Lambing Live at Mainsgill Farmshop

Just 4.5 miles west along the A66 from Scotch Corner, you can’t miss the wonderful Mainsgill Farmshop, whether you spot the camels, llamas or pretty lights first you can’t help but want to stop off and see what else this place has in store.

We park up and head towards the left-hand side of the car park to see the farm animals, the girls had a read of the information board learning many breeds of cows. They then went round to see how many they could spot in the barn. They were thrilled to see how many cows were grazing at the front of the barn as a cockerel walked in front of them. They also had ostriches, a pony and goat. We did laugh as the Cockrel seemed to creep up behind Lily. The cockerels later showed us the way to the farm shop too.

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We then made our way to the bit I was most excited about! Lambing Live – as you entered the darkened barn the anticipation builds as your eyes adjust and peer down towards the ewes with their newborns. The newborn lambs are separated into little pens with their mums and it’s a delight to see them, we were very lucky to get to see some lambs that looked to have just been born as the ewe was still cleaning her lambs and the placenta was on the ground inside the pen. There were plenty of lambs to see and watching them alongside their mums was a joy. We got to see a couple of the lambs jumping onto their mum which did make my girls giggle see the video below. Certainly reminded me of my two girls!

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We washed our hands and headed for the farm shop, it’s a really impressive building with a large food hall as you enter and stairs leading you to the homeware, gift and clothing department. We ventured upstairs first, I saw so many lovely things but the hand-painted tiles caught my eye along with the voyage range.

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Back downstairs we took our time as there is so much to see, including a fantastic selection of gin! I couldn’t resist getting a little tipple. The girls were impressed with the colourful pasta but of course like most children took plenty of time choosing from the sweets. I wanted to try the tea room out but the girls didn’t fancy cake and wanted sweets instead, I know shock, horror who ever turns down cake! Definitely somewhere I will have to go back to child-free for a treat. I also noticed a great range of Easter treats.

Such a huge range of fabulous produce in the food hall we also came away with some cheese that we had sampled whilst there called Snowdonia black bomber, looking forward to having it with crackers this weekend. Make sure you take a moment to admire the view from the fresh fruit and veg section too.

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We then made our way outside so the girls could have a play in the park area. It’s a huge open space with plenty of tractors to have fun on, a climbing frame, zip wire and sand pit to name a few. There are even more animals for the children to see on the fields to the back of the farm shop and with stunning views over the Holmedale Valley to enjoy, it easy to spend an afternoon here. It was a bit muddy today and Lily didn’t quite listen to my advice on not running and ended up covered in mud. Thankfully the outside area for washing hands after petting the animals which helped to clean her up.

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We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon out at Mainsgill Farm and I would recommend to anyone passing by to call in over half term. The website can be found here. They are open daily 9am – 5pm. The postcode for satnav is DL11 7PN.

 

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