Penny Farm, Lancashire

Penny Farm main photo

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the recent outbreak of Equine Influenza, anyone bringing their horse to compete or hire the facilities at one of our Rescue and Rehoming Centres will be required to  show their horse's passport and sign a declaration before they unload their horse/s stating that:

  • Their horse has been vaccinated against Equine Influenza and those vaccinations are in date, the most recent being given within the last 6 months but not within the last 7 days.
  • Their horse is fit, healthy and has not shown any signs of disease, including a raised temperature, in the last 7 days.
  • No horse on the yard they are stabled at (or have travelled from) has shown any signs of disease in the last 7 days.

A day out at Penny Farm

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. 

Upcoming events
Summer holiday family fun days 11am - 3pm every Wednesday from 24th July - 21st August: Come and meet the 70+ horses and ponies currently being rehabilitated here at Penny Farm. You can join in with our fun activities including Groom a Pony sessions (limited spaces so please book on arrival), face painting and games.  You can also try out Dale's Trail - a fun activity quiz based on a walk around the farm.  Treat yourself to lunch in our newly refurbished coffee shop or bring a picnic to enjoy in the new picnic area overlooking the fields. Admission and parking are free - we rely on donations from our visitors. There is a small charge for some activities.

Annual Open Day -  Saturday 7th September 10.30am - 4pm: A fun-packed day for all the family!  Main ring attractions include Pony Club Demo, Birds of Prey, Lancashire Mounted Police and of course the Penny Farm ponies featuring our rehomed scurry superstar Graham. There will be loads of other things to see including Little Zoo To You, circus skills, children's entertainers, fairground rides, archery, alpacas and loads more. Admission £4 adults/£2 children. Please make sure you follow the signs for event parking as this is different to our normal opening hours. 

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. 

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.

Dale leading the way round Penny Farm

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.

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!

Mare and foal at Penny Farm

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. 

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.

Opening hours

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 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. Find timetables here.

Admission FREE

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.

Penny Farm Recovery Fund


Fran Williamson World Horse WelfareOur 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.

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