Lystbækgaard is a cultural knowledge centre where people’s cultural heritage lives on through creative skills: Cultural Rural Skills.
The farm is an interesting destination and visitor centre concentrating on wool, sheep and old crafts, with various events, theme days, shows and workshops.
At Lystbækgaardyou will find living culture, literally speaking, where people practice traditional crafts. The crafts are climate-friendly and sustainable and with zero tolerance for waste.
There are manifold activities, and their original authentic values are always at the core.
Naturally, processing of wool from the sheep plays a major role in the knowledge and skills that have been passed onthrough generations.
At Lystbækgaardyou will also find the Lystbæk Association, which is a support and friendship association.
The Lystbæk Association takes pride in being committed to preservation of the inherited and living traditional crafts.
In collaboration with the owner of Lystbækgaard, BeritKiilerich, the association is behind most of the farm’s courses, events, theme days, and much more – all with a focus on the traditional crafts.
Lystbækgaardis located at Kronhedenear the towns of Torstedand Ulfborg inRingkøbing-SkjernMunicipality.
In bygone days, Lystbækgaardwas a tenant farm under the manor Ryssensten, and Kronhedewasthe king’s moor. The history of the farm goes back a long way. You can read more about the history of Lystbækgaard here.
Since 1999, the farm has been owned by Denmark’s first trained shepherd, BeritKiilerich.
The farm’s sheep aretraditional Nordic sheep breeds that have been living on the Jutlandic moors since time immemorial. On the moors, the sheep are used for nature conservation. They graze the bogs and the heather, with the result that their meat is dark, aromatic and low-fat. You can read more about the sheep here.
In the Kronheden area in the wonderful West Jutland nature, you can find many other beautiful places worth visiting. We have gathered some of the places and sights on the page ”Links”
At Lystbækgaard people meet in a natural and laid back West Jutland way.
Stories are told and people listen to each other; you drink a cup of coffee, eat some homemade bread with mutton sausage and farmer’s goat’s cheese, you go for a guided nature walk on the moors, you touch the earth, the plants, the sheep, and the shepherd dogs, and you find peace of mind and body.
Hiking with shepherd, dogs and sheep, where you can see the skilled shepherd dogs at work in the field, and where you can join a hike on Præstbjerg moor
Farmer’s raw goat milk cheese with a full, heavenly taste, produced with freshly milked, untreated goat’s milk
Dogma knitting, where you knit directly with raw wool from Spælsau sheep
Culture and dining evenings where good West Jutland produce is of the essence
Weaving, where products are woven with yarn spun from for example wool, cotton or linen
Spinning, where the spinning wheel keeps turning
Horn working and woodworking, with production of items ranging from horn buttons to wood butter knives
Natural plant dyeing, where we use nature’s own materialsto dye wool and textiles
...and much, much more. We offer courses in all these things. You can learn more on the page ”Events/Courses".
Lystbækgaard receives funding from the EU
The aim of nature conservation and grazing of the moors is to maintain and conserve the nature typical of this area, and to achieve high biodiversity, i.e. many species of butterflies, plants, insects, etc.
This is achieved by having an open pastoral landscape with primarily short vegetation.
You could say that we shape living landscapes using grazing livestock such as sheep, goats, and a few small, hardy horses.
Our efforts are supported by funds from the EU rural development programmes for nature conservation and pastoralism.
Without this support there would not be many grazing animals in the natural landscape. At Lystbækgaard we are deeply grateful.
LystbækCafe and thefarm shop are open every Thursday from 1:00-5:00 pm.
With active workshops, such as spinning, dogma knitting, and woodworking.
Shepherd dog show
Every Thursday from 2:00-5:00 pm during the summer season, you can join us in the field and watch the fantastic interaction between the shepherd dogs, the sheep, and the shepherd.
During the winter season, groups may visit by appointment.
You can call Lystbækgaard’s shepherd Berit at (+45) 21 23 29 84.
Åbningstid / Opening hours:
Gårdbutik / Farmshop & Lystbæk Café:
Onsdage & torsdage / Wednesdays & thursdays PM kl. 13.00 - 17.00
samt efter aftale / and by appointment.
(+45)97491385 (aften / evening)
Lystbækvej 1, Torsted
Ringkøbing Skjern Kommune
Lystbækforeningen / Lystbæk Association:
Formand / Chairman
Torben Thorup Thomsen
Vedr. arrangementer, tilmelding samt medlemsskab af Lystbækforeningen / Relating to events, registration and membership of the Lystbæk Association:
Tlf.: (+45)61282136 & (+45)21232984