Joseph has come a long way since he arrived at Penny Farm.
Penny Farm, Lancashire
Penny Farm, our centre in Lancashire, is located near to Blackpool and is a great day out for all the family. We are open all year (on Wednesdays, Bank Holidays and weekends) and have a packed programme of events during school holidays. **Please note: We are closed from 4pm on Sunday 21st December until 11am on Saturday 3rd January. Sorry for any inconvenience!** See our upcoming events on the top right of this page.
Things to do at Penny Farm:
Meet the horses
Penny Farm is home to around 65 horses at any one time. Our volunteers will show you around and introduce you to our horses. You can even meet our Adoption Horse, Joseph!
Don't worry about bad weather - our stables are indoors.
Explore Dale's Trails
Come and explore the farm with 'Dale's Trails'. You can choose from one of two routes around the farm and complete a fun activity trail. You will be able to see our horse and ponies relaxing in the fields as well as learn about our farm environment and the wild birds and animals who live here.
Dogs are welcome to join you on your walk around the farm, but we do ask that you please clear up after them.
After exploring whichever trail takes your fancy, why not visit our coffee shop for refreshments? It will be serving homemade cakes and snacks as well as hot and cold drinks.
Take a break in our coffee shop
Our modern coffee shop serves a variety of snacks, drinks and ice cream. We also have a picnic area, which is ideal for those warmer days. While you're in our Visitor Centre, you can find out more information about our work and how we help horses.
Have a birthday party!
Stuck for kid’s party ideas? Our tailored parties start with a guided tour, so that you can meet the horses and ponies before a lovely lunch and a chance to groom one of our ponies.
Celebrate with us!
Every September we host our Grand Open Day, which now has a medieval fair theme. There will be fairground rides, birds of prey demonstrations, a parade of World Horse Welfare horses and ponies, games and competitions. Check our Events page for more details.
Chair a meeting
Our newly refurbished, well-equipped meeting room is available for private hire. We can also provide refreshments. To arrange a group visit please contact us using the details below.
We will be closing on Sunday 21st December at 4pm and reopening on Saturday 3rd January at 11am, after which our normal hours will resume: open every Wednesday, weekend and Bank Holiday from 11am to 4pm. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas, thank you for your support in 2014 - and look forward to welcoming you back to Penny Farm in 2015!
To keep up with events over the holiday period, you can visit the Penny Farm Facebook page – our staff will be in to take care of the horses and will be updating the page.
In addition to our public opening times we also welcome group visits; we can tailor these visits to your requirements. Please contact the Visitor Officer by email or on 01253 766983.
Where are we?
The entrance to Penny Farm is situated on the A583, Preston New Road, near Peel Corner, Blackpool, FY4 5JS.
Our address is: World Horse Welfare Penny Farm Rescue and Rehoming Centre, Preston New Road, Blackpool, FY4 5JS.
Follow the brown tourist signs from the M55.
Stagecoach bus service X61
Penny Farm is accessible to wheelchair users - see our access statement
Our Centre Manager
Fran Williamson has been Penny Farm's Centre Manager since May 2011. Fran served over 30 years as a Police Officer in Greater Manchester Police, 23 of which were in the mounted unit where she attended public order incidents, policed football matches, and carried out general patrols around the Manchester area. The last ten years of her service were as a trainer, where her responsibilities included overseeing the selection and training of horses and officers of all ranks. Fran was also a National Assessor for Police Mounted Units throughout the England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, and secretary of the National Association of Mounted Police Units.