June at Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm will see the arrival of the Farm’s goat kids – lots of them – and the Festival of the Naked Sheep, when, starting at 11am on Sunday 10th June, you can watch over 100 sheep from six different breeds being shorn of their winter wool and sent back to their paddocks to start the summer quite naked.
Ever wondered about wool? Well, in addition to the shearing, there will be demonstrations of all wool related crafts and you will be able to have a go at some of these activities yourself. You can talk to the shearer, the farm staff and all the craft demonstrators whilst they work. You may discover why all shepherds have soft hands and end up with bad backs. The older children will be able to help to pick over the fleeces before they are rolled and packed.
Not only will you be able to watch the production of all the wool based craft products, they will also be for sale. If you really get inspired with the thought of spinning you will be able to get advice on the various kinds of spinning wheels that are available and you can also return home with your very own fleece that you saw taken off the sheep.
Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm, six miles north west of Ipswich off the B1113 between Needham Market and Great Blakenham, opens Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays at 11am.
With entry prices at £6 for adults, £5 for Concessions, £3 for children between 4 and 16 and under 4’s free of charge, it would be difficult to find an animal attraction in Suffolk giving better value for money.
For more information about Baylham House Rare Breeds Farm you can visit their website at www.baylham-house-farm.co.uk or call 01473 830264