NFU Discovery Barn – 2022 events

First published: 15 September 2022

An image of children and their parents taking part in the educational activities at the NFU's Discovery Barn

The NFU Discovery Barn visited 24 events across the country this summer, helping children and their families learn about British food and farming.

The NFU Discovery Barn was back on the road for its fifth season. This year it was scheduled to attend 24 events across the country, from April to September.

Educating children about food and farming

The Discovery Barn plays an important role in promoting our Back British Farming campaign to children under 12. It helps to connect them with the food they eat by inspiring them to think about farming. The barn's activities provide an engaging way to talk to children about food, where it comes from, and how it is produced. 

It also promotes the work farmers do across the country to produce food and look after the farmed landscape for all to enjoy.

Getting children excited about farming can help their food education enabling them to be informed and knowledgeable as they grow up.

Virtual reality

In addition to our ever-popular wooden dairy cow, Annabelle, our virtual reality headsets provide a real opportunity for visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in the world of farming.

Memories are made when children giggle with delight at getting licked by a virtual cow, or duck when a basket of apples tips over on them.

A young boy uses the virtual reality headset to learn about food and farming at the NFU Discovery Barn at Brighton Foodies Festival

Where we were in 2022

We took the Discovery Barn to seven new events this year, including Brighton Foodies Festival, Bedford River Festival and Valley Fest near Bristol, to connect with a new urban audience.

  • Countryside Lincs 2022
  • CountryTastic 2022
  • Brighton Foodies Festival
  • Reaseheath Family Fun Day
  • Royal Welsh Smallholding and Countryside Festival
  • Hertfordshire County Show
  • Staffordshire County Show 2022
  • Rutland Jubilee County Show
  • South of England Show 2022
  • Royal Three Counties
  • Lincolnshire Show
  • Devon County Show
  • Great Yorkshire Show
  • Better World Festival
  • Royal Welsh Show
  • Bedford River Festival
  • New Forest and Hampshire County Show
  • Deer Shed Festival
  • Valley Fest
  • Geronimo
  • Bucks County Show
  • Orsett Show
  • Westmorland County Show
  • Penistone Show
  • Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

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