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!

Timetable - Weekends

Timetable - Weekdays

Latest news

Spring on the farm

The longer days are here which means you can pack even more into a full day out here on the farm! New life can be found everywhere, we have lambs galore, a brand new litter of 11 piglets, born on 25th March and plenty of new baby goats to see. Lamb feeding is still taking place at least twice a day and you can also watch us feed our orphaned calves , Bruce and Ferdinand. We open at 9.30 every day and close at 6pm (6.30 on Fridays and Saturdays).

Pirates !

Pirates and princesses weekend : 5th, 6th and 7th May

A swashbuckling adventure awaits! Dress up in your favourite costume and take part in our fancy dress competition, have a go at walking the plank, search for clues around the farm on our treasure trail and get the grownups involved in our sandcastle competition!

Keep in touch ...

We look forward to seeing you all very soon.

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