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

Home on the farm

The farm is looking really beautiful at the moment, the recent rain has meant that the grass is looking long and green, just how our animals like it. The paddocks next to the pony rides has had new fencing, enabling you to get closer to more of our animals. You will find our spring lambs frolicking there and our gorgeous bull, Titus enjoying his new field. Twitchers among you will be pleased to know that our turtle doves have returned this year and can be heard in the Golf Course wood on the way to the Witch’s house. The new slide and fort in the play area is proving really popular and the re surfaced tractor park is a huge hit!

Family

Our next event is sheep shearing, this takes place throughout half term with daily demonstrations from our farmers giving the sheep their annual MOT with shearing and clipping of hooves. To watch our Half Term video click on the link below.

Click here to watch our half term video

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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