Redwings Horse Sanctuary has been rescuing and caring for horses for nearly 40 years
Redwings Horse Sanctuary believe that every horse, pony, donkey and mule has the right to a happy and healthy life free from fear and neglect, and they currently care for 1,500 residents every day at sites across the UK.
Redwings has five public visitor centres across the UK that you can visit to learn more about their work and meet some of their residents.
In Norfolk there are two visitor centres. Redwings Aylsham has over 80 rescued residents who love to make new friends. Among them are lovable donkey duo Wiggins and Wacko, real-life ‘Black Beauty’ Maya and the gorgeous Gulliver. You can enjoy a relaxing stroll around the peaceful wildlife walks and learn more about caring for horses and even try to plan a rescue in our education centre Red’s Shed The café serves home-made pizzas as well as cakes and hot drinks for a refuel during your visit.
Redwings Caldecott, near Great Yarmouth, is a must-see for all donkey and mule lovers with a herd of over 30 of the adorable, long-eared creatures. You can also meet gentle giant Fox the Shire horse and Shetland pony Sampson, amongst the 100 rescued residents who call Caldecott their home. After walking around the paddocks you can grab a cuppa and slice of cake at the café and browse the gift shop.
In Essex you can find Redwings Ada Cole, near Harlow, which was originally set up in memory of Ada Cole, a prominent campaigner for horse welfare, and was once home to horses retired after World War Two. While exploring the site you will find the mischievous Shetland pony herd, including tiny Tucker who is the smallest resident at Redwings – but with a big personality. Handsome Gelderlander Zippy and spotty Dotty the donkey will also greet you at the fence to say hello.
Redwings Oxhill is situated in Warwickshire, near Banbury, and is home to almost 90 residents including lovable Lady the Shire horse and her friends. You can meet our residents with beautiful views of the countryside and check out our newly-built rehoming facilities. (Redwings Oxhill is undergoing rebuilding work and we thank our visitors for their patience at this time.)
Our final visitor centre is Redwings Mountains in Forfar, Scotland. Set in 220 acres of beautiful woodland and hills, this site is home to 90 rescued residents as well as bountiful wildlife including red squirrels and mountain birds. After you have met the centre’s friendly residents you can visit the preloved shop for some retail therapy.
All the visitor centres have free parking and are free to enter. Dogs on leads are welcome at all our sites, and you can even get a treat for your dog in the cafes. Having met some of the residents you might like to support their work by sponsoring one of their Adoption Stars.
Available from just £2 a month, you can adopt for yourself or as a thoughtful gift for a friend or loved one. You will receive a welcome pack from your chosen Adoption Star including their story and updates throughout the year. Redwings is 100% funded by the public, so all donations and purchases in their cafes and gift shops support the animals in our care.
Our visitor centres have variable opening times, so please check the website before visiting for the most accurate opening information – https://www.redwings.org.uk/visiting