Major event at countryside venue is hailed a big success

The event attracted thousands of people.
The event attracted thousands of people.

Hundreds of families enjoyed everything from tractor displays to animal antics during the fourth annual Countryside Festival at Kirkley Hall.

There were a host of attractions, more than 50 stalls and access to Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, woodland walks and the outdoor activity area at the event on Sunday.

A group of people who were dressed up for the occasion.

A group of people who were dressed up for the occasion.

Those attending could go on fairground rides and there were dog flyball, horse riding, cattle and sheep displays. Tractors and machinery, floristry and arboriculture skills were also showcased by staff or experts who came along for the day.

There was a plant sale during the fair, hand-made gifts, authentic crafts and tasty treats were available at the stalls and there were plenty of refreshments, including a hog roast.

In addition, members of the public interested in the courses, training and apprenticeships on offer at the Kirkley Hall Northumberland College campus were able to find out more – subjects include agriculture, horticulture and floristry, animal care, equine and outdoor activity leadership.

Jenny Ramsey, the site’s visitor attraction and events enterprise manager, said: “We’re delighted with how well things went. The weather was excellent and we had about 5,000 people through the doors during the day.

One of the canines that took part in the dog flyball display.

One of the canines that took part in the dog flyball display.

“We have received some really positive feedback, including some lovely comments on the Facebook page we have for the event. The outdoor activities and dog flyball and horse riding displays were particularly popular.

“People also enjoyed going around the zoo. It’s growing all the time and we now have more than 300 species.”

For more details about half-term activities at the venue, visit www.kirkleyhallzoo.co.uk