NFU Discovery Barn – event dates and locations

21 April 2022

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

The NFU Discovery Barn will be at 24 events across the country this summer. Find out where and how we'll be helping children and their families learn about British food and farming.

The NFU Discovery Barn is back on the road for its fifth season. This year it is 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

Shows and events

We're taking the Discovery Barn to seven new events this year, including Brighton Foodies Festival, Bedford River Festival and Valley Fest near Bristol. At these events we'll be connecting with a new urban audience.

Countryside Lincs 2022

When: 10 April
Where: Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln, LN2 2NA
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CountryTastic 2022

When: 14 April
Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 6NW
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Brighton Foodies Festival

When: 30 April - 2 May
Where: Preston Park, Preston Rd, Brighton BN1 6SD
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Reaseheath Family Fun Day

When: 15 May
Where: Reaseheath College, Cheshire, North West,
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Royal Welsh Smallholding and Countryside Festival

When: 21 - 22 May
Where: Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Wales, LD2 3SY
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Hertfordshire County Show

When: 28 - 29 May
Where: Hertfordshire Showground, Dunstable Road, Redbourn, Hertfordshire, AL3 7PT
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Staffordshire County Show 2022

When: 1 - 2 June
Where: Staffordshire County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD
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Rutland Jubilee County Show

When: 4 - 5 June
Where: Rutland Showground, Oakham Bypass, LE15 7TW
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South of England Show 2022

When: 10 - 12 June
Where: South of England Showground, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL
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Royal Three Counties

When: 17 - 19 June
Where: Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW
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Lincolnshire Show

When: 22 - 23 June
Where: Lincolnshire Showground, Grange-de-Lings, Lincoln, LN2 2NA
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Devon County Show

When: 30 June - 2 July
Where: Westpoint, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ
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Great Yorkshire Show

When: 12 - 15 July
Where: Great Yorkshire Showground, Railway Road, Harrogate, 
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Better World Festival

When: 16 July
Where: Stoke-on-Trent city centre
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Royal Welsh Show

When: 18 - 21 July
Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Wales, LD2 3SY
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Bedford River Festival

When: 23 - 24 July
Where: Sites across Bedford
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New Forest and Hampshire County Show

When: 26 - 28 July
Where: The Showground, New Park, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, 
SO42 7QH
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Deer Shed Festival

When: 29 - 31 July
Where:  Baldersby Park, Topcliffe, North Yorkshire, YO7 3BZ
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Valley Fest

When: 4 - 7 Aug
Where:  Chew Valley Lake, Bristol
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When: 26 - 29 August
Where:  Arley Hall, Northwich,
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Bucks County Show

When: 1 September
Where: Weedon Park, Weedon, near Aylesbury, HP22 4NN
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Orsett Show

When: 3 September
Where: Orsett Showground, Rectory Rd, Orsett, Essex, RM16 3JU
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Westmorland County Show 

When: 7 - 8 September
Where: Westmorland County Showground, Lane Farm, Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7NH
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Penistone Show

When: 10 September
Where: Show Ground, Penistone, South Yorkshire, S36 6DW
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Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials

When: 15 - 18 September
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP
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