Redwings Horse Sanctuary, which has celebrated its silver jubilee this year, will be opening its doors for all horse and pony enthusiasts this weekend (5–6 December) for its annual Christmas open event.

The 350-acre site, at Hapton in Norfolk, is home to hundreds of rescued horses and ponies and only opens to the public twice a year.

As well as meeting local residents, visitors will be able to learn about the behind-the-scenes work of Redwings and explore the specialist horse hospital.

“As 2009 is our silver jubilee year, we welcome the chance to invite people who have never visited us before to come and learn about what we do, as well as meeting our special residents,” said Lynn Cutress, chief executive of Redwings.

There will be a series of demonstrations and talks, including a ‘handling’ demonstration from the rehabilitation team, a ‘re-homing’ talk, a demonstration from the Redwing’s welfare vet and minibus and tractor tours.

The weekend is also carefully tailored to cater for children, offering Young Redwings activities, like pony grooming, meeting the charity’s mascots, Red and Wings, and a Christmas raffle.

“Entry is free and there really is something for people of all ages to enjoy,” added Lynn. “We’re celebrating 25 years of caring for horses, ponies, donkeys and mules, and we’d love to see as many people as possible during the last month of this special year.”

To find out more about Redwings Christmas open weekend, visit www.redwings.co.uk