Festive food and crafts are part and parcel of Christmas fairs but one being held this weekend has more unusual attractions to offer.
Extra treats on offer at this Saturday's fair at Ouseburn Farm in Newcastle will include a chance to pet piglets which is pretty much guaranteed to appeal to all children.
The farm's resident animals include sheep, goats, rabbits and tortoises and are usually available to view but special petting sessions are being arranged this weekend so that visitors can up close and personal with the piglets. The sessions will take place on Sunday too.
An added animal attraction at Saturday's fair will be a visit from a horse from the Stepney Bank stables just up the road.
The farm in the Ouseburn , which is a registered charity, is promising a day of festive fun at its Christmas Fair which will open on November 30 at 10.30am and is free to enter. It will include indoor stalls featuring Christmas gift ideas and outdoor vendors selling street food and festive drinks.
There will be live acoustic music from North East-based Americana and country band The Peabodys who will be playing in the farm yard at 11am plus Christmas crafts, art and performances.
The farm also has a popular cafe which makes use of many of its own seasonal ingredients.
Families are asked to pre-book a petting session which will take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm - just before closing - on both Saturday and Sunday.
These cost £4 and to book a petting pass for the piglets click on a time slot on the calendar here while anyone wanting to make a stall enquiry can email [email protected]
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