Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke
Save the Dates! Saturday, April 22 – Sunday, April 30, 2023
Rain or shine under a heated tent.

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About the event:
Learn about domestic livestock typical on coastal northern New England farms from the 17th century to the present day at this family-friendly and educational event. Peter Cook, Guest Event Curator, and expert breeders from NH, ME, MA, and NY farms answer visitors’ questions about the specific heritage breeds, their care, developmental needs, and more.

Additionally, watch demonstrations such as weaving. Sheep herding and shearing demonstrations occur on Puddle Dock during Saturdays and Sundays of the event by Heart Stone Farm, Milton, NH. Demonstrations are included with event tickets.

Note: For the health and safety of both the animals and visitors petting is not allowed.

2022 Participating farms, breeders, and animal educators include: 

Additionally, enjoy an old-fashioned shopping experience at Pickwick's at the Banke, the Museum store. 


  • Members*: free or 50% off depending on membership level
  • Adults: $10
  • Children (ages 3 - 17): $5
  • Children (under 3): free
  • Active Duty Military Families. Veterans**: free 

Volunteering at the Event:
Volunteers must be at least 18 years old. Families are welcome but all minors must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Tasks include helping with the animals, ticketing, and check-in, welcoming and directing guests, assisting with heirloom seed giveaways, and staffing the Museum information table. 

POPULAR! Children's Program with Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke:
Saturday, April 22 – Sunday, April 30, 2023, 9-10 AM

Presented for an hour before the event opens to the public, the Children's Program is led by a heritage breeder and educator and is designed to give children ages 4-8 an opportunity to meet the baby lambs, kids, chicks, and other animals, up close. Learn about milking and feeding the animals, as well as create a fiber craft gift to take home.

A ticket for the Children's Program includes access to the main event. A parent or guardian must accompany children participating in the Children's Program.  A separate ticket for parent/guardian is not required. Limited space is available. Members $15. Nonmembers $20. 

There is NO onsite parking for Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke. Event attendees are encouraged to park at nearby offsite parking options including:

Cancellation Policy: 
If there has been an error with a ticket order, please contact Strawbery Banke within 24 hours of the ticket purchase. The Museum will work with the ticket purchaser within the 24-hour window, as availability allows, to make the adjustments requested. For ticket order errors contact Sarah Regan, Donor and Visitor Services Associate, at sregan[at] or 603.241.1644.

Due to the limited capacity of this event, there can be no refunds. Additionally, Strawbery Banke is unable to accommodate requests for purchased tickets to be transferred to a different date outside of the 24-hour window. 

Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke 2022 is presented by:

Bottomline Technologies     Piscataqua Dental Partners     Piscataqua Savings Bank