It’s almost that time of year again when the frost begins to thaw, the crocuses begin to open and we start to think about abandoning our winter coats. Ladies and gentlemen, spring is upon us. And there are few more iconic sights of spring than happy lambs frolicking in the fields – yes it sounds clichéd, but those lambs bring with them the promise of chocolate eggs, and blessed bank holidays. So at Living North we think we should celebrate all that the lambing season has to offer.
12 March-2 May
Hall Hill Farm, Durham
As any expectant mother will tell you, newborns can arrive at any time of day or night, whether you’re prepared or not. The same is true for lambs and realising that few people can be on call 24 hours a day like a busy farmer, Hall Hill Farm came up with their own ingenious solution – lamb cam! If you happen to be at the farm during a birth then you’ll get a first-hand view, if not then you can watch it via the live stream. Genius.
Kirkley Hall Zoological Garden, Ponteland
If the closest you’ve got to seeing newborn lambs is being confronted by a protective ewe on a country walk, then you’re going to love this. Kirkley Hall Zoological Garden are dedicating an entire weekend to the curly-haired creatures and rather than being confined to distant fields, the lambs will be brought up close and personal for all to see. Some visitors will also get the opportunity to bottle feed those that need it.
25 March-10 April
Whitehouse Farm Centre, Morpeth
Whitehouse Farm Centre have a whole host of fun activities lined up for the Easter holidays, when the main flock are due to lamb. See live births in the indoor lambing pen, where the farmer will provide a running commentary throughout and answer any questions you might have, then help bottle feed the newborns and pet the baby chicks and bunnies. Perfect for adults and children alike.
25 March-10 April
Broom House Farm, Wallington
Want to go one step further and help deliver a baby lamb or care for an in-lamb ewe? Well this is your chance. Join the lambing team at this working farm as they usher in the new flock. No experience necessary, just make sure you bring sensible clothes (meaning, ones you don’t mind being ruined). We haven’t been this excited since a talking pig started rounding up sheep.
Throughout March and April
Stay Lambing Live, Cumbria
This one’s a must for all Springwatch fans. In 2011 Kate Humble and Adam Henson broadcast the BBC’s Lambing Live from an idyllic sheep farm in the Cumbrian hills. Now the family have transformed one of their barns into a luxury cottage to offer you the same experience. Stay in the cottage, with its traditional features and spectacular views, then experience life on the farm by helping with delivery, rearing and basic animal husbandry. With 850 breeding sheep on site, you’re sure to be kept busy.