A family day out at Mead Open Farm offers lots of opportunities to get to know our animals. A daily schedule of animal fun activities means everyone, no matter what age, has a chance to learn about, touch and feed farm animals and pets.
Even better, many of the activities take place under cover in one of our four Animal Barns – so we never mind the rain!
Bottle Feed Lambs
On your day out at Mead Open Farm, can you help the farmer bottle-feed Mead Open Farm’s older lambs?
Twice daily in the Demo Barn, all year round, bottle feeding our lambs will get you really close to the animals and is a great experience as part of your day out on the Farm.
The eager lambs love to be bottle fed and with some being a little bit greedy, you’d better hold on tight to the bottle!
Hop, Hop, Hoppity Hop!
Who can resist a soft cuddly bunny or a silky smooth guinea pig? Three times daily in the Big Barn, our bunnies and guinea pigs come out to give you the softest hands-on experience!
Running freely on our special Bunny Hop tables, the rabbits and guinea pigs are at exactly the right height for children to stroke and see up close, and our friendly staff are available to tell you all about them – so go and find out more about your favourite bunny!
Groom ponies, large and small
A must for all young pony enthusiasts! Daily at Mead Open Farm, children can help the farmer to make sure the ponies are smart and well brushed.
The ponies love the attention at this daily grooming and petting session.
Chat about chickens!
Find out more about chickens – hold them, stroke them, see the eggs they have laid and learn all about what they eat and what they need to stay healthy, happy, and producing lovely eggs. Join our Farmer for the Chicken Chat twice daily in Big Barn. There’s more to know about chickens than you realise!
Daily from April to October at 1pm, watch Mead Open Farm’s very own ‘Lamb National’.
Six eager sheep (including speedy Lambretta) compete in the race: watch them spring over Shearers Brook, dart over the Duck Pond Turn and whizz past the Woolly Chair.
Carrying miniature jockeys on their backs and with individual racing colours, it’s just like a real horse race, and is one of Mead Open Farm’s most popular activities. Plus, try to guess the winning sheep and take home a Winner’s Medal.
Meet Baby Animals
Newborns aren’t just for springtime! All year round at Mead Open Farm, new baby animals are being born.
From baby alpacas to calves and lambs in February, and pygmy goats in October, there are always adorable babies to get to know at the Farm.
And from February to April there is always lots to see and marvel at in the Lamb Nursery as our pregnant ewes give birth to fluffy, bouncy and very mischievous lambs!
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