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Lambing Sunday

Lambing Sunday returns from 11am - 3pm on 11th March 2018 with a whole host of family of activities and delicious food to help you celebrate Mother's Day. Get your tickets now!

Bishop Burton College is throwing open its doors to visitors on Mother’s Day, 11th March, to show off its first lambs of the season.

Lambing Sunday, the College’s annual springtime spectacle, gives the public the opportunity to pet newborn lambs and see the birth of new lambs up close. In addition to the exciting lambing shed, the College will also be hosting a number of other activities across its vast campus. From show jumping and horse petting, to farm machinery displays, pig unit tours and animal petting in our animal management unit, there’s something to entertain all the family.

Get up close with our famous meerkats, find out about our family of lemurs and hop along to our wallaby enclosure for a petting experience and animal talks. And for the more adventurous guests, there’ll be the chance to hug a bug and snuggle a snake.

Please note, pregnant women are advised not to attend this event. No dogs except guide dogs.


Pre-book your tickets now and save!

Early bird tickets will be available until 11.59pm on Saturday 10th March. Get yours via our online shop now. Animal feeding experiences and dining packages will be available to purchase soon.

  Early Bird On The Day
Adult (16+) £7 £8
Child (3 - 16) £5 £6
Child under 3 Free Free
Family ticket (two adults and two children or one adult and three children) £20 £22
Campus Parking £5 £5

Dining Packages

Indulge with a delicious dining package to make Mother's Day even more special! Book your dining package online now.

Afternoon Tea

Celebrate Mothering Sunday with an indulgent Afternoon Tea as part of your Lambing Sunday experience. These packages include afternoon tea in the Bishop Burton Conferencing Suite plus entry to the event.

Sunday Roast

Enjoy a delicious Sunday Roast as part of your Lambing Sunday experience. Tickets include a two course meal at Meadows refectory plus entry to the Lambing Sunday event.

Adults have a choice of traditional roast beef or pork served with seasonal potatoes and vegetables. A choice of hot dessert with custard or gateaux and cream, accompanied with a glass of wine, followed by coffee and petit fours.

Children have a choice of child's roast dinner or Yorkshire sausage and creamy mashed potato with garden peas or baked beans, followed by dessert and a soft drink.

Animal Feeding Experiences

Get up close and personal with one of the College’s famous meerkats, red ruffed lemurs, skunks and, new for 2018, raccoon dogs and rhea!

These 30 minute sessions give you the chance to hand feed some of our unusual exotic animals.

There's very limited availability, so make sure you book your slot soon!

Feeding experiences cost £10 per person. Please note this does not include the cost of admission to the event.

Feeding experiences are open to children aged 6 and above and children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. (If that adult wants to get involved in the feeding experience, they must also buy a ticket.) Rhea are large flightless birds related to the ostrich and emu, which means that this experience may not be suitable for young children.


Parking is limited at the College. As such, we will be charging £5 per car to limit the number of vehicles on campus. 100 car parking spaces were available to pre-book but they are now sold out. The remaining places will be available to pay on the day.

Please note that due to the location and accessibility of the car parking spaces available to pre-book, we advise disabled visitors to pay for parking on the day instead. Accessible parking spaces will be available on the day at our Main Car Park, accessed via the Main Entrance. Please note that the £5 parking charge will still apply.

A range of free park and ride options and free buses from Hull and the East Riding will be available throughout the day, all of which will be accessible. Times for these will be available soon.

Free Transport

Park and Ride

A free park and ride service will be available from Beverley, running from the School Lane Car Park near to Beverley Fire Station. Buses will depart to/from Bishop Burton College approximately every 15 minutes, with the first bus leaving Beverley at 10:45.

Please note that the last coach back to the park and ride car park leaves Bishop Burton College at 15:30.

Free Bus Services

A free bus service will run on the day between Hull and Bishop Burton College. The timetable for this service is below. 

Free Bus - Hull to Bishop Burton

Hull Interchange (Stand 18) 10:30 11:45
Beverley Road / Cottingham Road 10:38 11:53
Ennerdale Leisure Centre 10:45 12:00
Kingswood Leisure Park 10:50 12:05
Bishop Burton College (Village Entrance) 11:05 12:20

Free Bus - Bishop Burton to Hull

Bishop Burton College (Village Entrance) 13:30 15:15
Kingswood Leisure Park 13:45 15:30
Ennerdale Leisure Centre 13:50 15:35
Beverley Road / Cottingham Road 14:00 15:45
Hull Interchange 14:10 15:55

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there disabled access at Lambing Sunday?

Whilst every effort is made to make Lambing Sunday accessible, as a working farm the terrain in some places may be uneven. Please also note that the campus is very large and wheelchairs are not available to hire.

Due to the location and accessibility of the car parking spaces available to pre-book, we advise disabled visitors to pay for parking on the day instead. Accessible parking spaces will be available on the day at our Main Car Park, accessed via the Main Entrance. Please note that the £5 parking charge will still apply.

Should you have any queries regarding access, or require further assistance, please get in touch and we will do our best to help. 

Will tickets be available on the day?

Yes, you will be able to purchase tickets on the day. However, pre-booking will speed up your entry and save you money. You can book your tickets via our online shop until 11.59pm on Saturday 10th March.

What does the ticket price include?

Entry tickets include access to the majority of activities, including meeting the lambs and access to our animal management unit where our famous meerkats live amongst many other animals. There are a few optional activities where an extra charge is required, such as face painting. Details of these will be available in the event programmes available on the day.

Will I be able to pay by card?

Yes, you'll be able to pay for entry tickets by card. We'll also be accepting card at our catering outlets. However, please note that you will need cash to pay for parking on site.

Are there discounts available for large groups or carers?

Unfortunately not. The same ticket pricing applies to all visitors. However, if there's anything we can do to make your visit easier, please let us know and we'll do whatever we can to help.

Can we book to feed the lambs?

Unfortunately as we can't guarantee when the lambs will need feeding, or indeed how many lambs will need our assistance, this isn't available to pre-book. If you're lucky enough to be in the lambing sheds at the time, our farm team may invite you to help with feeding but this won't be possible for all visitors.

Will food be available to purchase on the day or do I need to pre-book a dining package?

Whilst pre-booking a dining package will save you money, it's not essential. A range of food and drink will be available on the day, from snacks and cakes to sandwiches and hot dinners.

Can we bring our own food to Lambing Sunday?

Yes, you're more than welcome to bring your own food along! However, please bear in mind that indoor seating is within our catering outlets, which get very busy during Lambing Sunday. 

Can I attend Lambing Sunday if I'm pregnant?

We advise that pregnant women do not attend Lambing Sunday. This is because during lambing season ewes (female sheep) can carry a number of infections that could be passed on to pregnant women. You can find out more about this on the NHS website. It is ultimately your decision whether to attend and whether or not to visit the lambing sheds if you do, but please note we are unable to take responsibility for any issues that may arise as a result of your visit.

What should we wear to Lambing Sunday?

Lambing Sunday has a mixture of activities, both inside and outside, so please dress appropriately for the weather. The majority of the ground you'll be walking on outside is concrete, so wellies aren't required but you're welcome to wear them if you would like.

Are dogs allowed?

As much as we love dogs, unfortunately no dogs are allowed except for guide dogs.