A newborn lamb.
Europe,  UK

Lambing at Lackham

Being a real animal lover I’m always up to a visit for the farm, but this particular trip was one I’d be trying to do for the last three years!

Every spring Wiltshire College’s Lackham Farm opens it gates to the public when it hosts Lambing Weekends. Since moving to the south-west, I’d keep hearing about them afterwards in the local paper, so this year I was determined to go along in person.

2013’s took place on consecutive weekends in March. We held out for the second weekend in an attempt to miss the torrential rain, but our trip still ended up being one of missing storms by diving into the barns, as the whole month was either wet or blooming cold.

English ranting about the weather aside, even though it wasn’t the nicest day we had a great time. Although the highlight is the chance of seeing lambs being born, the college offers a nice selection of other things to do and the weekends are particularly great for kids.

happy lamb
Happy lamb!

There’s a tractor ride to the different areas of the farm (I found the place deceptively large!) and we were able to see and interact with many animals. Wandering around the farm you can watch the cows being milked, visit the piglets and feed the deer.

piglets
Cute piglets!

We timed our trip to the lambing sheds well – when we arrived we saw at least three lambs being born and then take their first wobbly steps, which was amazing!

A newborn lamb.
A newborn lamb.

Once you’ve got your fill of animals (you can even hold the little lambs!) the farm also hosts lots of local produce stalls offering food and treats, as well as children’s activities including a lambing quiz.

Lackham Lambing Weekends 2016

Educational for kids and fun for animal lovers of all ages, I’m so glad I finally made it along to the lambing weekend as it was well worth the wait. The 2016 dates are still to be confirmed but they are expected to be held in March. We’ll update you as soon as we hear – and hope to see you there!

Feed the deer.
Feed the deer.

By day Co-Editor Keri is a freelance journalist and copywriter, but spends most of her free time either travelling or planning her next trip!  A complete travel fanatic, she has a love of tropical climates, wildlife and afternoon tea (hence the creation of her Global Afternoon Tea Challenge!)

2 Comments

  • Keri

    Hi all, here’s the dates for 2014’s Lackham’s Lambing Weekends if you’re looking to go:

    22-23rd March
    29-30th March.

    I’ll definitely be going again, so maybe see some of you there!

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