Families have been invited to a “baa-my” event at Cannon Hall Farm.

All this week, until June 5, the Cawthorne attraction will play host to its first-ever sheep shearing and arts festival, called Shear Genius.

Everything from story telling, crafting, theatre, a treasure hunt style sheep-themed search and of course, daily sheep shearing, will take place at the venue to educate people about the process and showcase the farm’s breeds.

The festival will be based around a specially-created story, which will tell listeners about a young male sheep who was born bald.

Farmer Robert Nicholson, director of the farm, said: “There’s always so much interest in our farm when we do Lambing Live that we wanted to make a bigger thing of the sheep shearing time.

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“It’s really important to us that we educate people about farming, but deliver it in a way that makes it fun for children to understand.

Farmer Dave shearing sheep at Cannon Hall Farm

“We had plenty of people come and spend the night with us to watch our shepherds lamb - so now we thought it would be great to talk about where our sheep fleeces go once they are shorn - and showing them the skill it takes to shear a sheep and why we do it.

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“We thought it would be fun to pop a story in because Farmer Dave sheared an alpaca last year and it looked like he had done it with his eyes closed - so he wanted to prove he could do better with the sheep.

“We’ve been teasing him about it ever since, so we thought we’d go one further and get a story about how the sheep want to shear themselves instead of letting him do it.”

Entry into the festival and the farm costs £8.95 for adults or £34 for a family of four, with a discount available via the farm’s website at www.cannonhallfarm.co.uk .