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The High Weald Academy

A Brook Learning Trust Academy

Lambing Weekend

This March, join us for the perfect family day out!

Saturday 21st & Sunday 22nd March 2020

10am – 4:30pm

Lambing Weekend

Come and celebrate the arrival of spring and see the newborn lambs at our 25th annual ‘Lambing Weekend’ at The High Weald Academy Farm.

We invite you behind the scenes of our working farm, to explore the farmyard and meet Farm Manager, Nick Cooper, and The High Weald Academy Young Farmers who will introduce you to the animals and tell you more about life on the farm.

As well as seeing the newborn lambs, there will be lots of other baby animals arriving for the spring -  you’ll also get to meet piglets, ducklings, chicks, guinea pigs and rabbits.

Plus, take the opportunity to meet staff and students from the academy and explore our new 21st century building.

By coming along to our Lambing Weekend, not only will you get a fantastic day out, each visitor will support the future of the farm and its role in providing our students with a valuable insight into farming.

Thank you for supporting us and we look forward to seeing you there.

Lots of things to see and do

Farm tours

Visitors will be able to explore the farm and see a range of farm animals, big and small, and take in the sights and smells of a working farm.

Pet Corner

Pet corner is the perfect place to meet the small animals on the farm.

Newborn lambs

See the stars of the weekend, the newborn lambs.

Learn about the farm

Come and say hello to Farmer Manager, Nick Cooper, and The High Weald Academy Young Farmers, learn about lambing and all the animals that live on the farm.

Lambing trail

Explore the farm and meet the newborn lambs

Tractor and farm equipment display

Great for adventurous kids, big and small, plus a perfect family photo opportunity.

Food and Drink

Visit the ‘Farm Tearoom’ to enjoy a great choice of delicious cakes.

Pop-up Vintage Stall

So many bargains to be found, come and discover and be inspired.

The Weald Marketplace

Come and discover and support local independent retailers all offering specialist products and services from the Weald.

Student Life at The High Weald Academy

Meet staff and students from the academy and explore our new 21st century buildingAccordion content

Food and Drink 

Visit the ‘Farm Tearoom’ to enjoy a great choice of delicious cakes. 

  • A selection of cold snacks, cakes, hot and cold drinks will be available from the ‘Farm Tearoom’
  • The Farm Tearoom and stalls will only accept cash payments
  • Eating food in the farmyard is not permitted.
  • During your visit to the farm please do not feed the animals, they are all given specially formulated diets and you could make them sick.

Tickets

  • Tickets are only available to purchase on-the-gate at the point of entry
  • No advance tickets sales are available
  • Ticket price - £2 per person
  • Under 3s go free
  • Last entry on each day is at 3:30pm
  • Only cash payment will be accepted on the gate.

Health & Safety

We want everyone to have a fantastic day out but it’s important to remember this is a working farm. The advice given below aims to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit.

Handwashing

All animals naturally carry a range of organisms, some of which can be transmitted to people. Some organisms which may be contracted on farms can cause illness some of which can cause severe infection, particularly in young children.

To reduce the risk of illness, both adults and children should wash their hands thoroughly after they have visited to the farmyard, handled animals or touched surfaces at the farm and always before eating or drinking.

Hand wash facilities are situated around the site.  Please remember to wash your hands after:

  • Visiting the farmyard
  • Coming into contact with any of the animals in the farmyard
  • Touching any surfaces around the farm.

In addition, please use the washing facility to clean your shoes, wellies and/or wheels if they become soiled, located as you exit the farmyard.

Pregnant women

Public Health England advises that expectant mothers should not come into contact with sheep and other livestock during the lambing season. This is due to the chance of harmful infections being picked up.

Term & Conditions 

  • Members of the public are not allowed to handle the lambs or sheep due to the risk of biological infection. Purposely touching any of the animals is done so at your own risk.
  • During your visit to the farm please do not feed the animals, they are all given specially formulated diets and you could make them sick.
  • Eating food in the farmyard is not permitted.
  • No child/adult scooters or bikes are permitted into the event site.
  • Pregnant women are advised not to enter the site as there is a risk to the unborn child of biological exposure from touching animals/animal faeces.
  • Children should be supervised at all times when onsite.
  • The event site is a no smoking area - which includes e-cigarettes and vaping devices.
  • Beware of any uneven surfaces and fences.
  • Dogs are not permitted in the event car parks or site, except for assistance dogs.
  • In the unlikely event that the we are forced to cancel the event, due to circumstances beyond our control, cancellation advisory notices will be publish via the academy’s website and social media channels.
  • Due to extreme or unusual weather conditions that lead to the cancellation of the event, cancellation advisory notices will be publish via the academy’s website and social media channels.
  • Cash payments will only be accepted on-the-gate and at event stalls.