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Kent lambing season: Hadlow College lambing weekend, Spring into Easter in Maidstone and Pat a Lamb, Faversham

By Angela Cole

Get ready to say "Aaaah!" Little lambs are springing up all over the county - starting this weekend.

Hadlow College Lambing Weekend

There may have been snow on the ground last week, but nature waits for no man - or beast - and lambs are still on their way.

Lambs have a spring in their step

Hadlow College is the first to hold its hugely popular Lambing Weekend on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11. The campus in Hadlow, near Tonbridge, will be open between 11am and 4pm both days for visitors to see the new spring arrivals.

There will be commentary in the lambing sheds by the agriculture lecturers as visitors meet the starts of the show.

The college makes a day of it, with local produce stalls, a birds of prey display, climbing wall, tractor trailer rides (weather permitting) and hovercraft rides. There will be a countryside marquee with fun, interactive activities, and the chance to hear about some of the courses on offer at the college.

The event always attracts thousands, so book your tickets in advance online. On the gate they cost £7, £4 for children between two and 16, and £18 for a family of two adults and up to three children. Details at hadlow.ac.uk

Other ideas for this weekend here

Kent Life, Maidstone

You don't just get lambs for your money at Kent Life - there are goat kids, calves and piglets too.

Visitors can also have a go at bottle feeding in sessions throughout the day, and learn how to identify fertilised eggs in the hatchery.

Ewes will keep a close eye on their newborn lambs

There's also fun farm rides, a bouncy castle and indoor and outdoor play areas, plus cuddle corner to meet some smaller animals, and shows to be staged in the Big Top, with the line-up announced nearer the time.

Spring into Easter runs from Friday, March 30 (Good Friday) to Sunday, April 15. You may even catch a glimpse of the Easter bunny during your visit too. Details and entry costs at kentlife.org.uk

Mount Ephraim Gardens, Faversham

The gardens will hold the annual Pat a Lamb event on Sunday, May 6 and Bank Holiday Monday, May 7.

Take the new spring lamb trail and seek out the lambs hidden in the gardens, and meet spring lambs out and about.

The tea room and gardens will be open from 11am to 5pm. Entry is £7 and £2.50 for children from four to 16.

Find the gardens at Staplestreet Road, Hernhill, Faversham. For more details visit mountephraimgardens.co.uk

It's the start of lambing season


Spring is a busy time in the farming calendar, as farmers get ready to care for ewes and their newborn lambs. Some 15million ewes are expected to give birth across the country during the season.

Lambing Live events often happen throughout April and give people a chance to experience the sight for themselves. So grab your wellies and head on down to the farm. Look for #LambingLive on Twitter.

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