Free Child Entry at the Festival of the Naked Sheep: 14th June 2015

SONY DSC It's a busy week on the farm this week, as we are preparing for our annual Festival of the Naked Sheep which takes place this Sunday, 14th June.  The Festival of the Naked Sheep celebrates shearing and all things wool related, with lots of demonstrations and opportunities to get 'hands on.'  There is even free child entry with each paying adult, for the event day only. You will be able to see live shearing demonstrations throughout the day, with Shepherdess Kate.  There will also be a number of spinners, felters, dyers and weavers who will all be demonstrating their skills and all of the amazing uses a fleece has.  There will be plenty of opportunity to have a go yourself, including the chance to roll a fleece and try your hand at felting. As usual, you will be able to meet and feed all of our animals.  There are also some extra special activities happening throughout the day including:
  • Feed the chickens and hunt for freshly laid eggs.
  • Meet the Baylham Bunnies in our Bunny Barn.
  • Greet the Goats and their new kids.
  • Cuddles with Tommie and Freddie, the Miniature Shetlands.
image (7) Opening Times: 10am - 5pm.  Don't forget, free child entry with each paying adult.

Tilly causes a stir down on the farm

We frequently have lots of new arrivals at the farm; from lambs, to kids (the goat type, not the human kind), to chicks and piglets (otherwise known as pigerlets according to Farmer Neil), but one particular new arrival has been causing a bit of a stir. Born four weeks premature on the 27th March 2015, a very small Hereford x Guernsey calf found her way into the world.  Being a premature arrival, she needed a lot of special attention and Shepherdess Kate decided to adopt her, with the little calf arriving at the farm just after our Easter Speggtacular event. After many suggestions for a name on our Facebook page, Kate decided to name the little calf Tilly.  As she wasn't born at the farm she doesn't need to follow the farm naming system.  The naming system dictates that each animal born in the same year will have a name beginning with the same first letter - for example, all the calves born in 2015 will have a name beginning with the letter U. Tilly has been causing quite a stir at the farm.  Running through the lambing tunnel our ewes called 'mothering' noises to her, as did our White Parks who were very interested to meet Tilly as you can see below. [caption id="attachment_657" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Tilly meets our White Parks Tilly meets our White Parks[/caption] Tilly is much smaller than normal because she was premature so she is currently being bottle fed by Kate and the farm staff four times a day.  In between feeds she loves to explore the farm as well as having a good scratch, ideally a belly scratch from Kate but if not, various logs around the farm will suffice as you can see below. [caption id="attachment_658" align="aligncenter" width="165"]Tilly having a good scratch! Tilly having a good scratch![/caption] Tilly's developing some amusing habits including licking soil (probably in search of minerals) and playing with straw bales.  She is enjoying meeting all our visitors and she will be available for cuddles and grooming very soon - watch this space for more details. Tilly is being fed four times a day with special powdered milk which is very expensive as I'm sure lots of Mums can relate to.  To help with this cost we are accepting sponsorship for Tilly at just £40.00.  Sponsorship includes an annual pass (worth £35.00) to the farm which entitles you to free entry for a year to visit Tilly and the rest of the animals. Sponsors will also receive a sponsorship certificate and a cuddly toy or Baylham Farm mug.  When you come and visit Tilly you will also see your name listed as a sponsor on her paddock/stable.  For more information about sponsoring Tilly please contact us.

Selfie Competition Winners!

Throughout the Easter holidays we have been running a selfie competition to win a season pass which entitles the winner to free entry to the farm for a year.  We've had some brilliant entries so thank you to everyone who posted their #BaylhamSelfies on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It was really tough picking just one winner, so we've decided to award three season tickets for the following categories: Cutest Selfie, Funniest Selfie and Best Overall Selfie. You can see the winners here: Best Overall Selfie [caption id="attachment_651" align="aligncenter" width="165"]Leigha Simone on Facebook Leigha Simone on Facebook[/caption]   Cutest Selfie [caption id="attachment_652" align="aligncenter" width="225"]Tracey Parker on Facebook Tracey Parker on Facebook[/caption] Funniest Selfie [caption id="attachment_653" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Daniel Claxton on Facebook Daniel Claxton on Facebook[/caption] All winners have been contacted to arrange collection of their season ticket which provides them with free entry to the farm for a year. Thanks again to all the entries - we've really enjoyed seeing the highlights of your visit to the farm.

Baylham Selfie Competition

Throughout the Easter holidays we've been running a selfie competition on the farm via our social media networks.  Visitors have been taking a selfie of themselves with any of our Baylham animals, and posting their best picture to our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages using the hash tag #BaylhamSelfie. We are going to announce the winner of the competition on Monday 13th April here on our blog. The winner will receive a season pass entitling them to free entry to the farm for a year. We've received a fantastic number of selfies - thank you to everyone who has shared their pictures with us.  Due to the number of selfies we are unable to post them all on the blog, but you will find a selection below.  To see all of the pictures please visit any of our social media channels or search #BaylhamSelfie. [caption id="attachment_642" align="alignleft" width="300"]Adele Schroeder on Facebook Posted by Adele Schroeder on Facebook[/caption] [caption id="attachment_647" align="alignleft" width="300"]Posted by Roseanna Clarke on Facebook Posted by Roseanna Clarke on Facebook[/caption] [caption id="attachment_641" align="alignleft" width="169"]Posted by imrobotyoujane on Twitter Posted by imrobotyoujane on Twitter[/caption] [caption id="attachment_640" align="alignleft" width="300"]From DanDan Taylor on Twitter Posted by DanDan Taylor on Twitter[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_646" align="alignleft" width="165"]Posted by Leigha Simone on Facebook Posted by Leigha Simone on Facebook[/caption] [caption id="attachment_645" align="alignleft" width="225"]Posted by Hana Goodwin on Facebook Posted by Hana Goodwin on Facebook[/caption] [caption id="attachment_644" align="alignleft" width="300"]Posted by Gemma Betts on Facebook Posted by Gemma Betts on Facebook[/caption]

The Start of Spring

We are approaching our favourite time of year on the farm: lambing season.  This is not just because we love our new arrivals, but because they mark the start of spring and the beginning of our 2015 season. It feels like it has been a long winter and now that the days are getting longer we are looking forward to welcoming our visitors back to our new-look farm. You will have noticed that our website has a totally new look. It’s packed with information all about the farm, including what we do, how you can get involved and the special events that are going on. We hope that you like the look of it and that you’ll find it easy to use. The website is not the only part of the farm that’s had a face lift. A lot has been going on whilst we have been closed for the winter months; we’ve been making the most of the time by making improvements all over the farm.  We’ve been painting, tidying, fixing and generally sprucing up all the areas, including the café. Our opening kicks off with the most popular activity we offer: lamb cuddling. This is an experience that all children (and their parents) remember for ever, so cameras are essential. Our new-borns are so well behaved and affectionate, it’s an occasion not to be missed. As always, we have piglets galore and we’re hoping for baby bunnies too.  You’ll have many chances throughout the week to help feed the pigs and goats and collect the eggs from the chickens. If this isn’t enough, the Baylham Farm treasure hunt is back with clues to take you around the farm and prizes to be won.  For the first weekend, all visitors can come to the farm for only £3 per person. As of the 14th of February, we will be open as usual until September. You can look at our opening times but make sure you note the dates for our Easter Speggtacular and the Naked Sheep Festival. We’re really looking forward to welcoming everybody back to the farm for 2015 and hope to see you here soon.