Barlborough Hall the backdrop for Country Fair

The grounds of Barlborough Hall School were transformed with birds of prey, horse riding, a dog show, Gruffalo trail and more.

Crowds descended on the prep school for the second annual Barlborough Country Fair. The weather held as some 1,200 people turned out for the event that also featured children’s craft and games, gift and food stalls.

Heeley City Farm brought their petting farm and blacksmithing forge and Sherwood Forresters Longbow Archery Club gave visitors the chance to have a go with traditional bows. Speetley Equestrian Centre ran a jump cross course and Four Shires Bloodhounds caused a stir when their pack of hounds made their way down the drive.

The school parents’ association worked hard throughout the day to provide hot drinks, homemade cakes and burgers to fair goers. A food village included real ale from Fuggle Bunny Brew House, a micro-brewery from Holbrook, and wood fired pizza from PJ Taste.

York Bird of Prey Centre attended with an eagle and owls to hold and the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) marching band of Mount St Mary’s College, the senior school to Barlborough Hall, performed in the parade ground. There were tractors on display, a go-kart track and bouncy castle.

The Travelling Vet was on hand to offer free health checks to pets and Barlborough Heritage Centre put on a display explaining the history of the hall, a 16th century Grade I listed building that became a school in 1939.

Headteacher Karen Keeton said: “What a fantastic day we had. It was a pleasure to welcome so many families to our school site and we hope everyone enjoyed Barlborough Country Fair as much as we loved hosting it.”

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