On Sunday 20th March, from 10am to 4pm, thousands of people travelled to Bicton College to see new-born lambs, taste good quality local produce and to explore all the different activities around the picturesque campus.
Ross Cooper, the event organiser said: “Every year we always look forward to Lambing Sunday and it gives a chance for families and friends to explore the beautiful campus at Bicton. We had an amazing amount of visitors and a few new displays; including the remarkable stunt bike show. All in all, it was a great day for families and friends to celebrate spring.”
The event also had lots of opportunities to see and hold animals such as the baby lambs, the creepy crawlies at the animal care centre as well as the exotic animals, primates and small mammals. There was also the opportunity for dog owners to enter their pooch into the family dog show or to be groomed in the pet grooming centre. In the main house, there were arts and crafts stands and demonstrations on the process of using wool from sheep to make clothing.
Agricultural Lecturer at Bicton College, Kevin Bond, said: “We had a couple of lambs born this morning and they are now being bottle fed for the first time. Lambing Sunday is a great opportunity for people to see what agriculture is about.”
Other entertainment activities at the event included kayaking, a shooting range, a climbing tower, assault course and the chance to see the current flat rider champion, Lee Musselwhite, performing his bike stunt shows.
Beth White from Exeter, was there with her family, she said: “It’s been really nice and good value for families; lots to see and lots to do. The best bit has been the ability to get up and close with the animals, because at some open farms that is not always possible.”
Graham Buck from Honiton added: “It’s been educational and fun and the lambs are really cool.”
Dr Phil Le Grice, Principal of Bicton College added: “Lambing Sunday is a really important event to the college and to local communities. It allows the general public to see what the college offers in terms of courses and to experience new activities; all in all it is a great opportunity for visitors to have a fun day out in the beautiful countryside.”