Pupils from 65 Essex primary schools will gather later this month for a food and farming activity day run by farmers.

Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) Writtle at Chelmsford will be host the fun event on June 25 aimed at teaching children how their food travels from farm to fork.

Essex Schools Food & Farming Day - organised by the Essex Agricultural Society - is an annual event packed with stalls, educational activities, livestock and farm machinery.

Event chairman Annabelle Rout, from the Essex Agricultural Society, said: "We are really looking forward to welcoming school children back to the showground in Writtle for this year’s event.

"The showground will be filled with exhibitors from across Essex in our five zones, livestock, machinery, food, crops and countryside and environment.

“We can't wait to see and feel the buzz of 3,000 school children learning about the importance of food and farming in Essex."

There will be hands-on activities and demonstrations are, tractors and combine harvesters in action - and locally grown food.

The children will also showcase their entries for a scarecrow competition - with each school creating a hand-made scarecrow based on the theme of the Olympic Games in Paris.

Professor Roderick Watkins, vice chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said: “We’re delighted to be hosting the Essex Agricultural Society and local primary schools.

"This inspirational event is key to helping pupils increase their understanding of food, farming and the environment, and shows just how fulling careers in these sectors can be.”