VISITORS to this year’s Easter country show – CountryTastic - at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern will have the opportunity to learn more about one of our most familiar farmyard animals – the sheep.

They can discover how wool is made into clothing and carpets, get hands-on by spinning wool into yarn and then weaving yarn into cloth on a loom; learn about the different sheep breeds and what they are used for and they might even see a lamb born during the show. There will be a webcam broadcast from a local lambing shed.

The Sheep Show team will be on hand with information about sheep while BBC Countryfile and Cotswold Farm Park’s Adam Henson and some of the area’s most experienced and respected farmers will be talking about our woolly friends.

Head of Shows at Three Counties Showground Diana Walton said: “We love CountryTastic, it’s such a fun show and it’s fantastic seeing all the children having a wonderful time learning about life in the countryside.

“We’ve got lots of exciting activities for all ages with tractor rides, pottery workshops and face painting and, of course, getting to know all of our feathered and furry farmyard friends. Plus, if the sun doesn’t pop his hat on, we’re undercover so we can still have a great day.”

The event which takes place on Thursday April 5 from 10am to 5pm offers a host of activities and attractions making it great opportunity for the family to enjoy a day out.

This year people can get a close look at a range of farmyard animals including sheep, goats, pigs and cattle plus there are many familiar pets such as rabbits and guinea pigs which can be stroked. There are also friendly ponies and donkeys waiting in the stables. During the day there will be a parade of livestock and people can ask questions about the different animals and various breeds.

The Mid Western Gundog Display team will be in the in the arena to entertain and people can ask questions about their favourite dog. There will also be Shetland pony carriage driving and visitors can also meet the cheeky ferrets.

People can join in with the British Pig Association Junior Club pig agility demonstrations and find out more about livestock markets when a mock auction is staged.

There will be the usual popular tractor and trailer rides while Eastnor Pottery and The Flying Potter will be encouraging everyone to get their hands dirty as they teach how to make clay sheep. Budding young potters can take their creations home with them at the end of the day.

People can learn about food provenance and the hard work British farmers do 365 days a year to produce delicious food for the nation and explore a series of games, interactive information panels and fun activities.

Other countryside activities include bird nest making, willow weaving, whistle making and much more while youngsters can take part in free activities in the Play Barn from make and take crafts, hula hooping and painting with Junk Fish. There will also be pedal tractors and bush crafts.

The Farm Kitchen hosts local award-winning artisan cheesemakers, Croome Cuisine who will be demonstrating how to press cheese alongside sausage making and cookery workshops.