the parent and toddler group in the countryside
Brought To You By East Devon Riding Academy
Pony Playgroup at East Devon Riding Academy is our unique and pioneering parent and toddler group set in beautiful Devon countryside. It provides access to nature, animals and lots of fun activities to help children discover new experiences, be active and content . Outdoor kids are happy kids!
We begun offering families a different type of toddler group back in 2011. Following lots of research, we found there were the usual indoor playgroups available but none set in the countryside with access to ponies and other animals. Furthermore, with most riding schools only allowing children over the age of 4 (often older), we realised that many young children were missing out on a connection to ponies. Safe, confidence building introductions to animals are so important and with our purpose built facilities, engaging activities, experienced staff and happy, friendly animals we have the perfect environment to support families in introducing their young children to the world of horses. From these early sessions, Pony Playgroup grew and now encompasses not only ponies but many other factors that contribute to fulfilled, healthy children.
It's not one thing that makes our countryside playgroup sessions enjoyable for both the children and parents, it's our unique formula, a combination of exclusive factors that help families have a stress free morning. We provide active, engaging activities and we have many years experience working with young children and animals. Our wealth of resources and beautiful, peaceful location with a view across the valley to the sea help families to take pleasure from their time with us. It's not just the children that enjoy grooming ponies, parents and guardians are welcome to get involved too, it's really relaxing!
We had a great time, thank you. Looking forward to coming back. X
We are a rare riding school that offers horse riding for young children, it's a specialist area that requires an experienced instructor and special ponies. Our expertise has been widely recognised, in 2017 we featured in Horse and Hound magazine and were recommended by them as a place for under 5's to learn to ride. Pony Playgroup offers optional individual riding sessions at a special reduced rate. What other benefits do we offer?...
Our two year old and three and a half year old shared a fantastic experience introducing them to being around a horse and riding it through age-appropriate and fun activities. Amazingly calm and gentle pony, fabulous teacher great with kids and lovely, calm setting. Also very ethical with care of horses and how they work. We're not a 'horsey' family but we all loved it!
Children come along with their mum, dad, grandparents, guardian or childminder.
Please talk to us if your child has special needs to see if our Pony Playgroup is suitable, we will do our best to help you.
Eva loved pony playgroup this morning thanks for making it so fun and interesting for her. I also enjoyed seeing the cute ponies!! Eva especially loved Sunny and also helping to make their beds. Thanks East Devon Riding Academy we will definitely come and visit again soon.
Pony Playgroup makes the perfect family activity. It helps you to keep your children exercising in the fresh air and outdoor kids are happy kids! We have several local children attend and even some that travel a long way just to visit us but if you are on holiday in nearby Sidmouth, Exmouth, Lyme Regis, Exmouth, Honiton, Axminster, Seaton, Beer, Branscombe, Ottery St Mary, Exeter, Charmouth or Bridport then we are here to help you too! We are situated in East Devon, very close to West Dorset in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. We are very close to The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth.
Individual horse riding lessons for toddlers are also available outside of Pony Playgroup. Depending on the needs of the individual child, sessions can include dismounted activities as well as riding.
Pony Playgroup and horse riding lessons for two, three and four year olds are run throughout the year. Booking is required. Pony Playgroup can be booked directly below, for lessons please contact Natalie via email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07771 903220 for a time/date before proceeding with payment below.
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