Mama OWL Blog: Spring has sprung! #Lambing at Lackham

Spring has sprung! #Lambing at Lackham

Monday, 12 March 2012

Yesterday the husband and I took the children to Lackham Farm at the college for the first of their two lambing weekends. We have not been before but I have wanted to for several years. This year luckily the weather was glorious, there was no football match to be played and so we were able to go and enjoy it as a family.

We paid £20 admission for our family to visit. There is a large field next to the lambing sheds used as a car park, and after you have visited the newborn lambs and fed the deer in the field behind, there are tractors and trailers that taxi visitors down to the main 'home farm'. There are hand washing facilities outside the barns to wash your hands after you have seen the lambs and you're also given sterile wipes when you arrive (along with a guide to the farm, and a sheet so that you can enter the farm quiz competition).

On the main farm there is plenty to do and see. There were several stalls offering local produce including things like confectionery and honey, and a farm shop which sold 'Lackham meat'. There were food vendors selling burgers, chips & drinks and such like, and a large fenced grassy picnic area with a handful tables. The chips were £2.50 a portion, and steak rolls were £4.50 each. Having eaten on the way there, we purchased some drinks and sat with my sister and her family while they had their lunch.

After lunch we ventured around the farm and visited the animals. There were of course lots of new babies to meet, the children loved seeing all the new baby lambs, piglets and calves. They were also able to groom a donkey, and a little Shetland pony who were brought out to meet everyone. In the stables there were also lots  of guinea pigs, rabbits and even Meerkats, who were particularly keen to come and say hello to everyone. Even the calves were very friendly and also rather curious, two of my kids got licked after not moving out of the way fast enough!

We were just in time for milking so after visiting the ladies-in-waiting (cows preparing to calve!), the kids were able to see the dairy herd coming in to be milked, which they were fascinated by.

After watching the milking, we had a wander round to see the "bacon and pork" pigs who were truffling around in their pens thoroughly enjoying the sunshine and wallowing in their own muck, and who gladly came up to say hello to anyone passing by.

Walking back round to the main area, we stopped off and let the children have a turn on the bouncy castle which was £1.50 for five minutes. There was also a chair-o-plane ride that my niece had a turn on, and another small fairground ride suitable for little ones, which were also both priced at £1.50. There is a little land train called 'Chuffy' that offers rides around the farm for £1 each.

Late afternoon with sleepy toddlers nodding off on their dads shoulders we had another tractor ride back up to the car park and made our way home. We had a really lovely day and all of the children thoroughly enjoyed it, even my bigger kids who are 13.5 and 11 said they enjoyed it and want to visit again next year. At £20 for the seven of us to visit, it was great value for money and there was plenty to keep the children entertained and for us to look at. The tractor ride was the icing on the cake for my 6 year old, he was happier than the pigs in poop at getting two tractor rides in one day!

Stick your wellies on, and go and spend the day down on the farm! The final lambing weekend for 2012 is next weekend March 17th & 18th from 10am until 5pm, last admission is at 4pm. Admission is £6 per adult and £4 per child (under 4s are free), or alternatively it is £20 per car. It is worth bearing in mind that they do not recommend that pregnant women visit the lambs.

-DISCLAIMER- I have not been asked by Lackham to review or promote their lambing weekend, we simply visited as a family and I wanted to share our experience and have provided an honest personal account of our day.

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