Where have we been?

The Grow Your Own Potatoes team have travelled all over the UK visiting county shows and school countryside days sharing knowledge all about potatoes education. Check out some of our recent events below!



Countryside Live at Lee Valley - 24th & 25th September 2014 

Held at Lee Valley Regional Park, this is always a well-attended and popular event with over 3000 primary children from the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, visiting the schools days, with their teachers. Almost 40 organisations exhibit and for the fourth year, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority will be opening the event up to the public on the following weekend.

The Big Feastival – 29th to 31st August 2014
Levy payer event 

Jamie Oliver and Alex James present The Big Feastival, a unique weekend celebration of music, food and fun for all the family, set on Alex’s idyllic Cotswolds farm. Enjoy music from top acts, tuck into top chef demos in the Big Kitchen and have your fill from The Menu, featuring the cream of the UK’s street food crop. Browse local producer stands, join a cookery class or get your foodie fix joining celebrity chefs for intimate Q&A sessions. Keep little and big kids happy in the fun-filled Little Dudes Den, join an arts & crafts workshop, enjoy the Big Top games or take a spin round the vintage funfair.


Connect with the Countryside, South of England Showground – 17th July 2014

Connect with the Countryside offers schoolchildren an engaging and interactive opportunity to learn all about food, farming, the countryside and the environment. The many ‘hands-on’ activities support the National Curriculum and will help pupils find out about food production and the countryside. The day includes ‘The Sheep Show’ – a fun and educational look at different breeds of sheep and the process involved in turning a fleece into a jumper, a birds of prey demonstration and a variety of workshop activities including hedge laying, corn dolly making and seed sowing. If you would like your school to take part, please request a booking form from Debbie Wood, Education Development Executive at education@seas.org.uk. Places are limited, so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Kids Country Food & Farming Day, East of England Showground – 11th July 2014

A fun learning experience for children. The East of England showground are passionate about educating children about food, farming, animals and the countryside. Events at the showground always attract a tremendous amount of support from schools and this will be no different. With everything from working dogs to farm machinery there is an action packed programme that will be a challenge for children and teachers alike to have a go at, all on offer in the space of a school day. To book your places contact Sandra Lauridsen at the showground on 01733 363514 or email slauridsen@eastofengland.org.uk.

Royal Norfolk Show – 25th & 26th June 2014
Levy payer event 
Come and enjoy a great family day out at the largest annual event in Norfolk, with over 100,000 visitors. The Show offers 10 hours of entertainment each day from spectacular Grand Ring displays, traditional livestock and equine classes, to a live music stage, mini farm, celebrity guests and over 650 stands for those who love shopping. There's something for everyone. 

Countryside Live at Ledston – 21st & 22nd May 2014

The mission of Countryside Learning is a simple one. It is to educate, inform and inspire children, parents and teachers, so they can enjoy and appreciate the countryside while having a greater understanding of the wide range of issues surrounding it. Held at Ledston Estate, near Castleford in West Yorkshire, it’s a fun, educational school day out, with sheep shows, gun dog and falconry displays and a Shetland pony cavalcade!

Suffolk Show – 28th & 29th May 2014
Levy payer event 

Suffolk Show is a full day out for the family, and a wonderful chance to see and touch so many farm animals and rare breeds, large and small, close up and in one place. There’s plenty more to see and do, including a stunt bike display, the Shetland Pony Grand National, a fairground and Sports Village, sheep shearing, local food and drink tasting and a Caribbean steel band! Potato grower Bruce Kerr manned the AHDB Potatoes stand for us, and will have lots of fun information on potatoes and how they grow. 

Countryside Days, Great Yorkshire Showground – 10th & 11th June 2014

The Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s popular Countryside Days are always over-subscribed with coach loads of primary school pupils making the most of opportunities to get close to the animals and learn about farming and the countryside. As ever, this year’s line up of workshops for the children cover a wide range of traditional crafts and skills, including bushcraft, rug making, cooking and dry stone walling. There are also outdoor demonstrations with gun dogs and sheep dogs, falconry and Richard Savoury’s ever-popular Sheep Show, which educates children about different breeds of sheep.

Children’s Countryside Day, Northumberland – 5th June 2014

Schoolchildren can see how flour becomes bread, how livestock are bought and sold and even how to pluck chickens at a countryside day designed to show them the origin of their food. Pupils from 40 schools attend the annual fair near Wooler in Northumberland, and it’s always a great, fun-filled educational day. 

Open Farm Sunday - Tim Papworth’s Farm, Norfolk - 8th June 2014
Levy payer event 

Run by LEAF, this year our promotional vehicle will be at Lodge Farm in North Walsham,Norfolk, with potato farmer Tim Papworth. Why not come along if you are in the area! Farms of every size and type are invited to open their gates to the public on Open Farm Sunday. It is up to the farmer to decide on the size and type of event to host, the key is to showcase the huge variety of farms producing great food with care for the countryside. There are FREE resources available to help farmers at www.farmsunday.org.

Countryside Live at Ledston - 21st & 22nd May 2014

The mission of Countryside Learning is a simple one. It is to educate, inform and inspire children, parents and teachers, so they can enjoy and appreciate the countryside while having a greater understanding of the wide range of issues surrounding it. Held at Ledston Estate, near Castleford in West Yorkshire, it’s a fun, educational school day out, with sheep shows, gun dog and falconry displays and a Shetland pony cavalcade!

School Farm & Country Fair – 24th April 2014

Around 50,000 children have attended this event at Suffolk Showground since 2001, which gives school pupils a day of food and farming discovery and hands-on opportunities to discover where their food comes from, see animals and machinery at work and gain some experience and knowledge of the countryside. This year live demonstrations include sheep shearing, ferret racing, gun dog displays and a reenactment by the Museum of East Anglian Life, revealing how farming methods and machinery have changed over the years. Children can also participate in food sampling as well as enjoying a tractor trailer ride to the ancient woodland trail and wildlife area to dissect owl pellets! It promises to be a great day and we hope to see you there. 

Norfolk Spring Fling – 9th April 2014

In conjunction with Greenvale this is always a really well attended event with around 2000 children attending the unit in just one day. The show itself attracts in the region of 5000 visitors for a fun filled, educational day out to learn more about food, farming and the countryside. There were over 70 interactive stands and a variety of animals including cows, goats, owls, ponies and of course the dancing sheep in The Sheep Show! Children could take a journey around the Showground on a tractor ride and visit the Countryside Area to watch sheep dog demonstrations, sit on a vintage tractor and see birds of prey in action.

Countryside Live at Lee Valley – 25th & 26th September 2013

Held at Lee Valley Regional Park, this is always a well-attended and popular event with over 3000 primary children from the London Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Enfield, Hackney, Haringey, Havering, Lambeth, Lewisham, Newham, Redbridge, Southwark, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest, visiting the schools days, with their teachers. Almost 40 organisations exhibit and for the fourth year, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority will be opening the event up to the public on the following weekend.

Royal Welsh Show – 22nd to 25th July 2013

The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society was formed in 1904, and the first show was held in Aberystwyth in the same year. The Society has come a long way since those early days and the Royal Welsh Show has become an important event in the Welsh calendar attracting some 230,000 people over the course of the four days and is supported by approximately 18,146 staunch members. This will be the first time we have attended the Royal Welsh Show and hopefully the weather will be as good as it was in 2012.

Newport Show – 13th July 2013
Levy payer event

With its roots firmly embedded in Shropshire’s agricultural industries, the show remains a traditional crowd-puller but with many modern twists making it a must for families from the non-farming community alike. Expect a programme packed full of family activities, thrilling main ring attractions, fabulous food from across the region and brilliant children’s entertainment on what we hope will be a gloriously sunny Saturday.

Great Yorkshire Show - 9th to 11th July 2013  

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Great Yorkshire Show is the North's leading Agricultural event based on the 250-acre Great Yorkshire Showground, on the edge of the Spa Town of Harrogate. The Main Ring is the hub of the Show providing a wonderful setting for international show jumping and world class cattle parade. The showground is filled with animals, country demonstrations, have-a-go activities and the Great Yorkshire Cheese and Dairy Show. Plus there's fashion, rural crafts, shopping and much, much more!

East of England Kids Food & Farming Day – 5th July 2013

A fun learning experience for children. The East of England showground are passionate about educating children about food, farming, animals and the countryside. Events at the showground always attract a tremendous amount of support from schools and this will be no different. With everything from working dogs to farm machinery there is an action packed programme that will be a challenge for children and teachers alike to have a go at all on offer in the space of a school day. To book your places contact Sandra Lauridsen at the showground on 01733 234451 or email slauridsen@eastofengland.org.uk.

The Royal Norfolk Show – 26th to 27th June 2013

The Royal Norfolk Show celebrates everything that's Norfolk. Come and enjoy a great family day out at the largest annual event in the county, with over 100,000 visitors. The Show offers 10 hours of entertainment each day from spectacular Grand Ring displays, traditional livestock and equine classes, to a live music stage, celebrity guests and over 650 stands for those who love shopping. There's something for everyone.

East of England Kids Food & Farming Day – 5th July 2013

A fun learning experience for children. The East of England showground are passionate about educating children about food, farming, animals and the countryside. Events at the showground always attract a tremendous amount of support from schools and this will be no different. With everything from working dogs to farm machinery there is an action packed programme that will be a challenge for children and teachers alike to have a go at all on offer in the space of a school day. To book your places contact Sandra Lauridsen at the showground on 01733 234451 or email slauridsen@eastofengland.org.uk.

Devon County Show – 16th to 18th May 2013


The Devon County Show is the biggest event in the county calendar and is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing day out sampling the many wonders of the local countryside. From fabulous livestock and fine local food, magnificent flowers and gardens, to rural skills and country pursuits and practically non-stop activity in six rings, there’s something for everyone who loves the Devon way of life.

Suffolk School Day – 25th April 2013

One day event especially for local schools and really well attended lots for schools to take part in and usually really well attended with a waiting list for local schools wanting to come along.

Norfolk Spring Fling – 10 April 2013

Levy payer event
In conjunction with Greenvale this is always a really well attended event with in excess of 2000 children attending the unit in just one day. The show itself attracts in the region of 5000 visitors.

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