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Come along and enjoy a unique experience visiting one of the very last Heavy Horse Centres left in Britain. The Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park is a multi-award-winning attraction located in the heart of Dorset. Recognised as both a family attraction and conservation centre for the rare breed Heavy Horses. Whether you are a family group, grandparent, or young couple an entertaining day out awaits you offering a separate daily timetable for both adults and children!
A fascinating insight into the history of the gentle giants with engaging daily demonstrations & presentations. Discover how Heavy Horses powered man for thousands of years and explore the faithful story of the War Horse. Learn how to harness a Heavy Horse into his work wagon before enjoying a Horse drawn carriage ride!
Admire traditional hand-painted Romany caravans and learn about the Gypsy Horses which pulled them through the countryside as well as a rare insight into the Romany community. (All demonstrations and talks can be seen on the daily schedule).
Hands on Farm Tours:
Home to all creatures great and small including: Miniature Shetland ponies, donkey’s, alpacas, kune-kune pigs, goats, sheep, chickens, ducks, rabbits, guinea pigs and many more it’s a perfect opportunity to get ‘stuck in and hands on’ around the farm! Join in daily tours conducted by the friendly and knowledgeable farm keeper. Head off around the farm feeding the farm animals and hunting for eggs! Combining education and fun as children can learn the roles of the work horses in the ‘off to work tour’. Get a real feel for the countryside with digging, planting and pulling of crops with the ‘farmers garden tour’. A perfect combination of education and fun!
Ride and Drive:
Make memories and enjoy Free activities including: Heavy Horse Drawn Carriage rides, Vinatge Tractor driving (Drive a real farm tractor in the arena), Miniature pony carriage rides & Tractor and Trailer rides. (Pony riding runs weekend and school holidays the only additional charge).
Good old-fashioned FUN for children:
Children can let off steam with adventure play park, pedal go-carts, pedal tractors, sand-pits, toddlers play barn, vintage fairground rides and Timber Play barn with mega drop side! Enjoy close and cuddly encounters with hands of activities including animal petting and pony grooming!
Exhibits from days gone by:
A pleasant visit to the past times. WW1 Field Trenches - wander through field trenches and discover the story of the War Horse. A tribute to the lives lost but not forgotten. Explore Vintage vehicles, Static canal display, Romany and Showman’s hand painted caravans and visit the harness makers and blacksmiths workshops & vintage cider press. Its a step back in time!
This family run visitor attraction has received an array of accolades and has been widely recognised for superb customer service in delivering a day out to remember! South West Tourism Excellence Winners GOLD - Small Attraction of the year, Dorset Tourism Awards Winners GOLD Small Attraction of the year, Primary Times Star Reader Awards Winners, Rural Business Awards Finalists. TripAdvisor Hall of Fame winning certificate of excellence 8 years running, Innovation Awards winners for best vintage vehicle collection. BHStar Awards Attraction of the Year GOLD.
Don't miss out on unique and memorable day trip whilst in Dorset!
|DORSET HEAVY HORSE FARM PARK (4 April 2020 - 1 November 2020)|
* Opening Hours: 10am - 4pm
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays during Dorset term time
Open 7 days a week during Dorset holidays
Open Bank Holidays
Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and half term week
We look forward to hosting your day trip
(Friendly DOGS Welcome on leads)
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£11.75 per ticket|
|Child (3-15 years)||£10.75 per ticket|
|Child under 2 years||Free|
|Concession||£11.25 per ticket|
|Family (2+2)||£39.95 per ticket|
|Tots (2 years )||£4.95 per ticket|
Your visit includes FREE :
Heavy Horse draw carriage Rides
Tractor and Trailer rides
Tractor driving - " Drive a real Tractor !
Miniature pony and cart rides
Children's fairground ride
Small charge of £2.50 for Pony riding operates weekends and school holidays.
* By Visiting you are helping support one of the last remaining Heavy Horse Centres in Britain which relies solely on visitors entrances to remain running.
We are in easy reach of Bornemouth, Poole, Southampton, Ringwood and Christchurch. (5 mins from the centre of Verwood)
SAT NAV Users: (please set your destination to) Champtoceaux Avenue, Verwood We are located less than 2 miles from this location and you can follow the brown tourist signs from this point. From Verwood on the B3081 there are signs from the Fire Station roundabout. Follow the sign to Alderholt for approx 2 miles.
Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park
Due to our rural location Public transport will get you to Verwood from Bournemouth/Poole/Wimborne/Ringwood but you will then need to use a taxi to get to the Dorset Heavy Horse Farm (usual fee max £5)
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