Hay Farm Heavy Horse Centre is ran on a 'not-for-profit' basis and all activities are carried out to raise funds which are ploughed back into the centre for running costs and continual development. There is no set charge to visit, however we do ask if you would consider leaving a donation and a comment in our visitors book.
Hay Farm is now the only Rare Breed Approved Conservation Centre in the Country, which is dedicated to the Heavy Horses. Not only will visitors see the Clydesdales Heavy Horses, but also other animals which would have been common place in the era of the working horse. These include the now very rare British Lop Eared pigs - Thelma and Louise, The Sebastopol Geese - George and Mildred, along with the Oxford & Lincolnshire Longwool sheep.
Hay Farm is located on Ford and Etal Estate, Northumberland, in an area of oustanding natural beauty. The farm is easily recognisable from a distance by its large brick chimney and is located between Ford & Etal on the B6354.
The main objective of the Centre is to raise awareness of the importance that the heavy horses played within our history before the introduction of mechanical power. Visitors have the opportunity to view the large collection of horse drawn machinery, learn of their history and peruse other artefacts and memorabilia from the era of the heavy horses. This gives an ideal setting for grandparents to educate younger family members of life gone by.
The Centre is a working farm and has a full breeding programme for all the species of animals, but especially the now Rare Breed Clydesdale, with its own in house Stallion. Also there is a rescue/adoption element dedicated only to Heavy Horses, and presently we have 3 adoptions, one being a Shire.
Many of our visitors make use of our two picnic areas, one located undercover within the yard area, and the other next to the horse field, which proves very popular with children. The Centre also provides refreshments, which are all homemade, we call this facility "On the Hoof" as you take your refreshments and choose your place of where to relax, Do not be afraid to bring your own picnic and if you do please do add on a fresh piece of our homemade cake.
WE WILL HELP
NEVER let a disability stop you from coming to the centre. We will do our upmost to help you enjoy your visit. Majority of the areas are wheelchair acessable, but if you do have any difficulties we will sort them out.
These horses are extremely gentle and we have found in the past that children with a fear of horses or a disability do benefit from meeting them.
"ON THE HOOF"
We feel that visitors want to spend as much time as possible with the animals, however, a sit down with a drink and our homemade produce is also a must. We have an indoor seating area together with outdoor seating.
Our refreshments are a big part of fundraising to help maintain the centre, therefore we ask that you do not consume your own picnics on the premises, unless it is a baby or toddlers dinner.
Within the shop area visitors are also able to purchase our Award Winning Homemade Jams & Pickles, proceeds from these also go towards the upkeep of the Centre