Happy Chinese New Year!

Published: Friday 31st Jan 2014

Written by: Laura Foster

Happy Chinese New Year!The year of the horse, with this is mind………

Appreciate the beautiful Norfolk Coast countryside from the back of a horse………. Where to ride?Holkham BeachNatural England and Holkham Estate offer the facility to ride horses on the beach at Holkham, near Wells-next-the-Sea.Peddars Way National TrailThe Peddars way section has plenty to offer horse riders. Please check their website for more details.Norfolk County CouncilNorfolk County Council provides further information on Norfolk's bridle ways – Please see their website under the section, “Enjoying the Norfolk countryside”

Hiring a HorseThere are several local, friendly equestrian centres who offer riding lessons.Mount Pleasant Equestrian Centre25 Lamsey Lane, Heacham, Kings Lynn, Norfolk PE31 7LETel: 01485 572727

North Norfolk Riding CentreOld Wells Road, Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6BSTel: 01328 820796

Fern Bank Riding SchoolCarr Lane, Roughton, Norfolk NR11 8PGTel: 01263 512796

Thwaite Common Riding and Livery StablesThwaite Common, Erpingham, Cromer, NorfolkTel: 01263 761787

Squirrelwood Equestrian CentreSandy Hill Lane, Weybourne, Norfolk NR25 7HWTel: 07586 292149

Bridge Farm StablesWindmill Road, Gimingham, Norfolk NR11 8HLTel: 01263 720028

Willow Farm Riding SchoolOrmesby St Margaret, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR29 3QETel: 01493 730297 Mob. 07802 60706

Swafield Riding CentreSwafield House, Swafield, North Walsham, Norfolk NR28 0QTTel: 01692 402348

West Norfolk boasts two international horse trial venues in Burnham Market and Houghton.

Hillside Shire Horse Sanctuary in West Runton was founded in 1995 and is open to the public Easter to October. 01603 736200.

Redwings Horse Sanctuary in Aylsham is the UKs largest horse sanctuary offering free entry and funded solely by donations. Caring for horses, ponies, donkeys and mules working to re-home them or give the animals a home for life at the sanctuary. 01508 481000.

Welfare’s Hall Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre in Snetterton is a working farm that welcomes visitors to meet horses, take part in various events throughout the year, has a coffee shop and is open Wednesdays, Weekends and Bank Holidays. 01953 499100.

Fakenham Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue. The course is left-handed, almost square in shape, with a circumference of about a mile. A days racing is an exciting day out for people of all ages and prides itself on its friendly casual atmosphere and has no dress code. Next race date meeting is Friday 14th February. 01328 862 388.

A selection of locations in Norfolk with a pub called The White Horse ………..Brancaster, South Lopham, Holme-next-the-Sea, Longham, Crostwick, Upton, Trowse, Cromer, Attleborough, Hingham, Blakeney, Neatishead, Crostwick, East Runton, Overstrand, Kenninghall, Chedgrave. 

Laura Foster
Laura Foster


Enjoys running, cycling, going to the theatre and supporting Norwich City Football Club.


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