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Family Riding Holiday Cheshire

If you have a child or teenager that dreams of owning their own pony then this could be the perfect holiday for all the family! Here, in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, children will be able to spend each morning at a quality British Horse Society Approved Riding Centre learning to care for, handle and ride their 'own' pony whilst you relax and enjoy the many attractions that this pretty part of the UK has to offer. Adult rides are optional but not compulsory.

What's Included:

  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Self catering cottage / Spa Hotel
  • 3 pony mornings
  • 3 adult rides

Price: from £380pp

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Sample Itinerary and prices – scroll down for more details

Day One:

Arrive today and settle into your chosen accommodation. You can either stay in a four star golf and spa hotel, Farmhouse bed and breakfast or a pretty self catering cottage. All are located within the heart of the Cheshire countryside just minutes away from the attractive town of Tarporley. Chester is just 10 - 15 minutes away by car or bus. This evening you have a variety of local restaurants and pubs to choose from, all just a few minutes drive (or walk) away depending on where you choose to stay.

Day Two:

After breakfast today you will be heading to the riding centre, a short drive from most of the properties (walking distance from two). The Children’s programme runs from 10am - 1pm each day. During this time the children will ride twice. They will start the morning with a lesson followed by stable management instruction where they will be learning how to care for and handle their pony safely. Lastly they will go on a hack.  They will be under the supervision of their instructor at all times. The pony mornings are available for all ages and abilities. Adults who would like to enjoy riding themselves can take a lesson in the morning and/or a hack later to coincide with dropping off and picking up their children, leaving plenty of time to explore this lovely area in the afternoons.

Day Three:

Today there will be another fun packed morning at the stables for the children. Adults can follow a similar programme to yesterday, allowing you time in the afternoon to take a walk up to Beeston Castle, where you can take in the panoramic views of the area that stretches from the Pennines in the East to the mountains of Wales in the West. Alternatively you may like to visit the historic city of Chester. Its unique black and white Tudor-style shopping 'rows' draw visitors from around the globe. This evening you can choose from a range of dining experiences in the pretty local village of Tarporley. Here there are a number of good restaurants and pubs including The Coast which is one of the best Italian restaurants in Cheshire, and The Swan Hotel which is renowned for its tasty pub food.

Day Four:

This is the last day at the stables for the children who should now be experts, and will no doubt take great delight in explaining to you in great detail the difference between a dandy brush and a body brush! Those adults who have chosen to ride will have improved too, but don’t worry if you don’t want to ride there is so much to do in this lovely area. Today, why not enjoy a stroll in beautiful Delamere Forest; Cheshire’s largest woodland. This is a popular destination for local riders and walkers, there is an ideally situated café along the route where you can take a rest and enjoy a coffee whilst admiring the views and watching all forms of wildlife.

Day Five:

Today you will be departing but before you go you may like to visit the Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre. This centre is just two miles from the stables; it is set in 50 acres in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside. They have been breeding prize winning Shires here for over 35 years. You will meet the Stallions, Mares and Foals and learn about this fabulous Old English Breed. As well as the Shire horses they have a fantastic selection of British animals & birdlife including red deer, red squirrels and otters. The Alvanley Arms pub is adjacent to the Shire Horse Centre if you fancy something to eat.


Accommodation Adult Rider Child Adult Non Rider
Farmhouse B&B £340 £455 £200
4 Star Spa Hotel £390 £500 £250
7 nt Self Catering Cottage (sleeps 4) £525 * £525 * £195

These prices are all 'from' and vary throughout the year.

* The self catering cottage is only available for one week lets during school holidays, prices are based on a family of 4 and include 4 days riding as a group.

The age for the full pony mornings is from 10 years upwards. We appreciate that some parents may want to accompany their children on the pony mornings and also take part in the riding and stable management programme, this is also available as an option and the cost will be the same as the child rates listed.

To Include:

•    4 nights accommodation of your choice (except self catering which is 7 nights)
•    3 pony mornings (10am - 1pm) 
•    3 adult riding opportunities (not compulsory!)

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Equestrian Escapes has worked in conjunction with Visit Chester and Cheshire to provide you with a selection of horse riding holidays in the UK. We also offer a beach riding holiday Cornwall option.

If you are interested in riding holidays in the UK please look at the other family friendly holidays that we offer in the Riding Holidays UK range.

Riding in the Lake District

Beach Ride in Pembrokeshire

Family Riding in Devon

Equestrian Escapes offers a wide range of UK horse riding holidays as well as horse riding holidays in Europe. Most of our riding holidays are suitable for children and families and non-riders are also welcome.

We inspect all the horses in our horse riding holidays to ensure the best quality holiday for you.

If you are interested in reading more about learning to tack up then have a look at our articles page - /G-is-for-Girth/




For tips regarding your holiday such as what to wear and riding ability, please visit the Travel Tips page.

We work hard to ensure that each customer has a great time on their holiday. Please see some riding holiday reviews here.

We have a large range of holidays to suit a range of riding abilities. Please see here for more information.


If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

How To Book

  • Flexible start/finish date
  • 4 - 14 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

Optional Extras

  • Additional nights
  • Additional rides