OPEN farm Sunday at Cappleside Farm, Rathmell on June 11 will include not only a chance to look around, but there will be a dog show, live music and Morris Dancing.

The farm will once again be taking part in the annual event which takes place across the country, is co-ordinated by Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) and aims to increase public awareness of how modern farms operate and show how farmers produce the nation’s food, manage their natural resources and enhance biodiversity.

There will be farm tours, self-guided walks and a nature trail for children. There will also be information boards in some of the farm buildings showing different aspects of the business, which in addition to the organic beef herd, includes a small-scale forestry business where all the timber is grown, harvested and processed on the premises. Several vintage tractors will be on display, courtesy of a few local enthusiasts.

Music will be provided by Rock and Roll band Revival of the Fittest and there will be Morris dancing from the Flagcrackers of Craven.

Refreshments including a barbecue, hot and cold drinks and cakes, will be provided with all proceeds going to Rathmell Old School.

For the first time this year, there will be a fun dog show, including five different classes including best pedigree and best cross-breed, followed by fun classes for children and families to get involved in, including an egg and spoon race. Prizes thanks to sponsorship of Dalehead Veterinary Group and Langcliffe Kennels.

The Dog Show will start at 2pm and will incorporate an agility course set up by Brenda Johnston of Business and K9 Solutions, which will be open for anyone to have a go.

Cappleside Farm will be open from 10am to 4pm, admission is free, but with a £1 charge to park vehicles.