Northcote Heavy Horse Centre

Northcote Heavy Horse Centre

Northcote Heavy Horse Centre
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Wednesday
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
The Northcote Heavy Horse Centre is a Registered Charity caring for horses and ponies of all sizes through various difficult backgrounds. The Centre is also a visitors attraction and one of the only truly 'hands on' centres in the country! The Centre also holds various larger themed events in order to raise much-needed funds, the most popular and well known events are their Medieval Tournaments! Find out more information on their website or Facebook page. The centre is ran entirely by donations and has no paid members of staff.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Sarah L
    Lincoln, United Kingdom58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice
    We had a lovely visit. It is a small place but has some lovely animals. My daughter got to brush the horses and walk a ferret and walk a Pony. You can feed the animals and has a small cafe. Everyone who worked there were very friendly.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 13, 2023
  • Fearless62706862194
    11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place, well done owners!
    This was a great little place. Walk a llama and a ferret, stroke some horses, try and get Bruce the parrot to talk to you....very relaxing! Run by people who clearly love the animals and their hearts are in the right place. Really nice little cafe as well. Paid £8.90 for 3 cakes, an ice cream and two coffees! Would definitely visit again if we are in the area. Free entry but donations are more than welcome.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 16, 2023
  • Shaun D
    Boston, United Kingdom87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great day.
    Went for the medieval day and had a great time. Very well organised, plenty of parking and fairly priced. Lots of fun to be had and plenty to do for the children. Really enjoyed watching the activities in the parade ring from the medieval events to the talks from Fens Falconry on their birds of prey and seeing them in action. Their were various other animals to see too and really enjoyed the day. All the staff are volunteers and they must have gone home exhausted as they put so much into the day and making sure everything went smoothly and was entertaining for everybody. Congratulations to everyone involved.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
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Sarah L
Lincoln, UK54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We had a lovely visit. It is a small place but has some lovely animals. My daughter got to brush the horses and walk a ferret and walk a Pony. You can feed the animals and has a small cafe. Everyone who worked there were very friendly.
Written August 14, 2023
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Rhianon_06
Dubai, United Arab Emirates19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Family
This lovely charity based just outside the picturesque market town of Spilsby is a great place to visit. Run entirely by volunteers and charitable donations, you are able to meet and groom horses as tall as 18.1 hh. All gentle giants. If horses are not your thing then they have Alpacas, hawks etc or a cafe to entertain you . With so many family days out being prohibitively expensive, entrance fee here is by donation only.
Written August 24, 2018
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KHeafield
Market Rasen, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Family
We went as a group of 3 adults and 10 children on a very wet Wednesday. After a safety talk , we were introduced to some of the horses, big and small and then shown how to groom them, being encouraged to take part and get to know the horses. The children who were aged from 18months up to 11 years thought this was wonderful. We had a break for lunch -we'd taken a picnic , not knowing that food was available. After lunch the other visitors had left and as it was raining , Terena who runs the centre, gave us a riding demonstration , but sometimes there are wagon rides or other displays depending upon the weather and visitor numbers.
We had a lovely day, and everyone enjoyed being able to get so hands on, especially with the really big horses-Steve was a definite favourite.
The centre does a fantastic job, and survives purely on donations and fundraising. They don't charge an admission fee but do ask for donations to help them keep going, and we were more than happy to do this. They have a little shop there and an online shop, and put on special events throughout the year. We will definitely be going back and highly recommend it as a day out for all age groups.
Written August 1, 2013
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crispycard
Retford, UK143 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Couples
Not just heavy horses, all sizes are here from Shetland ponies to a giant Shire horse! You get a great talk and show round and depending on your interests there are chances to get hands on with the horses. Excellent gift shop. Open every Wednesday in summer and Bank Holidays, make sure you get there between 11am and 11.15am so you get the whole programme. Dedicated people doing a great job. Don't miss out on a visit.
Written May 7, 2015
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Graham C
Lincoln, UK11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Family
My wife and daughter visited during the February half term holiday, there were about 20 other visitors there on the day. Things don't get off to a start to early (11am) as the volunteers have to get the mucking out done before opening up to us visitors and sometimes there may only be 1 or 2 volunteers available to help do all the work. Because it was still chilly we had our meet and greet /safety session in the tea room with the wood burner alight, after this Maria our guide for the day took us down to the sand school to meet the horses who range from a huge Percheron named Steve to a miniature Shetland pony named Orbit, we were told all about the horses in their care and afterwards we had the chance to do some grooming (with supervision) After a light lunch we had a harnessing demonstration by Terena (the manager of the centre) using their rare Suffolk Punch horse named Rosie, she was taken out for a short walk being long reined as she was being trained to pull their dray so that they can offer dray rides later in the year. A van arrived carrying their new 2014 leaflets and we were all given one, really like the sound of there events so we are definitely going to be back for at least one Medieval do. Can't recommend this place enough, everybody working there is a volunteer and all their income goes to the care of the horses, they really need our/your support to raise some income so be generous with your donation (they don't charge for admission on none event days) the people are so dedicated to the care of their animal friends and the horses and ponies are fantastic. Wait till you visit and meet Moose.
Written March 7, 2014
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HamletMiddleEngland
Middle England45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Friends
We did not know what to expect at this Centre, we thought we would be there for about an hour, but we stayed nearly all day. It is open on a Wednesday and it starts with being introduced to the horses, some huge, some small. There were all ages there, pensioners and small children. We all loved it, you could groom the horses and help to handle them. All the work is done on a voluntary basis and the helpers are all so dedicated, and it is run by donations only. There is no charge for this day out, you just make a donation of what you can afford. One of the horses is hitched up to what looks like to huge cart with seats and it takes you for a trip around the country lanes.
This is not a posh place, but there is a shop, a tea room where sandwiches are made to order and yes rather old toilets. If we return to Skegness we would definitely return as we were humbled by the dedication of the volunteers.
Written May 8, 2013
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HarryOxford_England
Oxford, England22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Family
Northcote Heavy Horse Centre is a registered charity run completely by volunteers. Entry is free but they rely on donations to keep going.
This is a lovely destination for anyone with even a tiny interest in horses.
Make sure you get there for 11.15 to meet the horses and volunteers. Even if you can only make a short visit don't miss out on the fun and informative talk. This happens in an indoor arena which gradually fills with horses of all sizes and characters. Jo gave us our talk and she was amazing. After the talk you get to groom the horses and it was hard to decide who was our favourite.
My daughter loved grooming and went straight for Steve, one of the tallest horses.
After lunch we watched the horses training for their medieval display.
We didn't leave until 2.30 after an enjoyable and relaxing day. My daughter wants to adopt most of the horses and the only shame is that we do not live nearer.
They are open to the public on a Wednesday and more often during August.
Check out their website for more details.
Be warned to check your map and head for Great Steeping as the council made them remove most of their tourist signs.
I can thoroughly recommend Northcote and we will definitely visit again.
Written August 9, 2012
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Sharon49bicester
Bicester148 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Family
Wanted to bring my Mum as part of her 80th birthday treat - she loves horses. We visited on a Tuesday & as part of the visit you get an intro from the manager. They are clearly in need of financial help but this went on for some time - she is clearly passionate about this which is great BUT going on about money for so long was really awkward & a bit uncomfortable. If I was a millionaire I would love to help out but I'm not - I'll help when I can. If you love horse its very interesting & you get to groom horses & get up close with them.
Written September 11, 2017
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Lynn A
Spalding, UK22 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Couples
It is important to bear in mind that this establishment is a rescue for horses that would otherwise be in danger. So the welfare of the animals and their care is at the heart of what goes on - and so it should be! As a visitor, the staff encourage involvement with the horses and this is a superb way to experience these majestic animals up close.
Written August 29, 2017
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Lauren R
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Friends
Had a great morning here last week whilst visiting my partners family in Lincolnshire. What a fantastic job they all do here, especially as they are all volunteers. The staff were great with my nephew who started the tour terrified of horses and left having groomed a huge horse! If you love horses like myself then you must visit!
Written August 29, 2015
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