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Lambing weekends in Kent including Hadlow College to the Hop Farm and Broadlees Farm, Dover

By Angela Cole

Spring officially starts next week, but these little woollie jumpers may not wait... they’ll be welcomed in at farms across the county thanks to Mother Nature. Here's where to see newborn lambs over the coming weeks across Kent

HADLOW LAMBING WEEKEND

Some 900 newborn lambs are expected to be brought into the world this spring at the college and you could get a glimpse of the magical moment at Hadlow College’s Lambing Weekend on Saturday, March 16 and Sunday, March 17. The fun-filled family event, which runs from 11am to 4pm both days, includes a variety of activities in store for adults and children. Besides the lambing there are activities including tractor trailer and hovercraft rides (which are weather dependent), birds of prey, llamas, pigs, ponies and goats, plus food and drink. College students will be conducting tours of the Animal Management Unit, and lecturers will be in the lambing shed. Entry is £8 on the gate, £4 for two to 16-year-olds or £20 for a family. To book go to hadlow.ac.uk

Spring lambs will be arriving
Spring lambs will be arriving

HIGH WEALD ACADEMY, CRANBROOK

The school in Angley Road, Cranbrook holds its popular lambing weekend at its school farm next weekend on Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24. Proceeds from the event will go towards supporting the farm. The event runs from 10am to 4pm on both days and there will be a chance to see plenty of newborn lambs as well as enjoy refreshments. The site is fully accessible and there will be hand washing facilities and free parking. Admission is £2, with children under three free. To find out more go to highwealdacademy.kent.sch.uk

Lambing in Kent
Lambing in Kent

BROADLEES FARM, SWINGATE, DOVER

There's a chance to see lambs at the farm in Deal Road, Swingate from Saturday, April 6 until Easter Sunday, April 21. It's the working farm's busiest time of the year but its doors will be open to inform visitors about its lambs and how the farm works. You may get a chance to hold a lamb, or spot one being born, between 1pm and 4pm. Proceeds will go to the NSPCC. For entry fees and updates visit broadleesfarm.com. No pregnant women can be admitted on health and safety grounds.

RARE BREEDS CENTRE, WOODCHURCH

After plenty of caring for their pregnant ewes in the lambing tunnel at the Rare Breeds Centre in Woodchurch, staff are now anticipating some new arrivals. You can see them from Wednesday, April 3, when lambing ix expected to get underway. Visitors should be able to see the newborn lambs throughout the Easter school holiday break with lambing should continue throughout and after the Easter weekend. But it’s not just lambs who will be arriving as spring is the time for newborn arrivals of all kinds, including chicks, kid goats, piglets and even calves. Samson the calf was one of the late arrivals last year. To find out more and book visit the website at rarebreeds.org.uk

There will be newborn lambs on farms across Kent
There will be newborn lambs on farms across Kent

THE HOP FARM FAMILY PARK, PADDOCK WOOD

Easter fun at the Hop Farm, which runs from Saturday, April 6 to Easter Monday, April 22, includes the chance to get close to plenty of lambs, bunnies and chicks, as well as family fun which ranges from the giant jumping pillows to bumper cars and the Magic Castle. There will be entertainment shows in the Big Red Barn every day too. The fun runs from 10am every and entry is £3 per person, which includes all the day's fun. There's a daily timetable of fun, including a visit from Paddington on Tuesday, April 9. To find out more go to thehopfarm.co.uk

KENT LIFE, MAIDSTONE

Visitors can have a go at bottle feeding the lambs and kids at the springtime activities at Kent Life near Maidstone. Between Saturday, April 6 and Easter Monday, April 22, you can see the newborn lambs and goat kids, hop on board a farm ride and meet the animals in cuddle corner. Activities run from 10am to 6pm every day and there will be Easter shows in the Big Top. To find out more call 01622 763936 or visit kentlife.org.uk

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