We're opening our gates on 5th June to share the story behind our British peppers...

There’s no better way to learn about British farming and food than visiting a farm for Open Farm Sunday. This year Tangmere Airfield Nurseries will once again open their gates for what promises to be an informative and enjoyable day for visitors of all ages with lots to see and do.

When: Sunday 5 June
Tangmere Airfield Nurseries, The Old Airfield, City Fields Way, Tangmere
Chichester, West Sussex PO20 2FT
Time: 10am - 4pm

As one of Britain’s largest sweet pepper growers, we welcome you to join us on 5 June to discover our passion for peppers and learn all about the food journey of this amazing ingredient – from plant to plate.

Exploring our large eco-friendly glasshouses is the perfect place to start. You’ll see up close how millions of peppers are grown and harvested each season, ready for the nation’s supermarkets.

Meet our team of experts who’ll be on hand to explain how science and the latest technology help us to grow the best crops, minimise our impact on the environment, and even generate electricity for 10,000 local homes.

Take a closer look at the ‘good bugs’ that assist with our pest control and understand why bees are so important in food production. There'll also be the opportunity to taste our sweet peppers; find out what makes them good for you, as well as preparation tips and advice on reducing food waste.

After all this learning you’re likely to build up an appetite – Join our live demonstrations in the Cookery Theatre where local chef Giles Thompson of The Earl of March, Lavant  will showcase some brilliant dishes you can make with our mighty bell peppers and other seasonal ingredients. We’ll also have hands-on cookery demonstrations for children, led by chef Jethro Carr of the Kitchen Academy. This truly is a celebration of all things local and this year’s festivities include farmer’s market stalls where you can get your hands on some tasty treats and chat to the local producers all about their food.

There is a range of fun activities for children, including: bouncy castle, face painting and smoothie making with bicycle powered shake makers.

Open Farm Sunday has been managed by the charity LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) since it began in 2006. This year LEAF will be celebrating its 25th anniversary and we are hoping to make Open Farm Sunday 2016 an extra special year – We look forward to seeing you there!

Here are some of the activities we’ll be running throughout the day:

  • Visitors will be able to see inside the glasshouses
  • Get ready to be inspired as you taste food and drink from award-winning local producers 
  • Watch cookery demonstrations from top chefs including delicious recipes that are big on colour and flavour
  • Sow a seed to grow at home children’s activity
  • Load our blenders with fruit and take the smoothie bike challenge
  • Sausage BBQ
  • There will be plenty of refreshments available including ice cream, teas and coffee
  • Take home your pick of fresh peppers with proceeds to local charities.

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