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Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park

Lilly Rose Suffolk foal Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park

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HEAVY HORSE HEROES - Help to feed and care for Heavy Horses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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!

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 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!

2018-2019 Awards:

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.

 

Guide Prices

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

Opening Times

Opening (4 Apr 2020 - 1 Nov 2020)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 16:00

* Open 7 days a week during Dorset school holidays.
Closed Mondays & Tuesdays during term time.
October open Friday, Saturday and Sunday and open half term week.
Open Bank holidays 10am - 4pm.
Updates email: office@dorset-heavy-horse-centre.co.uk

Edmondsham Road
Verwood
Dorset
BH21 5RJ
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Call direct on:

Tel01202 824040

TripAdvisor

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2019
  • Excellent
    1113
  • Very Good
    145
  • Average
    26
  • Poor
    7
  • Terrible
    30

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    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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