Baa raised as thousands get ready for Lambing Sunday

Families will get the chance to pet newborn lambs at the Bishop Burton College event.
Families will get the chance to pet newborn lambs at the Bishop Burton College event.

An East Yorkshire college is preparing to welcome more visitors than ever before to its annual springtime spectacle.

Bishop Burton College is opening its doors to the public on Mother’s Day for its popular Lambing Sunday event.

The event, which is held from 11am to 3pm this Sunday (March 23), attracts around 7,000 visitors and, with sunshine forecast on the day, this year it is expected to be busier than ever.

Along with being given the chance to hold and pet a newborn lamb, the event includes a wide range of family friendly activities, including animal feeding experiences, pony petting and the chance to ‘hug a bug’ and ‘snuggle a snake’.

Jeanette Dawson OBE, chief executive and principal of Bishop Burton College, said: “I’m always so pleased to be able to welcome the wider general public to the college for our annual Lambing Sunday event.

“It gives me a great amount of pride to be able to open up our campus on Mother’s Day, so we can showcase our exceptional facilities and dedicated students and staff.

“It also marks the start of spring and is always a wonderful day out. I’m sure this year will be just the same and we are expecting more people than ever before.”

There are also a variety of food offerings available on the day, including traditional roast dinners, pre-ordered picnic baskets and light bites.

Dogs, other than assistance dogs, are not permitted and pregnant women are advised not to enter the lambing shed.