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Sheep get naked in June

Flaming June? Let’s hope so. Down at Baylham House Farm they will be prepared.

baylham0616Sheep can easily get heat stressed if the weather turns warm and they are still carrying their winter fleece. So shearing is very much part of the annual cycle for sheep maintenance. And, because there is so much you can do with wool, Baylham celebrates shearing with the Festival of the Naked Sheep.

On the 12th June, not only will the sheep be sheared, but also there will be spinners, weavers and felters all demonstrating their skills and anyone who wants to try their hand can have a go. Visitors will be able to get up close and watch the shearing process or perhaps help to roll a fleece.

There will be demonstrations of other crafts – such as basket weaving – a bunny barn, face painting and many other stallholders. The fabulous Baylham BBQ will be up and running, with homemade burgers and sausages, wine and local beer. For admission Baylham are offering a free child entry with each paying adult.

Throughout June the farm’s usual friendly residents will be ready and waiting to greet the visitors as well as this year’s kids and piglets. For a great day out, in the lovely Suffolk countryside, visit Baylham House Farm. The café is open daily for light lunches or afternoon tea, but there are plenty of places around the farm to enjoy our own picnic. Open Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays, 10am until 5pm. For more details visit BaylhamFarm on Facebook, the website www.baylham-house-farm.co.uk or phone 01473 830264.

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