Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park

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Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park, Edmondsham Road, Verwood, Wimborne, Dorset, BH21 5RJ

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CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 : There is nothing more important than keeping you, your family and friends safe aswell as our staff, horses and animals homed on the farm. Without a doubt this will be a challenging time for us all but we will get through it. During the period of which the schools are closed we will try our best to support you with educational updates via our Facebook Page. Parents & Carers, if you a studying a farm related topic at home which you feel we can help with please do not hesitate to get in touch. We promise to help you anyway we can! This post comes with a heavy heart. Each season we all look forward to seeing both new and regular faces. We will continue to work on the farm park so that when this is all over we will be here ready to Welcome YOU! 

 

Multi-Award Winning Attraction

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!

Daily presentations:
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, Tractor drive (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! 

Smoke Joes Café:
Mosey on down to Smokey Joe’s Western Café for delicious brunches, lunches & afternoon teas. Enjoy a unique and fun atmosphere while you dine!

Step back in time, a unique day out filled with both education and fun for the whole family!

Awards & Accolades:
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 - Winners of Best Overal Attraction & Best value for money., Rural Business Awards Finalists. TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, Certificate of Excellence 8 years running, Innovation Awards winners for best vintage vehicle collection. BHStar Awards Attraction of the Year GOLD.

Guide Prices

Adult.......................................................£11.75 per ticket
Child (3-14yrs).......................................£10.75 per ticket
Concession............................................£11.25 per ticket
Family (2 adults & 2 children).................£39.95 per ticket
Little People 2 years...............................£4.95 per ticket

All activities are INCLUDED in the Entry with the exception of pony riding which operates during weekends and school holidays for children age 4-10 years.

Winners of 'BEST VALUE FOR MONEY ATTRACTION' - Primary Times Dorset, voted by YOU!

Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets

Catering

  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

Groups

  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Grounds for outdoor activities
  • Leisure facilities onsite

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours mandatory
  • Public toilets

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    Awards

    • Trip Advisor AwardsTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame 2018
    • Other AwardsGo New Forest Member Go New Forest Member 2018

    Opening Times

    * CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19 : There is nothing more important than keeping you, your family and friends safe aswell as our staff, horses and animals homed on the farm. Without a doubt this will be a challenging time for us all but we will get through it. During the period of which the schools are closed we will try our best to support you with educational updates via our Facebook Page. Parents & Carers, if you a studying a farm related topic at home which you feel we can help with please do not hesitate to get in touch. We promise to help you anyway we can! This post comes with a heavy heart. Each season we all look forward to seeing both new and regular faces. We will continue to work on the farm park so that when this is all over we will be here ready to Welcome YOU! 

    Open from 4th April - 2nd November
    Open 7 days a week during Dorset holidays
    Closed Mondays & Tuesdays outside of Dorset holidays

    10AM - 4PM - We recommend arriving early to benefit from the daily schedule.

    October Open: Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays & Dorset Half Term Week.

    Enquires please email: office@dorset-heavy-horse-centre.co.uk

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