When should we arrive?
Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the time you have booked (this is the time your lamb feeding session will start). If you have booked a later slot, we suggest arriving at least 1 or 2 hours before your lamb feeding time to fit in the other activities.
Can we turn up on the day?
Yes, you can arrive and pay on the gate but to guarantee a lamb feeding space online advance booking is essential.
Will the new play barn be open?
No it’s still under construction and is set to launch later this year – you will, however, get a ‘sneak peek’ during your visit at the work in progress. We will also have an inflatable play zone undercover in our events barn for the kids to let off steam.
Will there be food / drink?
Yes there will be a catering van selling food – including vegetarian & vegan options – alongside snacks and hot & cold drinks.
Can we bring a picnic?
Picnics are welcome and there will be a designated picnic area for visitors to eat food not purchased on the premises.
Is it outdoors?
No, the event will take place undercover in the barns on the farmyard.
Do we need our coats and wellies?
Although the event is taking pace undercover we do recommend you wear warm, outdoor clothing and sensible shoes. Layers are recommended for little ones as they’re likely to get warm on the bouncy play area but will need to wrap up warm when feeding lambs and on the trailer ride.
Will the parking be on grass or concrete?
Parking will be on our new, hardstanding car park.
What if it rains/snows?
In all but the most extreme weather the event will go ahead as it is all undercover and parking is on hard standing. No refunds will be issued on the basis of poor weather, unless the unlikely decision is taken by the organiser to cancel.
I have additonal needs, can I bring a carer?
Yes, one carer is invited to join you at no additonal cost (free). Please bring your paperwork with you.
Can we handle the lambs?
No. Due to biosecurity legislation, the lambs will be on the opposite side of a fence through which you can bottle feed them – this is to protect both visitors and lambs who are vulnerable at such a young age. You will have chance to handle our rabbits and guinea pigs, and there will be a handwashing station for after lamb feeding and animal handling activities.
I’m pregnant, can I feed the lambs?
No, it is advised that pregnant women don’t come into close contact with sheep or lambs as some infections could put your or your baby at risk. You can still watch the lamb feeding. For more information, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/pregnancy/why-should-pregnant-women-avoid-sheep-during-the-lambing-season/
My child is under 2 and gets free entry – can they feed the lambs?
Under 2s can bottle feed the lambs under the supervision of a responsible, paying adult but won’t have their own lamb feeding ‘slot’.
Is it the same as last year/ will it be on the original fun farm site?
No. This is a pop-up event taking place on the farmyard near where our new playbarn is taking shape. The entire event will be undercover and parking will be on hardstanding.
What else is there to do?
You can meet and handle our small animals, see our rare breed, hop on Farmer Ray’s trailer ride around the farm, follow the fun ‘sheepy’ quiz trail and bounce till they drop on our undercover inflatable play area. There will also be the chance to sneak a peek at our new playbarn as it takes shape.
What will we see on the trailer ride?
You’ll enjoy a tour of the farm while Farmer Ray explains what’s happening at this time of year. Depending on the weather, the trailer ride may be around the farm tracks rather than through the fields to avoid damaging the grass plant, but there will still be plenty to learn!
Are there hand-washing areas?
Yes. There will be hand washing areas available for after lamb feeding and animal handling activities.
How long will the visit take?
We suggest allowing 2-3 hours for your visit, but guests are welcome to play on the inflatable area for as long as they wish before and after their lamb feeding session.
Why don’t the lambs stay with their mothers?
‘Cade’ – or bottle-fed – lambs are quite common in sheep farming for a number of reasons.
They’re usually not ‘orphans’ in the traditional sense, as it’s rare nowadays to lose ewes during lambing. However, they often have triplets but can only effectively feed twins, so one of the lambs needs to be removed. Ideally they will be placed with a foster ewe who has just one lamb but, as this isn’t always an option, bottle feeding is the only alternative if the baby is to thrive. In other cases, ewes might not produce enough milk or might reject her babies – in either case the lambs will then be bottle fed.