Lambing days

Grab life with both hands – go see some newborn lambs

The lambing1 season's upon us and many farms are opening their doors to give you a peek at their newborns. Lambing weekends are popular with children and many farms offer a whole host of fun stuff, ranging from tractor rides to animal displays, to keep everyone happy. Here's our pick of Spring lambing events ...

Ewe and lambs at Hadlow College

5-6, 12-13 March

Reaseheath College, Nantwich, Cheshire
Around 100 ewes are due to lamb over the weekend so many visitors should be lucky enough to see a birth if they stay long enough. You'll find rabbits, guinea pigs and small reptiles, and children can 'milk' a wooden cow, climb on tractors and enter competitions.
Further information: 01270 613215

5-6, 12-13 March

Woman and children with a lamb at Lackham Country Park Kingston Maurward Gardens and Animal Park, Dorchester, West Dorset
See donkeys, miniature Shetland ponies, Boer, Toggenburg, Saanen and Angora goats, pigs, guinea pigs, rabbits, ducks and chickens, as well as new lambs. Children are even allowed to cuddle some animals at certain times of the day, and may be able to bottle feed them. There's also a play area, sand pit and willow tunnel to explore.
Further information: 01305 215003

12-13 March

Hadlow College, Tonbridge, Kent
Have your photo taken with a newborn lamb before taking a tractor ride or watching an owl display.
Further information: 01732 850551

12-13, 19-20 March

Rushall Farm, Bradfield, Berkshire
Bottle feed newborn lambs, see calves and piglets, and enjoy tractor rides and woodland walks at this charity event. All proceeds benefit people in the Reading area with Multiple Sclerosis.
Further information: 0118 961 6107

12 March to 2 May

Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester, Durham
Several different breeds of sheep are due to lamb over a six-week period. You can bottle-feed the lambs, see chicks, and enjoy all the usual farm activities.

19 March onwards

Wimpole Home Farm, Royston, Cambridgeshire
Witness lambing at the largest rare breeds centre in East Anglia, a National Trust property that's part of the grandest working estate in Cambridgeshire. The farm boasts sheep, goats, cattle, pigs, chickens, rabbits, donkeys, ponies and horses, plus a play area, adventure woodland, shire horse wagon rides and more. See lambs in the first few hours of life and you may even spot one being born.
Further information: 01223 206000

19 March to 2 April

Cotswold Farm Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
Enjoy the chance to see lambs being born, with staff giving talks on lambing. There are also bottle feeding sessions twice daily.

26-27 March

Forty Hall Farm, Capel Manor College, Enfield, Middlesex
Further information: 08456 122122

26-27 March and 2-3 April

Lamb with mum Hill Farm, Little Wittenham, Abingdon, Oxfordshire
Find out about sheep production and perhaps even witness a lamb being born.
Further information: 01865 407792

26 March to 25 April

Gaston Farm, Slindon, West Sussex
See new born lambs and maybe even witness a birth. There are also tractor and trailer rides, educational programmes, and the chance to hold a chick or a duckling.

2-3 April

Berkshire College of Agriculture, Burchetts Green, Berkshire
Further information: 01628 827400

15 April onwards

Bluebells South of England Rare Breeds Centre, Ashford, Kent
See newborn lambs, plus goats, donkeys, cows, ducks and more. Enjoy a flutter on one of the pig races, or tackle the indoor play barns and soft play. Go bluebell-spotting on a woodland walk.
Further information: 01233 861493

16-22 April

Ducks Tatton Park Farm, Knutsford, Cheshire
Enjoy talks about the lambing season, guess the weight of the lamb, help create a 'lamb collage' or paint a sheep picture.
Further information: 01625 374435

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February 2010

1 Pregnant women are strongly advised not to visit newborn lambs. Always wash your hands after visiting a farm or handling animals.