This year the Festival focuses on the heavy horses at Hay Farm in action, along with other resident rare breeds at the Centre. Visitors can watch carriage driving and enjoy a carriage ride around the Estate as well as seeing vintage tractors and machinery on display and at work, including a milling demonstration. There’ll be dressed harness, a farmers market, the museum area telling the story of farming from past to present, Andy Howey with his birds of prey and a range of refreshments to buy.
In addition to the magnificent Clydesdale horses, including new addition Cole, a gorgeous foal, the resident rare breeds that you can meet at the Centre include Lincolnshire Long Wool and Oxford sheep, Indian Runner ducks, Orpington chickens and - last but by no means least, Thelma and Louise, two British Lop-eared pigs of which only 220 remain in the world. Representatives from the Rare Breeds Society will be on hand to talk to answer your questions about rare breed animals and how the Society works to preserve them.
And last but not least, the Borders Water Rescue Team a local charity, will be in the picnic area all day with a dunking pool and other children’s activities too – fun for big and small kids alike!