What better way to get yourself in the festive spirit than by joining in with a Christmas carol, scoffing a mince pie and sipping some mulled wine — all in aid of an equestrian charity?
Christmas carol services and other festivities
When? Sunday 7 December, 11am-2pm
Where? Keynes Farm, Whitchurch, Bristol
What’s happening? Visit the charity’s rehabilitation centre to meet its residents, leave a present or make a “Christmas wish” on behalf of your favourite animal. Hot food and drink will be available, including roast chestnuts and mulled wine.
Cost? Free entry
Find out more: www.horseworld.org.uk
2. World Horse Welfare
When? Monday 8 December, 7pm
Where? Snetterton, Norfolk
What’s happening? World Horse Welfare will be ringing in the festive season at their annual candlelit carol service in All Saints Church, Snetterton, with a selection of carols accompanied by the Bury Friendly Orchestra and Attleborough Junior School choir. The charity’s donkeys will join the festivities in the church and there will be mulled wine and mince pies afterwards, together with a special visitor for the children.
Find out more: www.worldhorsewelfare.org
3. Racing Welfare
When? Wednesday 10 December, doors open at 7.15pm
Where? Tattersalls, Newmarket, Suffolk
What’s happening? An evening of festive cheer and carol singing featuring the Fairstead House School Choir.
Cost: Tickets are £12 for adults and £3 for children under the age of 12. The adult ticket price includes a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie on arrival. Child ticket prices include a gift from Father Christmas.
Find out more: www.racingwelfare.co.uk
4. The Donkey Sanctuary
When? Friday 12 December, 3.30pm
Where? Slade House Farm, Sidmouth, Devon
What’s happening? A candlelit carol service. Staff will begin to light the thousands of candles around the sanctuary from 3:30 pm with the 45 minute Christmas carol service starting at 5pm in the main barn opposite the visitors’ centre. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served before and after the service.
Cost? Free entry
Find out more: www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk
Do you know an equestrian charity that is running a festive event this year? Get in touch…