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Places To Visit - North East | Hall Hill Farm

By Hellofreckles @tashajsteel
Places To Visit - North East | Hall Hill FarmLast week Andrew and I headed over to Hall Hill Farm for the afternoon and I thought I'd share it with you.
I always enjoy seeing lambs running around in the fields and if you've been reading Hello Freckles for a while now, you may have seen my last farm related post (here). So when I realised it was indeed lambing season, I knew we would have to make a little visit to the farm and I decided to go back to Hall Hill, 19 years since my last visit! This post is a little photo heavy, so expect an overload of baby animals!
Places To Visit - North East | Hall Hill FarmPlaces To Visit - North East | Hall Hill Farm We arrived early afternoon and it seemed quite busy in the car park, which came as no surprise since it was Easter Monday. Walking around the farm though, it didn't seem too crowded. The only busy part was the 'Sheep Racing' at 1:30pm, as it's only once daily, there were lots of people waiting to see the race and I expect the Easter break probably brought more families out for the day (and the seemingly good weather - although windy!)
There's plenty to do when you get there, little chicks to hold, rabbits and guinea pigs, feeding the lambs ( which was obviously the highlight for me) donkey rides, tractor rides, pony petting, mini golf and big play areas (one indoor and one playpark) so it would be quite easy to spend a day there.

Being a bit old for the donkey rides and the play areas, we bought a little bag of food for 50p and walked around feeding the animals, almost as if it was our own farm! The bag lasted us the whole time we were there, but I guess if you're taking young children you may need more than one! 

Places To Visit - North East | Hall Hill Farm
Places To Visit - North East | Hall Hill FarmI think I was one of the oldest in the barn for feeding the lambs! Everyone else seemed to be under 5 and with their parents - who were taking photos of them. Then there was me, 21 sitting feeding the lamb while I asked my boyfriend to take some photos. 

I don't think age matters when you're visiting a farm. I wanted to hold a chick and I spent about 20 minutes with a rabbit on my lap. They're probably aimed at children more to teach them about the animals and get them interacting I guess, but I can tell you now I'll probably want to go back next Spring! 

Places To Visit - North East | Hall Hill Farm
Places To Visit - North East | Hall Hill Farm
 
Places To Visit - North East | Hall Hill Farm

There's plenty of cleaning points to wash your hands and use antibacterial gel, so hygiene isn't an issue. You don't have to buy feed for the animals if you don't want to and we saw plenty of people walking around without it; and one Dad who seemed a bit scared to feed the donkeys which amused his daughter! 
 
Places To Visit - North East | Hall Hill Farm

 
Places To Visit - North East | Hall Hill Farm

We had a lovely afternoon walking around and luckily it was good weather, although I would recommend taking a reasonably warm jacket with a hood if you visit since lots of the animals are outside in fields and it was quite windy. If you're going to visit to see the lambs, check out their Lamb Cam on the website, a live webcam that shows the pregnant ewes in their barn due to lamb in the next few weeks. I'd recommend visiting Hall Hill Farm, it's not too far away from Durham and is really good value for money.

If you can't get enough of cute baby animals - especially lambs. Take a look at my vlog!


Do you like to visit farms and fuss over the animals or is it not really your thing? 


Hall Hill Farm
Lanchester, Durham
Open 10:30-17:00 daily but do check website to be sure!
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