Exhibitors

 

Countryside Live at the Ledston Estate 2014
EXHIBITOR LIST AND THEIR ACTIVITIES

ARENA

We have put together an exciting arena programme that includes: gundog training; a display of indigenous birds of prey; Shetland ponies, and the Royal Pigeon Racing Association. You are free to watch any of the demonstrations throughout the day so make sure you catch your favourites.


ALPACAS

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Alpaca display and talk on alpacas and fleece

Come along and meet the County Alpacas and learn more about these fascinating animals. We can do regular talks to large groups lasting about 15 minutes and then general questions and answers.

This is a drop in activity for any age range.

Visit their website:www.countyalpacas.co.uk .

If you would like Shaun and Julie from County Alpacas to visit your school with some alpacas, they would be delighted to do so, please email them shaun@countyalpacas.co.uk


ANIMALS IN TUITION

Creature Features

Focusing on senses and adaptations, this is your chance to meet some fascinating animals, with lots of interesting facts and information and even the opportunity to do some animal handling. Come and meet snakes, invertebrates and some surprise visitors (with 8 legs) that you will not want to miss.

National Curriculum: Life processes and living things : habitats/senses/adaptations

This is a bookable activity. Age range – any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity – 30 minutes.

Visit their website: www.animalsintuition.co.uk


 BARKSTON ASH BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION 
& LEEDS BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION

Beekeeping

An introduction to beekeeping, the importance of bees for pollination, viewing honeybees in an observation hive, details of a hive, honey tasting, dressing in beekeeper suits.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – KS2. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of the activity 25 minutes.


 THE BAT SHOW Going Batty

Meet some bats and see how tiny, furry and cute they are. Find out where they live and what they eat. They are completely harmless, and they are beneficial to the environment. And they are not blind; nor do they suck your blood. Bats use high-pitched sound to navigate and find their insect prey. Normally we can’t hear that sound, but we’ll have equipment that will let you hear it and let you into the secret world of bats. And there’ll be a few different sorts of bats for you to see.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity – 30 minutes.

Visit the local bat group’s website: www.westyorkshirebats.org.uk  and also the Bat Conservation Trust www.bats.org.uk

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BEAGLES

 

 Come along and meet the beagles from The Airedale and Colne Valley packs

The Association of Masters of Harriers & Beagles, the Organisation that regulates Beagle packs, recommends trail hunting as an alternative activity to live quarry hunting (pending repeal of the Hunting Act). It describes trail hunting as the hunting of an artificial scent and recommends that hunts use the scent of a hare. The Association states that “There is no reason why huntsman or followers should know in advance the route hounds will take when following a trail, thus closely matching hunting in its traditional form”.

The official website of DEFRA, the Government Ministry with responsibility for the countryside, states “Trail hunting is perfectly legal, as long as animal welfare and other laws are not broken in the process of obtaining the scent. Many hunts have adopted some form of trail hunting in place of live quarry hunting. The Government has said that it welcomes this, provided that the hunts are genuinely intending to stay within the law and not trying to use the practice as a subterfuge for engaging in illegal hunting activities.”

This is a drop-in activity for any age range.

Visit their website: http://www.amhb.org.uk/

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 BRITISH HORSERACING EDUCATION AND STANDARDS TRUST  - RACING TO SCHOOL 

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Weighing In

Pupils will get an insight into life of a jockey and see what goes on behind the scenes in the Weighing Room. They will see a practical application of the maths they learn in the classroom.

This is a bookable activity for 7+ year olds. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 25 minutes.

National Curriculum– Functional Maths.

Visit their website: www.racingtoschool.co.uk and www.bhest.co.uk

 


BRITISH WATERFOWL ASSOCIATION – unfortunately due to unforseen circumstances the British Watefowl are unable to join us this yearBritish Waterfowl Logo

Come and see the ducks.

An opportunity for children to learn about ducks and their uses to man.

This is a drop-in activity for any age range.

Visit their website: www.waterfowl.org.uk

 

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 THE BUG LADY

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‘Meet the Bugs!’

A ‘Meet the Bugs!’ Workshop gives you the opportunity to meet a range of tropical invertebrates and to learn more about where they live, what they eat and their importance in the natural world. The bugs you will meet include various species of stick insects, cockroaches and snails.

National Curriculum: Science, Geography, KS1 and KS2.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of the activity 30 minutes.

Visit their website www.the-bug-lady.com


 CORNDOLLY MAKING

Come and see the demonstration of corn weaving and dolly making. Each child makes a countryman’s favour. These were worn by farm workers at country fairs to signify the type of work they did e.g. shepherd would have wool in his favour.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – 6 years upwards. Group size up to 30 – we can take two groups at a time so 60 per session. Approximate duration of activity 35 minutes.

 

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COUNTRYSIDE LEARNING- 3 separate activities

Countryside Learning

1. Sowing the seeds of growth

Children will have the opportunity to make their own newspaper plant pot, in it they can plant a bean seed which they can take away with them. Once germinated, they will be able to plant the pot and seedling directly into the ground and watch the beans grow.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of the activity 20 minutes.

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2. Felt Making

The children will find out more about fleeces and wool and make a simple felt flower to take home.

This is a bookable activity. Age range any (FS may require adult help). Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

National Curriculum: Art, Design and Technology, Science (materials). 

The wool tops for this activity are provided by Northbank Wool Ltd. You can email  Andrew Bowman on ajb@wooltops.co.uk

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3. Tremendous Trees

Children will learn what a forester wears when he cuts down a tree how to tell the age of a tree once its been cut down, previously prepared tree discs will be available for the children to count the rings and then each child can take a disc back to school with them. We will then build a tree out of children.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of the activity 30 minutes.

Also twice a day there will be an opportunity to watch a tree being felled.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – any. Group size up to 90. (3 separate groups) Approximate duration of the activity 45 minutes.

 Visit their website: www.countrysidelearning.org


 

 

 THE DONKEY SANCTUARY – UNFORTUNATELY THEY CAN’T JOIN US THIS YEAR, BUT HOPE TO RETURN IN 2015.

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Animal care – donkeys, raising awareness of charity’s work

Animal care to include grooming, care of the donkey including feeding and general donkey information. Information about the charity’s work which offers donkey riding therapy to special needs/disabled children.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – all KS1 and KS2. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 20 minutes.

Visit their website: http://www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/

 


ENVIRONMENTAL EXPLORERS 
Delivered by Kerry Netherway, GoCave.com

Owls in the Countryside

Introduction talk about the different types of owls in the British countryside, what they eat and how they hunt for their food. Then with their helpers (from schools) pupils can get hands on investigating the contents of owl pellets to see what they’ve been eating.

PLEASE NOTE THAT TEACHERS AND ADULT HELPERS ARE REQUIRED TO HELP WITH THIS ACTIVITY

National Curriculum: Habitats, adaptation and moving and growing

This is a bookable activity. Age range 7+. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30mins.

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  FALCONRY

There will be an all day static display of birds of prey, together with flying demonstrations as part of the arena programme from Xtreme Falconry. During the day he will be able to answer questions and talk to children about the birds and their role in the countryside.

This is a drop-in activity for any age range.

 


FARMING AND COUNTRYSIDE LEARNING (FACE)

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Food from Farming

Children will meet ‘Mabel’, a full size model dairy cow, and have an opportunity to milk her. The children will be introduced to the milk production process, and learn about milk and milk products and their contribution to a balanced diet. During the session the children will also make some butter, which they may return to sample later in the day.

This is a bookable activity. Age range any . Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 25 minutes.

National Curriculum – Understanding where our food comes from/healthy eating.

Visit their website: www.face-online.org.uk


 FERRETWORLD ROADSHOW

1) A History of ferrets from Romans through to Modern Day with Q and A Sheets
2) A description of hunting with ferrets combined with student participation”finding the ferret” using a metal detector in a grid to demonstrate problem solving
3) The children race the ferret in 2 teams down large pipes.

 This is a bookable activity for ages 5+ . Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

National Curriculum: History, Food Chains, Physical Exercise

Visit their website: http://www.ferretworld.co/

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GREEN MONSTER ARTS

 

Grasshead Trolls**

Each child will make a troll out of tights, sawdust, googly eyes and rubber bands, the troll will have grass seeds in its head and can be taken home or to school and watered and the grassy hair will grow.

This is a bookable activity. Age range 6+. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 20 minutes.

Visit their website: www.greenmonsterarts.co.uk/

 

 


 

GROUNDWORK LEEDS (Wednesday only)

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Rock Village

Pupils will create their own community of rock people living in the forest. They need to build a house out of natural materials for their rock and think about what role their rock has within the village community. As the day progresses the village may become a city!

This is a bookable activity. Age range any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 20 minutes.

Visit their website  http://www.yorkshire.groundwork.org.uk/leeds.aspx


GUNDOGS

Dove Valley Gundogs are part of the arena display. The gundog display covers every facet of a working dog’s training, incorporating general pet obedience and problems. You can also meet the animals on their stand.

This is a drop-in activity for any age range.

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 HORSES AND PONIES PROTECTION ASSOCIATION (HAPPA) – UNFORTUNATELY THEY CAN’T JOIN US THIS YEAR BUT HOPE TO RETURN IN 2015

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Tommy Trotter’s Guide to The Five Freedoms

HAPPA’s mascot Tommy Trotter welcomes you to come and meet rescued pony HAPPA Red.

HAPPA rescue neglected horses, ponies and donkeys from over 25 counties in England and Wales. Sadly there are so many rescue cases as people get animals and do not understand how to care for them properly or are ignorant to their needs. There are correct guidelines for all animal welfare set out by the government which are summarised as The Five Freedoms. Tommy will introduce the Five Freedoms in a fun and informative way for the next generation.

This is a bookable activity for any age range. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 25 minutes.

Visit their website: http://www.happa.org.uk/


LADIES IN PIGS  

Cookery of Pork

 Ladies in Pigs provide tasters of British Pork. They also educate children about pig farming.

 This is a drop in activity for any age range

 Visit their website:  www.ladiesinpigs.co.uk

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 NATIONAL GAMEKEEPERS ORGANISATION (NGO) EDUCATION TRUST

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The role of the keeper in conservation and habitat management

Come to the NGO Educational Trust exhibit and meet the gamekeepers who will explain to you the benefits to wildlife of responsible countryside management.

This is a drop in activity for any age group.

National Curriculum: Habitat management, conservation, food chains and webs

Visit their website: http://www.gamekeeperstrust.org.uk/

 


THE NATIONAL TRUST

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50 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOUR’E 11 3/4

The activity will link into the National Trust’s campaign 50 Things To Before You’re 11 ¾  – this is about getting children outdoors and closer to nature.  Children will receive a scrapbook and complete one activity ‘fly a kite’ They will make, fly and take away a kite.

National Curriculum: Design & technology, problem solving,working cooperatively.

This is a bookable activity for any age range. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 45 minutes.

Visit their website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk


 NORTHERN POWERGRID

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Electrical Safety

KS1 – Bee Safe (DVD). Quiz sheets/quiz questions and answers. Electricity simulation. Goody bags and resource packs.
KS2 – Dangerous Close up (DVD). Interactive quiz (who wants to be a millionaire type with handsets). Quiz sheets. Electricity simulation. Goody bags and resource packs.

This is a bookable activity for ages 5-11 but there will be opportunities for groups to drop in between sessions. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

Visit their website: http://www.northernpowergrid.com/


POTATO COUNCIL

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Grow your own potatoes

Children attending the Potato Council promotional vehicle can learn about where their food comes from, how it grows and the potatoes part in a healthy balanced diet. The children will also be able to sample freshly cooked potatoes.

This is a drop in activity. Age range 5- 11 year olds KS1 and KS2. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 20 minutes.

Visit their website: www.potatoesforschools.org.uk


ROYAL PIGEON RACING ASSOCIATION

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Pigeon Racing – the sport for all the family

Learn how to be a breeder, nutritionist, race manager and competitor, all with a little bit of geography, science and maths thrown in. Come and meet the pigeons on the stand and watch some being released as part of the arena programme.

This is a drop-in activity for any age range.

Visit their website: www.rpra.org

 


RSPB – Fairburn Ings

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Pond Life

Identify pond creatures and their position in a food chain. Students will be able to catch pond creatures in washing up bowls and then identify them.

This activity will be bookable. Age range 5+. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration 15 minutes.

Visit their website www.rspb.org.uk/fairburnings

 


THE SHEEP SHOW

 

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Come and meet Nobby the Norfolk Horn, Belinda the Blue-faced Leicester and many more breeds of sheep in the highly entertaining and educational Sheep Show. There will also be a sheep shearing demonstration.

This 30 minute show will be performed 4 times a day at:

10.15am – 10.45am
11.30am – 12.00pm
12.45pm – 1.15pm
2.00pm – 2.30pm

Visit their website: www.thesheepshow.co.uk

 


SHETLAND PONIES

The Shetland Pony has existed for some 2000 years or more. It is thought that they were used as working ponies during the Bronze Age. They were primarily bred in the Shetland Islands and are small and very hardy due to the harsh condition found on the islands. Since then they have spread world-wide with the Head Quarters based in Perth.

This is called the Shetland Pony Stud-Book Society which was founded in 1890. The ponies here today have come from the Sandfold Stud at Boston Spa and there are examples of both ridden and driven ponies. They are part of the arena programme, but you can also visit their enclosure adjacent to the Arena at the Commentary Box end.

This is a drop-in activity for any age range.

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 ST CLEMENT VETS

 Vet Stand

Come along and have a go at being a vet. We have animal x-rays and a toy dog with a fixator. A model cow to assess objects in jelly and a model sheep to lamb.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – all. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

 Visit their website: www.stclementvets.co.uk


 SUN JESTER - 2 separate activities

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Fire & Light

An introduction to the use and techniques of making fire from heating,cooking and lighting prior to the introduction of matches and electricity. Make a simple beeswax candle to take away.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – any Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activities 20 minutes.

Funky Vikings

Construct your own simple template based on a Viking design and use it to make a woollen braid like a friendship band. A proven addictive activity for all ages and genders!

This is a bookable activity. Age range – 7+ year olds. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activities 20 minutes.

Visit their website: http://www.sunjester.co.uk

 


TEACHING TREES 

 

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Tree Shelters

Children will investigate how woodlands provide shelter to animals and plants. Groups will design a small shelter from wind and rain by using the natural materials they can find in the woods.

This is a bookable activity. Age range 5 – 11 year olds. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

National Curriculum: Maths and D & T.

Visit their website: www.teachingtrees.org.uk

 


TREEWRIGHT

Bodger- Bow Lathe Turning and Green Woodwork Demonstration

Through the bodging process of splitting, chopping, shaving and turning,we will be transforming logs into useful wooden items. A full range of our products will be an interactive display for all.

This is a drop-in activity for any age range.

Visit their website: www.treewright.co.uk/

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 WAKEFIELD DISTRICT BADGER GROUP

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Display of badger material and quiz

Come along and learn all about badgers and carry out the badger quiz, answers to the quiz can be found on the information boards. There will be a stuffed badger on display and an artificial sett.

This is a drop in activity for any age range. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 15 minutes.

National Curriculum – Environmental – understanding of habitats.
Visit their website:  http://www.wdco.org/Site/Wakefield-District-Badger-Group/

 


 

WEST YORKSHIRE POLICE – WILDLIFE CRIME

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Identifying habitats and protection of animals and plants in order to preserve our wildlife and prevent wildlife crime

Talk about wildlife and the Police role in monitoring and protecting against crime.
How to look out for wildlife crime taking place.
How to prevent and protect wildlife and countryside from damage and destruction.
Recognising habitats.
Group exercise
Q&A’s

This is a bookable activity. Age range any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

Visit their website:
www.westyorkshire.police.uk/about-us/department-profiles/wildlife-crime


 WILDBEVERLEY

Make edible bangles, bushy badges and scented posies

Find out about meadows and hedgerows with examples of the plants you may find  and their uses as part of our biodiversity. Fruits, leaves, flowers minibeasts all become part of your wild creation. You may make it as a gift for someone, so bring a camera to capture it on photo.

 This is a bookable activity. Age range – any. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.


WILLOWPOOL DESIGNS

Willow Weaving

Join expert willow weavers Steve and Simone and enjoy the wonders of willow! During this mini willow workshop children will be encouraged to have-a-go at creating their own wreath or spring garland to take away. During this process children will have the opportunity to learn about willow and view a variety of examples on display. This is an excellent activity for children to learn some basic weaving techniques and enjoy the relaxing benefits of weaving. Children will also be inspired to decorate their creations with wildflowers, leaves and recycled materials.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – 7+. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 15 minutes.

Visit their website:www.willowpooldesigns.co.uk

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WOMEN’S FOOD AND FARMING UNION

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Wool – how do we prepare it and use it

Why do sheep have wool? There are fleeces to look at and different types of wool to feel and compare. Then twist some fleece into yarn. The main activity is making colourful pompoms using woollen yarn. There will also be posters of breeds of sheep and examples of different uses of wool to examine.

This is a bookable activity. Suitable for any age range. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

Visit their website:www.wfu.org.uk

 


YORKSHIRE HURDLES

Willow Work

Set against a display of willow products, children will be able to experience the age old craft of basketry by creating their own woven fish to take away.

This is a bookable activity suitable for KS2 children. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

Visit their website:www.yorkshirehurdles.com

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 YORKSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST

 

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I’m a survivor
Activity 1: Firelighting and Tree ID

Activity 2: Wildlife CSI

 Class to split into 2 halves and rotate around each activity (15 minutes for each activity)

National Curriculum: Science Life Processes and living things: 1b, 2b, e, g, 5c.
Science 3 – material and their properties: 1b, c, d.
Health and safety 2: b
English 1: b, 8c.

This is a bookable activity. Age range – KS1 or KS2. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

Visit their website: www.ywt.org.uk