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

We reopen on January 2nd 2019.

2018 was a GREAT year!!

What a year! We’ve had record numbers of visitors to the farm this year, our new Adventure Barn has meant that visitors have arrived no matter what the weather. We are really pleased that it’s been so well used and, of course in between showers you’ve popped out and enjoyed the farm.

Our special events have been very popular, starting in February with lambing live – many of you connected with us on Facebook to watch Farmer Ed give his daily reports on how all our little lambs and ewes were doing. You came in your thousands to get up close and personal with them. It all starts again a couple of week’s time!

A wet Easter didn’t stop you from visiting the Easter Bunny – again in your thousands! Fairies and Elves, Pirates, fossils and so much more has brought visitors from all over enjoying a full day out on the farm.

Lambing time

We’ve added to our sheep flock with Kerryhills, our chicken house had a makeover early 2018 making space for some new chicken breeds. The cattle on the farm have all been brought inside for the winter apart from the Highlands and the bull – you will see these as you come along the drive.

We’ll be updating our events page in the next couple of weeks when camping dates will be released. Remember tickets for camping, bonfire night, Christmas and ghost hunt go on sale to members a week before the general public. To buy your membership click here.

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We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

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