The UK’s largest horse sanctuary is opening the doors to its Norfolk headquarters this July for an exclusive look behind the scenes.

Join Redwings Horse Sanctuary’s team and residents on Sunday 23rd July 2017 for a day of tours, demonstrations, food and fun at their Hapton headquarters, south of Norwich.

Although the Sanctuary has visitor centres across the UK, it is only on special occasions that Redwings opens its headquarters to the public, so there is a great deal of anticipation for the return of the Redwings Hapton Open Day this summer – and with a jam-packed schedule of activities in store, the event definitely will not disappoint!

A fun day for all the family, the event will include tours of the charity’s Horse Hospital by its veterinary team where visitors can meet rescued horses and donkeys, and find out about how the charity cares for its 1,500 residents – of which almost 350 live at their 350-acre headquarters.

Redwings’ rehoming team will be showcasing how the charity trains its horses – many of whom have been rescued as completely unhandled or semi-feral – to get them ready to find loving homes outside the Sanctuary. And special guests Norfolk Fire and Rescue will be there on the day to offer a fascinating demonstration of how they rescue animals from tricky situations – with the help of training model horse Randy of course!

There will also be lots of opportunities for visitors to get hands-on with the horses themselves with “Meet the ponies” tours, pony grooming and even a chance to meet Redwings’ mascots Red and Wings. But that’s not all, Adoption Star Maya will also be paying supporters a visit at the open day. Visitors can enjoy meeting the charity’s very own real-life Black Beauty, who just like the beloved fictional character, sadly had to overcome adversity before her rescue and becoming the stunning and friendly girl she is today.

After all that fun, visitors can take their pick from a range of hot and cold food and drink options, as well as peruse the charity’s bring and buy sale offerings or shop Redwings’ exclusive gift range, which will be available at special discounted rates for the day.

“We are delighted to be able to once again open the doors of our headquarters to visitors,” commented Redwings Chief Executive Lynn Cutress. “As we are a charity funded 100% by donations, it is so important for us to be able to offer our supporters these unique opportunities to see behind the scenes and exactly how their generosity helps us to help horses in need. Everyone really will be welcomed with open arms and we are hopeful for a fantastic turn out”.

Entrance to the Redwings Hapton Open Day is completely free and every visitor will receive a free tea or coffee voucher to be redeemed at any of the charity’s five UK visitor centres, which are open all year round.

The Redwings Open Day will take place on Sunday 23rd July 2017 from 10am to 4pm at Redwings Hapton, Norwich, Norfolk, NR15 1SP.