Our playground has been newly refurbished and is now open for your little ones to enjoy!
25 February 2015 by Redwings Press Office
Arya makes a Trusty new friend!
Poitou foal Arya has made a new long-eared friend at Redwings Oxhill – Trusty the mule!
Arya came to the Sanctuary last year with her mum Millie, another foal called Merlin and his mum Adel, from a Redwings volunteer who unfortunately could no longer look after them. Sadly Millie later passed away having suffered from ongoing lameness problems – a condition that, despite our vets’ best efforts, could not be managed comfortably.
Our vet team kept a very close eye on Arya, Adel and Merlin to make sure they were coping with the loss of their mum and friend, and thankfully they were soon able to return to Redwings Oxhill.
Since then, all three Poitou donkeys have made a good new friend in the shape of Trusty, a 31-year-old jenny (female) mule, who previously worked as a pack mule travelling across Europe with her owners before retiring to Redwings in 2014 – she even conquered the Alps! The Oxhill team hope that Trusty will be a good companion for Adel, who was very closely bonded to Millie.
After over-the-fence introductions went well, Trusty joined the hairy trio in their paddock and soon all four were running around in delight, braying and kicking their heels up with happiness! In fact, you can watch a video of the fun foursome here!
You can visit the new friends at Redwings Oxhill which is open from 10am to 4pm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, and every day after 21st March.
This spring, we are running an appeal to raise funds for a special protein feed for Arya to help her grow big and strong. Just £5 can feed Arya for a whole week, so to donate today, please text “ARYA15 £5” to 70070 or click here to give online, thank you!
Oxhill Visitor Centre, Warwickshire
Donkeys and Dinkys!
This lovely visitor centre has been granted VAQAS status (Quality Assured Visitor Attraction) and is home to adoption equines Major, Rumpel, Dylan, The Oxhill Donkeys and dinky pony Wensley along with more than 50 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys who would just love to make your acquaintance!
What to do
There are regular guided tours of the centre and demonstrations of horse care given by the equine centre staff as well as the chance to cuddle the residents of course!
The centre also has a gift shop, information centre and café on site, serving sandwiches, toasties and delicious cake. We also have picnic areas for visitors to bring their own food if they so choose (please be aware we do not have an undercover area for picnics). Our children's play area is currently undergoing some repairs, but we hope it will be up and running soon.
What you think
Some feedback from our visitors … “So glad there are people in the world like you, that care”… “A great day out. Well done!”… “Lovely family day out, fantastic work you do. Loved it!!!”
The centre is fully accessible to wheelchair users, with a concrete pathway through the middle of the site. There is a wheelchair available for loan. The site has an accessible WC and plenty of parking. Some of our picnic tables are suitable for wheelchairs too. We suggest that visitors wear sturdy shoes!
We welcome groups at our centres! To find out more about making a group booking to Redwings Oxhill Visitor Centre, please click here.
How to find us
On the A422 in Warwickshire CV35 0RP, 10 miles south of Stratford upon Avon.
Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday 10am to 4pm during winter months. Entry is free!
For visitors with a disability
Download our access statement here.
Keep Dogs on Lead
If you have a question or special requirement please telephone our Visitor Helpline on 0870 040 0033.