Weren't we lucky with the weather on Friday? We couldn't believe our luck!
Everybody had a fantastic time at Wimpole Hall Farm and Gardens. The children were beautifully behaved on the trip and we all had a good day: the sun shone, the animals were entertaining, and the gardens were beautiful.
When we arrived at Wimpole we gathered into our groups, then set off on the short walk to the Farm. After depositing our lunches in the boxes by the dairy we were free to explore the farm in our groups.
We were lucky to be the only school visiting on Friday, which meant the farm workers were happy to let us help feed the pigs. There were some quite small piglets, and we were amazed to see how big they would get in just a few short weeks. We were also able to see Shetland ponies and Shire horses - quite different in size! There were highland cattle, and we were also able to watch a milking demonstration. The children were quite surprised to find that the milk is warm when it comes out of the cow!
As well as the animals, we were able to look at items from an old dairy, look at models of how a combine harvester works, have a go at lifting bags of grain using pulleys, have a go at milking 'pretend' cows by hand and look at farm machinery. We were also lucky to find that the barn was being rethatched and there were thatchers hard at work too.
After lunch we were able to play in the paddock next to the farm before walking back to the house to look around the gardens designed by Capability Brown. There was a lot of debate about whether he would have used trampolines in his design if such things had existed! Conner counted all the windows in the house, not including those that had been bricked up to avoid window tax. I think the final count was 170, which must take a lot of washing!
After a quick visit to Wimpole church it was time to climb on the bus for the journey home. There were a lot of sleepy children on the way back (and a few adults too!)
What a great day out!