Posted on 26 April 2018
Merrist Wood College’s lambing event, Fleecy Frolics, saw visitors flock in the sunshine to the 400 acre estate on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 April. The annual event provides an interactive and educational day out for the whole family, including future aspiring students.
The top attraction was of course the Lambing Unit where visitors took part in lamb cuddling with some of the College’s new arrivals, including some well-timed newborns who entered the world on Sunday morning. This event, and the lambing season, forms a vital part of the College’s Animal Management courses, and staff and students were on hand all weekend to supervise activities and help visitors.
As well as newborn lambs, visitors could also interact with some of the College’s other residents in the state-of-the-art Animal Management Centre. Visitors toured the desert room, tropical room and nocturnal room, and were given the chance to learn about and handle a wide range of species, including rabbits, snakes, leopard geckos, bearded dragons, owls and many more. Children also experienced the fun of the farm with animal feeding and pony rides.
Other demonstrations and activities included sheep shearing, heavy horse rides, utility vehicle driving, tree climbing, various arts and crafts, and much more. Traditional countryside crafts were also on display, such as willow weaving and wood carving, and visitors could pick themselves up a bargain from many of the craft stands. Some of the bargains on offer included wooden toadstools made by the College’s Arboriculture department, bird boxes from the Employability team and hand-painted horse shoes from the College’s Equine department.
Associate Principal of Merrist Wood College, Richard Dewing said: “Fleecy Frolics is a fantastic community event for the whole family and is an excellent showcase of what our College has to offer, as well as providing invaluable experience for our students. Everyone had a brilliant day, and our staff and students were a credit to the College once again.”