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

Peak Weekends and School Holidays

10.00

Pony grooming

10.30

Small animal handling

11.00

Mini farm show

11.30

Pony rides

12.30

Piglet racing

13.00

Groom the goats

14.00

Small animal handling

15.00

Mini farm show

15.30

Pony rides

16.00

Small animal handling

Barrel Rides are free and run every hour

Off Peak Timetables

Off Peak Weekdays Term Time.

10.00

Pony grooming

10.30

Small animal handling

11.00

Groom the goats

12.00

Pony rides

13.00

Small animal handling

13.45

Piglet racing

14.00

Pony rides

15.00

Groom the goats

16.00

Small animal handling

Barrel Rides are free and run every hour

Latest news

Late summer and early autumn ..

It’s been a busy summer on the farm with the weather being mostly kind to us! We had a fairly early harvest and the camping weekends sold out very early and were a huge success. We can’t believe we’re looking to our Autumn agenda already with our first event being our Hedgerow Harvest on the 18th September. Join our free tractor ride (weather permitting) to take you to all the berry picking hot spots around the farm. Bring plenty of containers to carry home your fruits!

October Half Term

We are doing things slightly different this year. Every day throughout half term will be filled with spooky fun, pumpkin carving, spooky tractor rides and ghost stories, spooky walkway and Witch’s house tours as well as all the usual farm activities!

Halloween fun

Our Halloween Spooktacular is on Sunday 30th October and is always a fun and popular event, there is all the fun of half term plus you can meet Daisy the witch, take part in our fancy dress competition (we all dress up), or take part in our pumpkin carving competition!

Halloween fun

The Ghost Hunt by torchlight and Spooky Disco has now become so popular we’ve given it it’s very own date and time! This will be a ticketed event - £3.50 per ticket which will include the ghost hunt, plus spooky disco afterwards. Entry to the farm at 5.30pm with the Ghost Hunt starting at 6pm, disco finishing at 9pm. Tickets will be limited (even less than Bonfire night) so please be sure to book early if you really want to come! Tickets will go on sale via the website on Monday 5th September.

Christmas and Bonfire Party

Please forgive us for talking about Christmas so early but some people like to organise their calendars really early – we’ve been amazed at how many telephone calls we’ve had enquiring about the Christmas Experience and Christmas Sing A Long evenings! Tickets for both Christmas and Bonfire night will go on sale first to our members on Monday 5th September and then to the general public on Monday 12th September

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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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