A woolly welcome to the world

Newborn.  Photograph Keith  Robertson.
Newborn. Photograph Keith Robertson.

SPRING is in the air at Northumberland College as it invites visitors to meet its loveable newborn lambs.

The college’s Kirkley Hall campus near Ponteland is throwing open the gates to its purpose-built sheep facility this weekend. And visitors will be able to get up close to the adorable youngsters, with opportunities to hold the lambs and look around their home.

Students helping with the open day are studying a National Diploma in Agriculture and carry out practical training on the campus farm, learning about livestock and machinery.

The college is also offering tours of the Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens, which has more than a hundred species, courtesy of its animal-care students.

Assistant Principal Marcus Clinton said: “This will be a great family day out at Kirkley Hall – the children will love the lambs and the wide range of animals, such as meerkats, coatis, marmosets and pygmy goats.

“We offer a wide range of animal, agriculture and land-based courses at the campus and this is a great opportunity for people in the area to come along and find out more about what Kirkley Hall has to offer.”

The event takes place on Saturday and Sunday, from 10am to 4pm each day. Entry costs £6 for adults, £4 for children and £17 for a family of five.

For more information, call 01670 841235.