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 the Large Black pigs, 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, feed 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 200 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.
School holidays (including half terms) - Open 6 days a week, closed Tuesdays. Please allow these dates within the times listed below:
May Half Term - 29th May - 2nd June
Summer Holidays - 17th July - 5th September
Autumn Half Term - 23rd October - 27th October
31st March - 23rd July - 10.30am -4pm - Open Fridays to Mondays, last admission 3pm
Closed Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
24th July - 7th September - 10.30am-17.00pm - Open 6 days a week, closed Tuesdays, last admission 4pm.
8th September - 29th October - 10.30am-4pm - Open Fridays to Mondays, last admission 3pm
30th October - 17th December - 10.30am-4pm - Open weekends only for the Visitor Centre and Cafe.
Please note that the farm will be closed during this period.
Guided Tours, Parties and School Groups are welcome by arrangement.
Enjoy Springtime foals and lambs. See the horses working in the Summer sun and take a stroll in the Suffolk Heritage Garden while it's in full bloom. Experience the changing Autumn colours and go for a walk on the new woodland trail.
No admission charge for entry to café only.
The Suffolk Punch Trust
2015 Prices: Adults £9, Children £5, Family (2 adults + up to 3 children) £22, Concession (OAPs/students) £7.50, Cyclists and walkers £1 off. Annual Pass : Family £50 (2 adults + up to 3 children), Individual Annual Pass £22
Spring 2015: 28th March-21st May 10.30am-4pm, last admission 3pm (Mon/Fri/Sat/Sun) Summer 2015: 22nd May – 17th September 10.30am-5pm, last admission 4pm (Mon/Wed/Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun) Autumn 2015: 18th September – 1st November 10.30am-4pm, last admission 3pm (Mon/Fri/Sat/Sun). In school holidays and half term we are always open 6 days a week, closed Tuesdays. It is recommended to bring footwear suitable for a farm environment.
How to get here:
Leave A12 Woodbridge bypass on A1152 to Melton and Hollesley. Cross traffic lights, level crossing and river bridge,
bearing right at the mini roundabout. Pass Sutton Hoo on right and take next turning left. Cross area of heathland,
continuing for three miles and shortly after entering wooded area bear left signposted Butley, Boyton and Hollesley Bay Colony. At 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.