NAMING OUR NEW RACING PIGS
Thank you to everyone who entered our racing pig naming competition this month. We had thousands of enteries and had great fun going through. We had so many fab suggestions and it was tough chosing winners. We can announce that the new line up is as follows Uswine Bolt in yellow, Justin Bieboar in green, Piggy Stardust in Purple, Lewis Hamilton in red, Beyoinkce in Orange and Voldesnort in Blue. Congratulations to the winners!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO US!
Bocketts Farm Park turns 25 in May! We can't quite believe it's been quarter of a century. A MASSIVE thank you to all of our friends and fab team (past and present) and to our wonderful customers for your suppport over the last 25 years. It's amazing how far we've come and we couldnt have done it without you. Heres to the next 25 years...
MEET OUR TINY MINIATURE SHETLAND FOAL
On Saturday 22nd April we were delighted to announce that our spotted miniature Shetland pony 'Tristar' gave birth to her first foal, a little boy. He was born out in the field during the afternoon, which some of our lucky visitors got to witness. Isn't he totally gorgeous? This photo captures the moment when he tried to find his feet for the first time!
GOOD MORNING BRITAIN IS LIVE FROM BOCKETTS FARM!
This morning we were joined by Laura Tobin from Good Morning Britain who was presenting her weather reports live from the farm. She got to meet all of our gorgeous new arrivals including the chicks, ducklings and the now famous, 'Snowy' the lamb. It was very exciting to see their TV debut!
SURPRISE QUAD LAMBS!
We were thrilled to welcome a gorgeous set of quadtruplet baby lambs overnight. It was a bit of a surprise as their mum was only scanned as having triplets. All 4 lambs and their mummy are doing great. The liklehood of quads in sheep is just 1 in 650!
Over the next 3 months we're expecting 549 lambs in total and we kick off this Feburary half term! Over the next two weeks we are expecting over 80 lambs and we're pleased to say that the season has begun with the arrival of two gorgeous twins this morning. It's the start of the busiest time of year down on the farm and means spring is on its way!
IS THERE ANYTHING CUTER THAN A MANGALITZA PIGLET?
Today we welcomed 9 little Mangalitza piglets! We were thrilled that so many visitors were able to watch the birth during their visit on Tuesday. Mum 'Linda' did an awesome job of keeping them all safe during her 9 hour labour. These little piglets are born with beautiful stripes but it won't be long before they start to grow their wonderful curly hair.
WE HAVE WELCOMED OUR FIRST BABY ALPACA.
We are so in love with our new baby alpaca. Little 'Luna' was born on 28th December 2016 to proud mum Blossom. She was born on a rather chilly night but mum licked her clean and dry quickly and she'd already had a feed by the time we arrived in the morning. We have bought her in to the Big Animal Barn and she can't wait to meet you.
A NEW HIGHLAND COW!
We are very excited by news from ArtFe by K Paxton Blacksmiths in Scotland, who have just started work on a very special Highland cow especially for Bocketts. They are very talented, award winning blacksmiths who create awesome metal sculptures and we can't wait for it's arrival in September!
WE HAVE PIGLETS!
Our Mangalitza sows, Gladys and Linda, have farrowed (given birth) in our Big Animal Barn! Linda had 8 piglets on the 29th July and Gladys had 7 piglets on the 9th August. Both mums and their babies are doing well! Mangalitza's are a Hungarian breed of domestic pig which were near-extinction in the late 1980's.
NEW GIRLFRIENDS FOR OUR QUAIL!
We were delighted to introduce some lovely new Japanese quail hens to our male this week. After he sadly lost his mate a few weeks ago, it was obvious that he needed some new company. He now has 3 new girlfriends - what a lucky boy!
RAISING MONEY FOR THE RAINBOW TRUST!
We are thrilled to be supporting the Rainbow Trust with our Wishing Well donations, and have raised over £610 this year! We’ve been fund raising for this locally based charity for more than 10 years, which supports families caring for a child with a life threatening or terminal illness.
FERGIE THE TRACTOR IS COMING TO BOCKETTS FARM
Save the date! Fergie the tractor is coming to Bocketts Farm as part of his UK tour this summer. He will be with us on Saturday the 20th and Sunday 21st of August. There wil be 4 shows each day and no advance bookings are nessasary.
BOCKETTS FARM IS CELEBRATING 24 YEARS!
Today marks the 24th anniversary of Bocketts Farm Park opening it's doors! In 1990, Jane and James Gowing moved to Surrey with their three children from Abergavveny. After 18 months of hard work we opened our doors and welcomed our first visitors.
OUR FIRST SET OF BABY GOAT KIDS
A fantastic Friday evening with the arrival of twin girl pygmy goat kids. Well done to proud mum, Beyonce!
A BEAUTIFUL NEW ARRIVAL
We are delighted to announce the arrival of this little beauty! Alice (a first time mum!) gave birth to her daughter yesterday afternoon and we are thrilled to say that both mother and baby are doing fantastically well...
WE HAVE BABY GUINEA PIGS
We have 10 new little Guinea Pig pups in our Little Hoppington small animal village. They are absolutely gorgeous! Come and meet them in our animal handling sessions that take place everyday...
We've had 200 lambs born already this Easter and there are still 120 ewes still to lamb! Many visitors have watched a birth in our Lambing Shed. You can also meet our shepherd in daily 'Meet the Shepherd' sessions when he'll be on hand to answer all of your questions.
The Fluffy Three
If you thought our lambs were cute then say hi to this fluffy little trio! These arrived at on Friday and will be popping out to meet you during our Handling sessions throughout the Easter holidays!
Adventure playground progress
Exciting news! The Treehouse Towers are coming along nicely and they are on schedule to be opened in time for all our Easter visitors to enjoy! View full article
New goat kids have arrived
We are in love with our twin Anglo Nubian goat kids born on the 14th February! They have settled in really well and are enjoying feeding time in the Big Animal Barn! View full article
A great half term!
We've had a fantastic start to February Half Term!, our Mangalitsa sow has given birth to 3 piglets and we've welcomed a baby calf and gorgeous lambs! View full article.
Introducing our newest arrival
Good Morning everybody! Introducing our newest arrivals...these gorgeous Mangalitsa piglets, born on Saturday 13th February. View full article.
Night time check ups on our newest arrivals!
Night time check ups on our newest arrivals! These triplets were born earlier this evening. What a proud mummy! Lots more lambs due this half term!
Lambing has officially begun!
Lambing has officially begun! We had a gorgeous set of twins born yesterday evening and are expecting lots more over the following few weeks in our lambing shed! View full article.
February Half Term Fun!
Enjoy a great day out on the farm this February Half Term with the start of the spring lambing. With up to 50 lambs due you may be lucky enough to see one being born! View event details.
Little calf was born on 9th February
We'd like to introduce you to one of our new arrivals! This beautiful little calf was born on 9th February. View full article.
Brand new outdoor adventure playground!
We are delighted to announce that we are opening a brand new outdoor adventure playground in March 2016! View full article.
Good morning world!
Good morning world! This lovely little chick hatched in one of our incubators last night. He's just waiting for his friends to hatch too!
A stunning start to the day!
A stunning start to the day!