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Horses at the heart of farm’s Jubilee celebration this weekend

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Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is celebrating the Diamond Jubilee with a mini-festival this weekend from Saturday 2 to Tuesday 5 June 2012.

The festival themed around horses, will focus on the museums three majestic shire horses Tory, Charlie and Joe who will be on show and working throughout the four days, alongside the farm’s resident donkey Dusty.

On Monday 4 and Tuesday 5 a Welsh Cob and Clydesdale will join the roster and Ginny, the Shetland pony visiting from Oak Farm at Ditton Priors, one of the council’s day services for adults with learning difficulties, will also be at the farm.

Other activities over the four days include:

  • An extensive exhibition of miniatures of the farms collection of horse-drawn vehicles by The Guild of Model Wheelwrights.
  • The farm’s own wheelwright will undertake a wheel tying at 12 noon each day, a spectacle involving considerable skill and lots of fire, smoke and steam.
  • Workshops by Local artist Eva Dutton – for all ages on how to draw horses. Copies of Eva’s new book, “How to Draw Horses in Simple Steps”, will be available in the farm’s shop.

For younger visitors, there is the chance to colour in special horse cut-outs to add to the array of horse-shaped bunting that will decorate a number of areas of the farm. There will also be themed trails and quizzes to try and, of course, all the farm’s animals to see.

After paying the first day entry fee, visitors can take advantage of free admission as many times as they like during Jubilee festival.

Councillor Mike Owen, Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture at Shropshire Council who operate the nationally renowned historic farm museum said;

 “I encourage local residents and visitors alike to come along to Acton Scott Historic Farm and enjoy the great activities on offer to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. The pay once and enter as many times as you like over the Jubilee weekend is great value for money.”

Councillor Cecilia Motley, local member for Corvedale, which includes the Parish of Acton Scott, said;

“With something new and different to look at round each corner, Acton Scott Historic Working Farm’s Jubilee Celebration offers a splendid day out for the whole family. I hope many people will come along and take part in the celebrations.”

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is open for its four day Jubilee Celebration from 10.30am – 5.00pm each day. There is an excellent shop and café on site along with plenty of free parking. For more information call 0345 678 9024 or click here or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.