Spring activities at Cotswold Farm Park
By Sarah Wood
Bottle feeding, sheep shearing and sheep dog demonstrations are all on offer at Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park this spring.
There are lots of ways families can get up close to the members of its Gloucestershire flock, including two brand-new rare and native calf arrivals.
A new addition to the Farm Park's line up of family activities is the new Sheepdog Show. Guests will be treated to a display of skill and precision by two highly trained working dogs, as they expertly move a flock of sheep into their pen.
Throughout the 45-minute demonstration, visitors will learn about the communication between the dogs and their human handlers, as well as witnessing the way in which the sheep respond to the dogs' movements. This is a great opportunity to experience the fascinating world of sheepdog trials and learn about the bond between farmer and dog.
Bottle-feeding activities will also return and will be on offer to visitors until the end of September. These sessions allow animal fans to take care of the adorable lambs and goat kids and play an important role in feeding them.
And there is plenty of work to be done, with the Farm Park recently announcing it is home to the country's largest lambing event in 2023, with over 800 little arrivals this year!
With the warm weather on the way, the Farm Park's sheep will soon be relieved of their woolly winter coats. From Saturday May 27 - Sunday June 4, the Animal Barns will be abuzz, as experts host a series of sheep shearing demonstrations. While shearing, they will teach visitors about the care and management of animals, and the qualities of wool and how it is used today, from clothing through to wool-filled mattresses.
Brand-new animal housing has been installed on the Rare Breeds Trail, which will allow visitors to closely observe and feed the Farm Park's famous rare breed farm animals from a fresh perspective. Newly installed interactive features and activities across the attraction will encourage youngsters to learn more about their surroundings while solving problems, as well as teaching them fun farming and animal facts along the way.
Spring visitors to the Farm Park will be able to catch a glimpse of the friendly new additions to the herd, including five-year-old Highland cow, Rosanna's, brand-new bull calf, and a rare breed White Park bull calf. Both new arrivals will be on display throughout the spring and summer for visitors to meet.
Graham Barclay, entertainment team member, said: "We are thrilled to welcome families to Cotswold Farm Park for the May half term holidays and are excited for them to witness our new sheep dog demonstrations and discover our Rare Breed Trail's brand-new animal housing, which has been designed to allow visitors to closely observe our friendly rare and native breeds of farm animals."
Bottle feeding sessions, sheep dog demonstrations, and sheep shearing are all included in the price of the Cotswold Farm Park entry ticket, which also includes participation in all of the usual play activities.
Sheep shearing demonstrations will take place daily 12-1pm for visitors to drop in and watch, and the Sheepdog Show will kick off each day at 2pm between Saturday May 27 and Sunday June 4.
Bottle-feeding will take place at 11:30 am and 3:30pm every day until October 1.
Tickets to the Cotswold Farm Park can be booked online in advance here: https://cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk/farm-park/shop/
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