Fun Horse Riding Holiday UK

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Willow Farm Holidays welcomes children on this holiday to look after, ride, care for, and compete a pony as their own. They can also help with other animals, watch chicks, hatch, and even learn to milk a goat if they wish. Whichever way you connect with Willow Farm Holidays, ponies are great fun as they will teach you responsibility, a good work ethic, keep you fit, and make you new friends. Be part of the family, not one of a crowd!

Key Information

  • Rider Weight Limit: 70 kilograms / 154 pounds
  • Horse Height Range: 11 hands to 14.2 hands
  • Horse Breed: Highland, New Forest, and Welsh
  • Style: English style Riding

Meet the instructors

Lora
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Highlights

  • 7 days horse riding
  • Riding instruction with a qualified coach
  • Hacking in the local countryside and showjumping
  • Bareback ride, gymkhana games, and pony competition
  • Visits to the beach and Lincolnshire Wildlife Park and bowling in Skegness
  • Designing and video shooting a musical ride
  • Home-cooked meals with lots of cake
  • 6 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: German, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
12:30

Facilities

  • Horse riding
  • Special menu request
  • Tour assistance

You will stay in warm comfortable rooms in a farmhouse. One room has two beds (one bunk bed and one single bed). One room has three beds (two bunk beds and one single bed). One room has four beds (four bunk beds). The rooms are lovely pony-themed in the farmhouse and you will stay with your friends.

Program

Program

This is a fun riding holiday for unaccompanied children aged eight to sixteen years old. You will become part of the Pony Mad family with ponies, goats, chickens, ducks, guinea pigs, etc. in rural Lincolnshire near the exciting seaside resort of Skegness. Willow Farm Holidays has 14 ponies. Small groups (six to eight children) will stay with Willow Farm Holidays as a family and enjoy qualified instruction, hacking in local countryside, jumping, bareback riding, dressage, games, a musical ride and rosettes, and prizes to take home.

There is a good choice of ponies to suit all abilities, however, children need some riding experience to join this holiday. Many children come on their own for the first time and make friends while they are here to keep in touch with and return with the following year. All the activities for the week will be recorded for you in photos and videos for you to show all your friends and family when you get home.

Itinerary

Sunday afternoon

You will arrive / unpack. Then, you will meet your pony and your instructor and other children. Thereafter, you will groom the pony and clean your tack ready for tomorrow. After tea, there will be a discussion about the week's activities and any preferences you have.

Monday

You will feed your pony and after your breakfast, you need to groom and tack up for your assessment lesson. After which, if you are happy with your pony, you may keep him or her for the whole week. If not, here is your chance to change and find another furry friend. After lunch, there will be a second ride. This can be another lesson to a theme of your choice (jumping, dressage, flatwork, hacking, etc.). Then, you will feed your pony and come in for tea and one of the evening activities, crafts, or games.

Tuesday

There will be a fun morning riding session which can be divided into groups if the instructor feels you are of differing levels. There is a yard work to be done and perhaps a grooming competition or the nearest stable. After lunch, you will enjoy a nice bareback ride (please try not to slip off). You will take lots of photos of you this week so you can have a record to take home. After tea, you usually go bowling in Skegness so it's a chance to get out of those smelly jodhpurs.

Wednesday

You will enjoy a competition day with riding, stable management, and perhaps a quiz with other children joining in. You will savor picnic lunch on the farm without your pony eating your sandwiches hopefully. During the evening, everyone is often so tired so guests usually chill with a DVD and popcorn.

Thursday

You will have a morning ride. Then, there will be an afternoon outing to Lincolnshire Wildlife Park to meet the resident tigers and other animals - some get up close and personal. You could have a parrot on your arm or head or chewing your ear (animal handling is optional).

Friday

You will experience a morning ride. Afternoon will be spent on Skegness seafront, beach, funfair, fish and chips, amusements - a chance to buy a present for those at home.

Saturday

In the morning, you will take a few last photos of your pony. You need to pack all your things and wait for parents to witness the grand prize-giving. Will you have won "The Most Improved Rider", "The Best Turned Out", or one of the many competitions held throughout the week?

Note: You don't need to bring any more money unless you want to buy an ice-cream on an outing or buy a present to take home.

Ponies

The ponies are all registered native breeds / Highland, New Forest, and Welsh. Some are the outgrown pony club ponies and all compete locally. Willow Farm Holidays has all sorts - some quiet, some challenging, some brilliant jumpers, and some are very fast at games. Thus, please let Willow Farm Holidays know your interests and abilities when you book and they will try and match you with your perfect pony. All the ponies are lovely - many get fan mail which they do reply to but Willow Farm Holidays would always swap you if you did not get on. Willow Farm Holidays can sometimes take children with their own ponies. This very much depends on the time of the year and availability of paddocks and stables. Ponies must have current vaccination cards and full insurance.

Age restriction

Minimum age to participate 8

Maximum age to participate 16

Included excursions

  • Bowling in Skegness
  • Visit to Lincolnshire Wildlife Park
  • Visit to the beach with fish and chips

Instructors

Lora Hawkins
Lora has been teaching at Willow Farm for over ten years and she loves it. She has her own horse here and in her spare time. Lore enjoys competing in all disciplines such as dressage, cross country, showjumping, and eventing as well as just hacking in the countryside locally. Lora runs the local Pony Club Centre and in school holidays, she loves meeting all the residential guests both from the UK and Europe.

Location

This horse riding holiday will take place in Lincolnshire Fens (mid-way between Boston and Skegness), UK.

Nearby locations

  • Boston - 20 minutes' drive
  • Spilsby - 10 minutes' drive

Food

You will be served home-cooked meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with lots of cake. All food is home-cooked and locally sourced. Willow Farm Holidays can cope with most diets if they know in advance. Most of the family is vegetarian so there is always a vegetarian and a meat choice. Sue makes lots of home-made cakes for supper and there are biscuits during the day if you're peckish.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Apart from mucking out your pony, cleaning your tack, grooming and general stable yard activities, Willow Farm Holidays organizes evenings of sports, crafts, and games (inside and out).

What's included

  • 7 days horse riding with one of your ponies as your very own
  • Riding instruction with a qualified coach
  • Hacking in the local countryside
  • Showjumping with the BSJA showjumping course
  • Bareback ride
  • Gymkhana games
  • Designing and video shooting a musical ride with lights and music
  • Pony competition to win rosettes and prizes
  • Bowling in Skegness
  • Visit to the beach with fish and chips
  • Visit to Lincolnshire Wildlife Park
  • Home-cooked meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) with lots of cake
  • 6 nights' accommodation

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving directions from Boston

  • Take the A16 out of Boston, past Pilgrim Hospital (not the A52 to Skegness which is a nasty road, very bendy and full of hidden speed cameras).
  • Follow this to a village called Stickney.
  • Find a right hand turn, signposted Eastville / Midville in Stickney.
  • Take this road until you come to Eastville where there are two big yellow ‘40’ signs.
  • Turn left over a bridge by a yellowish house (that used to be The Wheatsheaf pub).
  • Go along this road over a white railed bridge to a second, smaller white railed bridge.
  • Turn right here which is signposted Little Steeping or Wainfleet.
  • Follow this bumpy road to a T-junction.
  • Turn right over Little Steeping Level Crossing.
  • Keep going and you will see the Thorpe Fendyke Village sign.
  • Turn next left signposted Firsby and Willow Farm Holidays is about half a mile on the left hand side - you will see the wind turbine.

Driving directions from Spilsby

  • Go down High Street towards Halton Holegate.
  • Turn right to Halton Fenside (Stn Road) after a village sign on bend.
  • Keep going few miles to a T-junction on a bridge.
  • Turn left to next T-junction.
  • Turn right over Little Steeping level crossing.
  • Take next left (signposted Firsby / Thorpe Dales) after Thorpe Fendykes Village sign and Willow Farm Holidays is about half a mile on the left.

Driving directions from Leeds and places North of the Humber

  • Take M62 Eastbound.
  • Go to M18.
  • Go to M180 off at Junction 5.
  • Go over bridge from North of Humber and follow from here.
  • Take A18 to Humberside Airport (HUY).
  • Take right just passed the airport and hand turn (small road signposted Caistor / Grasby).
  • Go straight on every road you come to you now until you come to the A46 (offset crossroads at Caistor).
  • Go left then quick right - sort of straight across (B1125)
  • Keep on that road 20 miles approximately.
  • Go straight over every crossroads you come (you will cross the B1203, A631, and A157) and eventually you come to a give way sign (A158).
  • Turn left towards Horncastle.
  • Stay on the A158 to about thre miles the other side of Horncastle.
  • Take the B1195 right hand turn (on a bad hill) signposted Spilsby.
  • Keep going through Hundleby to A16.
  • Follow from Spilsby.

Note: This is a good and quickest route, probably about an hour and 15 minutes from the Humber Bridge. Willow Farm Holidays found this as Jess went to Giggleswick School at Settle in the Yorkshire Dales for several years. Please don’t be tempted to come via Louth or Grimsby. There will be awful roads and a very long way round.

Driving directions from Skegness

  • Go to Burgh le Marsh along High Street.
  • Take next left Wainfleet Road uphill past church.
  • Keep going to the very end where there is a T-junction.
  • Turn left then just 150 yards turn right (a little lane with white rails).
  • Keep going over railway crossing, over river bridge, road bends to left, and Willow Farm Holidays is on the right. Big blue board says Willow Farm.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at London Stansted Airport (STN), Heathrow Airport (LHR), East Midlands Airport (EMA), or Manchester Airport (MAN).

All have good train connections to here. Willow Farm Holidays also has a courier service to meet and return children safely to the airports. Please send an inquiry for more information.

Arrival by train

Willow Farm Holidays can meet children at Wainfleet Station. Please send an inquiry for more information.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
7 days / 6 nights
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Program is available during following period 2019., with arrivals on Sunday:

17th  – 23rd of February

31st of March – 20th of April

26th of May – 1st of June

7th of July – 1st of September

20th of October – 2nd of November

 

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