Sacrewell Farm’s famous lamb feeding shows will be back from Saturday and this year, for the first time, the adorable flock will be joined by a trip of bouncing baby goats.
Lamb and kid feeding shows will take place every day until April 19 when expert rangers will be on hand to talk to visitors about how they care for the Cade (orphaned) lambs and kids until they’re old enough to go out into the paddocks.
New arrivals are also expected in the rare breed paddocks. Ada, the British Lop pig and a flocks of Lincoln Longwool and Jacob sheep are all due to give birth throughout February.
Marketing executive Megan Allen said: “Lambing is a magical time of year to visit Sacrewell.
“We take our visitors on a complete journey, from witnessing live births if they’re lucky and visiting our maternity unit where our new born lambs are bonding with their mums, to feeding shows about how we raise Cade lambs.”
Cade lambs, although classed as orphaned, are often those rejected by their mums at birth, or are born in a litter of more than two and the mothers can’t produce enough milk to feed them.
“We’re really looking forward to having kids this year,” Megan added.
“We already have Pygmy and Bagot goats on site all year round and this will add to the educational value of the event by introducing new species.”
Sacrewell Farm and Activity Centre is open from 9.30am to 5pm and now includes a new playbarn. Children under two years be admitted to the Farm for free.
The event will also be a chance for visitors to catch up on the latest news from the Heritage Lottery funded Watermill Project
Two skilled millwrights have begun to refurbish and reassemble the wooden, metal and stone segments of the 18th century Grade II listed watermill which is due to reopen in summer.
The magnificent water wheel is the most recognisable aspect of Sacrewell’s mill which includes the mill pond, mill house, bakery and mill gardens.
The wheel had been carefully disassembled early on in the restoration process, and many of the wooden elements were found to be rotten after 300 years of use. For more visit www.Sacrewell.org.uk.