FAQs

COVID-19

Yes!

 

You must book a session online so that we can manage the amount of visitors at any one time.

Find out more here: Ticket Booking Guide

Book tickets here

To book a return visit, please buy tickets as normal and enter the code: RETURNER into the discount code box.

This will make the purchase free. Please note you must also bring evidence of your original visit.

Find out more here: Ticket Booking Guide

Members must book a session.

Use the code MEMBER to make the purchase free.

Please remember to bring your membership cared with you.

In order to manage the amount of people passing through the entrance at anyone time and to reduce contact with staff you must book online.

We have various slots throughout the day and you can book online up to an hour before you visit.

Yes, we offer a takeaway menu offering a freshly made quick food service.

Our takeaway menu includes hot and cold drinks and sandwiches with locally sourced and farm reared fillings and some sweet treats.

Contactless or card payment preferred.

We have limited indoor seating with additional tables on our balcony or throughout the farm on the numerous picnic benches.

Find out more and view the menu here: Lakeside Cafe and Gift Shop

Our regular activities including Shire Horse talks, pony grooming and animal feedings have been suspended to avoid large gatherings.

Our animal keepers are always on hand to answer any questions.

The Woodland Trail quiz is still available, but we encourage that you download and print it at home to avoid any unnecessary contact.  

Download Woodland Quiz

Our gift shop is open to visitors and non-visitors to the centre

We also have a range of gifts including our 2020 calendar available online here 

Following Government guidance, we ask that you wear a face-covering when visiting all indoor areas at Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre. 

Children under 11 and those with some disabilities are exempt.

Please continue to observe social distancing and comply with this new law.

Visit

Please refer to our daily timetable

Yes, non visitors of the centre are more than welcome to use the cafe.

Lots of Shire Horses, Shetland Ponies, Pigs and sometimes Piglets, Ducks and Hens.

We also have Red Foxes, Scottish Wildcat, Otters, Polecats, Red Deer, Owls. Please note that it is a requirement of our Zoo Licence that we offer these wildlife animals the opportunity to hide away from the public if they wish to do so we cannot guarantee that they will be visible to you at all times.

You are most likely to see them at their feeding times.

We have 50 acres for you to explore! There are woodland walks and grassy trails to see our horses further afield. Our horses are paddocked each side of the track, they are very friendly and will come to you so that you can see them up close.

No, but you can save by booking online 24 hours before your visit.

Children under the age of 3 are free.

You can purchase bird seed to feed the chickens and ducks. We also have daily animal feedings with our farm staff (please see timetable for times). Due to strict diets you cannot feed our horses.

Unfortunately we are unable to allow dogs into the Centre beyond the Cafe. Both for the safety of the animals and the dogs. We have free range ducks, hens and often piglets which may tempt even the best behaved dog!

Assistance dogs are very welcome but we would appreciate advanced notice of your visit.

For health and safety reasons we do not offer tractor rides.

If an adult needs an essential companion or carer (i.e. would not be able to visit us unaccompanied) then the carer would pay half the concessionary rate.

We do not offer horse rides.

We always have a selection of horses in the stabled area undercover. The talks are held undercover as is the pony grooming.

All other activities will continue, including the Walk on the Wildside animal feeding, whatever the weather.

All bicycles, scooters, skate boards, rollerblades and footballs are not allowed as this can put yourself, other visitors and the animals in danger.

Opening Times

We are open every day of the year apart from Christmas Day and Boxing Day from 10am to 5pm.

The centre closes at 5pm, but the last admission onto the farm is 4pm.

Getting Here

There is no bus or train service to Cotebrook.

The nearest bus route is in Tarporley 2 miles away, C84 Chester to Crewe, you would need to pre book a taxi from Tarporley.

The nearest train station is Cuddington on the Mid Cheshire line which is about 5 miles away you would need to pre book a taxi from there.

Local taxi’s:

  • Apollo Travel 07922 442256
  • Billinge Travel 07773 119631 or 01829 732036
  • Beannies 01829 751861
  • Busy B 07768 051770
  • Tarvin Cars 07890 454207

Accessibility

The farm yard is easily accessible with ramps & gentle slopes. The Easier Access Walk to visit the horses further afield is a cinder track and is suitable for most wheelchairs, pushchairs and motor scooters.

The other Walks and Trails around the farm are grassed and may be more difficult depending on the weather.

 We do not have wheelchairs for hire.

Vacancies and Work Experience

We do not offer work experience placements.

Please refer to our news section, where any current vacancies will be advertised.

At the moment we do not accept volunteers.

Offers

We no longer offer the Golden Oldies discount, but stay tuned as we will be launching some new offers very soon.

  • Issued when full admission paid on entry to the Centre
  • Valid with advance tickets purchased online
  • Not available in conjunction with any other offer
  • Pass valid for the number of people shown on the attached receipt
  • Pass valid for one month from the date of issue on the attached receipt
  • Pass not valid without a dated receipt attached

Due to COVID-19 and the need to limit number, we require you to book online before you visit.

This can be done upto an hour before you visit.

Cafe and Food

Yes, non visitors of the centre are more than welcome to use the cafe.

You can bring a picnic and use either our outdoor picnic area with benches or inside our exhibition centre. There are also picnic tables around the Walks and Trails.

Please note you cannot consume your own food in the Lakeside Cafe.

Groups of cyclists are welcome but we would appreciate advance notice if there are more than 10 in the group. Please telephone us on 01829 760506 beforehand.

Sorry, we do not hold childrens parties.

Horses

No, we do not do outside events or hire out our horses.

Cotebrook Shire Horse Stud very rarely has horses for sale. However Alistairs son, Matthew King, has his own very successful business buying and selling Shires and Clydesdales and he has one of the largest selections in this country. Please visit https://www.shiresandclydesdales.com 

We do not offer horse or pony rides, however if you contact Willington Riding they will be able to provide this.

We always take our horses to the National Shire Horse Show held in March every year at Stafford County Showground. This is the largest Shire Show in the World.

We generally attend, the Nantwich Show, The North West and Wales Shire Foal show and the Midlands Shire Foal show (please refer to our news section and social media closer to the time as there is no guarantee we will be there).

No, none of our horses do agricultural work or are ridden.

Fundraising

We are pleased to support local schools, societies and charities and will donate a complimentary family ticket for admission to Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre to help with all your fundraising activities.

Due to the many requests we get, please send your request to the address below, marked FAO fundraising, together with a stamped addressed envelope to post your ticket.

Please note we are only able to accommodate one request per calendar year so any future requests will unfortunately be declined.

Good luck with your fundraising!

Join us for a fantastic day out this December