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Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park

Lilly Rose Suffolk foal Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park


The Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park is a multi-award-winning attraction 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! We are located in Verwood just under 40 minutes from Poole.

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 NEW for 2019 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…New for 2018 WW1 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 & NEW for 2019 Cider press display.

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!

2018-2019 Awards:
South West Tourism Excellence Winners GOLD - Small Attraction of the year, Dorset Tourism Awards Winners GOLD (Small Attraction of the year), BAPTA Education Award finalist, Primary Times Star Reader Awards winner, 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 Semi-finalists. 

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£11.45 per ticket
Child (3-14yrs)£10.45 per ticket
Concession£10.95 per ticket
Family (2ad & 2 children)£39.95 per ticket
Tots 2 years£4.95 per ticket

Opening Times

Opening (6 Apr 2019 - 2 Nov 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 16:00

* Open 7 days a week during school holidays.
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays during term time.
October open Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday and open all Half Term.
Open Bank holidays.
Updates email:

Edmondsham Road
BH21 5RJ
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Call direct on:

Tel01202 824040


  • Certificate of Excellence 2018

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Recent Reviews:

  • gemma2462017
    Petersfield, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Another fantastic visit!
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 26th October 2018
    I think we have been yearly for the past 4 years and today did not disappoint. Plenty for the children to do from hands on with the animals to letting off steam on the play equipment. We’ll be back... Read full review
  • Maryann H
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Excellent little gem
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 14th February 2019
    Full of rustic charm, plenty of friendly animals which you can feed ( bags of food were £1.00) and excellent fun but also very interesting educational talks about the gorgeous gentle giants, the... Read full review
  • 411ringwood
    Ringwood, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 4th March 2019
    Great place to take the children , so much for them to do, a bit expensive if taking a large family, prices were not as website when we went, so worth the call before you go to check Read full review

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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