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A taste of The Good Life

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If you’ve ever fancied a taste of a life of self-sufficiency and fresh air, you can now sample the good life for a day on Saturday 8 June 2013.  Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is offering you the chance to join life-long farmer Alan Robinson as he gives you a hands-on taste of just such a life.

In Alan’s introduction to smallholding, you’ll get to know Acton Scott’s livestock and understand how they are managed – your busy day will include practical sessions on keeping poultry, sheep and cattle, plus a chance to work the donkey in harness, and learn how to trap moles.

The farming fun in June doesn’t end there though.  If you’ve always wanted to step back in time and experience life on a Victorian farm, then Monday 24 June 2013 is a date for your diary.  Dressed for the part in Victorian attire, you can join Margret Newsome to experience a day in the life of a hard-working famer’s wife.

You’ll tend livestock, wash clothes in the copper, churn butter and work on a rag rug, before settling in front of the parlour fire with a well-deserved cup of tea and griddle scones made on the range.

Gwilym Butler, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for leisure, libraries and culture, said:

“These days are a great opportunity for people to learn about farm life, both historical and contemporary, and are set to be a good, fun way of learning.”

Both courses run from 10am until 4pm and cost £60.  For further information, please telephone 01694 781307 or email acton.scott.museum@shropshire.gov.uk.