Equine charity HAPPA (Horses and Ponies Protection Association) is offering a host of summer activities to keep pony mad youngsters (and grownups) entertained during the summer holidays.

The entertainment at the charity’s Shores Hey Farm in Briercliffe, Burnley, includes a pirate treasure trail, face painting, glitter tattoos and pony grooming. They will also be hosting an Own a Pony Day and a Family Fun Day. In addition, HAPPA will be showcasing sculptures created by Sarah Mae Francis, founder, and owner of S.M.ART. Rusty the junk horse and Electro the ram are life-sized sculptures made from scrap metal and car parts.

During the holidays, young visitors will be able to help pirate pony and his crew find the code to the treasure chest by completing a special trail around the farm. Plus every Tuesday, pony grooming sessions will be held between 11am-3pm, where children aged over four and adults are invited to groom one of HAPPA’s horses. Meanwhile, Own a Pony days and Pony Squad days offer a chance to expand knowledge and skills around horses and ponies.

The farm is dog-friendly, with cooling mats and water bowls available for canine companions, plus tasty offerings for pooches at the onsite cafe.

“This summer we hope that visiting the farm will be a great day out for all the family including the family dog, and you can all finish the day in style with a fantastic meal in the café, remember to ask our team for the Dog Menu too,” said HAPPA’s Head of Marketing and Fundraising, Julie Pharaoh-Gan. “Guests and customers can help raise an income to directly support the core mission of rescuing horses and ponies from neglect every time they visit, take part in an activity, shop or dine with us. Visitors are so vital to the work that we do, and support over the summer will help HAPPA to continue.”

For more information, visit www.happa.org.uk

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