Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park

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~ A day delivered with passion at Dorset's favourite family run attraction ~


Come along and enjoy a unique experience visiting one of the very last Heavy Horse Centres left in Great Britain. The Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park is a multi-award-winning day out for all ages recognised as both a family attraction and conservation centre for the majestic rare breed Heavy Horses. Whether you are a family group, grandparent, or young couple make memories and embrace a real countryside experience! 


We are dedicated to entertaining the WHOLE family providing a full schedule of events for both Adults & Children


See our 'Daily Schedule for times of activities'  on our website!


Daily presentations:

Enjoy a range of talks and demonstrations throughout your visit! Meet our herd of heavies in the morning stable feeding tour, learn about the working horses with the Heavy Horse Harness demonstration, take a seat and admire the gentle giants with a fascinating insight into their history, journey back in time to discover the story of the War Horse and gather around the beautiful Romany wagons for an insight into their traditional ways of life. 


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! Join our passionate farm keeper and 'muck in' feeding and learning about our friendly farm animals during daily tours. Little helpers at the ready with the morning 'off to work' tour discovering the roles of the working ponies. All the fun of the farm as you are invited to set off with the farm keeper feeding the farmyard animals and searching for eggs! Get a real feel for the countryside and join us in the 'farmers garden' digging, planting and pulling learning all about the crops and veggies! A perfect combination of education and fun!


Ride and Drive:

All our activities and rides are included in your entry. What better way of transport than a horse-drawn vehicle?! Enjoy Heavy Horse drawn carriage rides, tractor trailer rides, tractor 'bunker' ride & miniature pony carriage rides. - A unique farm experience! 


All the fun of the farm park:
Children can embrace their sense of adventure with: Adventure play park, pedal go-carts, pedal tractors, sand-pits, toddlers play barn, vintage fairground rides including Victorian Swing boats, Straw play barn and Timberland play barn! * NEW for 2021 'Dorset Horses Adventure Play' 


Close encounters: 

Enjoy close and cuddly encounters with hands of activities including animal petting and pony grooming!


Exhibits from days gone by:
A trip down memory lane with a pleasant visit to the past times. Explore the WW1 Field Trenches, vintage vehicles, static canal display, Romany and Showman’s hand painted caravans, visit the harness makers and blacksmiths workshops, vintage cider press and farmers implements from the bygone years. Its a step back in time! 


Smoke Joes Café:

Come on down to our popular 'country and western' themed ranch café!  We are delighted to offer a delicious range of homecooked food using locally sourced organic produce.  Open 10am - 3.30pm exclusively to our visitors serving brunches, lunches & a selction of handmade scrumptious cakes!


5 Star hygiene rating. 'Have a rootin tootin time!'


Opening Times/Dates: 

Re-open from 1 May 2021 

10AM - 4PM 

OPEN - Wednesday - Sunday during Dorset term time 

CLOSED - Monday & Tuesdays during Dorset term time 

OPEN - 7 days a week during Dorset holidays 

*Open bank holiday Mondays* 


- Please pre-book your tickets via our website - Tickets are currently LIMITED / We recommended booking in ADVANCE to save disappointment 

- We advise arriving close to opening to benefit from the full daily schedule 

- All events on our daily schedule for Adults & Children run each day throughout the season & all activities are INCLUDED in your entry. 


~ By visiting the Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park you are supporting the rare breed Heavy Horses ~ 


Attraction Awards & Accolades :

South West Tourism - Small Attraction of the year - GOLD 

Dorset Tourism Awards - Small Attraction of the year - GOLD 

BHStar Awards - Small Attraction of the year - GOLD 

Rural Business Awards - Finalist 

Primary Times Winners - Voted ‘Best Value for Money Attraction' in Dorset 

Primary Times Winners - 'Blue ribbon awards' Best overall experience 

Innovation Awards - Best vintage vehicle and preservation collection 

TripAdvisor - Hall of Fame 2020 & Certificate of Excellence 


~ We look forward to hosting your day trip ~




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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult (16+)£13.95 per ticket
Child (3-15yrs)£13.95 per ticket
Concession£13.75 per ticket
Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children)£49.95 per ticket
Tots (2+)£6.95 per ticket

Special Offers

  • Support the work that the Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park do, by purchasing a gift voucher to visit the farm park at a later date. Available in £5, £10 or £25 value, or for a truly unique gift why not adopt a Heavy Horse. Further information can be found at:

    See more offers like this: Gift Vouchers & Experiences -

Edmondsham Road
BH21 5RJ
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Tel01202 824040



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    • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
    • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021
    • TripAdvisor Awards2021 - Travellers' Choice - TripAdvisor 2021 - Travellers' Choice - TripAdvisor 2021

    Map & Directions

    Road Directions

    We are in easy reach of Bournemouth, Poole, Southampton, Ringwood and Christchurch. From Verwood on the B3081 there are signs from the Fire Station roundabout. Follow the sign to Alderholt for approx 2 miles.

    Public Transport Directions

    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 and Rescue Centre at Edmondsham

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