Tel: 01728 746916
Valley Farm Equestrian Leisure
Tel: 01728 746916
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Turn off the A12 onto the B1078 towards Wickham Mkt and Framlingham. Follow the B1078 into Wickham Market. Over the River Deben and take the first right, (still the B1078) Follow B1078 for about half a mile, at the bottom of the steep hill turn right following the brown tourist sign to 'Valley Farm'
From A140 follow the B1078 towards Wickham Market all the way until you see the brown tourist sign to 'Valley Farm' on the left, at the bottom of the hill, just before you get into wickham Market.
SAT NAV Most Sat Navs will bring you to the car park if you put in our postcode IP13 0ND (please note it is a zero, not the letter O)
Nearest Bus Station - Wickham Market village centre (about 10 minutes walk away)
Nearest Train Station - Wickham Market (An unmanned station actually located in Campsea Ashe about 3 miles away. It is better to get a train to Ipswich or Woodbridge, then catch a bus to Wickham Market village centre, or a taxi to Valley Farm. There are taxi ranks at both stations.)
If you are thinking of taking up riding and would like to visit the yard and horses first, you are most welcome to come and visit us. It is often a good idea to phone first to let us know an approximate time, so we can look out for you.
We are open daily from 8.30 am to 5.30pm (Visitor times 10am - 3pm)
The Riding School is closed on Mondays & Tuesdays during school term times, but open every day during the school holidays.
The Camargue Café and Nature walks are open everyday except Mondays during school term times, but open during school holidays.
We are closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day
You can call us during office hours on 01728 746916
If you would like to contact us outside of office hours, or if the phone is very busy, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you when we can.
Usually it is necessary to prebook riding lessons at least 24 hours in advance, but during off peak times it may be possible to book at shorter notice. If you require a popular time slot at a weekend or require a specific instructor, you may need to book several weeks in advance.
How to Book
If you would like any more information about anything you find on our web site, or anything else you think we might be able to help you with, please email us, or give us a call.
Tel 01728 746916
If you would like to book the Lodge or a place on the campsite, you can email sarah@valleyfarmonline for availability. We can take a deposit by debit card over the phone in order to confirm your booking.
For Riding lessons, usually people book by phone, on 01728 746916 or make their next appointment in the office, when they ride. We are open almost everyday (except Christmas & New Year and Mondays during school term time), so if you would like to visit the yard in person, and see the horses and staff before booking your lesson, feel free to do so, but it is often a good idea to phone us first to arrange an approximate time, so we can look out for you.
If you have not ridden with us before, when you book we will need to know your height, weight, and riding abiltiy, so we can match you with a suitable horse. (Our weight limit for riders currently is 13 stone).
When you arrive please report to reception, from where you will be introduced to your instructor. They will help you to fetch your horse from the stable and assess your ability as you ride and be able to advise you about which horse you should chose for your next lesson.
We ask that new riders arrive at least 15 minutes before the time of their lesson. This provides time for the 'new rider assessment form' to be completed and gives us a chance to answer any questions you may have, as well as fit you with safety head gear and boots if you do not have your own. If you like you can print off your own copy of the 'new rider assessment form' by clicking on this link, and fill it in at home, ready to bring it with you.
We prefer to be paid by debit card or cash, we also accept child care vouchers. We are able to take debit card over the phone when you book, or you can pay in reception when you arrive. (Please note that there is a small extra charge for credit cards.) For some things we require a deposit. Cancellation fees may be charged if sufficient notice of cancellation is not given. Click here to see our price list.
We look forward to welcoming you to Valley Farm.
For your safety and reassurance
You may be interested to know that Valley Farm:
- Is Licensed with and Approved by Suffolk Coastal District Council
- Is Highly Recommended by the British Horse Society
- Is a Registered Pony Club Centre
- Is Ofsted Registered VC374742
- Accepts Childcare Vouchers
- Is affiliated to the Volunteer Corps of Frontiersmen
- Has full public and Employers liability insurance
- Has a number of staff who are members of St. John Ambulance Brigade
- Has staff who have attended Child Protection Awareness courses
- Receives regular spot checks from authorities
- Works closely with Equine Colleges
- Is a Multi Award winning Equestrian Centre
- Is Affiliated to the Wickham Market British Legion
- Is a member of the Federation of Small Businesses
- Has a wide selection of specially selected and trained horses owned by the centre.
- Is An Inspired Facility - Part of Places People Play inspired by London 2012
- Has been providing quality instruction in a wide range of equestrian subjects since 1977.
The Proprietor Sarah Robertson is qualified in Riding, Carriage Driving, Voltige, Western Riding, Side-saddle, Stable Management and is a St. John Ambulance member. She is assisted by staff qualified in variations of the above, and students training for British Horse Society exams. All staff attend First Aid courses regularly.
All of the staff have slightly different teaching styles, so if you feel that your first instructor does not suit your learning style then please ask at reception if you could try a different instructor. We feel that it is important that you feel comfortable with your instructor so that you can enjoy your riding to the full.