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

Groom a goat

11.30

Pony rides

12.30

Piglet racing

13.00

Small animal petting session

14.00

Pony Grooming

15.00

Groom a goat

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 /16.15

Off Peak Timetables

OFF PEAK TIMETABLE. Monday to Friday term time.

10.30

Small animal petting session

11.00

Groom a goat

12.00

Pony rides

13.00

Small animal petting session

13.45

Piglet racing

15.00

Groom a goat

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

New Arrivals

What a wet and windy January we had! We are looking forward to a drier February and the arrival of all of our new born lambs. In the next week or so we will be bringing in our pregnant ewes to the cloisters ready for lambing to begin. Last year many visitors were lucky enough to see several lambs being born, I’m sure the same will happen again this year. Lambing is due to start in the first couple of weeks in February with our peak time during half term when you will also be able to help bottle feed our cade lambs.

Mother’s Day falls early this year on Sunday 6th March. On Mothering Sunday we will have our amazing Sunday Carvery being served in the Rickyard Restaurant, mums will receive a free glass of Prossecco (or non alcoholic alternative) with her meal and free flowers on her way home. No need to book, just turn up, we will be serving lunch from 11.30am.

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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