Our guests often tell us that one of the most unique aspects of Highway Hill is all of the wonderful animals we have here, courtesy of Dave Buscombe of Dave & Ewe.
What is Dave & Ewe?
Dave & Ewe is a mobile farm and animal therapy and education business which is based at Highway alongside our business, Highway Hill. Dave rescues most of his animals and nurses them back to health, then trains them to be comfortable with close human contact. The animals then go out to schools, day centres, old people’s homes, and more, and provide much needed fun and animal therapy to kids and adults of all ages and abilities. Dave and his colleague Chloe also provide information and education on the animals, teaching children and adults about animal care and characteristics, and using the animals as a way of getting people talking about how to treat each other with kindness and respect. Increasingly, Dave & Ewe have been using the Highway facilities to host visits at home, particularly from children with special needs.
What animals can I see?
There’s a huge range of animals, all with different personalities! In the fields you’ll find alpacas, Shetland ponies, rare-breed sheep, donkeys, and several different kinds of goat including pygmy goats. There’s also a group of ducks, geese, and chickens for the bird fans. In the pens near the Highway Hill office, you may find pigs and any goats and sheep that are being kept out of the herd for now. There’s also a large collection of rabbits and guinea pigs in hutches near the pens, so there’s really something for everyone!
How can we meet the animals?
If you’re walking around the Highway area you may well come across some of the animals in the fields, as many of them are very friendly and love coming over to say hi. However, for Highway Hill guests who would like a more intimate introduction, Dave & Ewe offer structured sessions with the animals for a small charge.
Option 1. A 45-60 minute session with the animals in the pens and fields.
This would consist of introductions to some of the different animals (big and small) and some information and education about them. Depending on the weather conditions and your preferences, this might be more based in the pens or could involve a little walk around the fields too, and you may get a chance to feed the animals. Each session will finish with some cuddle time with some of the smaller animals such as rabbits and guinea pigs. This option costs £20 per family (up to two adults and two children – please contact us if you would like to book for a bigger group).
Option 2. Alpaca walking up and around Highway Hill.
You will have the chance to lead a friendly and fluffy alpaca (or goat or sheep for little ones) on a lovely circuit around the area, lasting about 45-60 minutes, while you chat about alpacas and more with the very knowledgeable Dave. There are some hilly bits in the walk with some great views, but nothing too strenuous and there are plenty of opportunities to pause if you need a break. Alpacas won’t walk just on their own so a minimum of two need to be booked at once, and one of these needs to be with an adult. Prices are:
- Children 3-8 years, goat or sheep = £5
- Children 9-15 years, alpaca, goat or sheep = £10
- Adults 16+ years, alpaca, goat, or sheep = £15
How can I book a session with the animals?
If you are staying at Highway Hill overnight, or even just visiting us for a few hours, we can help arrange your animal session for you. Sessions should be scheduled in advance so that Dave or Chloe can ensure that they are available at your preferred time. If you are booking an overnight stay in one of our shepherds huts or bell tents, you can add on your animal session(s) as an extra and pay all together for your convenience.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and booking reference (if applicable), dates of your stay, what kind of animal session you would like, and when you would prefer to have it during your visit. We will let you know if there is availability for your preferences, and how to transfer any cost to us via BACS.