What to expect from this year’s Spring Fling at the Norfolk Showground

The 2014 Spring Fling, held at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Ava Goffart, 6, meets an alpaca. Pictur

The 2014 Spring Fling, held at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Ava Goffart, 6, meets an alpaca. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

For thousands of children, it will be a day with all the ingredients for some Easter holiday fun – and a chance to learn about the bounty of food and drink produced by their home county.

The 2014 Spring Fling, held at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Making sausages, from left, Jake Gilman

The 2014 Spring Fling, held at the Royal Norfolk Showground. Making sausages, from left, Jake Gilman, 7; Jack Owens, 8; Sienna Gilman, 5; and Charlie Gotts, 7. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

The Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association will host the 16th Spring Fling on March 31, an event which attracts more than 5,000 visitors to the Norfolk Showground each year.

This year's spectacle will feature more than 70 interactive stands and exhibits, with activities aimed at children aged from four to 14.

New attractions for 2015 include:

• Eastern Inshore Fisheries will have an aquarium with lobsters and crabs


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• Norton's Dairy will be showing how it makes mozzarella cheese and butter

• Carp fishing – Barford Lakes are teaching children the art of casting and other fishing skills

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• Highland cattle and dairy cows from Eastern and Otley College

• Heavy horse demonstrations

• Children can also take a tractor and trailer journey around the showground, watch the sheep show, see the alpacas, or visit the Countryside Arena to watch sheep dog skills and see birds of prey demonstrations.

Sam Joyce, the RNAA's education co-ordinator, said: 'The RNAA's big objective for education is to make sure people understand where their food comes from, what is local to them, and what is around them in the countryside.

'The Spring Fling is a great way of putting children in touch with farmers and producers and local companies who they would never normally be able to meet and learn from.

'It is so important to grab their interest at this early stage. We push the 'interactiveness' because that is how we feel children learn and remember things.

'Teachers come along and say how much they can take back to the classroom, so it is not just about what happens on the day.'

The Spring Fling is a ticket-only event, and tickets are not available on the gate – as always, it is expected to sell out.

Are you organising a fun event aimed at educating children? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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