Welcome to West Lodge
Here at West Lodge Farm Park, children of all ages can meet and learn about our range of farm animals, including many rare breeds, handle the fluffy young chicks, rabbits and guinea pigs in Cuddle Corner and laugh at the antics of our pygmy goats on Goat Mountain. You can feed the ducks, groom a pony, watch and get involved in the ever popular piglet race, plus many more seasonal animal activities, such as lamb bottle feeding in the spring! There is plenty to see and do under cover too, with all activities and a good variety of penned animals on display in our many barns near the centre.
Walk one of the many nature trails, from quarter of a mile to three and a half, taking you through our conservation award-winning farm through woods, meadows, by streams and ponds enjoying the diversity of wildlife on the way. Look up you may see skylarks, lapwings and raptors and if you are very lucky you might even see a red kite. Closer to the ground look out for deer, hares, wild rabbits, foxes, badgers, voles and even grass snakes.
Back at the farm, children can work off their energy in indoor and outdoor play areas, build a shelter in the den-making area, as well as enjoying the free barrel ride which runs every hour. There is also, during the main season, a real tractor trailer tour of the farm available to book. Everyone can enjoy home cooked meals, snacks or tea and cakes in our Rickyard restaurant.
Here at the farm, new life seems to be around every corner! We had our first lambs born just before Christmas. We have 111 ewes waiting to lamb between now and Easter. As in previous years we will have cade lambs who will be ready to bottle feed by half term holiday. Mildred the British White pig is doing a great job of feeding her litter of 10 piglets who seem to be doubling in size every week!
As we think about the new life around the farm we’d like to remember Farmer Margaret who sadly passed away in September 2013 after a 12 month battle with cancer. Margaret, alongside Farmer Tony and Farmer Ed created West Lodge Farm Park back in 1994. She was a driving force and a well respected managing colleague. Most of you will remember her for her guided school trips and her ‘Vicar of Dibley’ Nativity plays at Christmas time. Margaret is a great loss to West Lodge, however the Dee Family will strive to continue to build on the success it is today.
We look forward to seeing you all in 2014