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!

Timetables

All of the activities (apart from *) are included in your entrance price. Activities * are bookable on arrival, subject to availability and incur a small extra charge, £1.50 for pony rides and £1.00 for tractor rides.

Weekends and School Holidays

10.00

Pony grooming

10.30

Barrel ride

10.30

Small animal handling

11.00

Groom a goat

11.30

Barrel ride

11.30

Pony rides *

12.30

Piglet Racing

13.00

Small animal handling

13.00

Tractor rides *

13.30

Barrel ride

14.00

Small animal handling

14.30

Barrel ride

15.00

Groom a goat

15.30

Pony Rides

16.00

Small animal handling

16.30

Barrel ride

Farm closes 5.30pm & Christmas Eve 3.30pm

Weekdays School Term Time

10.00

Pony grooming

10.30

Small animal handling

11.00

Groom a goat

11.30

Barrel ride

12.00

Pony rides *

13.00

Small animal handling

13.30

Barrel ride

13.45

Piglet racing

14.00

Small animal handling

Latest news

EXPERIENCE THE BRITISH WOODLAND INDOORS

After years of planning and months of building we are very excited to tell you that our new adventure area will be opening shortly! We have converted our old grainstore, to create a new indoor play barn offering a truly authentic British woodland experience inside!

We have created an immersive, fully themed floor to ceiling playscape which features an outstanding centrepiece – a giant hollow oak tree with an enchanting tree house looming from the upper branches. The centrepiece is surrounded by woodland climbing structures, ‘burrowing’ areas, an ‘iron ore mine inspired’ climbing wall using net bridges, stepped platforms, slides, boardwalks, a climbing wall, and ledges, creating a magical experience whilst children flow around the playscape. We are hoping that the Old Grain Barn will be ready for opening at the beginning of October.

ROAD CLOSURE

There is an ongoing road closure on the A6 between Market Harborough and Desborough. We are working with the highways to get a fixed sign in place to let visitors know that there IS ACCESS TO THE FARM. When you approach the roundabout from Market Harborough please ignore the signs and continue as normal to the farm. When approaching from Rothwell please follow the short diversion and follow brown tourism signs for West Lodge Rural Centre.

Update on building work

We are over half way through building our new indoor adventure area and entrance to the farm. We have some temporary toilets in place whilst our old ones have been knocked down to accommodate our new ones. The restaurant also has a different entrance which will be clearly sign posted for you on arrival.

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We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

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