Bottle feeding  newborn orphan lambs and  finding hidden eggs  in an Easter Egg Hunt were just some of the fun activities for visitors to Lee Valley Park Farms over the Easter weekend.

And while families were enjoying all the fun, four new arrivals were born on the farms during the busy weekend- new lambs born to some of the Hebridean sheep to start off the ‘baby boom’ season.

Lee Valley Park Farms Manager James Broomfield said: “We had a bumper weekend over Easter with one of our biggest attendances. Feeding the newborn orphan lambs was very popular with the children as was the Easter Egg Hunt.  And our newly opened revamped toboggan run went down a treat too!”

Children, as well as being able to feed milk to some of the new lambs, were able to say ‘hello’ to many of the 300 animals at the Waltham Abbey farms. Little ones could also see many of the smaller inhabitants of the farm, including guinea pigs, rabbits, tortoises and some exotic species such as snakes.

From Meerkats and chinchillas, ponies and reindeer, to goats, llamas, and Miniature Zebu, the variety of furry and feathered friends at the farms is vast. Visitors also had fun in the indoor and outdoor play areas, took a ride on Tex the Tractor to a working dairy farm and tried delicious homemade cakes and freshly prepared food in the Orchard Café.

The Farms, in Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey, are open daily until 30 October, between 10:00-17:00 and entry is £9.50 for adults and £8.50 for children and concessions, while under 2s go free. Off peak reductions and more information at: www.lvfarms.co.uk; or 01992 892 781.

A host of fun activities are set to continue over the school holidays too and the farms also run special events such as children’s parties and self-guided tours for schools.