It’s the time of year when lots of animals are having their babies. I am excited to tell you that my Ryeland sheep have had 7 lambs (2 boys and 5 girls). All have to be named beginning with the letter Y so we have Yogi, Yeti, Yoga, Yoyo and Yasmin so far with two yet to be named. We also have 3 foals, introducing Ted…and there is Alice and Susie.
As the weather warms up, you may be looking for somewhere to go and see animals, especially over the Easter Holidays. I have put together a handy guide…
Sheriff Alpacas – take part in an Alpaca Experience. Find out about alpacas, get up close and personal with them and take them for a walk across the organic farm and through the woods. They are lovely animals and this is a unique experience. If you time it right, you may see a cria (baby alpacas) born or one that has recently arrived. Adults £20, children £5. Goodness Farm, Strensall, YO32 5TP. 07884 430958
Castle Howard – visit the Easter Farmyard down at The Boathouse from Friday 30th March until Monday 2nd April. Normal admission applies.
Acklam Farm Stays is offering Lambing Experiences, places are limited so make sure you book in advance! Prices are £10 for an adult (16 years plus) and children £5. Under 3’s go free. Sessions will be running at 3pm every day from Easter Sunday (1st April until 8th April) Places are limited to 10 people per session so book in advance on 01653 658281 / 07846 269128. Manor Farm, Thrussendale Road, Acklam, Nr Malton, YO17 9RR
Lambing Weekend at Sledmere. Sat 14th April to Sun 15th April (10.00 am to 5.00 pm)
A special opportunity to meet the newest additions to the Sledmere farming family; Bottle feed little lambs, cuddle fluffy chicks and meet our newborn baby rabbits. You’ll get to see some ‘Lambing live’ streamed straight from the sheds and our Farm team will give you an insight into what’s happening on the Farm during the busy spring period. There will also be craft activities and a bouncy castle. Normal admission applies. FREE ENTRY to ‘Sledmere Friends’ members’
Betton Farm – the farm animals here are always a favourite with the children especially in spring time with our newly born lambs and piglets. With chickens, goats, guinea pigs and rabbits children can get close to their favourite farm animals. Racecourse Rd, East Ayton, Scarborough YO13 9HT. 01723 863143
Playdale Farm – vast range of animals for you to see and feed:
Alpacas, Sheep, Goats, Ponies, Donkey, Pigs, Llamas, Rabbits and Guinea Pigs, Chinchillas and Chipmunk, Poultry, Hatchery. During the Spring, there is bottle feeding of lambs. During feeding we pass the bottle round in turn for a short go, to ensure every child gets a go! Carr Lane, Cayton, Scarborough, YO11 3AT. Tel 01723 586351
Flamingo Land – goes without saying and this Easter they are running a Zoo Trail. Complete your sheet whilst walking around our award-winning animal collection. Anyone who completes the trail will be entered into a prize draw to win a Family Annual Pass. Keep an eye out for their Sumatran tiger cub called Menya who was born last August.
Piglets Adventure Farm – 24th March – 15th April 2018 – As part of the Easter Egg-stravanganza Fun, there will be lambing live, lamb bottle feeding and baby chicks as well as the normal Easter fun plus much more. Piglets Adventure Farm, Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST. Telephone 01904 499 183
Beetle Bank Farm have a lovely collection of new and expecting mothers on the farm. You can view the hatchery (you may see chicks hatching!), bottle feed our new lambs and meet our new piglets. Beetle Bank Farm, Moor Lane, YO19 5XD
Monk Park Farm – there are hundreds of cute and friendly animals at Monk Park Farm! You can meet so many of our favourites whether you’re feeding the calves, stroking the guinea pigs and rabbits, feeding the lambs or petting the baby goats. You can also get up close with the wallabies, deer and alpacas as you take a barrel ride through their fields! Green Lane, Bagby, Thirsk YO7 2AG. 01845 597730
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