New event launched by the Royal Bath & West of England Society

The Royal Bath & West of England Society is delighted to announce a new event: A Field to Food Learning Day to be held at the Showground on 13 April 2016.

Field to Food is all about educating the next generation about agriculture and food production. The day has evolved from the foundations of the Royal Bath & West of England Society’s charitable core remits of educating the public about agriculture.

The event will focus on promoting to the next generation the producer-to-consumer relationship, with children being able to speak to a dairy farmer and taste the milk that has been produced by that very farmer. Within agriculture producing quality products for the consumer is key and there is a renaissance of purchasing direct from the producer at the farm door rather than a convenience store, with traceability and food miles at the forefront of the consumer’s mind.

CEO Rupert Cox said: “These are exciting times here at the Bath & West with the focus on local food and drink being at the heart of what we do. This new event is the beginning of a new era for the charity as it brings education and learning to the Showground with youngsters experiencing how agriculture plays an important role in daily life. It is vital that as the world population increases and food production methods change, the next generation needs to understand not just how important good food is to their own health, but to the health of the planet; and I believe our Field to Food event goes some way to achieving that.”

The day is specifically aimed at children aged 7-11 with over 1000 children taking part in interactive activities ranging from Sheep Shearing, Cheese Tasting and Cookery Demonstrations.

For further information about the day please contact Josie Weller on 01749 822243 or email [email protected].

Editors’ Notes

About the Royal Bath & West of England Society

The Society was founded in 1777 in Bath by a group of philanthropists led by Edmund Rack. We are a registered charity organisation (Registered Charity Number 1039397). The Society was formed with the aims of encouraging agriculture, arts, manufacture and commerce.

Our charitable activities provide:

  • Agriculture, veterinary, educational and art scholarships
  • Technical events and Seminars
  • Practical farming advice and conferences
  • Countryside Education
  • Diversification advice for farmers
  • Education for children
  • A market place for countryside products
  • Plus all the events run by the Society and the Bath & West Trading Company

As the Society approaches its 239th year it continues to deliver a wonderful mix of established traditional exhibits through to the latest energy technology and contemporary entertainment.

The entertainment and features around the 242-acre site ensure enjoyment for every member of the family and include attractions that are spectacular to watch, educational, inspirational, “hands on” or just plain fun.