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Visiting the Miniature Pony Centre in Dartmoor

Visiting the Miniature Pony Centre in Dartmoor

PLEASE NOTE: the Miniature Pony Centre has now closed. Read the full statement.

Whether your kids are into pets, farm animals or even unicorns, the Miniature Pony Centre in Dartmoor has it all.

We were invited to visit the centre in exchange for sharing our experience on Instagram, but wanted to write about it here too. After all, who doesn’t want to know where to find unicorns in Devon??

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Nestled in the rugged landscape the National Park this small but perfectly formed family attraction that will delight animal lovers, young and old, with farm yard favourites and some very special mythical beasts.

Here’s your guide to visiting this gorgeous small Devon attraction in the heart of Dartmoor.

Our visit to the Miniature Pony Centre

Girl and miniature pony in field

It was almost too much for my nearly seven-year-old to take in. From the moment we arrived at the Miniature Pony Centre and were given a huge bottle of milk to feed the new arrivals to meeting her all time favourite mythical beast, her voice was even higher pitched than usual.

This is the dream day out for any child who loves ponies. Even my nine-year-old forgot about being all pre-teen and cool for the four hours that we spent bouncing between activities that are signalled with the ringing of a bell.

They rode and walked ponies, met donkeys and horses of all shapes and sizes, petted micro pigs and ran off as much excitement as they could on the outdoor and indoor play areas.

Girl walking pony on a lead
Walking a pony is included in your entrance ticket

And, of course, there was an audience with Dartmoor’s unicorns. Yes, you read that right, UNICORNS! I don’t know of anywhere else in Devon that you can have this unique experience. 

Find more unique things to do in my guide to unusual Devon experiences.

Miniature pony dressed as a unicorn in a brightly coloured stable
Girl and miniature pony dressed as unicorn

So what else do you need to know about visiting? Here’s a round up:

How long do you need?

Plan to stay and play all day. There’s a schedule of activities from the time the centre opens until it closes – you might have trouble fitting in lunch! 

Alongside the planned activities like pony walking, animal feeding and meeting unicorns there’s lots you can do at your own pace.

This includes the indoor and outdoor play areas, wandering around the stables, meeting miniature ponies in their paddock, marvelling at the mammoth donkeys and taking a peaceful saunter around the lake and nature walk.

Adventure playground
Adventure playground
Girl bouncing on trampoline
Trampolines
Girl on zipline
Zip line
Girl and miniature pony in field
Pony paddock

Is this attraction pushchair-friendly?

Yes and there’s baby changing facilities.

Is there a cafe?

Yes, there’s a cafe selling hot and cold meals, cakes, ice creams and drinks. You can bring your own picnic and there are plenty of picnic benches around.

How much does it cost?

In 2022, a family ticket (two adults and two children) costs £39.45, which I think is really good value considering there’s a whole day’s worth of activities. 

Are there any extra costs?

Girls riding ponies around arena
Pony rides are an additional cost

The only extra cost you’ll have to pay when you’re in the pony centre is for the pony rides. These cost £2.50 per child (in 2022) and are available for children aged three to 10-years-old.

Your child is walked around the arena and receives a rosette at the end.

Do you need to book?

No but it is recommended. Expect this small attraction to get busy over the school holidays.

You can’t book pony rides in advance, so arrive at opening time to secure these for your children.

Miniature Pony Centre opening times

The centre is open daily from 10.30am to 4.30pm with last entry at 3.30pm. It is closed between the end of October and Spring.

Check the website for reopening dates after the winter.

Do you need to pay for parking?

No, parking is free.

Are dogs allowed at The Miniature Pony Centre?

Not in the centre. But there are free kennels available in the car park. Ask about them at reception when you arrive.

Where is the Miniature Pony Centre?

Find the Miniature Pony Centre at Wormhill Farm, TQ13 8RG.

More tips for visiting the Miniature Pony Centre, Dartmoor

  • Wear wellies if the weather has been damp as you’ll be meeting ponies and other animals in their fields
  • Much of the attraction is outdoors so come dressed for the weather.

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Disclosure: We were invited to visit the Miniature Pony Centre in exchange for coverage on Instagram. I’ve written about it here on the website too as we genuinely rate this attraction and want to recommend it to other families.

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Plutonium Sox

Friday 10th of November 2017

Ooh I'm definitely going to take the girls there next time we're in the area. I love that they can have pony rides as well as seeing the horses and ponies. It sounds like there are lots of other things to do as well with the soft play and animal handling. A lovely day out for little ones. Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips Nat.x

Carrie - Flying With A Baby

Thursday 9th of November 2017

I would adore visiting the ponies- and I have a feeling I may have gone there years ago with my grandparents? I like how here is just so much to do- whatever the weather with indoor and outdoor activities. #familytraveltips

Claire Hall - Tin Box Traveller

Thursday 9th of November 2017

It's such a lovely small attraction but with loads to do. We were really impressed!

Baby Loves Travel

Tuesday 31st of October 2017

This is exactly our type of thing - we will have to have a day out there next summer #familytraveltips

Thassia

Tuesday 31st of October 2017

What a lovely place to visit, my daughter would enjoy it so much! We all love ponies. Thanks for sharing this great day out tip. Next time I am around I will definitely visit. #FamilyTravelTips

Claire Hall - Tin Box Traveller

Tuesday 31st of October 2017

It's such a lovely little attractions. Highly recommended :)

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