There are sleepless nights ahead for the farm staff at Tatton Park as the much-loved farm in Cheshire East heads into lambing season. How do staff members wind down after a long night-watch? By counting sheep of course!
In total, 32 farm ewes are due to lamb and the farm staff are expecting (hooves crossed!) 7 single lambs, 21 sets of twins and even 4 sets of triplets between now and the middle of April.
Visitors to the farm during Lambing Week (from Saturday 8th April to Monday 17th April) can expect to see many woolly new arrivals as the ewes have been synchronised to give birth within a 10-day period. There will be regular farm fact talks as visitors “meet the sheep.”
In addition to the farm’s mainly Suffolk cross flock, there are also two rare breed Leicester Longwool ewes expecting 3 lambs between them. The Leicester Longwools are considered ‘vulnerable’ on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust’s watch-list and so the addition of potentially more females to Tatton’s farm flock is very special.
Farm manager, Jayne Chapman says: “Lambing is a very special time of year, a real sign of spring. We all love to see the lambs skipping about enjoying the sunshine!”
Aside from the “stars of the show,” there are also shire horses, pigs, donkeys, cows and more for children to view as well as an outdoor den-building area.
Farm open Easter Half-Term everyday Sat April 8th – Easter Mon April 17th (closed Mon April 10th) 12pm-5pm; last entry 4pm.
Admission charges: Adult £7, Child £5 (4-15 years), Children aged 3 and under are free, Family £19 (two adults + three children). Totally Tatton Tickets: entry to Farm, Gardens and Mansion: Adult £13, Child £7, Family £33 (two adults + three children).
National Trust members pay 50 per cent entry to the Farm. Park entry charge of £6 per car or mini-bus applies and includes NT members. Walkers and cyclists can enter Tatton Park free of charge.