#SchoolHols2017 – The Miniature Pony Centre
We’ve been to the Miniature Pony Centre quite a few times over the years, but we never get bored of it. There’s plenty to do and lots of open spaces for kids to have fun.
What is there to do?
Animals – Despite the name there are lots of other animals as well as the ponies. Pop into the paddock where there are loads of ponies roaming around that you can stroke. See how many different colours and size ponies you can spot. If your kids take a real shine to the ponies they can take part in a Pony Care Day where they learn to look after a pony.
Birds and Poultry – You are most likely to be greeted by a peacock when you arrive at the Pony Centre as they wander around freely. There are also aviaries dotted around which are home to cockatiels and various breeds of chicken.
Miniature Donkeys – It’s not just miniature ponies at the centre. They also have miniature mediterranean donkeys who love to be stroked and cuddled. If it rains, you will find the donkeys in the barn.
Baby Animals – Lots of babies have been born this year including foals, piglets, lambs and chicks.
Pets Paddock – Here you will find some of the smaller animals including rabbits, guinea pigs and creepy crawlies.
Heavy Horses – The Miniature Pony Centre is home to Buster the Shire Horse and Harris the Suffolk Punch. These are enormous beautiful animals who are usually in the barn, but if you’re lucky they might be in the arena.
Lionhead Rabbits – These are lovely rabbits with a furry mane. We had one and he was so soft and fluffy.
Giant African Land Snails – Eeek!
Giant Millipedes – kids love these. Isabelle has held quite a few of these.
Stick insects – See if you can spot them in amongst the branches.
Skinny Pigs – I only found out about these a few months ago. They are totally cute and totally bald!
As well as the animals there are indoor and outdoor play areas. Plenty of picnic areas and open spaces to sit on the grass.
Pony Rides – This is lovely to do if you get the chance and suitable from ages 3 – 10 years. The riders are suitably matched with a pony and are guided by the experienced staff. There is an additional £2.00 charge for this.
There is a lovely cafe where you can buy hot and cold food as well as drinks, snacks and ice creams.
Dogs are not allowed in the Pony Centre but they do provide free kennels.
7 days a week between 22nd March – 29th October
10.30 – 4.30 (10.00 – 5.00pm in August)
- Adults: £8.50
- Children 3 – 16 years: £7.50
- Senior Citizens: £7.00
- Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children): £30.00
How to find it:
Let us know what you think if you take a trip.
Don’t forget to have a look at all our other suggestions for places to take the kids in the South West whether you live here or are visiting.