, of Fundenhall, with their 46-day-old Holstein calf at the 2017 Spring Fling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Tickets are now on sale for the Norfolk Spring Fling on April 10 at the Norfolk Showground, 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, giving visitors the chance to ride combine harvesters and try out tractors and farm machines, and a revamp for the petting zoo at Mr Mawkin’s Farm, where children can see animals including “teddy bear-like” Swiss Valais black nose sheep, piglets, goats and donkeys.

There is also a new Emergency Services Zone with demonstrations, hands-on activities and an opportunity to meet Norfolk emergency and rescue service teams.

In its 19th year, Spring Fling favourites such as The Sheep Show will return and there will be free tractor rides all day, with a new stop-off to see grazing spring lambs.

Chester the gypsy horse happily eats the hay offered to him by Lily Key and Amelia Craft at the 2017 Spring Fling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYChester the gypsy horse happily eats the hay offered to him by Lily Key and Amelia Craft at the 2017 Spring Fling. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The “have a go” experiences at the show include opportunities for families to explore Norfolk dairy farming and how ice-cream is made with Dann’s Farm from North Tuddenham, and learn how to make goats cheese with Fielding Cottage from Honingham.

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. 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 Norfolk Spring Fling is always a sell-out success, so we would remind families not leave buying tickets to the last minute otherwise they may miss out.”

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. Tickets cost £9.50 including a hog roast lunch or vegetarian option. Children aged two and under will gain free entry, but food and drink will not be included. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be bought online from the Spring Fling website.

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