Horsing around is fun at farm event

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THOUSANDS of Sheffield residents got one last taste of summer as the sun came out for Whirlow Hall Farm’s annual fayre.

After last year’s extravaganza - the charity’s biggest fundraising event of the calendar - was hit by a massive downpour, organisers were thrilled to see the bright conditions yesterday morning.

Whirlow Hall Farm Fayre'Matilda Hutton gets up close to one of the farms horses with her mum Sarah

Whirlow Hall Farm Fayre'Matilda Hutton gets up close to one of the farms horses with her mum Sarah

Whirlow fundraising and events manager, Lisa Clowes, said: “It’s sunny! We can’t believe it!

“The aim is to raise £17,500 and we’re hoping to see between 3,000 and 6,000 people come through the gate.

“We’ve tried to move the event on and make it more exciting, with a lot of new features.”

Along with thrilling funfair rides, tantalising craft sales and delicious food stalls were displays of duck herding, sheep shearing, dog agility and mountain biking.

Thornbridge Brewery was there with their massive range of real ale - and the farm’s food team was up at 3am getting a hog roast ready.

Pippa Powell, from Bannerdale Road, Ecclesall, visited the farm’s children’s zone with her three-year-old daughter, Freya, and two-year-old, Jasper.

She said: “We have never been to the summer fayre before. It’s brilliant!

“We’re loving the face painting - and we’re very excited about the donkey rides.”

Sarah and Mike Hutton, who live a stone’s throw away from the farm in Whirlow, had brought their twin daughters, Matilda and Daisy, aged 22 months.

Mike said: “We came last year but it was a bit of a wash out, which was disappointing for them.

“This year, the sun’s shining and it’s looking like a great day.”

Sarah added: “We’re real regulars here - we often bring the girls up and have a coffee.”

Among the new events on offer was a fun run and a new 10km Whirlow Trail Challenge, which saw runners take on moorland, parkland and terrain around Mayfield Valley.