College at Lackham set for weekend of lambing

Spring lamb

Spring lamb

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Wiltshire College, Lackham, is busy preparing for the 20th anniversary of its annual lambing weekends, which attract thousands of visitors each year.

This year’s event is on Saturday and Sunday, as well as March 29 and March 30, coinciding with Mother’s Day.

Families can see animals at the college, including new lambs, sheep, pigs, cows and deer, which can be hand-fed.

There will be free tractor and trailer rides between the farms, a round the farm quiz, a bouncy castle and other children’s rides.

Adults can also enjoy stalls selling souvenirs and gifts, plants and farm produce, and a variety of refreshment stalls selling cakes, burgers, crepes and smoothies.

During lambing at Lackham, 600 ewes will give birth to around 1,200 lambs and one of the highlights is being able to witness the birth of a new animal.

Ian Revill, director of campus at Lackham, said: “The lambing weekends seem like the very start of the real springtime, but the weather can be still quite wintry so visitors should bring coats and boots.

“Those who are patient are very likely to see a lamb being born which, no matter how many times you see it, is always a really amazing experience.”

Opening times are 10am to 5pm, both weekends, with the last admission at 4pm. Entry is £20 a car or £6 for adults, £4 for children. For details, call (01249) 466800.

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