Magpie is a young piebald pony who came into our care as one of a group of ponies left in a field with no food, water or shelter. When he arrived at Penny Farm he was very thin and nervous around people.
Penny Farm, Lancashire
HOLIDAY OPENING TIMES: We will close for the Christmas holidays at 4pm on Sunday 17th December.
We will reopen at 11am on Wednesday 3rd January.
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. 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, Magpie!
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
We are now offering afternoon tea in our coffee shop - Tea will include freshly made sandwiches, homemade scones with jam and fresh cream and a selection of homemade cakes which will be served with a pot of tea (choose from a selection of regular, herbal or fruit teas). Afternoon tea will be £8.50 per person. We hope that people will choose Penny Farm for their special occasions or family treats knowing that the proceeds are going to a worthwhile cause. There are currently have 70 horses & ponies undergoing rehabilitation here and we need every penny we can raise to enable us to help them!
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. Download your invites today!
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 are open every Wednesday, weekend and Bank Holiday from 11am to 4pm. 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 76698
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
Farming Recovery Fund
World Horse Welfare Penny Farm received support from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA Rural Development) for the restoration of grassland, cultivation operations and over-seeding of 10ha of pastureland which was damaged by the floods of December 2015.
Thanks to the grant this work was successfully completed in October 2016.
It is part funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.
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.