Sunday, 10 March 2013

Lambing Sunday, Bishop Burton College, East Yorkshire

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Sunday 10th March was the annual Lambing Sunday at our local agricultural college in Bishop Burton, East Yorkshire. Inspired by Julie and her trip to Lackham College in Wiltshire, we decided it was time we did the same.

It was very busy when we arrived and the cars were bumper-to-bumper but the events team did a good job of getting everyone parked up. 

It cost £20 for us to get in - 3 adults, 2 children, and the two babies were free.

Firstly, we went to see the pigs. There were hundreds, all at different stages of growth. Information boards were supplied to explain what was going on in each area.

Then we went to see the sheep and the new lambs. The queue to pet the lambs was ma-hoo-sive, so we went to the sheep barn instead. There were about 200 sheep in there, all ready to give birth within the next week. There were some lambs born while we were there, but we missed them as we were doing other things.

Once the lambs had been born, they were moved with their mothers to holding pens.


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We had a good look at all the new lambs, and then went to find somewhere for lunch. There wasn't much really apart from an upstairs cafe in the equestrian arena. It looked nice enough but the queue was huge. We had taken pack-up so we found a row of seats in the arena and watched some show-jumping by the college students and their horses while we munched. Very entertaining.



We then went back into the cold (and it did snow quite a bit while we were there), and went to have a play on the tractors.

family days out

Just nearby is the outdoor animal enclosure, which houses alpacas, meerkats, rheas, and lemurs. The children loved the meerkats the best, and also the lemurs who were sunbathing in matching positions.

Bishop Burton zoo

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Inside, there were small animals for us to look at, including chinchillas, rabbits, mice, rats, and lizards. Fascinating.

Bishop Burton College


Days out in East Yorkshire

Desperate to cuddle a lamb we went back to see if the queues had gone down, and they had!! After only a few minutes, we got to meet a week-old lamb. She was very cute.

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You sit on hay bales and a handler brings one over. The lambs are rotated so that they're not away from their mothers for too long. We had a few minutes with her and then re-joined the queue for another turn with another one. And another. And another.


Sheep

We had a quick ramble round the sheep barn again just to see if there were any imminent births. But there wasn't, so we had another go with the lambs again, as a way of consolation. 

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Total time spent - 3 hours. 

Top tips

Baby changing facilities (or toilets) are not in abundance. Go when you find them.

Don't go before lunch. It was heaving. If you can go after lunch, you've still got enough time to see everything and the queues and crowds are much smaller. 

You need to go in car. Public transport, especially on a Sunday, is infrequent.

Take hand-sanitizer. There is hand-washing provided near the sheep barn but better be safe than sorry.

Take pack lunched if you want to eat. The cafe queue was very large. 


Despite it being very, very cold and the crowds being quite large early on, we had a lot of fun and will return next year.


For more information about events at Bishop Burton College, please check out their website.

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Written by Joanne Brady

6 comments:

  1. We were going to go but decided against it because it was soooo cold! Looks like it was a great day x

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    1. It was, but very busy. Would probably be unbearably busy on a fine day.

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  2. Loving the look of your day out. Were the lambs orphans? They don't usually take so well to being cuddled if they are raised by their mothers. The sunbathing Lemurs made me smile. Perhaps we need some of those guys for the entertainment factor!

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    1. No, the lambs weren't orphans. Their mums were in the pen next to the petting area and they rotated them every five minutes or so so they weren't away from each other for too long. The lemurs were awesome. You deffo need some!

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  3. Hi. Loving this blog. So useful when travelling the UK. I think you need more Wiltshire views though! I found Mama Owl's Lackham post. Thanks for linking up to my blogs to read linky. I have you in bloglovin' now for future reference. :)

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  4. Thanks for visiting! We do actively look for guest posts from throughout the UK so if you have anything to offer, or have somewhere in mind you'd like to go, then get in touch.

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