Horses at Redwings Ada Cole Horse Sanctuary, Epping

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REDWINGS HORSE SANCTUARY, ADA COLE

Redwings Ada Cole is open every Monday and Friday, with first entry at 10:30am and final admission at 2pm. The site is also open on the last weekend of every month. Please check the website for the most up to date opening information - https://www.redwings.org.uk/visit/ada-cole

Redwings Ada Cole, is a Visit England Quality Assured Visitor Attraction where animal lovers can get up close and cuddly with over 80 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules – and, best of all, it’s completely FREE!

The visitor centre is part of the UK’s largest horse sanctuary, Redwings Horse Sanctuary, which cares for 1,500 rescued equines at sites nationwide.

You can enjoy meeting many of the centre’s adorable residents nose-to-nose, including irresistibly fluffy Shetland pony Tinkerbell, and even the King himself – yes, Elvis the rock ‘n’ roll pony!

After making plenty of new four-legged friends, you can grab a takeaway warm cuppa in Dolly’s Café, while there’s also an on-site gift shop offering a range of souvenirs, with all proceeds supporting the hundreds of animals in Redwings’ care.

You might also like to sponsor one of the charity’s lovable Adoption Stars, either for yourself or as a thoughtful gift for a friend or loved one. A year’s adoption costs just £15!

Entry and parking are free, but donations of all sizes can really support the charity’s work if you would like to make one. Dogs on leads are welcome.

 

 

 

Facilities

Accessibility

  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - All facilities are based on ground level and can be accessed via ramps. Level concrete walkways connect the horse paddocks to the visitor centre, although there are some smaller grassy paths which may be uneven.
  • Disabled Parking - There are three Blue Badge parking spaces available at the front of the visitor centre.
  • Disabled persons toilet
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - There are three Blue Badge parking spaces available at the front of the visitor centre.
  • Wheelchair user accessible - All facilities are based on ground level and can be accessed via ramps. Level concrete walkways connect the horse paddocks to the visitor centre, although there are some smaller grassy paths which may be uneven. A wheelchair is available free of charge upon request.

Catering

  • Cafe - There is a small café inside the visitor centre which serves light refreshments, including savoury and sweet snacks, and a range of cold and hot drinks. There is something suitable for all ages, plus vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - There is a small café inside the visitor centre which serves light refreshments, including savoury and sweet snacks, and a range of cold and hot drinks. There is something suitable for all ages, plus vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
  • Outdoor eating area
  • Picnic area - Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic and enjoy their food in the outdoor picnic area.
  • Picnic Site - Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnic and enjoy their food in the outdoor picnic area.
  • Vegetarians catered for - The café provides vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.

Children & Infants

  • Babes in Arms
  • Baby changing
  • Family Friendly, Children Welcome - The visitor centre provides a schedule of family activities during the school holidays.
  • Highchair(s) available

Establishment Features

  • Dogs admitted on a lead
  • Gift shop
  • Groups welcome
  • Guided tours
  • Open all year round
  • Team / Corporate Activities - Specially-tailored volunteering activities can be arranged for corporate groups, but must be booked in advance.
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Free parking
  • On Site Car Parking
  • Parking (free)
  • Railway station within 5 miles - Harlow Town railway station is approximately 4 miles away.

Provider Preferences

  • Based on a Working Farm - The centre is the permanent home of over 70 rescued horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.
  • Countryside Setting - Despite being located on the edge of a major town, the centre provides a tranquil space with a relaxing, countryside feel.
  • In town/city centre - Despite being located on the edge of a major town, the centre provides a tranquil space with a relaxing, countryside feel.
  • Outdoor Attraction - There is also an on-site café and gift shop.
  • Smoking Areas Available - There is a designated smoking area.
  • Smoking Some Areas - There is a designated smoking area.

Specialist Features

  • Educational Groups - Specially-tailored visits for groups from schools, colleges and equine organisations can be arranged on days when the visitor centre is closed, but must be booked in advance.
  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Demonstrations Given - Staff are always on hand to give advice and information about horse and donkey welfare. Some specific demonstrations and talks are often arranged for visitors during the school holidays.
  • Educational Visits Accepted - Educational Visits Accepted Specially-tailored visits for groups from schools, colleges and equine organisations can be arranged on days when the visitor centre is closed, but must be booked in advance.
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups - Group tours can be arranged and it is best that these are booked in advance. Guided tours are often included within the range of activities organised for visitors during the school holidays.
  • Guided Tours Available for Individuals - Individual tours or a private meet and greet with a specific horse or donkey can be arranged. It is best that these are booked in advance.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Redwings Ada Cole is situated on the B181 Epping Road, near Nazeing, Essex, EN9 2DH (just south-west of Harlow). The visitor centre is less than a 15 minute drive from Junction 7 on the M11, or about a 20 minute drive from the M25.

Parking at Redwings Ada Cole is free and there are ample spaces, including disabled parking.

Public Transport Directions

Redwings Ada Cole is a short taxi ride (approximately 10 minutes) from three nearby railway stations located at Harlow Town, Roydon and Broxbourne. These stations receive regular trains travelling between London Liverpool Street and Stansted Airport, and London Liverpool Street and Cambridge.  

A bus stop is located opposite the entrance to Redwings Ada Cole, on the B181 Epping Road. The bus stop receives buses (Mondays to Saturdays) from the surrounding towns and villages, including Harlow, Broxbourne, Roydon, Nazeing, Epping and Waltham Abbey.

Redwings Ada Cole Horse Sanctuary

Type:Animal Collection / Zoo

Redwings Ada Cole Visitor Centre, Broadlands, Epping Road, Roydon, Essex, EN9 2DH

Opening Times

* For the most up to date opening information, please check the Redwings website before visiting - https://www.redwings.org.uk/visit/ada-cole

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