Today we have a guest post from Debbie from My Boys Club. My Boys Club is one of my favourite North East blogs and I would definitely recommend following them over on Facebook. Expect monthly guides to FREE events in the North East, restaurant reviews and plenty of days out ideas. Over to Debbie:
Don’t you just think that Spring is a beautiful time of year in this country. We see the Great British countryside starting to come alive after a cold, wet and sometimes snowy, especially in the north, winter. And nothing says Spring to me more than watching little lambs leaping and bounding through green fields at Easter time.
An amazing fact is that there are over 1 billion sheep in the world and 32 million of these sheep graze the fields in the UK. Traditionally, in the UK lambing starts in early spring and each Spring around 16 million lambs are born in the UK every year, which makes lambing the biggest and busiest event in the farming calendar.
The female sheep, called a ewe, is pregnant for around 145 days but the amount of lambs born to one ewe varies. The average is 1.3 lambs per ewe but can be as many as five.
So where can you see lambs this Easter in the North-East?
Hall Hill Farm, County Durham
At the award-winning Hall Hill Farm in County Durham, lambing has been part of the visitor attraction since it opened in 1986 and is still one of the most popular times of the year. The farm recently named as the nation’s favourite Farm Attraction is open everyday from April to October.
Lambing season will take place during April and May, when the farm’s shepherd, recently named as the Northern Young Farmer of the year, is expecting up to 500 new born lambs from his flock of 250 sheep. As well as hopefully see lambs being born, visitors can also bottle feed lambs, see fluffy chicks, inquisitive goats, magnificent Highland Cattle and get close to children’s favourites such as guinea pigs and rabbits, as well as enjoy crazy golf, the jumping pillow or a tractor or donkey ride around the beautiful countryside. The popular Playbarn also provides a fun indoor soft-play area for families to enjoy as well as shelter from the rain or find shade from the sun.
No booking required, lambing is included in the general admission fee. As well as seeing the lambs at the farm a live lamb-cam also lets you watch the ‘maternity wing’ at the farm 24 hours a day on the Hall Hill Farm website.
|Lambs at Hall Hill Farm|
Whitehouse farm, Northumberland
Flock to Whitehouse Farm this Easter and ewe may be lucky and see a lamb being born. Open every day during the holidays, Whitehouse Farm is one of the biggest and best farm attractions in the north-east, with a fun packed programme of interactive animal talks and shows.
Here you can hold and stroke lots of friendly baby animals including cute bunnies, guinea pigs, mice and rats. You can also bottle feed pet lambs, meet the meerkats, groom a goat & have a hoot with the owls. The Easter Eggstravaganza and Lambing Season runs from April 8 to April 23, when they are open every day.
Broomhouse Farm , Northumberland
From the Wallington National Trust property, although admission to Wallington is not a requirement or included, you can take a scenic tractor trailer ride to Broomhouse Farm. Here you can get a close-up experience of lambing on a working farm. Not only will you enjoy a guided tour of the lambing shed but you can help to bottle feed the lambs, and if you are lucky you might even see a lamb being born!
Tours depart 12.30pm and 2.00pm each day from the Wallington National Trust coach park and each tour lasts 90 minutes on 1st and 2nd April, and then daily between Saturday 8th April 2017 to Monday 17th April inclusive. Costs are 6 Adults, £5 Children (2 - 16 yrs). Children under 2 visit for free (if they travel on a parents knee). Pre-booking is strongly advised but unreserved seats will be offered on the day on a first come, first served basis at the Wallington visitor entrance pay kiosk.
Ouseburn Farm, Newcastle
This free to enter family friendly farm is the perfect place to entertain little ones during weekends and school holidays. During the school holidays the farm runs free activities for children where they can meet the farm’s newest little animals and do arts and crafts. Located in the Ouseburn Valley, just a mile from Newcastle City centre, it is open from 9:30am until 4:30pm.
They have 5 Jacob sheep at the farm called Chocolate, Brownie, Domino, Checkers and Oreo, which are a rare breed of small sheep. They are piebald, meaning coloured with white spots but the most common colour is black and white. They can have from two to six horns, but most commonly have four.
Bill Quay Farm, Gateshead
Bill Quay Community Farm in Gateshead not only farms for food, but also to learn, preserve rare breeds and provide activities for the local community. Free to enter,the farm boasts a fine collection of livestock breeds including sheep and expect the unexpected with Hebridean Sheep , Castlemilk Moorit Sheep and Jacob sheep on site.
The Rising Sun Farm, North Tyneside
At the Rising Sun in North Tyneside, near the Benton Asda, there is a mixed farm on 175 acres of land and consists of pigs, calves, poultry, ducks and small animals, as well as shepp. Visitors can see all the animals at the farm well as visit the livery, food house and day care centre. All of the farm's livestock are produced either for breeding or their products such as eggs, pork and lamb. Free to enter the farm is open all year round.
A huge thanks to My Boys Club for this post - let me know if you're planning on visiting any lambs this Easter and if we've missed your favourite spot from our list.