TO allow families to experience the natural wonder of lambing, Sparsholt College will be holding its annual Lambing Weekend this month.

This popular event attracts thousands of visitors who are keen to see the Hampshire college’s 223 ewes lambing and it is now celebrating its 10th year.

A busy time is on the cards as recent ultra-sounding identified 30 sets of triples, 143 sets of twins and 50 singles – that’s 426 lambs in total!

Shepherd John Garrett works with the sheep while the birthing takes place, assisted by Sparsholt College students. John also provides the viewing public with a running commentary and takes questions from the inquisitive onlookers.

He commented: “We regularly have visitors who come back year on year as there aren’t many opportunities for the general public to get this close to nature. It is fascinating to watch lambs being born which of course prompts many questions – some of which can be quite unusual!”

A good view is ensured for all thanks to pen-side walkways and a large video screen.

There are lots of activities to take part in, including tractor and trailer rides, quizzes and puzzles, and mid-afternoon milking. Visitors can talk to the herdsman and students about our herd, and there will be lots of farm machinery to explore.

Local crafts will be on sale and refreshments will be available to purchase throughout both days, January 25 and 26.

The college will be open from 9.30am until 3.30pm. Admission is £5 per adult and £3.50 per child (age three to 16) - under 3s are free. A family ticket (two adults and two children) can be purchased for £15.

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