Our Animal Collection is open to the public Wednesday - Sunday (and everyday during the school holidays) throughout the year, from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Set in 82 acres of picturesque Suffolk countryside, the collection includes: farm animals and fowl, horse breeds from around the world, wildlife walks, and the opportunity to book equestrian or alpaca activities.
There are dog walking tracks around the farm, through our woodland and along the riverbank from where you may see barn owls, little owls, woodpeckers, hares, rabbits, foxes and deer in addition to many smaller creatures. You do not have to have a dog to enjoy these quiet walks, but if you do, we ask that you keep it on a lead. The herons and owls can also be seen from the comfort of our Camargue Café where you can enjoy a cream tea or hot meal.
Visitors are also welcome to watch the activities which take place. Depending on the day, these may include, riding lessons, western or side saddle lessons, natural horsemanship, the farrier etc.
Pony Rides or donkey rides for children, riding lessons, hacks or trail rides can be booked separately. No riding experience is necessary, and we have safety hats and boots available to borrow, however you will need to wear long trousers (not shorts) if you wish to ride. Charges apply for all riding activities, so please speak to a member of staff who can advise you on the best options for your family. Pre booking may be necessary at busy times.
WHAT TO WEAR
Please wear sensible shoes or boots, as you will need to do some walking. Open sandals or flip flops are not safe around horses, and high heeled shoes sink in the ground! During the winter months, although the riding school is still open daily, there is not quite so much to see. As we are mostly an outdoor attraction, you will need to dress according to the weather conditions.
WHAT DOES IT COST
The animal collection helps towards the cost of keeping our older horses who have retired from working in the riding school. Admission charges of £2.00 per adult and £1.00 per child are encouraged. No charge for well behaved dogs on leads. Horse riding is charged separately, and will need to be pre booked at busy times
Why not round off you walk, by enjoying a meal, or a nice cup of tea and cake at the Camargue cafe while your small children let off steam on the play area?
There are vending machines for snacks and drinks, and picnic tables available for those wishing to bring their own food.
There are toilets, baby changing and handwashing facilities available on site, and ample free carparking.
Wheelchair users and those with buggies may prefer to stay within the main building complex, as some of the tracks can become muddy after heavy rainfall. Disabled parking is available.
We are closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day and Mondays during the school term.
We have a small gift shop offering a range of souvenirs, books, key rings and gift vouchers for riding lessons or activity days.
Glevering Mill Golf Course adjoins Valley Farm, so it is possible to make use of our car park and facilities and some of the family can enjoy a round of golf while others stroll round the farm or go horse riding.