Lambing at Wimpole

Spring is on the way at Wimpole with Lambing from 24 April until 9 May 2021. You'll need to pre-book your visit to Wimpole Estate in advance. We release tickets every Friday, and you'll need to book your tickets by 3pm the day before you want to visit.

We're delighted to be able to invite you to join us for lambing this year following the pause on visiting during lambing season last year due to the coronavirus lockdown.

We've put a new one-way system in place through the farm to keep everyone safe and ensure everyone can maintain social distancing, and also to enable everyone to have an opportunity to see our new mums and their lambs. From tentative first steps to carefree frolicking, come to watch, hear and experience the first days of life of our newborn lambs.

Each Spring, Wimpole’s 280 rare breed ewes give birth to several hundred new additions to the Wimpole flock. As lambing season gathers pace, Wimpole’s pens and paddocks are filled with skipping, bleating new life.

Visit us at Home Farm during Lambing and you’ll be able see the lambs start to bond with their mothers. You may see them feeding, sleeping or being cared for by National Trust farm staff as they get them ready to explore the new world around them.

After about 24 hours, if all is well and the weather is fine, the newborns and mothers are put out in the paddocks and parkland where they can get on with enjoying life.

Rare breeds

As one of the UK’s largest rare breed centres we play a key role in conserving rare and traditional breeds of livestock. The rare breeds of newborn lambs you may see at Home Farm during Lambing Time include:

  • Norfolk Horn - which is black faced with spiralled horns
  • The shaggy coated Leicester Longwool
  • Hebridean - small and fine boned, with black or dark brown wool
  • Portland Down- light tan face with spiral horns
  • Oxford Down - the teddy bears of the flock, with chunky coats of wool, black muzzles and ears
  • Manx Loghtan - multi-horned with caramel coloured wool
  • If you see a white face and white wool, it's the Whitefaced Woodland

Visit us during Lambing

Home Farm at Wimpole will be open every day during Lambing from 10.30am to 4.30pm (last entry to the estate is at 3pm via Hardwicke Gate). You don't need to book separately for Lambing, but you will need to book your visit to Wimpole Estate and normal admission to Wimpole Estate applies (free for National Trust members).