Mainline Border
Collie Centre
Golcar Farm
Spring Lane
West Yorkshire
BD16 3AU
01274 564163
Meg - 1979 – 1992
Nine National trials
English team 1983
The first of our Main Line of dogs
and the inspiration for MBCC
Corporate Collies
Freedom of Spirit Trust for Border Collies


  • Your instructors are International triallist and published author Barbara Sykes and experienced sheepdog trainer Vicki Sykes

  • Work with their unique team of dogs including Jim who is also the resident TV star

  • Discovering one of man’s oldest skills

  • Your event will be hands on, educational, fun, rewarding and informative

Situated amid the beautiful Yorkshire Moors this experience is not to be missed

Upcoming Sheepdog Experience days
19 August 2022 : sheepdog experience full
23 August 2022 : sheepdog experience full
26 August 2022 : sheepdog experience 3 spaces
02 September 2022 : sheepdog exp. 3 spaces
06 September 2022 : sheepdog exp 2 spaces
20 September 2022 : sheepdog exp. full
23 September 2022 : sheepdog experience full
30 September 2022 : sheepdog exp. full
14 October 2022 : sheepdog exp. full
06 November 2022 : sheepdog experience full

Your Sheepdog Experience will be spent in the company of our fully trained, fun loving sheepdogs learning not just the skills of working a trained dog but how they are trained, their history, their future and their adaptability into companion homes. You can ask as many questions as you want as your event will be spent with instructors who are fully qualified trainers and behaviourists.

Expand your knowledge of this traditional skill and learn a little about yourself along the way. You will be amazed about how much the collie, at both work and rest, can teach you about yourself and others in a fun and non confrontational way.

Golcar farm is not a show farm, it is a working farm, our dogs are all working dogs and although they will make you work they will also make you laugh. Book your Sheepdog Experience at Mainline relax, learn and have fun with a bunch of cheeky happy collies.

We have all weather facilities so if the weather is cold and wet we can keep you warm and dry while you are learning the basics. But we still expect you to be a ‘proper’ shepherd and work in the rain when you are given a 'task’ to complete!

The Sheepdog Experience is available all year but not on a daily basis so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Group Sheepdog Experience

...the perfect day out – a day to remember

From June 2020 we have restructured the Sheepdog Experience to keep in line with the Covid restrictions, and we will be keeping to the new format for the foreseeable future.

For your Sheepdog Experience you will join a small group of ‘shepherds’, and our groups are usually up to four people. Your event will start with an introduction to the Border Collie as a breed, followed by working with them in a controlled area, and then you will be out in the field with your instructor, a dog and a small flock of sheep. Depending on the number of participants your event can last from two to four hours, you will have plenty of time to ask questions and to take photographs of our cheeky collies, and don’t forget the sheep they quite like being on camera.

Price £90.00 per person. Spectators: £10.00 per person (restricted to close family and friends)

If you prefer an individual Sheepdog Experience or a closed event for two people please contact us for availability and prices.

Why not join a group of like minded people or book an event for your own group?

Book your experience

Other events include:

Private groups

  • Corporate team building
  • Hen/stag parties
  • Family Sheepdog Experience
  • Junior Sheepdog Experience

Looking for a unique gift?...

Buy a Voucher

Turning your visit to the Dales into a mini break? Go to our Visiting Yorkshire page to find out more about places of interest and history.

Gift vouchers are available for all events.

The perfect gift for a birthday, Christmas or for any other special occasion.

To purchase a gift voucher you can either:-

  • Call us 01274 564163 and purchase a voucher over the telephone by paying by debit or credit card.

  • Send a cheque to Mainline Border Collie Centre (Golcar Farm, Spring Lane, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 3AU) remember to state whether you would like the voucher for a event or just for cash value for the recipient to spend as they like. Please make cheque payable to "MBCC"

If you let us know who the gift voucher is for we can sent you (via post) a personalise certificate.

Personalised Voucher
Quotes from our visitors book
‘I thoroughly enjoyed the whole day and the dogs taught me a lot about myself, which in all honesty I already knew but didn't really like to admit to. I have now returned home with a fresh approach to my own dog and how I interact with him.’

‘I had to write and thank you again for the wonderful afternoon I spent with you and your ‘team’ I shall always remember my sheepdog experience at Mainline. Out of interest I have already put some of your advice for Meg into action, including changing her diet. That was such interesting information and we were grateful for it.’

‘We want to thank you very sincerely for a delightful and interesting day yesterday learning about sheepdogs and their ways in understanding the human race. We were fascinated in the events of the day and the way it developed. Really an 'eye' opener in many ways and very enjoyable’

‘I just wanted to write and say a big THANKYOU for my 'Sheepdog Experience' last Monday. (I was the one who was initially afraid of the sheep!!!) My husband and I agreed it was the best day we'd had in ages. I loved your dogs (and eventually the sheep) and I couldn’t wait to get home and play the tape back to see ourselves working your dogs.’

‘We just wanted to email you and thank you for a great day last Friday. It surpassed our expectations. In particular we'd like to thank the dogs, singling out Robert for his ‘assistance’ in the final run.’

‘Thank you so much for the wonderful day we spent with you and your dogs at the ‘Sheepdog Experience’. It was wonderful to watch the dogs at work. We never appreciated before just how clever they are!’

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