Where: Hare Farm Hideaways, near Rye, East Sussex
£: From £50 per person
What is it?
This March, a farm in rural Sussex will be offering a one-of-a-kind opportunity to experience one of the oldest occupations in the world. Hare Farm Hideaways, near Rye in East Sussex has set up a series of day and evening lambing courses to give people a taste of life as a Victorian shepherd.
The three courses are open to adults, no matter how inexperienced, to learn all aspects of lambing. There is also the opportunity to live like a shepherd and stay overnight in a shepherd’s hut.
All aspects of pre and post-natal care will be covered, from birthing and feeding to marking and castrating. After a hands-on day of lambing, ‘shepherds’ will be glad to retreat to the authentically crafted shepherd’s hut, which from the outside looks exactly as it would have done in Victorian times. In contrast, on the inside, a full-sized double bed and little woodburner will provide rest and comfort to weary bodies. Painted in Farrow & Ball paint and decorated with soft cushions and throws, this humble retreat is positioned in a perfect spot to look out over the lake and rolling valleys of Hare Farm with a cup of tea in hand.
“We’re committed to preserving rural history and March is the ideal time to give guests a broader insight into life as a shepherd by getting hands-on during lambing season. The shepherd’s hut, which would have been a common sight in Victorian England, will top off the shepherding experience, the only difference today is that it is now kitted out with modern comforts inside and the lambs stay on the outside,” explains Joanna Thompson, co-owner of Hare Farm Hideaways.
The dates and times of lambing courses at Hare Farm Hideaways are as follows:
Wednesday 12th March 2014, 6pm – 10pm
Thursday 20th March 2014, 10am – 4pm
Monday 24th March 2014,10am – 4pm
Each course can take a maximum of eight people. The evening course costs £50 per person, which includes coffee and cake. The day course costs £90 per person, which includes a two-course lunch and coffee breaks. To round off the experience with a night in the shepherd’s hut costs from £100 per night.
More info: www.harefarmhideaways.co.uk