Being a real animal lover Iâ€™m always up to a visit for the farm, but this particular trip was one Iâ€™d be trying to do for the last three years!
Every spring Wiltshire Collegeâ€™s Lackham Farm opens it gates to the public when it hosts Lambing Weekends. Since moving to the south-west, Iâ€™d keep hearing about them afterwards in the local paper, so this year I was determined to go along in person.
2013â€™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 wasnâ€™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.
Thereâ€™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.
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!
Once youâ€™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 childrenâ€™s activities including a lambing quiz.
Lackham Lambing Weekends 2016
Educational for kids and fun for animal lovers of all ages, Iâ€™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!