Record-breaking Lambing Sunday at Bishop Burton College

Bishop Burton College, Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom, 30 March, 2014, Lambing Sunday. Pictured
Bishop Burton College, Hull, East Yorkshire, United Kingdom, 30 March, 2014, Lambing Sunday. Pictured

Pictured is student Emily Cooke, of Bishop Burton College, which welcomed more than 6,500 visitors onto its campus as families enjoyed a spring day out at its busiest Lambing Sunday ever.

The event, which gives the public the chance to see and handle new-born lambs, is now in its fourth year and has gone from strength to strength. This year, the event coincided with Mothering Sunday, giving families an excellent opportunity to spend time together, with many taking advantage of the Sunday Roast on offer or picnicking in the spring sunshine.

As well as the lambs, visitors were able to see the College’s most famous residents, the meerkats; alongside a host of other exotic species in the animal management units including reptiles, marmosets, lemurs and otters. The crowds were entertained in Bishop Burton’s Olympic standard equine area with a show jumping competition and a ‘Heroes and Villains’ themed dressage display to music, performed by students from the College.

College Principal, Jeanette Dawson OBE said “It’s always a pleasure to see so many people enjoying our wonderful campus. Our visitors have been able to watch lambs being born, and learn all about the process from our staff and students who have been on-hand to answer questions”.

Sally Hall, from Beverley who attended the event with her family said “We’ve come with our children and their grandparents, and we’ve all had a fantastic day. The kids have loved petting the lambs and sitting in the tractors. It’s been really special for all of us and we’ll definitely be back next year”.