Celebrate the Start of Spring with a Day out to see Baby Lambs and The Famous Sheep Steeplechase at Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom

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With Easter fast approaching the start of spring can’t come soon enough and with it brings lambing season and the famous “Woolly Jumpers”. Visitors will be able to see baby lambs born right up to and including Easter Bank holiday Weekend whilst the Sheep pull on their colours and take to the track for the season premier on Saturday 23rd March at 3pm.

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“Every year the Sheep Steeplechase Season brings new excitement as the sheep change form just as horses do, we love the fact that anything can and does happen and I think that is why we get families coming year on year to see it.”

Whether it is a new experience or an annual treat, families won’t be disappointed by a visit to Hoo Farm at this time of year where children can meet the baby lambs and other babies such as Coatis, Dexter Calves and Meerkats. The re-vamped schedule of events this Easter means that visitors have more opportunities to learn about the animals and get closer than before.

As part of the schedule of events the Sheep racers will once again take to the famous steeplechase course with five fences - Fleecers Brook, Spinners Chair, Woolly Leap, Darners Ditch and Stable Turn and their speed and agility always rival their equine counterparts. The Racing is sponsored by Wolverhampton Racecourse and with a full race commentary by William Dorrell the event can't help but feel like a day at the races. Race goers can also back their favourite sheep for the change to win a unique “Winners Rosette”. Demonstrations Manager William said “Every year the Sheep Steeplechase Season brings new excitement as the sheep change form just as horses do, we love the fact that anything can and does happen and I think that is why we get families coming year on year to see it.”

Other activities taking place this Easter include The Hoo Farm Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday along with Easter basket decorating for the youngsters. The Galloping Goats will also be back in action but not until Friday 29th March - another family event not to be missed. Visitors will also see the other new additions such as Porcupine, Armadillos, Lemurs the New Meerkat enclosure, the fantastic Bat area, Crazy Golf and lots lots more.

If the weather is not to its best then demonstrations can be relocated inside and with the indoor under 5’s and over 5’s play area, the tea room, gift shop and undercover picnic area there is always a welcome respite from the unpredictability of the British seasons.

Lambing time runs until Sun 14th April 2013, racing takes places every day during the open season except Fridays when the racers have a rest. More information including opening times, prices and directions can be found at the http://www.hoofarm.com. Alternatively please call 01952 677917 or email info(at)hoofarm(dot)com

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