See the lambs and hug a husky

Lambing Weekend at Sparsholt College
Lambing Weekend at Sparsholt College

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Thousands of people are expected to flock to Sparsholt College this weekend to witness the college’s 350 ewes deliver their lambs during its annual Lambing Weekend.

Shepherd John Garrett works with the sheep while the birthing takes place, assisted by Sparsholt College’s team of agriculture students.

There is much more taking place at the event too, such as hug a husky, watch the milking, dog agility, farrier demonstrations and the chance to meet the college’s horses and donkeys.

Facepainting, craft activities and tractors and farm machinery will also be available to keep children entertained.

Plus the college’s new addition for 2012, its Animal Management Centre, will be open for visitors to meet a wide range of animals, including goats, donkeys, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens and rodents.

Visitors can also view varieties of exotic species including red panda, pheasants and wallabies and, in the reptile rooms, can encounter slithery, slimy and scary reptiles and amphibians.

The two-day event is open from 9.30am until 3.30pm, on both Saturday and Sunday. Admission is £5 per adult and £3.50 for a school age child.

Two adults and two school age children can purchase a family ticket for £15.

Sparsholt College is in Westley Lane, Sparsholt, Winchester. Call 01962 776441.