Welcome to West Lodge

The Dee family have been farming at West Lodge for three generations. Harold and Millie Dee farmed in Leicestershire in the mid 1930’s, they went on to buy West Lodge Farm in 1964. Harold’s only son, Tony and his wife Margaret took on the running of the farm in 1966.

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The Rural Centre was opened in 1995 by Tony and Margaret’s son, Ed. The children’s day nursery was set up in 2003 by Ed’s wife, Mo. The farm is managed today by Tony, Ed, Mo and Ryan Thompson who joined the farm team in 1997.

West Lodge’s mission is to share their enthusiasm for the countryside where children and adults of all ages can have hands on experiences of farm and country life. The farm has won conservation awards and continues to manage and protect the 540 acre site.

A visit to West Lodge gives you the opportunity to explore the whole farm, the livestock (animals) the woods, the fields, the streams and the machinery. Visitors can also handle the rabbits and guinea pigs in cuddle corner, take a pony ride, watch the very popular piglet race or play in the adventure playground. A full list of our activities can be found on the timetables below.

We have a range of walks and nature trails around the farm. They may take you to The Witch’s House or the Troll Bridge or for those feeling more energetic you may want to venture down to the Monks Dam where you can enjoy a picnic next to the stream.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Timetable - Weekends

Timetable - Weekdays

Latest news

Lambs Lambs Lambs!!!!

Spring has most definitely sprung at the farm. We are now well into lambing with around 30 Ewes given birth to 50 lambs. The head count is rising daily. We still have a lot more to go. This half term we will probably reach the peak with ewes delivering daily. Whilst we cannot guarantee that you will see a live birth whilst with us we are sure you will experience some who are just a few days or hours old.

Lamb bottle feed

Bottle Feed our Cade Lambs

We hold bottle feeding sessions at least twice a day, check out the timetable to the left of this screen for times. Our bottle fed lambs have all had problems in feeding naturally with their mother. We NEVER take a lamb away from it’s mother unless there is a risk to either the lamb or mum surviving. To date we have 7 lambs that are being bottle fed.

Extended Hours

We extended our opening hours in 2017 to 6pm (6.30pm on Friday and Saturday), members are enjoying the use of the indoor adventure barn after school and non members are enjoying using the farm facilities after 3.30pm for just £3 per person.

What next ?

You would think after the busy year we have had that we might take a break……however in 2018 we plan on building a new animal barn with viewing areas. We will use this barn for housing some of cattle who are about to give birth and for animal displays such as lambing and shearing. Visitors will have a much better view of the animals and possibly see the birth of an animal or two.

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We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

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