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

Weekends and School holidays

10.00

Pony grooming

10.30

Small animal petting

11.00

Groom the goats

11.30

Pony Rides, book tickets in the shop when you arrive

12.30

Piglet Racing

13.00

Small animal petting

14.00

Small animal petting

15.00

Groom the goats

15.30

Pony Rides, book tickets in the shop when you arrive

16.00

Small animal petting

Barrel rides are free & leave from the Play Barn
at 11.15 / 12.30 / 14.30 / 15.15 & 16.30.

Farm closes 5.30pm & Christmas Eve 3.30pm

Off Peak Timetables

Midweek term time

10.00

Pony grooming

10.30

Small animal petting

11.00

Groom the goats

12.00

Pony Rides, book tickets in the shop when you arrive

13.00

Small animal petting

13.45

Piglet Racing

14.00

Pony Rides, book tickets in the shop when you arrive

15.00

Groom the goats

16.00

Small animal petting

Barrel rides are free & leave from the Play Barn
at 11.30 / 12.30 / 13.30/ 14.30 / 15.30 & 16.15.

Latest news

Exciting plans for 2017

We are excited that we can finally tell you that building work has begun on extending our restaurant, building a small butchery, and building a fabulous indoor adventure area for when the weather isn’t so great on the farm.

The indoor area will be quite different from conventional indoor play areas with a large tree being the focal point with rope bridges, slides, climbing walls and tunnels for your little ones to immerse themselves in. We will also have a good sized designated area for younger children to play in.

Lambs at the park

The concept of the play area is bringing the outdoors inside. We are still passionate about sharing our enthusiasm for the countryside with you which is why we are having a very outdoors theme underlying what we do inside. The idea is that if the weather is a bit on the chilly side you can enjoy our indoor area before or after you’ve enjoyed some time the farm.

The butchery and restaurant renovations are taking place now and we hope these will be complete by March 2017 with the adventure play area complete by Summer 2017.

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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