Two Norfolk businesses star in TV show

Live: Summer on the Farm will be airing every night this week at 8pm on Channel 5.

Live: Summer on the Farm will be airing every night this week at 8pm on Channel 5. - Credit: Daisy Beck studios / C5

Two Norfolk firms are to starred on TV last night as presenter and pop star JB Gill visited for a new show on Channel 5.

Live: Summer on the Farm will be airing every night this week at 8pm on Channel 5.

Live: Summer on the Farm will be airing every night this week at 8pm on Channel 5. - Credit: Daisy Beck studios / C5

The TV show, Live: Summer on the Farm, is presented by Helen Skelton and Jules Hudson and broadcast live from Cannon Hall Farm in South Yorkshire.

JB Gill, the show’s roving reporter, visits farms and food producers around the country, including a trip to Norfolk. 

Farmers Andy and Rebecca Thornton, who run Wild With Nature Glamping at Manor Farm in Shropham, explained how two and a half years ago they decided to turn a good chunk of their farm into a glamping site.

“We haven’t looked back and because of everyone choosing staycations we are fully booked," Mrs Thornton said.


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Mr Thornton said: “It’s lovely to see people relax. They arrive wound up but they soon connect with nature and unwind.”

Live: Summer on the Farm will be airing every night this week at 8pm on Channel 5.

Live: Summer on the Farm will be airing every night this week at 8pm on Channel 5. - Credit: Daisy Beck studios / C5

The site mixes canvas with luxury shepherd’s huts and JB also visited the Norfolk firm who make them – The English Shepherd Hut Company in Norwich, run by Craig Nield.

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JB stopped by Craig’s workshop on the Rackheath Industrial Estate to talk to him about the boom in business.

Mr Nield said: “This is a growth market at the moment.”

JB said he really enjoyed his visit to Norfolk.

Other guests included Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen and her son Ruben from Our Yorkshire Farm and there will also be plenty of help on hand from stars of The Yorkshire Vet.

The programme caught up with Britain’s Youngest Farmer Joe Trofer-Cook as he continues to grow his little business that captured the hearts of the nation in previous series.

There was also lots of summer fun to be had as the boys went head-to-head in various challenges including an attempt to break the National Welly Wang record. (Welly throwing)

Whilst there were lots of smiles there were also some tears along the way, which is of course a fact of farming life.

• Live: Summer on the Farm is on Channel 5 at 8pm until Friday, and is also available on the My5 player.

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