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There’s animal magic happening all over the county this weekend, whether it’s the woolly, furry or feathered kind. Angela Cole pulls her wellies on to head out and meet some of them
Relax – there are only happy endings at this animal rescue charity. Faversham-based Happy Endings Rescue provides sanctuary for some 300 animals in its 60 acres of green land.
The animals are unwanted or have been ill treated and come in all shapes and sizes from big, hairy pigs to goats, and llamas Titan, Moonstruck and Barney; Betty the owl, Mr Peacock and a plethora of guinea pigs, cats, dogs and other small and furry animals. Many are being prepared for new, permanent homes, while others will live out their days there.
The charity holds its spring open day this weekend, when there will be the chance to meet the animals, alongside lots of other activities. There will be country market stalls, children’s activities, country traders and a prosecco bar providing some fizz.
Live music on the farm stage through the afternoon will come from Canterbury-based Stellar Talk, The Latter and Whitstable singer Daisy Tickel.
The open day is on Sunday, April 15, from 12.30pm. There is free parking and entry costs £5, with children going free. All money raised goes to supporting the care of the animals.
Find Happy Endings at Hillside, Well Lane, Ospringe, Faversham, ME13 0SD, call 01795 530371 or visit happyendingsrescue.org
Buttercups Goat Sanctuary was set up by Robert Hitch in 1989 and now takes in goatst sufferingffi ffrom cruelty,lt neglect and starvation, or simply abandoned by the roadside. It received charity status in 2003 its ancient parkland setting now provides a safe home to dozens of the animals. The sanctuary only opened on select weekends through the year until recently, but is now open frequently in the summer months between 11am and 3pm.
There is a new tea area where you can view the animals and buy crackers to tempt them with.
Find the sanctuary off the beaten track at Wierton Road, Boughton Monchelsea, ME17 4JU, visit buttercups.org.uk or call 01622 746420
If you’re up with the lark, here’s a Saturday morning breakfast with a different.
Head to the RSPB reserve at Dungeness at 7am on Saturday, April 14 and join the morning sunrise walk. Listen out for the distinctive call of booming bittens echoing from the reedbeds - and round off the morning’s activity with a cooked breakfast.
The three-hour event costs £20 and £10 for children, and is being held on Saturdays until Saturday, April 28.
You need to book.
Call 01797 699047 or visit www.rspb.org.uk
Maidstone’s New Linne Learning Academy’s annual laambing weekend attracts thousands of visitors over its two days every year.
Visitors can see somee of the new spring arrivals at the sschool farm, and get up close and personal to them. The school unveiled its new farm facilities in 2016, wherre animals including lambs, goatss, and cattle live alongside each other, tended by pupils and the school farm teea. There will also be lots of other activities including stalls, a barbecue andd refreshments. The weekend will be oon Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, between 11am and 4pm. Preggnant women are asked not to aattend and dogs arre not allowed. Entrry is £2 and £1 for childrenn.
This weekend is the last chance to see the lambs sprinnging into action at Broadlees Farm in Sswingate, near Dover.
It has been holding itss popular annual lambing open days throughout Easter during the lambing season, and they run until Sunday, April 15.
The farm is not usually open to the public, but opens its gates every year to let visitors see how the farm works during the busy time.
Visitors may even get to hold a lamb and, if you time it right, you could even be lucky enough to see one being born.
Farm managers support the NSPCC with the event, which is open from 1pm to
There’s no need to book. Entry is £5, with £4 for children.
Details at broadlees farm.com.
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Some of the animals at the Happy Endings Rescue anim mal sanctuary
Alice Edmonds with a lamb and right, Scarlett Hayward, six, with a rabbit at the lambing weekend