Redwings Horse Sanctuary is allowing visitors free entry to the normally restricted headquarters as part of its Silver Jubilee celebrations this summer.

Redwings will be marking “25 years of caring” at its annual Summer Open Weekend on Saturday 11 July and Sunday 12 July, from 10am to 4pm each day.

Several special attractions are planned for the family event that will take place at the 350- acre site that is home to more than 300 horses, ponies, donkeys and mules.

Chief executive Lynn Cutress said that the Silver Jubilee is very important to the charity who are very proud of what they have achieved in the last 25 years.

Mrs Cutress added: “Opening our doors during our Summer Open Weekend gives us the chance to show the public what we have been doing since they last came, or to introduce new visitors to our work and horses in general.

“Children in particular love it here as for many it’s the first time they have met a donkey or pony so it’s a great free family fun day out.”

Visitors will be guided around the equine veterinary facilities and Horse Hospital, taken on a ‘Recent Rescues’ minibus tour and shown the vehicles used by the centre.

There will be talks and demonstrations on areas such a handling nervous horses, what happens to a new arrival and re-homing.

The weekend also offers an opportunity to discover more about the Redwings Nights Team who look after the whole sanctuary while everyone else sleeps.

For more information on Redwings visit or tel: 01508 481000.