A FAMILY-run farm has "reluctantly" cancelled its Christmas Experience event after a "harrowing fire".

Churchfields, in Salwarpe, has announced that the event as been cancelled as they have not been able to recover in time after a fire on the morning of Thursday, November 23.

The fire involved 100 tonnes of hay, damaging three barns, and saw a large Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue presence for the majority of the day.

Customers that booked tickets for the event are being contacted and refunds are being processed this week.

A spokesperson for Churchfelds said: "Following a rather harrowing fire that significantly damaged three of our barns last week, we’ve reluctantly had to cancel our long awaited Christmas Experience as we just couldn’t recover in time.

"Customers are being contacted regarding refunds/credit notes this week. But we’re back. Our Café is now open as usual and selling beautiful locally grown Christmas Trees and our scheduled Christmas workshops are going ahead as planned."

In an effort to "rescue the Christmas spirit" at the farm, staff are opening up another attraction in aid of a charity.

A spokesperson said: "To rescue the Churchfields Christmas spirit, we are opening up our Festive Fairy Trail in return for a donation to the Fire Fighters Charity - please help us support their fantastic work."

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On Wednesday, November 29, a statement was released by Churchfields saying the staff were hard at work clearing up after the fire.

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue received the first call at 5.45am, and no injuries were reported.

Churchfields also confirmed that no animals were hurt during the fire as well.