Church Farm

By Emma Kirkup

Guests staying at Church Farm Country Cottages, near Bradford on Avon are in for a treat! If you are here during spring there’s the opportunity to join one of the farm’s lambing tours to see a bit behind-the-scenes on this working farm.

Church Farm Country Cottages

Church Farm is home to a large flock of sheep, I can’t remember the exact numbers but I think it was several hundred. During the spring months, Becky, from Church Farm Country Cottages will take guests on a tour to understand more about what happens at this time of year and I joined in to find out more.

All the guests who were staying in the cottages on the day of my visit had decided to join the tour. Everyone was kitted out in their wellies and the younger ones looked pretty excited as we were met by Becky and told that we’d have the opportunity to feed some of the orphaned lambs! (I must admit, I was pretty excited by this too!).

We were shown the correct way to handle the lambs and the two little orphans were quick to guzzle their bottles down.

Bottle feeding

Holding a lamb

Next up, we went into the barn where we could see some of the new born lambs with their mums. It was so cute watching them bound about, bleating and snuggling up in the hay. The children on the tour also had the opportunity to spray the lambs so they could be identified with their mothers.

We then saw the expectant ewes, one pen containing the first-time mums and another containing the more experienced mothers. A couple of vet students were also on hand to help the team with the lambing and gain experience. 

We didn’t actually see any lambs being born but I guess that’s down to nature!

After hearing more about the ewes we then headed out to the fields where we were introduced to lambs (and their mums) at different ages. In the first field the lambs were only about a week or so old and they were so adorable to watch running about. The next two fields housed the older lambs and you could see that some of these were getting pretty cheeky by jumping on their mums and making friends with other lambs. 

Lambs

Lamb

At the end of the tour, we all headed back towards the cottages and Trish gave the children (and a couple of the adults!) a Cream Egg for Easter. The children all looked as if they had really enjoyed the experience and personally, I thought it was lovely to hear more about the story of the farm and what goes on here.

There aren’t many of these tours left to run this year, as lambing is nearly over, however they will run again next spring.

If you fancy staying at Church Farm, there are also several options available to you including the cottages I mentioned above (which have one or two bedrooms), the nearby Old Granary which is perfect for multi-generational stays or hen parties as it sleeps up to 12, and there’s The Farm Camp glamping, on the edge of the farm, where groups or individuals can stay in luxury bell tents complete with individual fire pits, marshmallows and more. 

The Old Granary

The Farm Camp kitchen

Swimming pool

The farm also has an indoor swimming pool and games room and for pre-booked groups there’s the opportunity to try sheep herding or archery. 

A big thank you to Becky, Trish and the team for showing me around! 


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