Hall Hill Farm, recently named the Farm Attraction of the Year, in Lanchester, County Durham, will be hosting a Lambing Live event on Friday 7 April.
The popular Lamb-Cam has also been switched on.
The award-winning Hall Hill Farm, a family-run tourist attraction on the edge of the Durham Dales, has been providing children and families with an educational and fun day out for over 35 years.
25-year-old farmer, Richard Darlington has 250 sheep in his flock and is expecting up to 500 lambs to be born in April this year. Richard is also the shepherd, and he recently scooped a prestigious award himself this year on being named the Northern Young Farmer of the Year for 2017.
Richard Darlington said: “Lambing is how Hall Hill Farm started out as an attraction many years ago, long before I was born, but it is great for our family to see that the animals that we have long cared for still as popular as ever. Last year around 10 lambs were born during the actual event so there is a good chance that visitors will see a live birth.
“Even though we have grown as a tourism attraction we have always remained close to our agricultural roots. Hopefully, we can both entertain and educate visitors at the same time so they get to know more about the countryside and farming.
“For those people unable to attend the event our well-loved Lamb-Cam will also be up and running during lambing time viewable 24 hours a day on the Hall Hill Farm website.”
On Friday 7 April, Hall Hill Farm will be open for a special night of all things lambing. Visitors will be able to see any births as they happen, and visit the newborn lambs with their mothers in the maternity barn. Richard the shepherd, will be on hand to advise on how to spot when a ewe is close to lambing. Other activities to film include the bottle feeding of lambs.
At the live event, people will have the chance and you will be able to film:
- Watch a live birth (hopefully) – last year 10 lambs were born during the event
- Hear from experts about what to look out for.
- Feed the pet lambs their evening feed.
- Meet the shepherd and hear him talk about his flock and ask any questions
- Virtually guaranteed to see a lamb under 1 day old
The farm will be open to the public and school groups from 10.30am until late that evening (the farm usually closes at 5 pm). There is a special reduced entry price after 4 pm with last admission at 9 pm. Filming will also be possible before 10.30am if necessary.
In addition, Hall Hill Farm, is again bringing ‘lambing live’ to people’s homes and helping to tell the story of the Durham countryside worldwide, after switching on the live video feed on its website to provide 24 hour live streaming of lambing time. The ‘Lamb Cam’ at Hall Hill Farm, the award winning tourist attraction near Lanchester, will enable people to see lambing live on their screens at home this spring, no matter what time of day it is.”
Around 16 million lambs are born in the UK every year, which makes lambing the biggest and busiest event in the farming calendar. Each spring the fields fill up with ewes and their new lambs – a seasonal feature of the landscape but also a reminder of a way of life that’s shaped the country and the countryside.
Lambing has always been one of the most popular times at the farm. It all began at Hall Hill Farm 36 years ago when the working farm decided to open as an attraction in 1981 by inviting people to come and see their lambs during the lambing season – and the attraction grew from there and has gone from strength to strength winning a number of regional and national tourism awards.
Hall Hill Farm, which employs up to 50 people, welcomes nearly 75,000 visitors every year attracted by the family fun on offer and the opportunities to see and touch animals at close quarters, as well as enjoy crazy golf, the jumping pillow or a tractor or donkey ride around the beautiful countryside.
The popular Playbarn also provides a fun indoor soft-play area for families to enjoy as well as shelter from the rain or find shade from the sun.
Hall Hill Farm is open every day until the end of September. Set in the beautiful rolling hills of Durham, Hall Hill Farm is an award-winning mixed farm of 290 hectares. The multi award winning farm provides a great day out for children and schools with loads of great things to do and see. For more information: www.hallhillfarm.co.uk