Thousands Flock to Bishop Burton College for Lambing Sunday

Mon 29th April 2019
Bishop Burton College Lambing Sunday 5

Lambing Sunday made a triumphant return to Bishop Burton College at the weekend, with thousands of people from across the region flocking to the family event.

The college held the event again after it had to be cancelled last year and it was clear it has lost none of its appeal.

An estimated three thousand people came along to cuddle the newborn lambs on the college farm and explore the sprawling campus.

Chief Executive and Principal, Bill Meredith, said: “Lambing Sunday has always been a hugely popular event here at the college.

“We love opening our doors to the wider public so they can see for themselves our diverse and unique college campus.

“It is a chance for families to bring their children along and meet the newborn lambs, but also to find out more agriculture and the wider work we do here at the college.”

Students helped put on a range of activities for visitors of all ages to enjoy. As well as being able to hold and pet the newborn lambs, these included the chance to ‘hug a bug or snuggle a snake’ from the college’s collection of exotic species.

Other activities included animal feeding experiences, mini tractor driving, bricklaying for beginners, flower arranging, archery and mechanical horse rides. In addition, youngsters in the event’s ‘children’s corner’ were able to take part in face painting, colouring, a treasure hunt and much more.

There were also a number of food outlets open throughout the event.

Lambing Sunday had to be cancelled last year on veterinary advice after a number of lambs were identified as having a skin condition caused by stress, which had been brought on by adverse weather.

However, there were no such problem this year and the weather remained fine throughout.

Bishop Burton College runs a wide range of further education courses and degrees in subjects including agriculture, animal management, equine, engineering, sport and floristry. It also runs a variety of courses specifically for adults who want to improve their education or learn a new skill.

For more information about events at Bishop Burton, or the range of courses it runs, visit

See the newborn lambs here

Just Beverley