Happy Hooves Burnopfield

Barcus Close Lane, NE16 6LR

Equine Facilitated Learning Centre 

Party Venue and Animal Hire


Who are we?

  • We are an Equine Facilitated Learning Centre and party and event venue located in Burnopfield,  County Durham. We are located in the countryside in  16 acres of fields, paddocks and trees.  
  • We are a short walk away from bus transport  links to Metro Centre, Newcastle and Durham. 
  • We are fully insured and licensed with Durham County Council which adheres to strict animal welfare standards. 
  • We have a code of ethics for our animals which is strictly followed. They are our much loved pets with all their quirks but are specially selected for their temperament and personalities. They all love the attention and fuss they get from humans.
  • We hold British Horse Society Qualifications.
  • We are a member of the Athena Herd Foundation and hold the Level 4 EFL Practitioners certificate
  • Our staff  have attended The Donkey Sanctuary training courses and are DBS checked.

What we can offer

Donkey  Facilitated Learning Sessions

  • Donkeys have an innate emotional intelligence that can help develop key life skills in humans, such as self-awareness, communication, empathy and emotion management. 
  • We allow our donkeys the freedom to work with our clients on the same level to develop empathetic relationships, which are mutually beneficial for the client and the donkey.


Animal hire 

  • Would you like to meet our special animals? 
  • Educational and Therapy visits
  • Care home visits
  • Schools
  • Weddings
  • Christenings
  • We can bring them to your event and make it extra special
  • Alpacas, Ponies and mini donkeys


Childrens party venue 


  • Would you like to make your event extra special?
  • Why not have a party with a difference?
  • Unicorn, Pony, Donkey, alpaca and animal parties in Burnopfield                               
  • 5* food hygiene rating, we can cater for all dietary requirements
  • You can customise our parties if you pop us an ideas you may have and we will make these dreams come true.

Our facilities include; 
large outdoor arena 
Indoor arena 
Stables, fields and paddocks 
Childrens play area 
Parking area 
Indoor animal petting barn 
Outside seating areas
Horse box drinks trailer
 Indoor heated cafe area with refreshments available 
Toilet and hand wash facilities Baby changing room 

Please contact us for any information or to discuss requirements

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Contact us


E-mail: Happyhoovesburnopfield@gmail.com


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