Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park
Top rated on TripAdvisor!
PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL: Please visit : www.dorset-heavy-horse-centre.co.uk
A day delivered with passion at Dorset's favourite family run attraction
Come along and treasure a unique experience visiting one of the very last Heavy Horse Centres left in Great Britain. Recognised as a both a multi award-winning day out and conservation farm home to the Shire, Clydesdale, Suffolk Punch, Percheron and Ardennes.
A real farm experience for ALL ages:
We invite visitors of ALL ages to escape to the enchanting depths of Dorset and unravel the history of the faithful Heavy Horse which powered man for generations. Whether you are a family group, grandparent or young couple join us for a unique and educational experience. A full day of events are run for both adults and children which is hosted by our dedicated farm keepers.
See our ‘Full daily schedule of activities on our website!
Enjoy a range of talks and demonstrations throughout your visit! (10.30am) Meet our herd of rare breed Heavy Horses in the morning stable feeding tour. (11.15am) Discover how to harness a cart horse with the harness demonstration. (1.00pm) Gather around the Romany caravans & discover life with the Gypsy horses. (2.00pm) Take a seat for a fascinating insight into the history of these gentle giants and story of the War Horse.
Hands on Farm Tours:
Home to all creatures great and small including: Miniature Shetland ponies, Donkey’s, Alpacas, Iron Age pigs, Pygmy Goats, Chickens, Ducks, Ferrets, Rabbits and many more! Join our passionate farm keeper and 'muck in' feeding and learning about our friendly farm animals during daily tours. (10.40am) Little helpers can set ‘off to work’ feeding & learning about the working ponies. (11.30am) It’s all the fun of the farm with feeding all the farmyard animals on the park tour! (3.00pm) Get a real feel for the countryside with digging, planting and pulling up the veggies in the farmer’s garden!
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: Vintage fairground rides, Adventure play park, pedal go-carts, play barns with meg drop slide, pedal tractors, play sandpit and NEW for 2022 ‘Trampoline barn!’
Enjoy close and cuddly encounters with hands of activities including animal petting and pony grooming!
Exhibits from days gone by:
Enjoy 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. It’s a step back in time!
Smokey Joes Café:
Our popular rustic country & western café is open 10am-3.30pm exclusively to park visitors. Smokey Joe’s serves a delicious range of homecooked food using locally sourced organic produce by dedicated resident Chef! Enjoy a variety of brunches, lunches & handmade scrumptious cakes! *We cater for vegan/gluten free/vegetarian
(5 Star hygiene rating)
BOOK TICKETS VIA OUR WEBSITE
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
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 – Five Start rating - Travellers Choice Awards
~ We look forward to hosting your day trip ~
* Open from 2nd April – 29th October 2022
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*