Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Get £110 worth of extra's for your child's August pony party

Got a child's birthday in August? It's a great month for taking advantage of the summer weather and having an outdoor party.

Our pony parties have been described as
'perfect' and 'way better than I'd expected' and that's just the adults!

Your child's party is held in our pretty orchard with our very gentle tiny ponies. They're small and gentle enough for 2 year olds to enjoy and are perfect for children who have never ridden before/don't ride regularly.

So what's a pony party?
Well in a nutshell the children brush and decorate a pony with ribbons and stickers then they each have a ride - but ofcourse there's more to it than that!!

Here's the party format-

- Welcome, safety chat and brief introduction to all the ponies
- Presentation of special birthday rosette to the birthday child
- Groom and pamper one ponies with ribbons and stickers
- Craft activities available
- Paint the pony with cutie marks/paint the birthday child’s name on the pony
- OR go into the paddock and stroke all the ponies
- Ride for each child plus extra ride for the birthday girl/boy
- Half an hour use of our party stable or picnic benches for your party tea
- Free rosette for all guests
- Free luxury party bag for the birthday girl/boy
- Free voucher for all
- Total party time 2 hours

So what's different about Cheshire Pony Parties?

 We do our best to make each party special by interacting with the children and engaging them - we don't just walk the children round on the pony in silence - whether they like it or not!!!! We take time with less confident children and challenge more confident children so that everyone has a great time.

I've been described as ' the lady who makes little people's dreams come true'  - we provide a wonderful environment for creating lasting memories for your little one (and you).

We can take care of  everything for you, and it is my belief that you should be able to relax and enjoy your child's party - and parents regularly comment how relaxing they find our parties.

Offer for August parties
A standard pony party for 10 children with 2 ponies is £350.
This August offer will enable you to bring 10 children for the price of 8 £240 , a saving of £60 on a standard party for 10 children
AND I'll include an extra pony free of charge, which is worth £50
A total saving of £110

This offer is ONLY valid for bookings made before Wed 6th August, for standard pony parties in August 2014.

I have a small number of week-end spaces left and some week-day availability.

Prior to booking I suggest you ring me to check availability on 01829 741919.
(please leave a message if I don't answer straight away and I'll ring you back as soon as I can)

If you're chosen date is available simply book  a party for 8 children online and in the comments box tell me that you're taking the £110 August offer. I'll confirm your booking within 2 working days.

Simply click here to book your party

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Pony fun for 2-10 year olds in Cheshire

Come and experience a gentle introduction to ponies with Amanda, described as the lovely lady who makes little peoples' dreams come true, in her idyllic orchard with her tiny, gentle ponies.

Your 2 and 3 year old can get involved here as we're insured for children as young as 2 to groom and ride a pony.

Themed pony afternoons
We're running a series of themed pony open afternoons 2-3.30 various dates over the summer holidays.
Themes include fairies, flowers, princesses and knights (and shortly a frozen theme - yeah!)
Your child will love decorating the pony with ribbons and stickers, have a short ride, enjoy some themed craft eg crown making, flower decorating etc and take a wander around our orchard to look at the owls nest or see if the apples are ripe or look at different flowers in the orchard.
At £12.75 per child these are very well received by children parents and grandparents!

Pony experience
An hours private visit for 1-3 children. Pony grooming and pampering and half an hours riding, which usually includes going on an adventure on horseback down to the bottom of the orchard!!
These are popular with visitors to Cheshire, grandparents looking for entertainment for their grandchildren and parents looking for a special treat for their children.
These are available week-days and are discounted on a Monday for 2 or 3 children.
From £25 per child on  Monday based on 3 children.

We can also offer visits for groups and longer pony experiences for children aged 7 and over - simply contact Amanda to discuss your particular requirement.

10 great activities for the kids summer holidays in Cheshire

I know what it's like planning for the summer holidays so I thought I'd put together 10 things we love to do in the summer holidays.

1.Cheshire Ice Cream Farm at Tattenhall
Free to get in with paid extra attractions including a small playbarn, electric go karts, crazy golf, free mega climbing frame and of course ICE CREAM - whilst is just delectable!!!!!

2. Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre nr Tarporley
Plenty of space for children to enjoy, gorgeous clean café overlooking their tranquil lake, with tasty family food, selection of animals to view and ofcourse the GIANT Shire Horses. Did you know that their 2 stallions (males) are WORLD famous as outstanding examples of this very rare breed and have winning progeny ALL over the world.

3. Applejacks nr Warrington
This is like an outdoor play area on steroids!!! Great for ALL ages! Long zip wires, huge hay bales to climb, sunken bouncy castle, pedal carts, maize maize, café with plenty of under cover seating, tractor ride and nerf gun shoot out (my favourite!!!!)

4. Wet n Wild at Winsford Lifestyle Centre Swimming Pool
Only on one day a week but keeps kids entertained for ages! They must be able to swim 2 lengths of the pool to participate. Basically it's a bouncy castle type assault course in the water - great for using up energy on an 'indoors' day!!!

5. Delamere Forest
Great for walking, bikes, running - just great to get the kids outdoors. You can hire bikes there and there are 2 cafes, one in the forest (Linmere Visitor Centre) and one just at the entrance to Linmere (Station House Café). They've just introduced a Gruffalo walk - I think (?) you follow it!!!

6. Soccerlocco at Bromborough on the Wirral
Footie mad or not this was a GREAT place to wear out 3 lively boys (!) It's a massive industrial unit converted for kids with footie pitches on one side and footie themed activities on the other. The pitches have inflatable men to 'defend' the goal (or just run into and jump on!) and the activities are things like kick the ball up and through and hole etc - Small but adequate café WELL worth a visit

7. Candle Factory, Burwardsley nr Tattenhall just outside Chester
Kids can make lovely candles and/or there are various activities to do upstairs eg paint a model, make a keyring etc - great for primary aged kids. There's a café too and walks to be had in the nearby woods. (The ice cream farm is nearby  too)

8. Manley Mere Adventure Centre
As well as offering canoeing/kayaking and windsurf lessons, they also have a 'trail' walk with various 'obstacles' along - the aim of the trail really is to get as muddy as you possibly can - so go with VERY old clothes that can be thrown away! There are outside showers at the end! Usually my kids strip off at the car (completely) and change and the dirty clothes go in a thick black bag!! Obstacles include logs over streams, tunnels, huge swings, slides, wobbly bridges, cargo nets etc - prob suitable from around age 5.

9. Go-ape at Delamere Forest
They've recently added a junior go ape which I think (?) is from age 7.
Walk along the high ropes, 'jump' off into mid air, monstrous zip wires  - takes around 2 1/2 hours to complete the 10 years and over one. Pricey but great fun (I think!)

10. Cheshire Pony Parties
I couldn't possibly put a list together without including Cheshire Pony Parties! With various activities for ages 2-14 including our well loved themed pony open afternoons. A more gentle afternoon of pony fun including grooming and pampering a pony with ribbons and stickers, a short ride, some craft and a lovely orchard walk to find the owls nest! OR for 6-12 year olds can come for a whole day and learn about looking after ponies.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

3 pony activities your 6-12 year old can enjoy

I don't just cater for infant children -

Here's a list of 3 things to do here for your 6-12 year old

Would your child enjoy a full day of pony fun? Pony days are from 10-4, cost from £32.50 and include a short ride, grooming, pony games and quizzes as well as a bit of pony theory and practical all based around looking after a pony.

Max 6 children per  group/pony  ensure plenty of interaction (questions!) with the group leader.

Perfect for pony mad kids and  kids who love ponies who don't go to riding school.

Absolutely NO riding experience necessary so great for even the least confident child!

This is an unaccompanied day so parents need not stay!!!

Our themed pony afternoons are really popular with the 2-10 age group - An hour and a half including pony pampering, short ride, themed art/craft and a lovely orchard walk to finish if time permits! ONLY £12.75 per child (no charge for adults).

Max 10 children per pony. Max 16 children per afternoon.

Want to bring between 1 and 3 children here for a private activity? No problem! Our pony experiences are an hour as standard but these can be stretched for older children.
Includes half an hour of pony pampering followed by a short ride each - usually around the orchard to see the owls nest!
For children too tall to ride - usually 11-14s (or on request for younger children) they can have a go at 'driving' a pony (minus the carriage ) - this is something most kids don't get to do and is quite a challenge!
Prices from £25 per child (based on 3 children on a 'manic monday')

So there's plenty for your junior/pre-teen to do here during the summer holidays!!!!

FAQ - do you do pony rides for 3 year olds?

I'm insured for children as young as 2 to groom and ride the ponies.

As well as parties, 3 year olds can come for

a private, 45 minute tiny riders session, which can be shared with up to 2 friends

one of the open afternoons which run during the school holidays - these are usually themed and are popular with mums of pre-schoolers

a series of 4 private, half hour 'regular rider' sessions-can be shared with a friend

one of the toddler pony mornings which run week-days during term time and are just for pre-schoolers with with one of our smallest ponies!

All activities are age appropriate so sticking stickers on the pony are a winner, as are the orchard walks looking at the owls nest and baby apples amongst other things on our open afternoons.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

NEW 'Shortie' pony party for £150

Up to 8 children, hour and a half, week-days,( open til 7.30pm), only £150

We've just launched this new week-day party which works well both for little ones for whom two hours is a very long time! and primary children for a small  after school party.

We cram virtually everything in that we do in a standard party, we just spend a little less time pampering the pony, ensuring there's enough time for each child to have a ride.

‘Shortie’ Pony Party overview – hour and a half (max 8 children)
- Welcome, safety chat and brief introduction to all the ponies
- Presentation of special birthday rosette to the birthday child
- Groom and pamper one pony with ribbons and stickers
- Craft activities available
- Ride for each child plus extra ride for the birthday girl/boy
- Half an hour use of our party stable or picnic benches for your party tea
- Free rosette for all guests
- Free luxury party bag for the birthday girl/boy

Craft options (these can then go into party bags!)
- Decorate a wooden horseshoe with paint, ribbons and jewels £2 per child
- Pony colouring pictures
- Pony stencils to draw and colour
- Create your own mug mat
- Make a pom pom pony £1 per child

Activity options
- Pin the tail on the pony
- Toss the horseshoe
- Outdoor pre-school toys (ride on pony, noisy footpath, tunnel, see saw)
- Lead a second pony around our obstacle course £50
- Extra pony rides £50
- Jewels to decorate the ponies feet £10
- Princess , Cowyboy, Pocahontas or Unicorn themes incl suitably dressed pony £15

Party food options
- Bring your own
- Picnic in the orchard – great for pre-schoolers
- Frankfurter style hot dog party tea £3.50 per person
- Handmade traditional party tea £6.25 per person
- Eat elsewhere eg in Delamere Forest, at Summer Trees Café (right at the top of Kelsall Hill with fantastic views of Delamere Forest)

Pony Party start times
Summer season (April to October, Tuesday to Sunday)
10.30, 2.00, 4.30 (later by arrangement)
Winter Season (November to March Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday)
10.30, 2.00

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Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Our most popular pony party

Our most popular pony party is for 6-10 children aged between  4-8 (I can  create memorable parties  for 2-22 children and for ages 2-10)

 This is how one lovely lady described her visit in August 2013 which I think ‘says it all’!!

 'Landed safely back from pony land! Seriously it was like an enchanted dreamy wood today amongst a canopy of beautiful big trees pretty little ponies and beautiful princesses play. Thankyou for letting us to be part of a little piece of your wonderful world x x'

‘Amanda, the lovely lady who makes little people’s dreams come true!’

Emma, 20th Aug 2013


 There are often squeals of delight as the children round the corner of the path and see the ponies for the first time!!!!

After  introductions (children and ponies!) short safety chat , quick overview for the parent and directions to the tea, coffee and biscuits (for the parents!) I bring one of the ponies out for the children to touch and feel.  The first part of the party is structured to ensure that all the children feel safe around the pony before they ride-especially important for my younger visitors.

They then go and choose a brush to groom the pony. I have a selection of brushes – different colours, types, sizes and shapes including butterfly and heart shaped brushes with handles specifically designed to be easy to use by younger children.

Then it’s ribbons time – I explain in language that the children can understand how to put the ribbons in the pony’s mane. For older children I show them how to plait the hair.
We have LOTS of different coloured ribbons, clips and sparkly bobbles for them to choose from! The children also place stickers all over the pony – something which is particularly popular with younger children!

 Once we’ve exhausted all the ribbons and stickers, usually after about half an hour,  it’s time for riding. The birthday child always goes first AND has an extra go at the end as it’s their special day!

 Usually whilst one child is riding another is helping us to lead the pony around the orchard.

 The remaining children have the option to do a variety of other activities whilst their waiting their turn. Older children enjoy decorating horse shoes with ribbons, paint pens and gems, or making pompom ponies, pre-schoolers have the option of pony colouring pictures or our pre-school outdoor ride on toys (choice is yours!)

We also have a hand painted pin the tail on the pony which is popular!!

 If your budget allows we can provide alternative craft activities and/or addional entertainment, eg age suitable fairground rides!!!

 If the party is with 6 children we usually have just enough time to either paint the pony (ages 6 up) or go into the paddock and stroke all the ponies.

The pony then returns to her friends in the paddock , the children wash their hands and have half an hour either in the orchard  in view of the ponies, or in our decorated party stable for party tea.

Total party time 2 hours.

 Our chit chat is relevant to the ages of the children – what works for 3 and 4 year olds is quite different to the things we talk about with 8 and 9 year olds!

 Your party can sometimes be themed – currently the children can dress the pony as a unicorn or a princess with the children coming dressed as princesses and kings and cowboys and Pocahontas. So far we humans have cowboy outfits and I’m sure we could stretch to princess outfits too!!!! You can always try me with your idea!!!!

 Your child receives a lovely birthday rosette on arrival and one of our luxury party bags at the end of the party.

To check if your preferred party date is available please complete the form below and I'll get back to you asap!