Playing with newborn lambs has always been something I’ve wanted to do but I was never really sure where you could do this near London. Then I was told about Broadlees Farm, near to Dover and an easy hour’s train ride directly from London on Southeastern Rail.
If you’re looking for somewhere to meet some adorable newborn lambs, then read on for my guide!
Living in East London definitely has its merits, and one of these is having quick trains to Kent on our doorstep with Southeastern. I love getting out of London and enjoying fresh air and countryside, but it’s nice to have a change of scenery to my hometown of Brighton.
A quick one hour train ride and you arrive into Dover, probably more famous for its ferry routes to France. I can’t really sugarcoat it – it’s not a nice town. There’s nothing in its town centre of note.. but a fairly nice promenade!
It’s an approximately 3 miles (4.8km) ride up a big steep hill towards Dover Castle (you can’t really miss it). You could cycle as I did, but you can also take the bus towards Broadlees Farm.
Cycling by Dover Castle was really quite awesome and definitely warranted a stop. If you have the time to spare, I would definitely recommend a visit.
This farm is actually a working one, ie. not open generally for tourists. However, in Spring they open it for ‘Lambing Open Days‘, quite the treat!
The lambing period lasts for just 6 weeks, but they open the farm up just for 2 weeks. The 2019 dates have already been detailed (April 6th-21st) from 1-4pm. You do not need to book ahead.
It cost us just £5 to enter.
It was a wonderful hour of meeting tiny newborn lambs and holding them. The staff are really happy to pass them to you and nestle them into your lap.
The Surrounding Area and the Kent Coastline
Make a full day trip of it and explore some of the Kent coastline.
Just a little further on, and through some beautiful fields, is the quaint seaside town of Deal, Kent. A perfect spot for a pub lunch or an ice cream, I really enjoyed exploring this little town.
Playing with Newborn Lambs near London
I hope this post has been useful for anyone wondering who fancies a daytrip playing with newborn lambs near to London! Broadlees Farm and the Kent coastline was a great day out and so easily accessible from London!
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