PRIMARY school pupils will enjoy a host of outdoor activities when they attend an action packed country fair next month.

Sedgefield Racecourse in County Durham is inviting schools across the North-East to the first day of its annual Game and Country Fair on Friday, July 12.

Youngsters who attend will be treated to a bake-off competition, petting zoo, paintballing, pony rides, teddy bears picnic and climbing wall.

Interested schools can attend for free but organisers are encouraging them to fundraise for Sedgefield Racecourse’s chosen charity – ABF The Soldiers Charity.

Youngsters are also invited to enter a competition to design artwork for next year’s fair.

Jill Williamson, general manager at Sedgefield Racecourse, said: “There will be prizes on the day for schools that raise the most funds and it’s a great way to celebrate the start of the summer holidays.”

Due to its popularity, the Game and Country Fair, which is sponsored by the Hellens Group, is now a two-day event and runs until Saturday, July 13.

Guests can also look forward to clay pigeon shooting, vintage agriculture and tractor exhibitions, sheep shearing demonstrations, trade stands, food and real ale tents, eating contests, hound, beagle, working dog and cattle displays, and many other countryside activities.

Admission is £3 for each day, when booked in advance, or £5 on the gate. Children under 18 go free when accompanied by an adult.

For more information, tickets or to enrol a school call 01740-621925.

Competition entries should be sent to Sedgefield Racecourse, Sedgefield, TS21 2HW or