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.


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!

Half Term timetable, up to and including 4th June


Pony grooming


Small animal handling


Sheep shearing display


Pony rides (book in shop on arrival)


Piglet race


Small animal handling


Small animal handling


Sheep shearing display


Pony rides (book in shop on arrival


Small animal handling

Barrel rides are free & leave from the Play Barn
at 11.30 / 12.45 / 13.30 / 14.30 / 15.30 & 16.30.

Latest news


There is an ongoing road closure on the A6 between Market Harborough and Desborough. We are working with the highways to get a fixed sign in place to let visitors know that there IS ACCESS TO THE FARM. When you approach the roundabout from Market Harborough please ignore the signs and continue as normal to the farm. When approaching from Rothwell please follow the short diversion and follow brown tourism signs for West Lodge Rural Centre.


A magical weekend!! Follow the Fairy trail around the farm, FREE wand making, FREE fairy trail, FREE face painting, fancy dress competition and all the usual farm fun! Save money and book in advance Grown ups welcome to dress up too – we will be!


Update on building work

We are over half way through building our new indoor adventure area and entrance to the farm. We have some temporary toilets in place whilst our old ones have been knocked down to accommodate our new ones. The restaurant also has a different entrance which will be clearly sign posted for you on arrival.

Keep in touch ...

To be kept up to date with all of the activity you can like our facebook page or follow us on Twitter, we will update these sites regularly with any news. You may also want to have a look at our You Tube channel which has some videos of life on the farm !

We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

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