Welcome to West Lodge

The Dee family have been farming at West Lodge for three generations. Harold and Millie Dee farmed in Leicestershire in the mid 1930’s, they went on to buy West Lodge Farm in 1964. Harold’s only son, Tony and his wife Margaret took on the running of the farm in 1966.

The Rural Centre was opened in 1995 by Tony and Margaret’s son, Ed. The children’s day nursery was set up in 2003 by Ed’s wife, Mo. The farm is managed today by Tony, Ed, Mo and Ryan Thompson who joined the farm team in 1997.

West Lodge’s mission is to share their enthusiasm for the countryside where children and adults of all ages can have hands on experiences of farm and country life. The farm has won conservation awards and continues to manage and protect the 540 acre site.

A visit to West Lodge gives you the opportunity to explore the whole farm, the livestock (animals) the woods, the fields, the streams and the machinery. Visitors can also handle the rabbits and guinea pigs in cuddle corner, take a pony ride, watch the very popular piglet race or play in the adventure playground. A full list of our activities can be found on the timetables below.

We have a range of walks and nature trails around the farm. They may take you to The Witch’s House or the Troll Bridge or for those feeling more energetic you may want to venture down to the Monks Dam where you can enjoy a picnic next to the stream.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Peak Timetable

PEAK TIMETABLE WEEKENDS AND SCHOOL HOLIDAYS

10.30

Small animal petting session

11.00

Meet the lambs

12.00

Pony grooming

12.30

Piglet racing

13.00

Meet the kid goats

14.00

Small animal petting session

15.00

Meet the lambs

16.00

Small animal petting session

Barrel rides are free at 11.30 /12.45 /13.30 /14.30 /15.30 /16.15

Off Peak Timetables

OFF PEAK TIMETABLE. Monday to Friday term time.

10.30

Small animal petting session

11.00

Meet the lambs

13.00

Meet the kid goats

13.45

Piglet racing

14.00

Small animal petting session

15.00

Meet the lambs

16.00

Small animal petting session

Barrel rides are free at 11.30 /12.30 /13.30 /14.30 /15.30 /16.15

Latest news

SHEEP SHEARING, VIKINGS AND HALF TERM FUN!

On Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May, Farmer Ed will be shearing our flock of sheep with 3 shearing displays daily.

We are also really excited to have the Vikings descend upon us for this event! GASP in wonder as the past comes alive when Clan Wulfhar Viking Re-enactment Society descends upon us!

Lord Orm Wulfhar invites you and your family into his encampment where the site, sounds and smells of 945 AD have come alive!

Viking

Try on swords and shields at our armory, watch our craftsmen making things from a bygone age- and if you're brave enough- watch as swords clash when the battle starts! We will also have spinners and weavers who can show you what is done with our wool when it's shorn. You may even get to have a go at shearing!

Throughout the rest of half term we've got free barrel rides, adventure playground, piglet racing, cuddle corner where you can cuddle our rabbits and guinea pigs. Pony rides and tractor rides (extra charge) acres of beautiful walks with plenty of picnic areas. We've also got a large restaurant serving hot food all day and an ice cream shack for the sunny weather.

Summer camp

We are now taking online bookings for our Summer Camping Weekends. Click on the link below for more information and to book your pitch.

CLICK HERE TO BOOK EVENTS ONLINE

Keep in touch ...

To be kept up to date with all of the activity you can like our facebook page or follow us on Twitter, we will update these sites regularly with any news. You may also want to have a look at our You Tube channel which has some videos of life on the farm !

We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

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