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

Weekends and School Holidays

10.30

Small animal petting session

11.00

Meet the Lambs

11.30

Pony rides

12.30

Piglet racing

13.00

Small animal petting session

14.00

Donkey 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

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

Pirates and Princesses weekend

After a very busy Easter we now look forward to everything coming in to flower and growing around the farm. The cattle are out for the summer and are already enjoying the rapidly growing grass in the paddocks. Almost all of the sheep have lambed and the lambs are growing at a rate of knots!! We have opened up the walks and paddocks behind the pony rides so you can now take shorter walks, closer to the farm for feet that do not like to walk too far. Our next event is Pirates and Princesses Weekend on Saturday 2nd, Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th May, join in with our treasure trail, fancy dress and sand castle competition, have a go at walking the plank if ye dare!

Click here to watch our Pirate video

Pirate

To be kept up to date with all of the lambing 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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