The Suffolk Punch Trust
The Suffolk Punch Trust is an educational and environmental charity dedicated to breeding and preserving the critically endangered 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 chesnut [no ‘t’] coat and I 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 Stud farm on a Tractor -Trailor ride, take a walking tour and visit the Heritage Museum and Implement barn [a collection of over sixty horse-drawn vehicles, vintage implements and machinery]. You can also take one of the three pretty walks around the farm and meet other rare Suffolk breeds such as Suffolk sheep, Red Poll cattle, Silver Appleyard ducks and Ixworth chickens.
Children will love Pets Paddock and play areas and of course everyone will love visiting the Stables and watching the demonstrations.
You can discover native plants developed in Suffolk in the beautiful Heritage Garden and enjoy delicious home cooked locally sourced food in The Suffolk Punch Café. The shop will provide some retail therapy where you can take home some locally sourced produce and a memento of your visit.
The Suffolk Punch Trust is a dog friendly attraction and dogs are welcome on fixed leads throughout the site.
FREE ENTRY to the café, shop, museum, garden and play areas. ENTRANCE CHARGES apply to visits onto the Stud farm.
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.