Tatton Park’s farm has many things to be thankful for this year – including the birth of 35 piglets, 49 lambs and seven calves.
The farming year has also seen the arrival of four new goat kids – two Angoras and two Golden Guernseys – as well as a barn full of hay and a large crop of maize to help feed the animals through the coming winter months.
The annual Harvest Festival is the perfect way to mark the end of summer and celebrate a successful season for farming.
This year’s Harvest Festival event takes place on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th of September, and visitors are being invited to join in.
For those with pets, it’s an opportunity to have their ‘fur babies’ blessed at a special harvest blessing (at 2pm) by local minister Sharon Meyer.
Throughout the weekend visitors will also be able to see traditional spinning displays and take part in a number of harvest-related craft activities, including making corn dollies and a harvest story time.
The Cheshire Guild of Woodturners will demonstrate pole lathing and wood-turning and Tatton Park’s traction engine will be running and on display.
There will also be autumnal cookery demonstrations in the new Clydesdale Barn, using seasonal fruits collected from Tatton’s gardens.
Farm manager Jayne Chapman said: “Harvest is a very special event, a time to say thank you for all our new arrivals.
“This years’ service will welcome and bless our special new additions including our adorable goat kids and Molly’s Middle White piglets – this breed is currently one of the four rarest breeds of pigs in the UK so deserve an extra special blessing!”