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 weekends and school holidays

10.30

Small animal petting session

11.00

Meet the Lambs

11.30

Pony rides * extra charge

12.30

Piglet racing

13.00

Small animal petting session

14.00

Pony Grooming

15.00

Meet the Lambs

15.30

Pony Rides

16.00

Small animal petting session

Barrel rides are free at 11.30 /12.45 /13.30 /14.30 /15.30 /16.30

Off Peak Timetables

Monday to Friday excluding school holidays

10.30

Small animal petting session

11.00

Meet the Lambs

12.00

Pony rides * extra charge

13.00

Small animal petting session

13.45

Piglet racing

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 /16.30

latest news

Bank Holiday Weekend
Sunday 30th and Monday 31st August

Join us this Bank Holiday for some fun for the whole family, especially the little archaeologists among you! This year we have some discovery boxes that you can dust and discover which dinosaur remains are beneath. You can also search for small fossil to take home (extra charge for this to cover costs, £1).

On display there will be lots of information about dinosaurs, fossils and what the farm may have looked like millions of years ago. Bring your wellies and head to the fossil field on the farm where you can search for your own fossils. One of our farmers will be on hand to help you identify your find. As well as all of this we have traditional family fun games on the lawn in front of the restaurant for you all to do as a family. We look forward to seeing you!

Best Family Day Out 2015

On 19th July 2015 we were delighted to be awarded Best Family Day Out by What’s on 4 Juniors Awards. This is an international award voted for by parents. We’d like to thank everyone who voted for us and promise to continue to provide great days out for the whole family.

Best family day out

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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