Meet the Ponies

Pony 1 to 1s and Family Fun

Meet the ponies and spend time grooming (brushing) them. The visitor centre is open for refreshments and we also run tours and fun activities for the family. £3 donation per person/child if you wish to brush a pony – no charge for just coming for the fun!

10am-12noon Wednesdays during school holidays (except Christmas). Turn up on the day or book with If you’d like time with a pony it’s best to book your session beforehand, as they’re very popular!

Summer School Holiday Activities

As well as meeting our ponies, during the summer school holidays we have all sorts of fun pony-related and animal-themed activities at the sanctuary. There are things for you to do, individually or as a family, everyday. There’s no charge, so just pop in anytime and see what’s here.

Pony Days

10am-3pm every Monday and Thursday during the school holidays. See our Pony Days page for more information.

Hope Pastures’ Experience

The best way to get to know our animals, a Hope Pastures’ Experience is for 1 to 2 people (or children). It includes a personal ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the sanctuary, plus ‘hands on time’ grooming one of the animals – make sure you bring your camera, as a photo of you and your pony is sure to be ‘a must have’. Most Experiences run for about an hour, but we can organise longer if you wish.

Donation for a Hope Pastures Experience for 2: £30. Contact for more information/to book

Pony Days for ‘Grown Ups’

If you’ve always wanted to spend quality time with ponies and learn about them and how to look after them, then this is for you! The session includes:

  • A tour to meet the ponies, hear their stories and find out about what they need
  • Looking after your own stabled pony, including mucking him out, filling his haynets, preparing his water and feed
  • Handling a pony – how to tie up safely, put on a headcollar and lead a pony
  • Pony grooming – close-up time brushing your pony

10.30am-2pm. £45 per person. Min 2 (max 4) adults.

Refreshments available, please bring a packed lunch with you.

For more information or to book dates contact

Group visits

We cater for all different kinds of groups, including schools, brownies, toddler groups and pensioners. Sessions can run for as little as an hour up to a whole day and we have a range of educational and fun activities we can arrange for you group.

Contact for details.