Trot along to Redwings for fantastic day out for all the family

PUBLISHED: 16:04 30 July 2019 | UPDATED: 16:45 30 July 2019

Derek, Harry, Wacko and Wiggins (photo supplied by Redwings)

Derek, Harry, Wacko and Wiggins (photo supplied by Redwings)


With the summer holidays in full swing, it’s time to start planning activities for the little ones. For a fun day out for all the family whilst helping the continued care of so many rescued animals, look no further than Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Redwings Horse Sanctuary is the largest of its kind in the UK meaning they care for more rescued horses every day than almost anyone else. Redwings believes that every horse, pony, donkey and mule has the right to a happy and healthy like, free of fear and neglect.

The story began with the rescue of a single pony called Sheba who was rescued from a dealer and her recovery inspired the formation of the sanctuary in 1984.

Maya's birthday at the sanctuary (photo supplied by Redwings)Maya's birthday at the sanctuary (photo supplied by Redwings)

From that one life saved in the beginning, Redwings is now a registered charity and they care for more than 1,500 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules every day at their farms across the country. They also have 700 horses living in Guardian homes through their rehoming programme.

Redwings Caldecott in Fritton has undergone quite the transformation in the past year. There is a new car park and welcome building, a new gift shop and a café. The residents have also benefitted, with new horse care facilities including woodchip paddocks, shelters, veterinary stables and a rehoming centre.

Redwings Caldecott new entrance (photo supplied by Redwings)Redwings Caldecott new entrance (photo supplied by Redwings)

Redwings Aylsham has received an accolade of awards so far this year including a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence and a Muddy Stilettos award as Norfolk's best family day out. Visitors can enjoy meeting all the residents, browse gifts and the brand new Joules range available in the shop, relax in the spacious café or learn more about Redwings and horse care in general in the education based Red's Shed.

Throughout the school holidays, there are activities every weekend at both visitor centres including guided tours, talks, behind the scenes exclusives and pony/donkey grooming. There is also a Summer Club offering educational activities to children aged 6 to 11. The Club provides a taster of what it's like to be a Redwings vet, a field officer, a farrier and even a horsey dentist with hands on activities, including a mini health check, filling haynets and creating enrichment toys for donkeys.

The Redwings "Adoption Star" package is a great gift that keeps on giving. Adopters receive regular updates about their chosen adopted friend, plus invites to their birthday party and much more. From stunning Shire Cross Fox to spotty star Cookie and donkey duo Wiggins and Wacko, there's a new friend waiting to meet you all and in the visitor centre gift shops you can also purchase a cuddly toy version of your adopted star.

Freedom for Donkeys (photo supplied by Redwings)Freedom for Donkeys (photo supplied by Redwings)

A visit to Redwings is a feel-good outing for all, with the joy of seeing all the hard work they put in to care for these beautiful animals, to find out more, visit

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