Spring heralds the start of Lambing Time at Wimpole when our rare breed ewes give birth to hundreds of lambs, come and see them in the lambing sheds and in the fields and learn more about them.
As you arrive on the Estate you may well see some of our livestock in the parkland, these were specifically introduced here to manage our scheduled ancient parkland, they fertilise it as well as cut the grass.
A day out
On Home Farm itself you can meet our wide range of rare breed animals, goats, cattle, sheep, pigs and horses; learn more about them and how we look after them day to day.
Have a go at becoming a young farmer when you visit Home Farm, check out the chalkboards as you arrive.
Try your hand at grooming the donkeys, meet the Shires, drive a mini tractor or see how you get on at milking a bucket!
Look out for...
- Milking buckets
- The mini tractors to drive around
- The Bagot goats in the paddock
- Kidbine Harvester
- Lots of piglets and pigs in our piggery
- Our Shire horses
Beyond the paddocks at the Farm discover the adventure playground with climbing frames, balance beems and swings; with picnic tables and chairs nestled under the trees, its a place where the whole family can all unwind.
At the heart of Home Farm lie Sir John Soane’s 18th-century farm buildings. Built in a rustic style, the grand threshing barn still dominates the yard. Step back in time as you explore cart sheds, stables, cattle yards and pens. In the summer our Victorian yellow-brick dairy provides a cool refuge.
As one of the UK’s largest rare breed centres we play a key role in conserving rare and traditional breeds of livestock.
The iconic White Park cattle and traditional Longhorns look at home in the traditional yard. The Shires are true gentle giants, but our miniature Shetland ponies are at the other end of the scale.
We also have Sandy and Black pigs, small black and white Bagot goats skipping around the paddock looking for mischief, whilst the rare breeds of sheep are out in the park or paddocks.
Home Farm always supplied the estate with produce - and we still do today. Our organic and Freedom Foods accredited farm rears livestock for meat and eggs. Why not pop into our shop or restaurant and try some yourself?
Animals are only half the story - we also farm 700 acres of arable land for cereals. Wimpole organic wheat makes the Cambridge Loaf, milled at Fosters Mill Swaffam Prior and baked at Cobs Bakery in Cambridge.
Shire horse courses & carriage rides
If you want to be more hands on, enjoy the experience of a lifetime, learning to drive these gentle giants.
Booking essential for these one-day courses with Wimpole's shires; find next available dates for these and our carriage rides here
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