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News release - Issued by North York Moors National Park

Fun on the Farm

A number of farms across the North York Moors will be throwing open their gates to visitors on 5 June for ‘Open Farm Sunday’. The initiative provides an opportunity for people to find out about life on a moorland farm and the vital role farmers play in looking after the countryside.

This will be the eleventh year that farms have participated in the initiative, with Fowl Green Farm, Commondale, Beadlam Grange near Helmsley and Stepney Hill Farm near Scarborough all taking part.

Farmers, Jill and Andrew Kelly, from Stonebeck Gate Farm at Little Fryup near Danby, are hosting a variety of activities to mark this special event; including sheep dog trials, a gun dog demonstration, sheep shearing and dry stone walling. For those budding farmers out there why not have your picture taken on one of the tractors and there will be lots of farmyard animals around along with a variety of displays and information on farming and the upkeep of moorland habitats.
North York Moors National Park staff and volunteers will also be at Stonebeck Gate Farm highlighting our work with farmers to look after the North York Moors and helping with children’s crafts.

Sally Ann Smith, Events and Exhibitions Coordinator at the North York Moors National Park said: “These events are a great way to show visitors a working farm. It’s a fun day out for both adults and children and increases awareness of what farming entails, and the hard work that goes into it!”

Stonebeck Gate Farm (YO21 2NS) will be open from 12 – 4pm on 5 June; entry is free of charge and refreshments will be available. The farm covers 400 acres and is part of the Dawnay Estate.

Open Farm Sunday is an annual event managed by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming). For more information visit
Opening times on 5 June:

Fowl Green Farm, YO21 2HN, 11 – 3pm
Beadlam Grange, YO62 7TD, 10 – 4pm
Stepney Hill Farm, YO12 5NL, 10 – 5pm
Stonebeck Gate Farm, YO21 2NS, 12 - 4pm


Media contact

Tel: 01439 772700

Alison Harris, Media and Communications Officer, North York Moors National Park Authority

The North York Moors National Park
The North York Moors is a beautiful landscape of stunning moorland, spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites. It was created on 28 November 1952 and became Britain’s sixth national park.

The North York Moors National Park Authority works with a huge variety of people to care for this beautiful corner of Yorkshire. Nearly 14% of its staff are apprentices from local families.

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