The art of sheep herding

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Price
£79 / Adult
Duration
1 hr 15 mins
Age restrictions
12+
Child and Group prices also available

What you'll do

There’s an art to herding sheep, and in this experience you’ll get to meet a friendly local flock of sheep and put your herding skills to the test!

Professional shepherd Chris will share his herding secrets as you work together as a group to get the sheep into the pen. You’ll soon discover that each sheep has its own personality, from the leaders of the flock to those that might have been hand-reared.

You may well need Chris' help, together with his trusty dog, to guide the whole herd (for a shepherd this can be anything from a handful to hundreds of sheep!) into the pen.

After herding you’ll be able to ask Chris any questions you have about the flock or about shepherding in a Q&A, and you can even have a go at turning the sheep - which is a lot trickier than it looks!

Expect a fun-filled hour as you get to know the sheep and discover some new found shepherding skills! And you can quiz the shepherd as much as you like!

This experience needs a minimum of 6 people to go ahead.

Minimum fitness level required.

Upcoming dates

Yuup extras

  • Digital set of action photos

Facilities

  • Parking
  • Refreshments available
  • Toilets

COVID-19 guidelines

  • You’ll be outside for your experience and will be socially distanced
  • Please bring a face mask and your own travel mug and/or water bottle

On the day

  • How to find us: follow directions to the postcode or the Raven Inn, then follow orange signs. Parking is available near the barn
  • What to wear: waterproof footwear - even if it’s not raining the ground can still be muddy and wet; layers of clothing are recommended
  • More details will be emailed to you 48 hours before your experience

Changes happen, don't worry

How to change dates
Change of plans? You can easily rebook the next available slot up to 3 days before your experience.
How to get a refund
Can't make it? We understand things happen! You can cancel and get a full refund up to 3 days before your experience.

About Raising the Baa

Raising the Baa is a family business, run by professional shepherd Chris and his partner Caroline. Chris has been a contract shepherd for many years, but it was when a charity needed a team building activity for the young people they were working with, that he first hosted an experience with his flock. This first experience was a huge success and they continue to work with the charity to this day. Local companies soon became interested and this was the springboard to a thriving corporate team building organisation.

Chris' passion for all things sheep combined with Caroline's marketing and event management expertise, naturally led to a number of experiences for different audiences. People from all walks of life are so keen to know about the life of a shepherd, the sheep and what happens to the wool, we've combined all these elements into fun experiences out in the wonderful fresh air of a farm. Seeing people’s reaction to getting up close with sheep - often for the first time - is always so rewarding. Every sheep has its own character, as you’ll find out! On an experience with Chris you can expect to have a lot of fun with the flock, discovering more about the journey of wool, the sheep and yourself.

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Your host

Chris Farnsworth

Chris is a professional contract shepherd, managing flocks of his own as well as those belonging to others all around Wiltshire. Lambing and shearing from March to June are his busiest times, though there are jobs to be done all year round, from fencing to foot trimming. He's one of a diminishing number of experienced shearers contracted by farmers and smallholders each Summer.

Born and bred in London, agriculture is not in his heritage though he wanted to be a farmer from the age of 8 years old! He always loved helping his dad in the garden, loves being outdoors and is passionate about his job, which brings fresh new challenges every day.

Having hosted charity and corporate team building experiences with the help of his flock, Chris has seen first hand the way experiences with sheep can surprise people, as well as releasing those all important happy hormones - there's something about sheep that brings a smile to people's faces :-)

How to get there

Any questions?

Ask your question directly to Raising the Baa.

Price
£79 / Adult
Duration
1 hr 15 mins
Age restriction
12+
Rebook or cancel up to 3 days before your experience.