World Horse Welfare Rescue and Rehoming Centres Reopen this August

Belwade World Horse Welfare Rescue and Rehoming Centres - Visitor Centre

World Horse Welfare Rescue and Rehoming Centres Reopen this August

  • World Horse Welfare Rescue and Rehoming Centres across the country reopening to the public on 18 August.

All at the World Horse Welfare Rescue and Rehoming Centres in Aberdeenshire, Lancashire, Norfolk and Somerset are thrilled to announce they will be welcoming visitors back when they reopen on 18 August, after more than a year closed to the public due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A new online easy-to-use ticket booking system has been launched to manage numbers of people visiting and to keep both staff and visitors safe. Tickets can be booked on the individual farm pages at

Glenda Spooner Farm
Glenda Spooner Farm

Lisa Gardiner, Centre Promotion Officer at Belwade Farm in Aberdeenshire, said:

Everyone at Belwade Farm is getting excited to welcome back familiar and new faces when we reopen. Whilst we have been closed the yard have been busy helping a large number of rescues, rehabilitating them ready to go to new homes.”

Maxine Langley at Hall Farm, Norfolk said:

There is certainly plenty to see and find out about and you can even see our new ‘Bugingham Palace’! The horses and ponies are enjoying the wonderful weather and summer is a truly lovely time of year here. The Feed Bucket Coffee Shop will also be reopening, offering delicious food and refreshments – and there is a lovely outside picnic area to enjoy as well”

Sally Page from Glenda Spooner Farm in Somerset said:

We have a wonderful herd of horses and ponies, including some gorgeous foals, just waiting to see you all again and don’t forget that our Coffee Shop will be open for a drink and a bite to eat after you explore our new walks out amongst the fields. We have some exciting upcoming events too.”

Zoe Clifford from Penny Farm near Blackpool said:

Come and see what we have been doing and find out about the horses and ponies that are here – each has a different story to tell. We said that there would be celebrations here when we finally reopened, and after having to reschedule a number of times we really are going to mark the occasion!”

For the opening times and days of the World Horse Welfare Rescue and Rehoming Centres, visit or the individual farm social media accounts for details of opening days and times as they vary across the farms.

With the impact of Covid-19 causing a 20% decline in income the charity is introducing a small charge for visiting the centres at Hall Farm, Belwade Farm and Glenda Spooner Farm to help support the visitor facilities. The small charge for a general visit is £3 each, with children under 5 free. Entry to Penny Farm remains free, but tickets still need to be pre-booked.

About World Horse Welfare

World Horse Welfare (Registered charity no: 206658 and SC038384), is an international horse charity that improves the lives of horses in the UK and worldwide through education, campaigning and hands-on care of horses. Founded in 1927, the charity’s approach has been practical, based on scientific evidence and extensive experience. All involved are focused on delivering lasting change across the full spectrum of the horse world.

In the UK dedicated network of Field Officers investigate and resolve welfare problems. There are four Rescue and Rehoming Centres where horses in need can receive specialist care, undergo rehabilitation and find loving new homes through the rehoming scheme – the largest of its kind in the UK. The international programmes alleviate the suffering of thousands of working horses by providing essential knowledge for horse owning communities in the developing world. The charity work tirelessly to change legislation and attitudes to horse welfare through campaigns and education, including the founding campaign to end the suffering endured by the tens of thousands of horses transported long-distance across Europe to slaughter each year. World Horse Welfare support the responsible use of horses in sport, and are independent welfare advisers to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) and British Horseracing Authority (BHA).

World Horse Welfare relies on voluntary donations. Supporters are their lifeblood and they always aim to fundraise in a caring and responsible way. All fundraising activity is governed by the Fundraising Regulator. Find out more at:

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