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.

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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

Christmas Experience timetable Weekends and School holidays

Weekends & 19th - 23rd December

10.30

Small animal petting in Cuddle Corner

11.00

Groom the goats in the Display Barn

11.45

Nativity play in the Display Barn

12.15

Pony Rides in the pony paddock, book tickets in the shop when you arrive

13.15

Piglet Racing in the cloisters

13.45

Nativity play in the display barn

14.15

Small animal petting in Cuddle Corner

15.00

Groom the goats in the display barn

15.45

Nativity play in the Display Barn

16.15

Small animal petting in Cuddle Corner

Barrel rides are free & leave from the Play Barn
at 11.15 / 12.30 / 14.30 / 15.15 & 16.30.

Farm closes 5.30pm & Christmas Eve 3.30pm

Off Peak Timetables

Christmas Experience timetable weekdays term time

10.30

Groom the goats in the Display Barn

11.00

Small animal petting in Cuddle Corner

11.15

Nativity Play in the Display Barn

13.00

Small animal petting in Cuddle Corner

13.15

Nativity Play in the Display Barn

14.00

Small animal petting in Cuddle Corner

15.00

Groom the goats in the Display Barn

16.00

Small animal petting in Cuddle Corner

Barrel rides are free & leave from the Play Barn
at 11.30 / 12.30 / 13.30/ 14.30 / 15.30 & 16.15.

Latest news

Christmas Experience tickets
selling quickly ...

Christmas scene

Again, we are surprised how many of our Christmas Experience tickets have already sold and it’s only just November!! Christmas Eve has already sold out so if you do want to be sure of a day and time we recommend booking sooner rather than later. Click on our Christmas button at the top of this page for dates and prices. There are big savings to be made if you come midweek and we also have a very special 20% DISCOUNT offer for the weekend of 26th and 27th November. Simply enter ELF24 in the promotional coupon box.

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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