The organisers of Open Farm Sunday (OFS), LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), are working alongside NFU Scotland and Scottish Agritourism to encourage and support more farmers and crofters to showcase Scottish farming this June.

Now in its 18th year, Open Farm Sunday, the industry’s annual open day provides an opportunity for every farmer and crofter to put their stories centre stage, promote a positive image of the industry and inspire the next generation. The official date is Sunday, June 9, 2024, but events can take place any weekend in June.

Annabel Shackleton, OFS manager, says welcoming visitors on farm doesn’t have to be complicated:

“It’s a misconception that you need a blockbuster budget and an army of volunteers to host an event - that’s not the case. There is real scope to develop an Open Farm Sunday format that works for you and allows you to build your confidence by starting small.

“We’d really like to encourage more farmers and crofters in Scotland to dip their toes in the water. Putting on community-focussed farm walks for smaller groups gives you a chance to trial Open Farm Sunday in a way that’s manageable and fun for all.

The first step is to register your event at, and you’ll be sent a copy of the Open Farm Sunday Handbook which provides practical guidance on hosting different types of event to suit you and your farm. Once registered, you can then order free resources, produced by LEAF and OFS sponsors such as posters, signage, gate banners, ‘ask me’ badges, plus activity booklets and give-aways for children.

Head of stakeholder and brand engagement at Scottish Agritourism, Laura Paterson, is encouraging members to showcase what goes on behind the farm gate this June:

“Whether it is a farm shop, holiday let, paw park, orchard, cycle trail, or gin distillery, these agritourism businesses are all located on farm, and bring with them that unique experience that allows visitors to appreciate first-hand the work that goes on by our farmers to look after the countryside, grow or rear our food, and create memories that will last a life-time,” she says.

LEAF research shows that 62% of last year’s Open Farm Sunday visitors reported they wanted to hear more farming stories.

“We know that most farmers don’t consider themselves ‘heroes’, however Open Farm Sunday provides a fantastic opportunity to communicate your achievements, high standards and commitment to sustainability,” adds Mrs Shackleton.

“Energy and enthusiasm are the two most important factors for delivering a fun and memorable day. One in five visitors have never visited a farm before so what you consider ‘every day’ activities, are fascinating and a whole new world to most people.”

Visit the OFS website to find out more about putting on an OFS event, the support available and how to register.