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The Miniature Pony Centre, Dartmoor

The Miniature Pony Centre is tucked away in the glorious and rural Dartmoor National Park and is the home to over 60 equines of different size, colours and personality. Come and meet these gorgeous ponies and horses, as well as a delightful range of other farmland animals.

Open 7 days a week between the end of March to the end of October is the fun and adorable Miniature Pont Centre in Dartmoor. Stroll into the paddock and be greeted by a herd of utterly cute ponies ranging from Miniature Shetlands, American Miniature Mares, Mediterranean Mini Donkeys, Heavy Horses, the centre’s very own mule and a ‘unicorn’ known as White Lighting! Get up close with these gorgeous creatures who love to be fed and petted; see them out and about at the front paddock or visit them during their down time at the indoor barn. Don’t forget to keep an eye on the centre’s social media pages to see when you can see the adorable baby foals too!

For little ones between 3-10, there are pony rides available where they can do a circuit around the riding arena with one of the friendly and helpful staff members; have your choice between Tigerlily, Chip, Gabriel, Ollie, Belle and Katie. If you’re looking to drop off the children somewhere whilst you and the other half enjoy some alone time, the centre also offers Pony Care Days for children between 7 – 12. For a full day or half the day, they can spend time with the lovely ponies and learn about basic care from feeding to grooming – plus at the end of the day they will be awarded a certificate for all their hard work! You can also host the perfect kid’s birthday party here for all those horse-mad little ones!

The children also have a great choice of play areas from zipwires to trampolines to the indoor soft play area with lots of ball pools and curly slides. There is also a café on-site which serves several goodies which you can enjoy inside or out. The café overlooks the Front Paddock where you can watch most of the Miniature Shetlands graze as and see the beautiful neighbouring lakes. Enjoy hot and cold drinks, tempting treats, light lunches and afternoon cream teas – there are also Unicorn related biscuits and cakes for everyone who fell in love with White Lightning.

Whether you’re wanting to have a day out with the whole family or want to treat your little one to the ultimate day out whilst the parents enjoy a bit of down time, there is plenty to explore and enjoy at the fun-loving Miniature Pony Centre in Dartmoor.

Please note that due to the sensitivity of these animals, this centre regret that they cannot welcome dogs on-site.

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The Miniature Pony Centre, Wormhill Farm, Newton Abbot, TQ13 8RG | 01647 432 400 | www.miniatureponycentre.com

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