Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Wroxham Barns Norfolk - Calves Celebrate this Sporting Summer

To mark 2012’s summer of celebration, the staff at Junior Farm Wroxham Barns have named this season’s calves with distinctly sporting names: Ainslie, Daly, Hoy, and Redgrave.

Young visitors can bottle-feed the new arrivals daily throughout the summer at 11am and 3pm. Will Ainslie, Daly, Hoy, or Redgrave be the fastest drinker on the farm?

Eileen Calverley, manager Junior Farm said: “It’s going to be a great summer of celebration, so we thought our visitors would enjoy meeting calves with famous sporting names and have a bit of fun seeing who is the champion drinker.”

There are lots of other things to do at Junior Farm, from hobby horse racing with Barny the sheep, Junior Farm’s mascot, to Follow the Swallow activities with the RSPB, feeding guinea pigs, rabbits and pygmy goats and taking part in pony grooming and collecting eggs at the hen house. Visitors can also watch the farm staff feed the friendly pigs in the new piggery and enjoy a quiet moment in the bird hide, with its low level viewing panel for small children. There are good hand washing facilities for cleaning up thoroughly during visits.

Piggy’s Play Sty opened in the farm last year. It’s an indoor soft play barn for young children – a great place for them to let off steam, especially if it starts to rain. Don’t forget to meet Wroxie, the farm’s life-size mechanical cow, where the whole family can practice their milking skills.

Junior Farm is open daily 10am to 5pm; entry charge is £5.75 (under 2 free).

As well as Junior Farm enjoy a round on the 18-hole championship mini adventure golf course – ideal for a friendly family competition. Children will also love the funfair rides. Funfair rides and golf are individually priced (rides subject to weather).

The award-winning restaurant-café serves breakfast, morning coffee, lunches and afternoon tea, all freshly made, using local, seasonal produce where possible.

Wroxham Barns,, tel. 01603 783762 is open daily 10am to 5pm, 10 miles from Norwich, take A1151 to Wroxham then follow brown and white tourist signs for 1.5miles on the Tunstead road. Free parking.