Martinsfield is a tenanted farm owned by the National Trust’s Killerton estate. Situated off the B3181 just outside Broadclyst, it is not usually open to the general public but there is a wildlife walk signposted around the fields and prearranged educational visits are catered for. You pass through the farm when walking or cycling the Killerton to Broadclyst cycle path.
Lambing Sunday was an open day held last weekend. Parking was free (and muddy!) and entry was a very fair £4 per adult with all children under 16 free. There were horses and cows to visit as well as the star role sheep and lambs, and a shiny red tractor to be climbed and sat on.
The Easter egg trail provided some focus and facts and the prize of an Easter egg for all participants was very excitedly appreciated. Food, drink, sweets and crafts were all available on various stalls, as was info about the National Trust locally.
The children were allowed to take it in turns to pet some orphan lambs, and they really enjoyed being able to get so close to them. The highlight of the day was witnessing a live birth, calmly and quickly assisted by the on hand vets, and getting to see a brand new lamb meeting it’s relieved mother!
This was a lovely family event and we look forward to more at Martinsfield!