Get into the festive spirit and support an equine charity this Christmas
Looking for some festive fun this weekend and throughout the Christmas holidays? Then, look no further. We’ve put together a handy list of some awesome activities you can get involved in throughout December, all while supporting some fantastic equine charities.
The Donkey Sanctuary
What’s on? Follow the glow and discover enchanting tales of donkeys from all around the world. Spot the hidden items along the way to complete the Christmas activity!
When 5 November – 6 January
Time From 9am
Entry fee £5
World Horse Welfare
What’s on? Fill yourself up with yummy treats at the Christmas afternoon tea. Including seasonal sandwiches, festive cakes and homemade scones, you won’t want to miss this!
When Every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 24 November to 19 December (except 5 December)
Time From 11am
Entry fee children £6.50, adults £14.99
Bransby Horses Rescue and Welfare
What’s on? Pudding’s Reindeer Roundup! Santa’s reindeer have escaped and need help getting back to the North Pole – can you help Santa and Pudding the Shetland round them all up and save Christmas?
When 27 November – 24 December
Time From 10am
Entry fee £5 per child
What’s on? You’ll simply have a wonderful Christmas time at the HAPPA activity days. Jam-packed with decoration workshops, special Frozen visitors and own a pony days!
When Throughout December
Time From 10am
Entry fee Activity dependent
Cotebrook Shire horse centre and stud farm
What’s on? Visit Santa’s grotto, receive an early Christmas pressie from the man himself and check out the incredible Shire horses!
When 4-5 December and 11-12 December
Time From 10am
Entry fee children under three £8.50, children £15.50, adults £10.50,
Mane Chance Sanctuary
What’s on? Sing loud and spread the Christmas cheer at the Mane Chance Sanctuary’s Carols at Christmas. You’ll get to meet some adorable Shetland ponies too, what’s not to love about that?
When 5 December
Time Doors open at 4.35pm
Entry fee children under five free, children £5, adults £10
Redwings Horse Sanctuary
What’s on? A traditional Christmas Fayre with a variety of awesome stalls to give you loads of Christmas gift inspiration, cooking demos and an extra special appearance from some Redwings stars.
When 8 December
Entry fee Free
Essex Horse & Pony Protection Society
What’s on? A Christmas Open Day where you can visit all the adorable animals as well as meet Father Christmas!
When 12 December
Entry fee children £1, adults £2
The Suffolk Punch Trust
What’s on? Get festive and make sure you’re on Santa’s nice list at his Farmyard Grotto.
When 17, 18 and 19 December
Time Slots from 12.30pm
Entry fee £10 per child
A HELPING HAND
If you’re unable to attend any of the events, why not support an equine charity in a different way? Check out their online shops for gift inspo for your family and friends – you’re sure to find epic pressies that’ll put a smile on a loved one’s face. Have you ever thought about sponsoring an equine friend? You’ll feel super-happy that you’re giving love and support to a horse, pony or donkey in need. So why not add it to your list to Santa? Or if you’re giving your pony’s wardrobe a clear out to make way for some new items, you could donate all your second-hand items to a charity near you! Make sure they’re still in a usable and good condition, though.