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Dorset Heavy Horse Centre

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May 30, 2016

This weekend we visited Dorset Heavy Horse Centre for the first time and realised we had been missing out on a fabulous day out close to home.
If I am honest, the centre does not give the best impression as you drive into it and one woman manning the entrance and the shop meant a bit of a queue, but it was all worth it when we got inside.
You will find something for everyone enjoy at the Heavy Horse Centre with interesting tours, talks and displays. One of the best bits about it is, with the exception of pony rides, everything else is included in the entry price. The first thing we did was to learn how to harness a horse and we were all surprised by the amount of bling Lola had on by the end of the session.
Heavy Horse Centre
There is a program of events to follow if you choose with Heavy Horse Wagon Rides, Princess Carriage rides, Tractor and Trailer rides and even the chance for the kids to drive a real Farm tractor.
Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
 
There’s also a busy timetable of hands on interaction with the friendly farm animals including over 20 rescued heavy horses, donkeys, miniature ponies, Kunie Kunie pigs, goats, sheep, alpacas, rabbits, guinea pigs, chickens, ducks, snow dogs and many more!
Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
If you didn’t want to stick to the program, there was plenty to do for the kids with two play barns, one for younger children with a gentle slide, hay bails to climb and a see-saw, whilst the second barn had a giant tractor wheel to swing on and a death slide.
Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
Other attractions included a Go Cart Track, and there may have been some racing going on.
Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
The boys adored the boat swings, whilst Eliza preferred bouncing on the bouncy castle both of which were nicely set in barns in case it rained.
Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
There was a huge park to play in with climbing frames, slides, swings and a huge trampoline too.
Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
 
One of the highlights of the kids day was getting to drive the tractor around the arena which had a huge puddle to splosh through as well as plenty of bumps to keep them amused.
Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
They also got to enjoy a pony ride.
Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
The tractor-trailer ride was a real experience in itself as it took your down the valley, around a very bumpy field and back up again all whilst playing “I’ve got a brand new combine harvester” to the passengers.
Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
Thankfully the Horse and Carriage ride was a lot more gentle and one lucky passenger even got to ride up front and help drive.
Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
I would recommend you get to the Heavy Horse Centre for opening as you really can spend all day there. My only disappointment was that it closes at 4pm, we could have stayed an extra hour or more with ease.
Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
The talks were fun, informative and interesting as we got to meet all the horses that have been rescued. They were all beautifully behaved and happy to be stroked and tickled, despite their size.
Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
The Heavy Horse Centre costs £9.45 for adults, £8.95 for children aged 3 and over and £4.45 for children aged 2 and is worth every penny. For an extra £1 you can buy a bag of food so you can feed the animals as you go around, which was a lovely treat for the kids. Some animals you could feed by hand, but you could also place the food in a tube if you weren’t quite brave enough.
Dorset Heavy Horse Centre
The Heavy Horse Centre is in Verwood, Dorset and very well signposted and I cannot fault it for a fabulous family day out.

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    Anna Nuttall

    May 30, 2016

    Ooooh i must take my niece there – this look amazing!!

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    Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

    May 30, 2016

    WOW looks like you ad a fantastic day. My sister in law and her little ones are down in Dorset for the long weekend. I’ll make sure I recommend 🙂

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    GALINA V

    May 30, 2016

    What a wonderful place to visit! Horses, tractor, trampoline! Perfect for both kids and grown-ups. A pity it’s too far from us to visit.

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    Estelle

    May 30, 2016

    What about the adults? Is there something special for grown-up? I’m too young to have kids but I would enjoy a day there, looks lovely 😀

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      Kara

      May 30, 2016

      Probably more suited to families but the talks are interesting, you learn all about the ponies, gypsy caravans and there are some nice walks

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    Sonya Cisco

    May 30, 2016

    I have never been either – but now I want to!!

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    Stephen

    May 30, 2016

    This looks like an amazing day out and it looks like you had fantastic weather as well. I’d go just to see the goats which I know is weird at a horse centre! The horses do look amazing with all the brass harnesses. Stephen

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    Gill

    May 30, 2016

    Great pictures – looks and sounds like a fun day out x

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    Gill

    May 30, 2016

    Lovley photos – looks and sounds like a fun family day out xxxxxx

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    The Mummy Diary

    May 30, 2016

    This looks like a fabulous place to visit, sometimes our best days have started out with some dilapidated entrance to the attraction. It looks like so many different things to do, I think my two would love it.

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    Hannah

    May 31, 2016

    I have neve heard of this place before but I know that my sister would love it!

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    Kate Tunstall

    May 31, 2016

    This sounds like our perfect day out – if only we lived closer! X

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    Jen Walshaw

    May 31, 2016

    That is a really great value day out for the price. I love going to places like that. I remember going here with my parents when I was small

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    Sonia

    June 4, 2016

    It sounds like a lovely day out! I used to love going on those swing boats when I was little, I have such fond memories of them x

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