As a child I was informed by a peer that you fell into one of two camps, Blue Peter or The Simpsons. For me it was clear that I undoubtedly fell into camp Blue Peter. Heck I even won one of their badges after being a runner up in one of their competitions. I created an underwater image to be recreated as a wall mural. So when I was invited to share with Blacks what I got up to at the Countryfile Live event I jumped at the chance. Two former Blue Peter presenters and the fact I am a country bumpkin meant my heart beat a little faster in the run up to the event.
On the day of the event we drove to Blenheim Palace and had the radio on as accompaniment. The local radio station was broadcasting from the venue and we soon heard about all the wonderful things we were to see there. We also heard how the roads leading up to the event were quickly filling up so we tried to get there as early as we could to avoid much of the traffic heading there.
On arrival we were directed into one of two huge fields and once parked up we unloaded the car and set off. Using the double buggy around the grounds was no easy feat so I would definitely recommend using carriers instead.
There is so much to see and do at the event that it’s impossible to cover everything in one day so I’d recommend looking at the website well in advance and deciding on a plan of action. There you will find a map of the area and can print tickets off in advance so you can sit on the hay bales right up close to the presenters. Bookings are also being taken for an onsite restaurant R&R. So if you fancy dining in style instead of getting a bite to eat from one of the food vendors then book online.
One of the most enjoyable aspects for children has to be the petting corner of the event. There you will find a number of Adam Henson’s farm animals including sheep, cows, pigs and rabbits. My daughter even tried to pick up a chick that was days old but was unsure about the rabbits gathered around her feet. Then there was a pretend auction of animals and mini JCBs to ride on.
I loved seeing my eldest daughter interacting with the animals for the first time and also loved the creative crafts such as friendship bracelet making. Of course the one thing that topped all this was seeing the presenters maybe not as close up as I’d have liked but still closer than I've ever come before
Of course I can’t finish this post without mentioning Blacks who enabled us to get into the venue. Sadly we missed their session with British Military Fitness on how to pack the perfect kit so felt unable to compete in their Pack the Sack challenge. However, we did see the Explore Britain area they were sponsoring and were impressed at how much was packed into the area. As geocachers we love exploring Britain and going on walks in the countryside so we found the section really interesting. Thank you Blacks for making the child in me very happy and enabling us to have a lovely day out.
Are you a fan of Countryfile having grown up watching Blue Peter? As always I’d love to hear from you please do leave a comment in the section below.
Disclaimer: We were kindly given tickets by Blacks in return for a post sharing how we spent our day at Countryfile Live.