It was a bright, sunny day, albeit a little chilly with the slight breeze.
But Ruby, my two-year-old, and I headed to Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre, all wrapped up warm, ready for the adventure ahead.
The farm is a 30-minute drive for me from Corby, on the way towards Peterborough and was really easy to find and there’s plenty of parking too, which is great.
We were greeted warmly by the man behind the counter, who was great in explaining where everything was on site and directing us to the barn for the bottle feeding of the lambs at 10am.
There’s animal feed on sale at 50p per tub – ideal if you have children eager to feed the animals! We bought some feed for the ducks and rabbits.
On paying, we were given a sticker to wear which means that you can go back to your car if need be, without staff having to check whether you’ve paid when you come back in.
As it was almost 10am when we arrived, we headed straight to the barn, ready for lamb bottle feeding.
There were lots of lambs to see – many which are just a few weeks old.
They’ve all got funky names like Buzz, Ringo, Marilyn, Bonnie, Clyde, Twiggy, Tina, Cher, Cilla and Cliff!
The heat lamps in their pens were helping to keep them warm but it wasn’t long before Cliff came out to pay me and Ruby a visit.
Ruby wasn’t keen on giving Cliff his milk so I gave it to him instead while Ruby watched.
It was a great experience but was over quite quickly – he guzzled up the milk in no time!
Well worth making time out to take part though.
The farm tends to do two bottle feedings in the day – one at 10am and another at 2pm.
After waving goodbye to the lambs we headed off for a little walk round the corner into the Animal Village to see and feed the rabbits and chickens.
There was also the obligatory farm cat too which seemed to be friends with the chickens and rabbits!
Here you’ll also find a ‘dummy’ of a cow which you can practice milking – instead of milk being released from the teats, it’s water!
And in the far corner was Tramp the pony.
Also here is a little discovery centre.
Just enter the barn and (if they’re not hiding away sleeping) you’ll find ferrets as well as a guide to some of the birds you’ll find on the farm.
Pop round the corner and you’ll find baby chicks too.
Ruby adored watching these warm themselves up under the heat lamp in their pen and chirping.
For those interested in wildlife and birds eggs, there’s a display of eggs here too which are housed in a small cabinet.
The size of the ostrich egg was really big!
After meeting the chicks we headed back outside and along the path towards the play park.
Here Ruby played on the swings before we ventured further towards the Mill House.
We took our time looking at the process of how a water mill works – starting right at the top!
There are quite a few steps here so it might not be suitable for young children as the stairs are quite narrow, but worth it if you can.
The sun continued to shine so we ventured further and found some shire horses in their stables, although Ruby wasn’t keen at all so our visit here was very brief.
On our way back up towards the main part of the farm, we saw the tractor out, taking visitors out on a tour of the farm.
Rides cost £1.50 per person. We didn’t go on the tractor today but Ruby did drive her own one – although it was just an old, stationary one. She enjoyed it though!
There’s also a hedged mini maze for you to enjoy as well as lots of picnic tables and benches to sit down and take in the scenery, which is what we did.
It was a bit breezy but, if you’d prefer, you can always opt to have a bite to eat in the onsite café instead.
We stayed outside and were greeted by a lovely peacock while we ate, as well as a big fat hen!
On site there is also an indoor play area but this wasn’t open fully due to what looked like refurbishments going on.
However, there is a little wooden playhouse here for the children to play in – as well as the park play area, so there’s still plenty for the kids to enjoy.
On your way out, it’s also worth popping into the shop too which stocks lots of toys, gifts and knick-knacks to remind you of your visit.
It’s lambing season and until April 27 you’ll get a chance to get up close to the farm’s new arrivals – and get a chance to feed them yourself too!
On Mother’s Day (March 30), mums (and grandmothers) get free entry into the farm; and from April 5 to 27 there will be an Easter Big Bunny Hunt where you’ll get a chance to hunt for hidden eggs in the Enchanted Wood for a chocolate treat!
There is lots more planned for the rest of the year too – just visit their website for more information.
Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre,
How to get there
Sacrewell Farm & Country Centre is situated off the A47 Peterborough to Leicester road, where the A47 crosses the A1 at Wansford and is well signposted on each road.
If using Satnav, they advise ignoring your Satnav as you approach the farm.
They are located near the junction of the A1/A47 from which they are brown signposted (there is no direct access to Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre from the A1).
The nearest village is Wansford and the closest postcode is PE8 6LB.
There’s plenty of free parking outside the farm.
The farm is open from 9.30am to 5pm and entry costs are £7.50 for adults, £5.50 for children (under twos go free) or £23 for a family ticket (two adults, two children).
Gift aid admission prices include a 10 per cent voluntary donation which enables the farm to claim back 25p in the £1 from the Inland Revenue.
The money raised from this goes towards maintaining and improving the facilities at the farm.