Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre

Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre

Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre, is the only UK centre approved by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust which is dedicated to the heavy horse. Visitors are able to interact with the horses both in the indoor stables and the surrounding fields. Another special resident on the farm is the very rare British Lop pig, piglets can be seen exploring the farm yard on many occasions. The centre also has one of the largest collections of horse drawn machinery. Carriage rides are available in the summer holidays and we hold a very special spooky evening ride at Halloween. Visitors are able to relax in the indoor or out door seating areas and sample our homemade food which is prepared daily on site. Dogs are very welcome and we can accommodate the use of wheelchairs. There is a fee of £5 per adult but children under 16 and the family are free. The centre is closed on Mondays, however we are OPEN ON BANK HOLIDAY MONDAYS.
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  • Sherbert_10
    Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom46 contributions
    Very disappointing
    We must have visited on a bad day as our visit was so disappointing. After watching the horses on Robson Greens programme, we thought a visit was needed and as we were in Northumberland on holiday we went on our way. Certainly didn’t experience the Robson Green version. Ignored by staff, although there weren’t many visible. No one to explain what was going on. Only 3 horses in stables, all looked as they could with grooming, all were very lethargic. No names on the stables and no stories of how they got there, what they were like, how old etc, etc. I realise stables are not pristine places but they needed a good clean out. No sign of any piglets. No carriage rides during the week. Cafe was ok, although coffee was cold and in takeaway cups and serviettes for plates and I do think you should have a separate desk for taking the entrance fee money. Although a negative review I do wish you the best for the future in these very difficult times.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 24 April 2023
  • Moosheep57
    Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom31 contributions
    Nice place
    A nice place to visit although the day I went with my 10yr old granddaughter it was rainy so I don’t think we saw it at it’s best. The horses are lovely and there were 2 week old piglets to see. Lots of interest facts about heavy horses too. The cafe sells fab cakes and do a good coffee and hot chocolate. No carriage rides due to the wet weather but still worth a visit.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 July 2023
  • Helen H
    1 contribution
    A bit depressing
    We loved seeing the horses up close, who were very friendly in the paddocks and stables. But a bit sad that some of them had matted hair and looked like they needed grooming. Delighted to see ducks and geese, but depressing that they were in tiny enclosures on concrete with small plastic water butts to splash in. I had hoped they would have access to a pond and grass or similar. We were there at about 11:30 and the geese were being let out of their small wooden poultry shed - surely they would have enjoyed being let out much earlier in the day? The pigs were also indoors, on straw on concrete. There’s loads of room outside, couldn’t they be outside, with shelters? The sow was feeding loads of piglets and seemed very hungry, looking in vain for feed under her trough which was empty. A farm with so few animals could surely provide more space for them to thrive outdoors, and treat the animals to a more luxurious existence.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 August 2023
  • castlesintheair
    Northumberland, United Kingdom200 contributions
    Overpriced
    We had been before a few years ago and loved seeing the horses so took our 2 small Grandchildren. I was quite shocked to find that they now charge £7.50 per adult when they previously only asked for a donation. You enter through the cafe and we had to wait a while in a queue to pay our entrance fees while they were serving cafe customers which wasn't ideal. There is a museum of very dusty old farm machinery and tools which was down 3 steps with no disabled access at all so I was not able to see this with my walker. They had seen I had a walker when I paid but no assistance or mention of these steps was made. The kids weren't interested in this so we headed to the stables. There were 4 horses who were busy eating so no chance to get close to pat them. They looked in desperate need of some grooming. There were no information signs giving their names or anything. One small pony did have a name, Sparkle and a sign saying she was unwell. Then we went to see the pigs, there were no piglets, 4 large pigs lying in the dark on concrete with no fresh straw. The geese and ducks were in tiny pens with no space. The other horses were in a field too far away to see. 20 mins and we had seen everything. The toilet wasn't very nice either. They need to buck their ideas up here or visitors won't go back
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 August 2023
  • JanetBrussels
    Brussels, Belgium353 contributions
    Don’t waste your money
    We left seriously wondering if we’d missed something! We saw: 1 sheep A number of ducks in a bath 4 pigs and a few piglets 5 or 6 horses All indoors (except the ducks and sheep!) If there was anything else it was sadly missing signs. It was so bad that we decided to laugh rather than cry at being charged £7.50 each (£30) Absolute waste of money.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 September 2023
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finnley f
2 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
The experience was.awful we payed £7.50 each to get in and there was only four or five horses and a few ducks that look neglected also we saw the staff outside smoking and the toilets where filthy there was dirty pottys inside there
Written 3 November 2023
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Charmander
Yorkshire, UK10 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Disappointing visit today, great work done by the farm with the heavy horses though, felt everything needed updating a little especially round the toilets and hand washing facilities. Been to many working farm attractions in recent years and this was by far below standard
Written 2 November 2023
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Crazyrobin
Edinburgh, UK1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Family
What a wonderful day out! When arrived we were greeted by some extremely friendly staff. We had a lovely coffee and cake in the cafe before heading out to see the animals. All of the animals were really well looked after and were very friendly. It was amazing to see the little piglets running around the place. The horses were extremely beautiful and so calm. It was such a lovely experience with such warm and friendly staff. Will definitely be returning again! Thank you
Written 29 October 2023
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Paul E
Huntingdon, UK7 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
We decided to visit Hay Farm expecting to just see Horses and some other farm animals.
walking around the vintage farm tools and trailers. we then entered the war horse area which was very moving reading and listening to stories about how the horses were used during the great war. would return
Written 22 September 2023
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JanetBrussels
Brussels, Belgium353 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
We left seriously wondering if we’d missed something!

We saw:
1 sheep
A number of ducks in a bath
4 pigs and a few piglets
5 or 6 horses
All indoors (except the ducks and sheep!)

If there was anything else it was sadly missing signs.

It was so bad that we decided to laugh rather than cry at being charged £7.50 each (£30)

Absolute waste of money.
Written 15 September 2023
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Peter
2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Wonderful day out.
Beautiful heavy horses, fascinating ducks and pigs.
Very friendly and helpful staff.
All topped off by one of the world's greatest pork pies.
Written 7 September 2023
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Thank you for your review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit.
Written 9 September 2023
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Helen B
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK19 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Disappointed at the state of the place and animals. Never seen much miserable looking horses. Pig house had hay fork propped up against the pen, which the 3yr old tripped over and didn't fall on. Empty containers lying on the windowsills covered in cobwebs and muck. Ducks and geese looking scruffy with feathers coming out in the smallest of enclosures with dirty stinking water. Not impressed at all. Will not be back.
Written 7 September 2023
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Thank you for your review, however if you had approached one of the members of staff they would have been only too happy to speak with you re your concerns. Firstly this is a working farm and as you pointed out muck fork and buckets would have been around as the pigs were being fed and cleaned out. As for the pig house, we have just had a whole new roof put on and as you can imagine the dirt, dust was extensive especially when the builders had to remove a 100 yr old roof before replacing it. Admittedly not the best time of the year, but had to be done in the good weather. Your miserable horses, they had just been brought in from the fields, had a belly full of hard food and not a fly in sight to annoy them. Consequently they would be stood in the middle of the stable with their heads down sleeping, horses sleep stood up. Ducks and geese, this year has been an incredible year for birds breeding, why, don’t know, could be to do with the weather. Consequently our ducks have raised more than normal ducklings. We were fully aware that the area was not suitable, but with having a yard full of scaffolding and then us rebuilding the duck area would have been chaotic and unsafe. We had already decided that out of the two species the ducks were far more sociable with young children and much to our disappointment the geese have been rehomed. With regards to feathers coming out I am pleased they were, it’s a natural cycle called moulting. Dirty stinking water, that water gets changed everyday as ducks and geese take no preference where they poo!!! I am aware exactly of who you are, your comment is exactly the same as your email, I did not respond to that email as I felt you would be posting on Tripadvisor and therefore I chose to reply to you on a public forum as we have nothing to be ashamed of or hide. I am very angry that you have posted such a negative review, when in point of fact it is incorrect by you, this has obviously happened due to you not understanding. All you had to do was talk to staff, but instead you opted to hide behind a keyboard!!
Written 9 September 2023
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Flyer751183
2 contributions
Sep 2023 • Family
Very disappointing. The enclosure for the ducks and geese was far too small. The water was filthy. The geese looked neglected. The horses need groomed as their manes were very matted. Animal welfare was not a priority in any way. Don’t visit if you want to support animal rights.
Written 6 September 2023
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Thank you for your review, you appear to have had some issues, which you would have been very welcome to discuss with staff!! Ducks and geese are a very dirty animals, they seem to like nothing better than poo anywhere and everywhere, especially in their water. I can assure you that they are cleaned out daily with fresh water, this may be in the morning or afternoon, depending on what jobs need doing. They did look extremely scruffy which was due to them moulting. As for the enclosure we were well aware of its size being not suitable and this has come about due to a high breeding season with the ducks. Due to other works being carried out we have not being able to address this until just recently. After a lot of consideration we decided to re home our geese and concentrate on a new duck enclosure. So I hope this settles your mind on this topic. Horses, under no circumstances will we continually groom our horses, they have lanolin in their coats, this is what keeps them waterproof. They are not at a show or display so therefore we are not prepared to breakdown the build up of this important natural oil. All of our horses go outside as from 4pm and a selected amount come in each day at 10am. In this hot, humid weather I cannot think of anything worse than bringing them in for someone to start dragging at their manes, so it pleases a few. Their manes are extremely course and in the slightest of wind will twist and knot. We find that sometimes children like to untangle them, which we don’t mind and it allows them to have some one to one time.? If you were so concerned as to the welfare of the animals you should have been responsible enough to speak to us. Our animals and their welfare come before anything.
Written 9 September 2023
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Otleylass76
8 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Such a lovely place, we visited 3 times in a week! My little boy adores horses and so every year we make a visit to Hay Farm. The fanily that run it are so welcoming and friendly. I am in a wheelchair and there is only 1 area I can't access which is a museum part. The horses are beautiful, gentle giants and will happily let you stroke them for a long time. My youngest son and husband enjoyed the carriage ride on one of our visits and it would be rude not to have a cuppa and a cake at reasonable prices! All in all a lovely place to while away a morning or an afternoon. See you next year!
Written 2 September 2023
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Tony P
Bridgwater, UK10 contributions
Sep 2023 • Couples
Very friendly service I think her name was Carrie credit to you.cuppas was very nice and the cream tea went down well.it was nice to get up close to the horses and in the stables brush them.well worth the drive and money we paid ty so much for allowing public to look around the farm
Written 1 September 2023
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HAY FARM HEAVY HORSE CENTRE: Tickets, Tours & Tips (with Photos)

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Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre is open:
  • Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00