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 February Half Term (from 11th February)

10.00

Pony grooming

10.30

Small animal petting

11.00

Bottle Feed the lambs

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

Bottle Feed the lambs

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 11.30 / 12.45 / 13.30 / 14.30 / 15.30 & 16.30.

Farm closes 5.30pm & Christmas Eve 3.30pm

Easter Timetable 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th April

10.00

Pony grooming

10.30

Small animal petting

10.30 - 12.30

Meet the Easter Bunny

11.00 - 16.00

Egg painting craft activity

11.00

Bottle feed the lambs

11.30

Pony Rides, book tickets in the shop when you arrive

12.30

Piglet Racing

13.00

Small animal petting

13.00

Bottle feed the lambs

13.30 - 15.30

Meet the Easter Bunny

14.00

Egg and spoon race

14.00

Small animal petting

15.00

Bottle feed the lambs

15.30

Pony Rides, book tickets in the shop when you arrive

16.00

Small animal petting

16.00

Egg painting judging

Barrel rides are free & leave from the Play Barn
at 11.30 / 12.30 / 13.30 / 14.30 / 15.30 & 16.30.

Latest news

PIRATES AND PRINCESSES
WEEKEND: 29th, 30th APRIL AND 1st MAY

Pirates 2017

Ahoy there!!

A swashbuckling adventure awaits you at the farm this Bank Holiday Weekend! Dress up in your favourite costume and take part in our fancy-dress competition, have a go at walking the plank, search for clues around the farm on our treasure trail and get the grownups involved in our sandcastle competition!

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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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