Bicton’s Lambing Sunday pulls in Sidmouth crowds

PUBLISHED: 14:11 21 March 2011

Sisters Poppy and Darcey Richardson get a cuddle. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shv 2748-12-11SH

Sisters Poppy and Darcey Richardson get a cuddle. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref shv 2748-12-11SH

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Thousands flock to cuddle lambs and newborn calves at Bicton on Sunday

NEWBORN lambs caused a stir last weekend as visitors flocked to Bicton Home Farm for the annual Lambing Sunday.

Among the several thousand people who are believed to have visited the event; which allowed visitors to hold the lambs, as well at get a close look at calves and piglets, were families from the Sidmouth area.

Although no lambs were born on the day itself, the ones there proved very popular, especially with children.

Visitors did get to witness a new calf being born, as well as the cows’ afternoon milking session.

Young Nye Dapling, 20 months, from West Hill met one of the new born calves during her visit, while Jasmine Bond, 10, Ashley Drake, seven, and sisters Alice, 10, and Hannah Dell, 13, all from Sidmouth, couldn’t resist a cuddle with the lambs.

There was also a wide range of activities available at Bicton College, including several craft and machinery demonstrations and a leaf blower assault course, which proved particularly popular.

Visitors were also well catered for with the Bicton Barbeque selling burgers and hot-dogs made with the farm’s produce.

The event was run by Bicton’s agriculture team, along with college students.

*See more photos in Friday’s Sidmouth Herald.


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