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

Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday Timetable

10.00

Pony grooming

10.00-16.00

Viking Display

10.30-16.00

Spinners and Weavers

10.30

Small animal handling

11.00

Sheep shearing demonstration

11.30

Pony rides (book in shop on arrival)

12.00

Viking Show

12.30

Piglet race

13.00

Small animal handling

13.00

Sheep Shearing demonstration

14.00

Small animal handling

14.00

Viking Show

15.00

Sheep shearing demonstration

15.30

Pony rides (book in shop on arrival)

16.00

Small animal handling

Barrel rides are free & leave from the Play Barn
at 11.30 / 12.45 / 13.30 / 14.30 / 15.30 & 16.30.

Farm closes 5.30pm & Christmas Eve 3.30pm

Half Term timetable, up to and including 4th June

10.00

Pony grooming

10.30

Small animal handling

11.00

Sheep shearing display

11.30

Pony rides (book in shop on arrival)

12.30

Piglet race

13.00

Small animal handling

14.00

Small animal handling

15.00

Sheep shearing display

15.30

Pony rides (book in shop on arrival

16.00

Small animal handling

Barrel rides are free & leave from the Play Barn
at 11.30 / 12.45 / 13.30 / 14.30 / 15.30 & 16.30.

Latest news

Sheep Shearing and Vikings 28th/29th May

This Bank Holiday weekend come along and watch our farmers shear our flock of sheep including, Suffolks, Southdowns and Mule Ewes. Our flock of 100 plus sheep all receive their annual pedicure and haircut with running commentary from our experienced shearers.

Sheep Shearing and Vikings

After the success of last years Viking display we once again welcome Clan Wulfhar back to West Lodge! We also have a Viking encampment where you can visit the Vikings, handle some original Viking tools and watch a real life battle!

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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.

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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