Festival of Learning event at Butchers’ Hall.

 

Farms for City Children was delighted to host its Festival of Learning event in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Butchers at the Butchers’ Hall on the 11th of June 2024.

 

With a distinguished guest list including schools, charity organisations, social enterprises, trusts and foundations, patrons, and VIP guests, the charity proudly presented a promenade experience for visitors. This event highlighted the inspiring work delivered on their three heritage farms, benefitting around 3,300 underserved young people every year.

 

Assembling a network of partners, who have all collaborated with the charity to deliver projects, impact and evaluation research, and funding opportunities, the charity was able to show established supporters and prospective new partners the vibrancy and importance of their work.

 

By taking over the Great Hall in the livery, the charity brought the three farms into central London, showcasing the many varied activities that children get to enjoy as part of their immersive residential week of muck and magic. Produce grown in the gardens and polytunnels, demonstrations of livestock machinery, bee keeping, felt making and wool spinning, soil investigation, and even a virtual reality experience of the Welsh farm brought the Farms for City Children experience to life in London. Children gathered from schools across England and Wales to be entertained throughout the afternoon, taking the time to explain to the guests the transformative impact that their week on the farm has had on their lives.

 

With almost 200 people in attendance, the event was an immense success, and for many it provided the chance to meet charity ambassador JB Gill, and long – standing Patron, HRH Princess Royal who spent the afternoon engaging with children from the schools assembled, farm teams, volunteers, partners and invited guests.