The Humble Bee farm in Scarborough is near our Cayton Village campsite, which is open from 15 March in 2019 — in plenty of time to catch the lambing and calving weekends at the farm, on 15-16th and 22-23rd March. Help Farmer Percy count the new arrivals, and get up close and personal with some adorable calves and lambs.
Families will love lambing season at Roves Farm, a farm within easy distance of the Burford camping site in Oxfordshire. After a leisurely 25-minute drive through the daffodil-spangled spring countryside, you’ll encounter over 400 lambs and some baby kid goats, many of whom are eager for a feed and a cuddle or gentle pat. Tractor rides and multiple child-friendly activities, including an indoor play area, add to the experience, which is held from March 22nd to 9th April in 2019.
Want to see some rare and beautiful lambs? Wimpole Estate, a National Trust property just half an hour from the Cambridge Cherry Hinton campsite, is the place to go. The campsite opens for the spring on 1 April, and lambing time at the estate stretches from 27 April to 12 May in 2019. This year, 300 ewes will give birth to lambs with rare traits, like the Oxford Down Sheep with its black muzzle and thick coat, the black-faced Norfolk Horn and the caramel-coloured Manx Loghtan. These lambs will be out in the paddocks with their mothers within a day of birth, where they soon look at home against the Cambridgeshire landscape. Remember to take your camera.
If you’re not close to a farm that invites the public to its lambing, there are still plenty of places to see them out in the countryside. Walking in the Brecon Beacons in March and April brings you close to many herds with tiny new lambs trotting alongside big ewes. The Lake District, meanwhile, is filled annually with Herdwicks, a breed of sheep native to Cumbria with a distinctive white face and thick grey wool.
Lambing season is a beautiful occasion for a holiday. Just be warned that you can’t take any of these adorable creatures home, much as you might want to smuggle one away!