The group had a wonderful day experiencing life on a busy farm. Activities included feeding the adult goats before bottle-feeding kids and some young calves. The children were also able to cuddle baby goats that were just a few days old. Farmer Brian inspired the children filling them with all the knowledge and fun of the farm.

The children got to feed the baby animals

Each child had the chance of being “the Farmer”. This experience filled them with pride and they grew in confidence as they achieved their responsibilities. Collecting the eggs and delivering them unbroken, ready to be sold at the shop was just one of “the Farmer’s” jobs. The petting shed was also popular. The young visitors were able to stroke Guinee Pigs and hold tiny, fluffy chicks. After lunch each child choose an ice cream before packing up and returning to their Laguna coach for the journey back to school.

The children met all sorts of animals

Elisabeth Rawson-Jones, Pastoral Lead at Bethany CE Junior School said:

A big thank you to you, Frances, and Variety for your continued love and support of our children. Thank you too Farmer Brian and everyone at Longdown Farm for giving our children such an interesting and rewarding experience, and Gill at Laguna for providing safe and reliable coach travel.

Frances Cornelius, chair of Variety Wessex said:

I am delighted the day went so well. I was so sorry not to be able to be there with you. Thank you everyone who made this day so special for the children from Bethany School. They had an absolutely wonderful time.