Springtime Live: Animal delights for young visitors

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

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A day of creature comforts enticed young children to get up close to farmyard favourites at a popular annual event in Harrogate.

Aimed at families, Springtime Live at the Great Yorkshire Showground offers insights into the way of life in the countryside through demonstrations, workshops and animal exhibits.

For some of its younger visitors, the event is a first ever chance to see and touch animals such as pigs, sheep and horses.

The return yesterday of the rural showcase, which is held by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS), attracted thousands of people. New for this year’s event was a mechanical horse to give children the sensation of being a jockey.

Elizabeth Hudson, charities activities manager at the YAS, said: “Learning through fun activities is very much the theme of Springtime Live and it’s proved a winning formula.”

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