We have made the difficult decision not to hold our Fleecy Frolics lambing weekend this year, as we are still unsure of the restrictions will be. It will be the second year of no Fleecy Frolics which is disappointing, but we are staying positive for other events later in the year, and that it will be able to run in 2022.
The College’s annual lambing event, held across two days, is a celebration of nature and countryside crafts. Visitors can meet our lambs, watch countryside craft demos, visit the farm, shop for homemade gifts, animal handling and more.
For enquiries, including stall enquiries:
Women who are, or think they may be, pregnant should not attend this event. There is a risk of disease amongst the lambs which can cause harm, including miscarriage.
All visitors should thoroughly wash their hands after touching any of the animals or areas where the animals are housed. Handwashing facilities are available in all areas.
On 1 October 2018 new legislation was introduced called the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018. This legislation looks at protecting the wellbeing of animals in a range of situations including attractions and seasonal events, that until now had limited consistency between establishments. The legislation covers, amongst other things, the separation of any newborn, unweaned or dependent offspring from their mothers for commercial gain. As a result of this, and the fact that Merrist Wood takes animal welfare very seriously, we will not be offering lamb cuddling at our 2019 lambing event. However, there will be ample opportunity to meet the lambs and other species during our lambing weekend. This will be carefully monitored by our dedicated Animal Keeping team and students who will be working directly with the animals. Merrist Wood have successfully been granted the new licence and we are proud of our commitment to animal wellbeing. More information about the legislation can be found here