Youngsters took part in a fun day of interactive learning as the build-up to the annual New Forest Show began in earnest.

The New Forest Schools Day is offered free of charge by the New Forest Agricultural Show Society and is co-ordinated by the Country Trust Hampshire.

The day acts as a prelude to the main event and allows pupils from local schools to learn more the New Forest and how it needs to be carefully looked after and managed to sustain its long-term future.

A wide variety of exhibitors take part in the day, which is held at New Park, Brockenhurst, where this year’s New Forest and Hampshire County Show takes place on July 30, 31, and August 1.

Among them were Fawley STEM Ambassadors Eddie Henbury and Alice Smith who talked to the youngsters about how science and sustainability go hand in hand.

They also kept the pupils engaged with a range of hands-on experiments.

Angharad Vaughan, Community Affairs Adviser at Fawley, was also at the event.

She said: “We have been the sponsor of the Discovery Zone at the New Forest Show for a number of years now, and so the New Forest Schools Day has become a regular event for us.

It is always a lovely way to build up to the main show and the pupils all seemed to enjoy learning new things in a fun environment.”

The three-day countryside and agricultural extravaganza attracts thousands of people with dozens of arena displays, exhibitions, trade stands and family entertainment.

A big team from Fawley will be at the show again this year and Angharad said they were looking forward to being part of such an iconic Hampshire event.

She said: “The Discovery Zone is specifically aimed at young people and is designed to give them a chance to take part in lots of interactive activities.

It’s a fantastic opportunity for us to show that science, technology, engineering and maths can be fun.

If previous years are anything to go by, we expect to have a very busy three days.”