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Carriage Driving Break in Sherwood

Not your normal riding holiday! Enjoy a unique carriage driving experience - learning how to harness your driving horse and be in control of the reins. Then get out in to the Nottinghamshire country lanes and enjoy the tranquility of your horse and carriage. On this horse drawn journey we visit local archaeological and ice age sites using real horse power, as well as learning how to harness and hitch up your carriage.

What's Included:

  • 2 nights B&B accommodation choose 3 star or 4 star hotel
  • Breakfast
  • 2 half day lessons
  • Carriage Drive to local beauty spot.

Price: from £450pp

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If you have always wanted to find out what it is like to drive a horse and carriage - now is your chance!

Day 1 

Arrive at our historic stables in the heart of Nottinghamshire near Sherwood Forest. The centre is steeped in history and the stables date back to 1610. Close to quiet lanes in a beautiful countryside setting. We will start you off with an introductory lesson - this includes getting to know your driving horse with grooming, handling and getting the harness ready. The harnesses are all traditonal leather and carefully fitted to each horse. We have two carriages a two wheeled and a 4 wheeled 'rural wagonette'. We end the lesson with a ride round our paddock. And then a lesson in unharnessing.

Tonight you can choose to stay in a 4 star hotel or 3 star with spa facilities, both have restaurants on site. The 4* is a family run hotel and originally a coaching inn and still retains the attractive stone facade. It is set in six acres of beautiful grounds and has a new fitness, health and beauty centre. Only 8 miles from Chesterfield station so arrival by train is possible. Our 3* hotel with leisure facilities for those wanting the use of a swimming pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. 

Day 2

Today you will have a second session, again starting off by preparing the horse and harness. There is alot to learn with parts of the harness and it will already be more familiar. Learn to back the horse into the shafts, mount and dismount the carriage and controlling the reins from the drivers seat.

In your free time you can explore local sites like Sherwood Forest and Creswell Crags. Or book spa treatments at your hotel.

Day 3 

Your final morning by now you will have driven the carriage yourself  and today a chance to sit back and relax as we take you for a jaunt through the local countryside. 

This short break is available all year round and can be combined with mounted riding including side saddle - get in touch and we can put together a personalised programme.

We recommend you dress in comfortable riding clothes bring your riding hat and gloves. The centre can loan hats.


Prices are based on two people sharing the lesson and room.

2 nights B&B with 2 half day carraige driving lessons and a carriage drive staying in 3* Hotel with spa facilities and pool £450pp

2 nights B&B with 2 half day carriage driving lessons and a carriage drive staying in 4* Coach House Hotel £495pp

Solo traveller in 3* Hotel £550 & in 4* Hotel £595


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How To Book

  • Choose dates
  • 2 night stay
  • 30% deposit to book
  • Final balance 6 weeks prior to holiday
  • Book On-line by filling in the booking form below and pay deposit via WorldPay
  • or Book by phone on 01829 781123
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Optional Extras

  • Single room supplement for solo travellers
  • extra nights
  • extra riding
  • riding lessons
  • hacking out
  • side saddle lessons.