SCHOOL children were given a sneak behind the scenes at a North-East racecourse on the first day of its annual country fair.

Youngsters from Hardwick Primary School in Sedgefield, County Durham, were among the first to enjoy the many rural pursuits and activities on offer at the Sedgefield Racecourse Game and Country Fair today (Friday, July 12).

As well as greeting friendly farm animals on the Farmyard Flyer bus, the children watched a police dog display, played on fairground rides and discovered more about how a racecourse operates.

Teacher Len Farley said: “They have had an excellent day and they have all really enjoyed finding out about Sedgefield Racecourse.

“They especially liked meeting the farm animals.”

The Game and Country Fair continues tomorrow (Saturday), with the public invited to soak up the sun, while enjoying a host of countryside activities between 11am and 5pm.

Clay pigeon shooting, vintage agriculture and tractor exhibitions, sheep shearing demonstrations, trade stands, food and real ale tents, eating contests and hound, beagle, working dog and cattle displays are just some of the activities on offer.

Admission to the event, which is sponsored by the Hellens Group, costs £5 on the door, with children under 18 going free if accompanied by an adult.