Festive Carriage Rides Return to Richmond Park for Christmas

Richmond Park’s famed festive carriage rides return this Christmas to help showcase and conserve working horses 

Lead image: Operation Centaur

The crisp air, the clip clop of hooves, jingle of bells, and the sight of the park’s famous deer and wildlife up close… Richmond Park’s famous horse-drawn carriage rides are back this Christmas, offering you the chance to experience the beauty of a wintery Richmond Park like never before.

The 90-minute experience begins at Holly Lodge, where you’ll be met with sloe gin and a mince pie to get you into the spirit of things. You’ll then hop aboard the six-person carriage (ideal for social bubbles) to enjoy a 60-minute ride through the park pulled by majestic Shire horses.


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The rides are run by Operation Centaur, which works to promote working horses, like the now-rare Shire horse, and while tickets are a little steep, the proceeds help fund conservation initiatives and offer equine-assisted therapy in The Royal Parks. The ticket price also includes refreshments and a behind-the-scenes tour of the working stables.

Running from 28 November 2020 until 3 January 2021, the rides operate in all weathers, so you’ll need to bundle up (and maybe even take a brolly!).

Tickets are priced £450 for a carriage of six. Unfortunately, due to social distancing guidelines, tickets are not available in pairs this year.

To book see eventbrite.co.uk


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