Fleecy Frolics Lambing Weekend


Fleecy Frolics Lambing Weekend


Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd April 2023

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. 


  • Visit the farm
  • Sheep shearing demonstrations
  • Falconry displays
  • Woodland crafts and stalls*
  • Animal handling
  • Pony rides*
  • Horse drawn trailer rides*
  • Facepainting*
  • Refreshments and picnic area
  • and lots more…..

Please note the ticket link does not always work on a mobile device – in this case, please try again using a different device

* Extra charges apply – There is NO cash machine on campus, customers should bring cash with them on the day

Take a look at our Festive Animal Fun Day


Useful Information

  • Useful information:

    • Tickets for either day MUST be pre-booked online – no tickets will be sold on the day
    • Free parking (if weather is bad, there may be a short walk from the car park)
    • There is NO cash machine on site so please bring enough with you (most outlets take card payments but not all)
    • Sorry, strictly no dogs please – except guide/assistance dogs (proof required)
    • Due to certain weather conditions some areas may be muddy so please wear appropriate footwear (ie no flip flops)
    • You are welcome to bring picnics with you but please bring picnic rugs etc as there is limited outside seating
    • Most areas are accessible for wheelchairs (dependent on weather) – however, please be aware that there will be a certain amount of walking required as this is an outside event
    • We have blue badge parking near the main ticket entrance – blue badge holders only
    • Pregnant women are advised not to attend the event
    • Carers can gain free admission with proof from the list below:
      • Entitlement to Disability Living Allowance for children under 16 or DLA/Personal Independent Payments (PIP) for those aged 16-64, either in the form of a letter stating that the benefit has been awarded, or the actual Allowance book
      • Attendance Allowance or Carer’s Allowance letter of award
      • Incapacity Benefit books, or a letter notifying the recipient that the benefit has been awarded Incapacity Benefit or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
      • A valid Blue Badge
      • In the case of visual impairment, a registration card known as the BD8 or a Certificate of Visual Impairment (CVI)
      • A local authority registration document which is local to the attraction where it is being submitted
      • A recognised Assistance Dog ID Card
      • Credibility’s Access Card
      • A carer must be over 14 years of age and capable of assisting the guest who has the disability. The carer would be expected to understand the disabled person’s condition and assist them in managing it for the duration of the visit.


For enquiries, including stall enquiries:


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Health Warning

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.


New Legislation Regarding Lamb Handling

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