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Forest Garden Shovelstrode offers a wide range of woodland craft courses.

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Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

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The Gotwick Horse Drawn Carriage company are offering a truly magical experience with carriage rides starting at Forest Garden Shovelstrode. You will be taken by carriage through to a private estate through an ancient woodland. There are various other options as listed below :-

Champagne Carriage drive - Our signature experience

A unique opportunity to enjoy the magic and wonder of the countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Travel by Carriage with a coachman and pair of horses on a private country Estate.

Purpose built carriage tracks through farm and woodland lead to pretty, enchanted lakes. Time to stop and rest amongst the wildlife and leafy glades to take in the peace whilst enjoying a bottle of English Sparkling wine from the award-winning local vineyard Kingscote Estate or similar

Morning drives: include a bottle of English sparkling wine / Orange juice / Pain au Chocolat / Croissant or similar

Afternoon drives: include a bottle of English sparkling wine / Handmade local chocolate truffles or similar

Large carriage umbrella and knee rugs are provided for inclement weather

Duration: 1hr 15 mins (carriage drive approx. 1 hour)

From: £199 for two people Mon – Thurs £249 Fri, Sat & Sun

Hands on the reins experience

A fun, interactive hands-on experience suitable for anyone who would like to spend time with our gentle Carriage horses.

Learn the basics about harness and rein handling on our mechanical rein board before putting your skills into practise ‘ on the ground’ as you walk and guide your working horse pulling a small log on our timber snigging course.

Have a go at ‘harnessing up’ and ‘putting to’ as you get ready to take our two wheel training carriage around a fun obstacle course to try your hand at carriage driving and put into practise all you have learned.

This is a field based, supervised experience and does not require previous carriage driving, riding or experience with horses

Price & Duration: 1 person 1.5 hrs from £149 / 2 people 2.5 hours from £249

Carriage driving tuition

We can provide carriage driving tuition with single and pairs. Lessons will be tailored to individual experience and needs.

Single horse : one hour £95 – each additional half hour is £45

Pair horses: one hour £130 – each additional half hour is £45

Discounts apply for a series of regular lessons

This experience requires participants to have completed the ‘Hands on the reins Experience’ with us.

To book onto any of these experience, please contact Joe Nye via his email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.