After a very wintery start, it’s lovely to see the sun coming out and some blue sky to remind us that it’s actually supposed to be Spring! Looking for signs of Spring is an annual tradition with me and my mini mumblers… I saw some crocus at the Knavesmire and even the odd daffodil sprouting out already from the city walls – give it a week or 2 and it will be the usual glorious yellow display there.. a good time to do a walk on the walls if you haven’t yet this year.
One of our favourite Springtime events is the Lambing Day at Askham Bryan College so we were really gutted to hear that it isn’t taking place this year! I thought a lot of you might be in the same situation of wanting to get your ‘baby animal’ fix so I’ve put together this list (with the help of some other mumblers!) of places you can visit with your mini mumblers to see lambs, chicks and even llamas to welcome in the Spring.
If you have any more places to add, just contact me here and I’ll get them added on.
If you’re busy planning your Easter holiday activities then remember to check out our dedicated page HERE with loads of great things going on in and around York to amuse your mini mumblers.
Places to see baby animals
Beetle Bank Farm
Distance from York: 5 Miles
They have a lovely collection of new and expecting mothers on the farm. You can view the hatchery (you may see chicks hatching!), bottle feed the new lambs and meet the new piglets.
“Beetlebank farm murton had some lambs last week” DP Mar 18
Beetle Bank Farm, Moor Lane, YO19 5XD
T: 01904 488796
Piglets Adventure Farm
Distance from York: 7 Miles
24th March – 15th April 2018 – As part of the Easter Egg-stravanganza Fun, there will be lambing live, lamb bottle feeding and baby chicks as well as the normal Easter fun plus much more.
“We saw 1 day old piglets and week old lambs today at Piglets – and bottle fed some bigger lambs. Was great!” CS Mar 18
Piglets Adventure Farm, Towthorpe Grange, Towthorpe Moor Lane, York, YO32 9ST.
T: 01904 499183
Distance from York: 8 Miles
Take part in an Alpaca Experience. Find out about alpacas, get up close and personal with them and take them for a walk across the organic farm and through the woods. They are lovely animals and this is a unique experience. If you time it right, you may see a cria (baby alpacas) born or one that has recently arrived. Adults £20, children £5.
Goodness Farm, Strensall, YO32 5TP.
T: 07884 430958
Distance from York: 15 Miles
Visit the Easter Farmyard down at The Boathouse from Friday 30th March until Monday 2nd April. Normal admission applies.
Castle Howard, York, YO60 7DA
T: 01653 648333
Minskip Farm Shop
Distance from York: 19 Miles
With Hens, Pigs, Donkeys & Lambs – Lamb feeding at Easter. Minskip Farm Shop also has lovely produce including vegetables and eggs from the happiest hens!
York Rd, Minskip, York YO51 9HY
T: 01423 329063
Monk Park Farm
Distance from York: 22 Miles
There are hundreds of cute and friendly animals at Monk Park Farm! You can meet so many of our favourites whether you’re feeding the calves, stroking the guinea pigs and rabbits, feeding the lambs or petting the baby goats. You can also get up close with the wallabies, deer and alpacas as you take a barrel ride through their fields!
“We had a lovely day at monk park farm. Plenty of baby animals and have several lamb/calf/baby goats feeding times so my little boy didn’t miss out” NR Mar 18
“Monk park farm is brilliant” HT Mar 18
Green Lane, Bagby, Thirsk YO7 2AG.
T: 01845 597730
Distance from York: 23 Miles
“Temple newsom often have lambs in a pen in their farm as well as other babies. We have never fed lambs there but it’s a nice place. Free parking, 2 nice play areas, cafe in courtyard”
JB Mar 18
Temple Newsam Rd, Leeds LS15 0AE
T: 0113 3367461
Lambing Weekend at Sledmere
Distance from York: 25 Miles
Sat 14th April to Sun 15th April (10.00 am to 5.00 pm)
A special opportunity to meet the newest additions to the Sledmere farming family; Bottle feed little lambs, cuddle fluffy chicks and meet the newborn baby rabbits. You’ll get to see some ‘Lambing live’ streamed straight from the sheds and their farm team will give you an insight into what’s happening on the Farm during the busy spring period. There will also be craft activities and a bouncy castle. Normal admission applies. FREE ENTRY to ‘Sledmere Friends’ members’
Sledmere House, Sledmere, Driffield, YO25 3XG
T: 01377 236637
Distance from York: 25 Miles
This Easter, Flamingo Land are running a Zoo Trail. Complete your sheet whilst walking around our award-winning animal collection. Anyone who completes the trail will be entered into a prize draw to win a Family Annual Pass. Keep an eye out for their Sumatran tiger cub called Menya who was born last August.
Kirby Misperton, Malton YO17 6UX
T: 0800 408 8840
Birchfield Ice-cream Shop
Distance from York: 27 Miles
“Bit of a drive but we had a lovely time feeding the lambs at Birchfield ice cream farm. There’s just lambs to see and feed at the moment and a lovely cafe. But it’s not a full day out if that’s what you’re after” LB Mar 18
Oakmount, Harrogate HG3 4JS
T: 01423 781792
Cannon Hall Farm
Distance from York: 42 Miles
“Cannon Hall Farm is a bit further out but their lambing season looks very good. They live stream a lot of it too so you can see whats going on” HT Mar 18
Cannon Hall Farm, Hawthorne, Barnsley, S75 4AT
T: 01226 790427