Shire Horse Society Approved Centres
As part of our mission to increase public awareness of the work undertaken by the Society and its breeders in 2013 the Society set about the challenge of finding suitable visitor attractions promoting the Shire horse. Society representatives visited the following attractions and found they are worthy of the Society status of ‘Approved Visitor Centre.’ We are constantly on the look out for new centres, if you would like to recommend an attraction near you please contact us and we will make arrangements to visit them.
Don’t forget, paid up Society members, producing their membership badge gain free access to Approved Centres (conditions apply).
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre, Cheshire.
Winner of Cheshire’s “Visitor Attraction of the Year”, Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre is set in 50 acres in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, and offers everything for the perfect day out.
Home of the internationally renowned Cotebrook Shire Horse Stud they have been breeding champion Shires for over 45 years and they form the centrepiece of the Centre. They invite you to meet their Stallions, Mares & Foals and learn about this fabulous Old English Breed from friendly and informative staff who will be pleased to share their knowledge. They have up to 30 horses at any time for you to meet.
At Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre there is lots to see and do to make your visit interesting and enjoyable. You can learn all about the Shire horse, from its history carrying knights in armour to our important studwork today, ensuring the future of this magnificent breed. You can discover the art of showing a Shire and how to win!
As well as our fabulous Shire horses they have a selection of British animals and birdlife both wild and domesticated including rare breeds. You can wander around our Nature Trail to meet the horses further afield, browse around our gift shop with its unique country gifts and souvenirs, then visit our Lakeside Cafe which offers light lunches and cream teas.
Alistair and Janet look forward to welcoming you soon!
For further information please contact Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre.
Wadworth & Co, Wiltshire
Traditionally…..that’s the way we still do things here at Wadworth Brewery
(but ‘old fashioned’ we are most definitely not!)
Behind the red-brick walls of the Grade II Listed Victorian Tower Brewery in the heart of Devizes, Wiltshire, lies a modern state-of-the-art brewhouse, along with a vibrant, welcoming Visitor Centre, where tours of this historic (and still independant, family-owned) brewery are on offer twice a day, six days a week, together with a well-stocked shop and sample bar (coffee & cake also available!)
Visit our working Shire Horses in their stables – open to the public from 1.30pm to 3pm, Monday to Friday.
For further information please contact Wadworth Brewery Visitor Centre
A purpose built busy working yard, although it is part of the children’s farm it is now becoming popular with visitors in it’s own right.
Here at the farm we generally have anywhere between up to 15 to 20 horses, visitors not only get to interact with our horses up close in their stables but also get to watch them in a more natural environment whilst out in the paddock.
Our Shire horses are especially favoured by our older visitors who can remember working with these magnificent animals on the farms and in our cities, a common memory of yesteryear. After visiting with the grandchildren they will often slip back on a weekday afternoon to spend more time with the horses and often share their memories with our staff.
For further information please contact Ash End House Childrens Farm
Tia Rescue is an independent charity founded in 1997 which has grown to become one of the largest greyhound rescue centres in the country and we are now in a position to be able to offer the same help to unwanted heavy horses and are actively trying to help and promote all heavy horse breeds. We breed and show heavy horses along with being a sanctuary for these magnificent animals. In 2015 we moved to our new location, a 70 acre farm near Doncaster. We are open 7 days a week, so why not come and pay us a visit, perhaps walk a couple of greyhounds to work up your appetite for a bite to eat in our DOG FRIENDLY café.
For further information please contact Tia Rescue
The Royal Parks Shires at Operation Centaur
Holly Lodge, Richmond Park TW10 5HS
Come and visit the last working Shire herd in London! Now the breweries no longer stable their horses in town, our Shires are the last working herd of eight in Central and Greater London. Operating from our base in Richmond Park, we contribute to the conservation of the Royal Parks through managing wildflower meadows, logging, bracken rolling, and various community engagement projects.
We offer monthly open days to see our Shires at work, including a magnificent tour in the park. Strictly by appointment only. Limited places.
Booking details on www.operationcentaur.com/shirecentre
Robinsons Brewery, Stockport, Cheshire joined the Society in 2016 as an Approved Centre and offer visitors the opportunity to meet their Shire horses, Bobek and Mojo. The latest in a long line of Shire horses which, apart from a brief interruption during the First World War when all horses were sold for war duties, have served Robinsons Brewery for over 100 years.
In their heyday, before the arrival of the internal combustion engine, Robinsons Shires were in the main brewery yard working every day to deliver traditionally brewed ales to local inns and hostelries. However their primary use was inter-brewery work: moving bottles and cases between Unicorn and Hempshaw Brook Breweries in the 1950’s. The Shires also moved cinders from the main yard, spent hops and waste paper.
Today Bobek and Mojo are two of the few remaining working Shires in the British Brewing industry. A familiar and much loved part of Stockport heritage, the sight of the Robinsons Shires evokes happy memories of a bygone time – as well as encouraging new fans of these gentle giants.
Bobek and Mojo do more than make guest appearances at Robinsons Trade Shows, promotional events, anniversaries, pub openings and notable celebrations. They can also be found at a range of shows, carnivals and country fairs throughout the year – winning many prizes for their immaculate turnout, grooming and show discipline.
For further information please visit Robinsons Brewery.
Shire Horses at Wimpole Hall (National Trust)
Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW
At Wimpole they are very much working towards keeping this magnificent breed alive.
They have five Shire horses at Wimpole who are used for carriage rides, experience days and ridden work, such as musical ride displays.
The horses spend their days either out in the field, working or on display at the farm so that visitors get a chance to say hello. They also have plans to expand their work into agricultural jobs such as harrowing and ploughing.
For further information please visit Shire Horses at Wimpole