Visitors are expected to flock to Hall Hill Farm over the Bank Holiday weekend as sheep shearing gets underway at the award-winning Hall Hill Farm near Lanchester in County Durham
The popular Durham attraction, which recently received the silver award in best small visitor attraction in England, is inviting its visitors to enjoy a demonstration of the traditional skill of sheep-shearing on Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Monday 28th May 2018 with demonstrations at regular intervals starting from 12 noon.
The sheep shearing season in the UK is roughly from mid-May to mid-July during which time sheep are relieved of their thick fleeces in the hot weather, preventing disease and other problems. Shearing requires both skill and a lot of hard, physical work in what can be hot summer conditions.
“This is a big weekend for Hall Hill Farm and sheep shearing is always very popular with our visitors, young and old,” said Ann Darlington, tourism manager, Hall Hill Farm. “We first opened the farm gates for visitors to see our lambs over 35 years ago and they continue to play a very important role for us from lambing time onwards.
“Sheep shearing has been a vital part of the UK wool industry for thousands of years and is fascinating to watch. It is an important part of the visitor experience here at Hall Hill Farm to inform and educate people about the animals, as well as providing an excellent fun-packed family day out.”
Last year was a record-breaking year for the popular Durham farm after increasing its visitor numbers by 15%, welcoming over 85,000 visitors last year attracted by the family fun on offer and the opportunities to see and touch animals at close quarters. Visitors can see fluffy chicks, inquisitive goats, magnificent Highland Cattle and get close to children’s favourites such as guinea pigs and rabbits, as well as enjoy crazy golf, new outdoor play area, the jumping pillows or a tractor or donkey ride around the beautiful countryside.