Amberley Cow Hunt

It’s back and this year celebrating its 10th Anniversary…

On Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th May once again the village of Amberley and parts of the surrounding common will see the first stampede of cows as the moo-valous Amberley Parochial School Cow Hunt returns.

To celebrate the forthcoming arrival of the real cows to the surrounding National Trust Common, over 30 wonderfully dressed up (wooden) cows will be located in various places around the village of Amberley and the surrounding Common.

As well as spotting all the ‘amoosingly’ named cows, there will be the now infamous Vintage tea tent on the school green, complete with a sumptuous array of homemade cakes and wonderful views.

First organised 10 years ago, the Cow Hunt was first thought up by school parent and PTA member, Anne Hampton, who had two children at the school at the time. This year is not only the 10th anniversary but also Anne’s last year at the school as her youngest son heads to secondary school in September. In her final year Anne will be joining the Cow Hunt organising committee and passing on these words of wisdom: “families love to enjoy the beautiful countryside around them, but sometimes they need an incentive for children and grandparents, just to get them started. Spotting cows with imaginative names and indulging in a sumptuous feast at the tea tent seems just the thing for the hundreds of families who come back to the cow hunt each year. Its lovely to see so many people having the time of the lives”

The first cow hunt saw just 20 cows around the village and one small tea tent in a parent’s garden. Over the years it has grown in popularity far beyond the imaginations of the committee organising the first Cow Hunt back in 2008. We now welcome thousands of visitors over the Bank Holiday weekend, serve over 2000 slices of cake, sell over 300 ice creams (even in the wettest of years) and 35 cows (and sometimes a donkey) are now dressed by families and friends of the school.

Face painting and other children’s activities will be the order of the day on the green along with the fabulous Cow Hunt quiz, a visit from Bath based charity “Send a Cow’, whom we support each year, and maybe a surprise or two, to mark our 10th anniversary.

So join us once again in our quintessentially country village for a truly wonderful afternoon of British eccentricity.

Quiz sheets and trail maps are available from the start of the trail – outside Amberley Parochial School.

Funds raised go to help the school, as well as Bath based charity Send a Cow, which provides livestock for families in Africa.