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

Pony rides

We have recently built our new pony barn with stables for Max, Cracker, Poppy, Smartie and Star the donkey. We have 4 lovely ponies and are hoping to get another one in the near future. We do pony rides daily and they are very popular!

During peak days we run pony rides twice a day at 11.30 and 3.30. We can offer a maximum of 32 pony rides at each session. We do not go over this number because the ponies welfare is paramount. During off peak days we offer pony rides at midday, we can offer a maximum of 16 rides on these days.

You can book your pony ride on arrival in the shop.

Finals of Best Family Day Out

We are really excited to be through to the finals of Best Family Day Out in the What’s on 4 Junior Awards again this year. We won last year and would love to win again this year, however, we have some great competition so really need your vote! To vote for us simply click on the link below, it takes less than 2 minutes! Scroll down to Best Family Day Out and then scroll down again to West Lodge Farm, Northamptonshire – register your vote and that’s it!

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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