The Suffolk Punch Trust
The Suffolk Punch Trust is an educational and environmental charity dedicated to breeding and preserving the Suffolk Punch horse.
The Hollesley Bay Colony Stud, is the world’s oldest and largest Suffolk Punch stud farm. It is the perfect place to meet these magnificent horses, to find out how they shaped the landscape of East Anglia and helped to develop farming throughout the Eastern Counties.
Deep in The Suffolk Coast lives a breed that is rarer than the Giant Panda. Thanks to the dedication of the workers and volunteers at The Suffolk Punch Trust however, the future of these gentle giants is looking far more secure.
The Suffolk Punch horse has been a part of the Suffolk landscape since the early sixteenth century. The horses were originally used for agricultural purposes, but over the years have been used to transport artillery, deliver retail goods and work in forestry.
Shorter but more muscular than other heavy draught horses such as Clydesdale or Shires, the Suffolk Punch has a distinctive chestnut coat and a willingness to work that made them an essential part of agriculture in this region for three hundred years.
Come and visit The Suffolk Punch Trust and you can explore the Heritage Museum where you’ll find the exhibition hall and museum of rural life, take one of the three pretty walks around the farm (dogs on leads are welcome), meet other rare Suffolk breeds such as Suffolk sheep, Red Poll cattle, Silver Appleyard ducks and Ixworth chickens, and see the collection of over sixty horse-drawn vehicles, vintage implements and machinery.
Children will love Pets Paddock where they can meet and learn about the animals and of course the Stables is where the stallions, mares and foals live.
Every day there is a range of activities on offer at the Trust, including all sorts of horse care tips, such as how to harness a horse and braid its mane. Tractor- trailer rides are also available around the 120-acre site.
Discover native shrubs and trees developed in Suffolk in the beautiful Heritage Garden. Enjoy delicious home cooked locally sourced food in The Suffolk Punch Café or relax outside in the picnic area.
Horses in training and working will be on view throughout the day.
The Suffolk Punch Trust
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How to get here:
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Please note when you get to the crossroads with a water tower continue straight on into Woodbridge Walk and the entrance to The Suffolk Punch Trust is shortly on your right. Sat nav tools may direct you to farm entrance. There is no public access here, please use the main entrance.