Last weekend we headed to the Miniature Pony Centre in Dartmoor for their open day. We had never visited before so we were really excited to see what they had to offer. We got there for about 12.30 and it was already packed full of lots of other families taking advantage of the free entry offer.
The main car park was full so we had to park in their overflow car park at the top of the hill. It was a short walk down to the main entrance and they had sectioned off a path with pretty bunting to follow, and we enjoyed the stroll down taking in the beautiful views.
This is what the Miniature Pony Centre has to say about their site;
“On the edge of wild and magical Dartmoor in Devon is a hidden gem of all things small, cute and cuddly. This gem is called The Miniature Pony Centre. Can you imagine being able to go into a paddock and to be surrounded by miniature ponies and tiny foals. The joy of being able to stroke and cuddle them is something to remember forever. The Miniature Pony Centre is an animal lover’s idea of heaven!”
I honestly couldn’t agree more with this and gave up trying to come up with the words to describe the Miniature Pony Centre myself as they have just summed it up perfectly with this!
The Miniature Pony Centre is located on the main B3212 road, just 2 miles west of Moretonhampstead, towards Princetown, Dartmoor, Devon.
The Miniature pony Centre is home to a large family of miniature ponies and all of the ponies are incredibly cute and love to be stroked. There is a large paddock where all the ponies are able to wander about freely and my little girl was so excited to be able to go into the paddock and meet them up close, even if one of the baby foals did try to eat her hat lol.
Around the Centre, there are several small aviaries, which are home to cockatiels and chickens. There is also a walk-in aviary with chickens and peacocks although one of the peacocks didn’t look too impressed about having to share.
As well as the miniature ponies, the Centre is also home to Miniature Mediterranean Donkeys and two gentle giants, Buster the Shire Horse & Harris the Suffolk Punch.
When we visited a new baby Donkey had just been born the day before and they were still deciding on a name for her, she was so cute though!
There is also a Pets Paddock with rabbits, guinea pigs and some creepy crawlies for you to meet. We didn’t actually find this on our visit but we did get to meet some of the animals from Jacks zoo who were there on the day.
Indoor and outdoor play areas
The Miniature Pony Centre has so many play areas for children of all ages.
There is two indoor soft play areas, one for babies and toddlers and one for over 5’s. The smaller one was perfect for my little girl who is 3 and it gave us both a break from the heat for a bit while she played.
There is also an indoor fort for children ages 6 and over with a climbing wall, slides and tunnels.
Outside there is a big play park for older children and a couple of smaller play parks for the little ones, as well as a cute (but actually quite large) Wendy house with tables and chairs with bead activity toys on them inside. My little girl loved this house and decided to sit in there to eat her lunch.
At the top of the site there is a zip wire and four trampolines, three for 6-12 year olds and one dedicated to under 5’s. We didn’t find these until the end of the day so my little girl managed to get the trampoline all to herself which was nice after everywhere else being so crowded.
Children over 3 can go on a pony ride around the riding arena. You do have to pay extra for this but it’s only £2. Make sure you get your tickets on entry so you don’t have to go back to the main entrance later on. This was definitely the highlight for my little girl and it was so nice seeing her all grown up riding a pony without me walking beside her holding on to her like when she’s had donkey rides in the past. She even got a rosette after which she loved and insisted on taking for show and tell at pre-school everyday for the next week.
There are toilets located by the entrance with baby changing and disabled facilities.
There is a cafe selling a range of hot and cold food, drinks and yummy cakes, that are all pretty reasonably priced and there is also a gift shop in the main entrance that sells a range of toys, gifts and really cute clothing.
We had such a fun time and will definitely be heading back here again at some point. My little still talks about her day out here so that makes it a winner for us. It was so hot when we visited and really, really busy (to be expected when it’s free entry) so we would like to go back when it’s a bit quieter as I can see it being an even better visit second time around.
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