Guest Blog from Jan Murray, Education Officer, Newbury & District Agricultural Society

Posted 03.01.2014 in Kids, Breakfast Week

Guest Blog from Jan Murray, Education Officer, Newbury & District Agricultural Society

I am the Education Officer at the Newbury & District Agricultural Society and we run a range of educational events, working with schools across Berkshire, to teach children about the origins of food, how it is produced and the benefits of a healthy diet.


We have run breakfast workshops for schools during Farmhouse Breakfast Week for the last four years. The workshops are interactive with demonstrations on how to make porridge and breakfast smoothies through to fun games including egg & spoon races, a sack race and “Throw the Toast”! Students also get the opportunity to meet Buttercup, our wooden cow, and have a go at milking. Finally they get to plant cereal crops - oat, wheat and barley - to grow on in school or at home.

Farmhouse Breakfast Week is a great opportunity for us to educate the consumers of the future about healthy breakfast choices, and instil good habits at a young age. We’ve received good feedback from teachers about the workshops too and they’ve told us they notice a difference in concentration and behaviour when children have eaten a good breakfast.

We’re looking forward to the 2014 campaign when we’ll be holding a further 15 workshops in Primary schools across Berkshire and encouraging pupils to Shake Up Their Wake Up!

Find out how you can get involved in Farmhouse Breakfast Week by organising your own events or promotions.