Redwings Horse Sanctuary, Caldecott Visitor Centre


“I love Poppy. It’s great that it’s free and I put a donation in as well” Kayley, 11

Redwings is the UK’s largest sanctuary for horses, ponies, mules and donkeys, providing a home for over 1500 rescued equine animals at various sites around the country, including this one at Caldecott, near Great Yarmouth.

Animal-lovers will delight in getting up close and rubbing noses with the residents, which include everything from cuddly cobs, majestic shire horses, cheeky Shetland ponies and adorable donkeys. Guided tours and horse care demonstrations take place during the summer holidays. In addition, the Horse-Wise Education Centre, with its interactive displays, teaches you all about horses in a fun way, while a separate information centre offers a wealth of facts on the charity’s rescue and rehabilitation work. Finally, for youngsters who still have energy after exploring the large site, there’s a children’s play area and for parents, a café and gift shop.

There are around ten disabled parking spaces on a grassy surface, with a central concrete path leading to the fully accessible visitor centre. The wide grass tracks around the main paddocks and gravel track around the stable yard can all be negotiated in a wheelchair, while a number of benches provide resting places for those on foot. Wheelchair users get a decent view of the animals through the wide-spaced paddock fences, and there are plenty of low-level hand-cleaner dispensers dotted around. There’s one manual wheelchair available to borrow, and a hose to wash down mobility equipment and pushchairs is provided at the exit.

Food & drink: The fully accessible Nosebag Café offers a varied menu of snacks and drinks at reasonable prices, including tasty paninis and children’s lunch boxes. If you prefer to bring your own food, there’s a picnic area available, with some wheelchair-friendly tables.