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

Sheep shearing display

11.30

Pony rides

12.30

Piglet racing

13.00

Groom the goats

14.00

Small animal handling

15.00

Sheep shearing display

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

EARLY SUMMER

What a busy few months, we can’t quite believe we are half way through the year already!

Father's Day

Our next event is Father’s Day on Sunday 19th June. We have a great selection of farm machinery on display including the very impressive CLAAS Combine Harvester. There are opportunities to sit on the combine throughout the day.

Fairies and Elves Weekend

Our midsummer Fairies and Elves weekend is on the 25th and 26th June. A magical weekend where your little ones dress up as fairies, elves and goblins and follow the fairy trail around the farm. There’s a fancy dress competition with prizes for the best outfits. We also have music and face painting, a very special weekend for the whole family to enjoy. Go to our events page and click on the video to see the magic!

Fairies and Elves Weekend

Summer camp

We are now taking online bookings for our Summer Camping Weekends. Click on the link below for more information and to book your pitch.

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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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