We visited Hirsty’s Family Fun Park last Summer when it was known as Hemsby MegaMaze. We fell in love with the place but it is only open during the Summer. At the time we saw they were advertising a Spring Baa-nanza over the Easter holiday so made a note of it in the dairy. Our wait was finally over.
As the maize is still growing to create the MegaMaze we got to visit the farm to meet the lambs. We were taken there by tractor and got to see the lambs and ewes during lambing season.
The sheep were divided into several sections depending on the results of the ultrasound. Ewes pregnant with single lambs and triplets were on the right hand side of the barn whereas ewes expecting twins were on the left hand side. We discovered that one of the triplets would be given to a ewe that only had a single lamb to ease the burden on the mother. Lambs were kept in the barn for a few days before being transferred to the field. There are hay bales around the pens so that children can look down onto the sheep. This improved Adams experience no end and he had the freedom to move around rather than having to be lifted to get a better view.
The friendly staff are on hand to tell you about the sheep and how the lambs are cared for on the farm. We had the opportunity to get close to a lamb and even stroke it.
You can also visit the lambs who are a few days old in the field outside – although it was a blustery day when we visited so observed them from the door. Adam was fascinated by two particular lambs and we spent a lot of time near one pen.
The farm also had cows. One calf had been born just two hours beforehand. Adam loved watching the cow licking the calf clean although watching a cow have a poo made his day.
Last year we visited a few farms but unfortunately Adam didn’t like the noise. This year however Adam was in his element. We have never seen him so animated. He told us about what he could see and what the lambs were doing and of course about the cow having a poo!
The highlight of the visit for us was watching the birth of two lambs. We were just a few feet away – a truly wonderful experience.
You can spend as much time as you like at the farm. At no point did we feel rushed. Hand washing facilities are available and recommended through your visit. The tractor ride took us back to the main park where all the activities are open. They have a zip wire, trampolines, bouncy castles, sand pits, mini tractors, swings, slides and go-karts. Adam had a wonderful time!
There is a cafe on site which cooks fresh food and makes a lovely cup of tea. There are plenty of picnic areas and you can bring your own food too. They had a new wooden maze too. It looks easy from the outside but looks can be deceiving! On the way round you can play the “What’s inside the box” game – although we were too busy chasing Adam to note down the clues!
Who wouldn’t want to end their family day out with a game of Welly Croquet!
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