Springhill Harvest Fair returns

Fun at Springhill
Fun at Springhill

Springhill is the place to be on Sunday, October 4, for the return of their fantastic Harvest and Country Fair.

The event which welcomed almost 2,000 visitors in 2014 takes place at the historic National Trust property in Moneymore. This year’s line-up promises to be better as the property once again comes to life with even more sights, sounds and smells of the country.

Visitors can choose from a fantastic selection of craft, gift and produce stalls selling everything from knitted goods and country crafts, handmade pottery, cupcakes, baked items and hand-crafted wooden items for the home. A new exhibitor for this year is Long Meadow Cider, a family run business located in the outskirts of Portadown. Come along and buy some of their award winning ciders.

One of the many highlights of the day will be the fantastic variety of rural craft and old farming demonstrations taking place across the site. The Old Loughry Heritage Group will demonstrate the skill of traditional bread-making. Wool spinning, bee keeping, vintage tractor display and horse-threshing will complete the displays and provide fantastic entertainment for all the family.

A new addition to this year’s demonstrations will be a unique display from Straw Craft Ireland. Paul Carville is continuing on the tradition of using straw to weave and sculpt anything from household items to items of clothing using straw as his only material. Another addition to the line-up of entertainment will be the Armagh Rhymers who will provide a unique musical experience throughout the afternoon.

The little ones will love the mobile farm set up by Blackberry Farm. The Little Farm provides an unforgettable experience giving children and adults the opportunity to hold, pet, feed and groom the animals. Children can have their face painted, have a go on the vintage amusements and explore the fantastic Scarecrow Trail. Scarecrows belonging to Moneymore Primary School, Superstars, Cottage Rose, The Hub Cookstown, Tiny Tots Moneymore and Cookstown Primary School are lost in Springhill estate, can you find them? Come along to join the search and vote for your favourite scarecrow.

Take a look “behind the wall” as the Springhill community allotments open to the public to give visitors a unique opportunity to see the plots in action.

Allotment produce including plants, vegetables, jams, chutneys and soups will be available to buy and visitors will have a chance to experience the grounds of Springhill in a new light as our ranger will be running a number of Harvest Garden tours throughout the day – an experience not to be missed.

With endless activities to keep you entertained, the Springhill Harvest and Country Fair promises to be a fantastic day out for all the family. See the house decorated for Harvest and learn about how the Lenox-Conyngham family would have celebrated this festival.

Springhill’s autumn colours are a beautiful sight, not to be missed. Take the opportunity to see the golden and russet tones around the estate whilst the kids continue to tick off their “50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾”. Springhill has a number of walks around the property which form part of the ‘Great NI Walk’, taking place at various National Trust properties. Enjoy some tasty treats in the Servants’ Hall Tea Room or grab a burger from the barbecue point and wash it down with a glass of freshly pressed apple juice. Visit the Well-Read Bookshop to pick up some essential reads to see you through the autumn and winter.

The Springhill Harvest and Country Fair will take place on Sunday 4 October from 12-5pm. Adult £5.25, child £2.50, family £13.00 National Trust members free. For further information call 028 8674 8210 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/springhill and Facebook NationalTrustMidUlster.