Harewood was recently joined by cast and crew from ITV’s Emmerdale. Actors from the series met with national media to promote a major storyline from the programme. After a screening of the episode, Nicola Wheeler (Nicola), John McArdle (Ronnie), Pasha Bocarie (Rakesh), Gemma Atkinson (Carly), Louise Marwood (Chrissie), Kelvin Fletcher (Andy), Samantha Giles (Bernice) and John Bowe (Lawrence) took part in a Q&A and round table discussions.
After lunch, the press and cast went out to explore Harewood House and grounds. The first stop was the new Farm Experience where cast members met the latest animal additions including pot-bellied pigs, alpacas, rabbits and pygmy goats.
Gemma said “Emmerdale Village is on the Harewood Estate but it is so self-contained, it’s rare we get the opportunity to see what else there is! The farm is great and the surroundings are so beautiful, it’s been a great day.”
After their Farm Experience, two cast members made their way to the Penguin Pool to feed the family of Humboldt’s a spot of lunch. Gemma and Louise, met with Celine, Harewood’s Penguin Keeper in the Bird Garden, where they were introduced to the family of 13 birds.
Celine said, “Gemma and Louise were naturals with the penguins. They were very relaxed and clearly animal lovers! They can lend a hand in the Bird Garden any time.”
Alexis Guntrip, Harewood’s Marketing Manager said, “Harewood Estate has proudly been home to the Emmerdale village set since 1997. It was great to work with ITV and to see the cast enjoying the House and grounds.”
Harewood Farm Experience is open throughout the school holidays with additional activities for families planned. Visitors can now purchase goat food from the Courtyard Information Centre and feed the hungry animals themselves or join the keepers for dedicated “Meet the Animal” sessions run daily. Nature trails, badge making, a Farm eye-spy trail and giant games including croquet and snakes and ladders are also dotted around the park.