NOTICE: After the recent UK-government advice relating to the need to avoid mass gatherings due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend has regretfully taken the decision to postpone this year’s event that was due to take place mid-June.

We are working towards a revised date of later in the year, but as this is a fast-moving situation we are unable to be more exact at present, but will continue to monitor closely and advise when we have more clarity.

We recognise the excellent proprietary work our farmers, sponsors and partners have already undertaken, but with the timing of the predicted rise in cases, the safety of the public, our farmers and staff is paramount in our decision to postpone.

Being such a popular event, we know the public will be disappointed and we thank them for their patience and support. We will keep everyone informed in the coming weeks as and when we have updated information.

Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend has established itself as a family & industry highlight of the NI events calendar.

This annual free event sees farmers across the whole province of Northern Ireland opening their gates and welcoming schools & the public onto their farms.

This event, in its ninth year, is run by a group of stakeholders and volunteers extensively supported by Ulster Farmers’ Union.  Its focus is to help the public, particularly those from a non-farming background to better understand how our food is produced and to raise awareness of the ‘farm to fork’ journey of our local food.

Alongside many farms opening on a Saturday / Sunday in June each year, there is also a dedicated Schools Programme on the Friday giving Primary School children from across Northern Ireland the fantastic opportunity to explore an authentic working farm for a day.

In 2019 Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend attracted over 16,000 visitors over three days.

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