Exhibitors

 

 

Countryside Live at the Ledston Estate 2016
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; the dog and duck show, 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.


AHDB POTATOES

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All about potatoes

Children attending the AHDB Potatoes promotional vehicle can learn about where their food comes from, how it grows and the potato’s 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. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity – 20 minutes.

Visit their website www.gyop.potato.org.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

We will provide a brief background to honey bees and their importance as pollinators, we will display hive equipment, beekeeper’s tools and clothing and allow children to dress up and use them, offer honey tasting and show a sealed exhibition viewing hive with live bees.

National Curriculum: Science, D & T, English and Maths

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 pack

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 WATERFOWL ASSOCIATION British 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

 


 

COUNTRYSIDE LEARNING– 7 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 30 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. 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 7- 11 year olds. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

4. Trees and their seeds

Children will discover different seeds, nuts and berries and how they are dispersed from the trees. We will then make a wind dispersed spinning seed (like that of the Sycamore tree) using paper, scissors and a paperclip, which the children can fly and then take back to school. We will then find out what 4 things a seed needs to grow and play the very popular “Squirrel and Acorn” game.

 

This is a bookable activity. Age range any, but if you book in a younger group please be aware that adults may have to help with the spinning seed. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of the activity 30 minutes.

5. Corn dolly 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 – 7 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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6. British Food and Food Miles

We shall have a list of British Apples and a variety of apples that are available in the supermarket. We shall look at a map of the world to see where these apples have come from and work out how many miles they have travelled to be on our supermarket shelves. There will be an opportunity for the children to taste an apple.

Also have a go at the Red Tractor Game. Red Tractor is the UK’s largest food assurance scheme. Its respected food standards are used across the food supply chain to provide clear food labelling about the quality and sourcing of your food. The children are separated into teams and need to separate the Red Tractor labelled and non-Red Tractor labelled items into separate shopping baskets within 60 seconds.

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

7. Tremendous Trees

Children will learn how to find out a tree’s age once it has been cut down, by counting the growth rings of previously prepared discs that they can take back home with them.  We will then go and discover how we find out the age of a living tree with the aid of a tape measure and calculator. Finally we will show the children what is going on inside a tree trunk, by building a tree out of children. This is a very popular and enjoyable activity that interactively shows what the different layers of the tree trunk and roots are up to, be it helping to stablise the tree, bringing in water, making food etc. Every child will have an important role as part of the tree team.

This is a bookable activity. Age any Children younger than KS2 will count the growth rings and build a tree, the older children will also do the measuring exercise. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes

 Visit their website: www.countrysidelearning.org


THE DOG AND DUCK SHOW   

Stuart Barnes from the Sheep Show, will this year also be entertaining us in the arena with his dog and duck show

 This is a drop in activity for any age range.

dogandduckshowVisit their website www.thedogandduckshow.co.uk

 

 


ENVIRONMENTAL EXPLORERS 

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 be introduced to the processes involved in the growing of cereal crops, and their processing into food products. Visitors will be able to carry out some basic soil tests, identify local cereal crops, and learn how these crops are harvested and processed.

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
2) Pictures and Descriptions of the Mustelid family including eating habits, etc.
3) Pupils race the ferret in 2 teams down large pipes.
4) Pupils may handle a ferret under supervision..

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

National Curriculum: History, Food Chain/Animal Families, Physical Exercise

Visit their website: http://www.ferretworld.co.uk   Twitter:@ferretworlduk

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GREEN MONSTER ARTS

 

Design a Fantasy Play Area

This workshop is a fun way to get children designing an imaginative play space. Participants will work in small groups of 3 or 4 to create a miniature fantasy play area based on a chosen theme. Theme suggestions would be, Enchanted Woods, Farmyard, Space, Fairy Tales, Monsters, Pirates.

Each group will have a shallow box of sand in which to design their play area. There will be a selection of materials to work with – natural items such as pebbles, feathers and twigs as well as plasticine, coloured lollipop and match sticks and card.

.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/

 

 


GUNDOGS

Kirkbourne Spaniels 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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 IAN’S MOBILE FARM

Meet the animals

Come along and meet farmer Ian and some of his animals including rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, tortoises, chickens, pygmy goats/goats, pigs, donkeys, a pony and “Daisy” the milkable cow.

This is a drop in activity for any age range. Duration variable.

Visit his website: www.iansfarm.com/

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LEEDS CITY COUNCIL – PARKS AND COUNTRYSIDE SERVICE – 2 separate activities

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Where the Wild Things Are: A Minibeast Safari

Join the Parks and Countryside Education Team for a hands-on exploration of the woodland habitat, looking for creepy crawlies wherever they might be hiding!  We will take a close look at the creatures we find, finding out the role they play in the woodland ecosystem and how they are specially adapted to live here.

National Curriculum: Science – habitats, adaptation and food chains

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

 

Tropical World LIVE! Helping the Harvest Mouse and a Not-So-Mini Minibeast Safari

Get up close with the supersized tropical cousins of our native minibeasts, and compare them side by side with our local invertebrates.  Meet the team who help to look after these and other animals at Tropical World, Lotherton Bird Garden and Pudsey Park, and find out how our zoo collections are helping local wildlife conservation through our harvest mice breeding programme (and much more!).

National Curriculum: Science – habitats, adaptation and food chains

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

Visit their website: www.leeds.gov.uk


THE NATIONAL TRUST

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50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 ¾  – No 36. Make a home for a wild animal.

  • Habitats matching game.
  • Simple recycled/ natural craft activity to take home.

Join in the National Trust’s campaign to get every child outdoors and inspired by nature. 50 Things To Before You’re 11 ¾ is a list of activities every child should have the opportunity to get stuck in with. Join us to tick of number 36: Make a home for a wild animal. In the session you’ll complete a fun interactive habitats game and each pupil will create a ‘mini bug habitat’ to take home with them. Every pupil will receive their own scrapbook and completion sticker, and each class will receive a 50 things wall planner to take back to school.

This is bookable activity for any age range. Group size up to 30. Duration of activity 40 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/


 

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


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 

Visit their website: www.thesheepshow.co.uk


 

 


ST CLEMENT VETS

Be a Vet

Come along and have a go at being a vet. We have animal x-rays, dog bandaging 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.

Put the Horse in the Field

See an empty field….then like magic, a horse appears! Construct a simple Optical Illusion toy.

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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Build a food web

Students construct food webs to learn how food chains are interconnected.

Students will be able to:

  1. construct a food chain and explain how energy flows through the chain.
  2. explain how all living things depend directly or indirectly on green plants for food.
  3. use pictures and arrows to create a food web that includes the sun, green plants, herbivores, omnivores, and carnivores.

 This is a bookable activity. Age range Y2 to Y6. Group size up to 30. Approximate duration of activity 30 minutes.

National Curriculum Yr2 Science – how animals depend on each other

  • Living things live in a habitat
  • Simple food chains
  • KS2 Science – plants and animals: Adaptations, food webs,

Visit their website: http://www.rfs.org.uk/learning/teaching-trees/


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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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


WILD BEVERLEY

Kites: Make, take and understand flying**

We think about how birds, butterflies and kites fly…and why can’t we fly? An activity which is variable according to age. With younger children, we colour and then fly. With older children we construct the final flying product in full.

 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 HERBALIST

From Plants to Potions with medical herbalist Bel Charlesworth

Practice your first aid skills with a Calendula wound wash, earn your Nettle warrior stripes by discovering its special powers and try a snot-busting potion of Elderflower and Mint. Then find out how to talk to plants and finish with a herbal story tale.

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

Visit their website: www.yorkshireherbalist.co.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 item 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, fire safety and fire lighting

  • Learn about the fire triangle and fire safety
  • What fuels work best and why
  • Collect your own fuel
  • Make your own (small) fire

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