Fab kids party tried and tested
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Kids birthdays – what a headache. Well, not this year, lady! No children marauding around my garden, refusing my cheese sandwiches, smearing chocolatey fingers on my piano and blocking my vintage plumbing with overenthusiastic bum-wiping. Nope. This year, I struck gold and took my 7 year old birthday girl off to Horsewyse for a horseriding party.
I’ve written about Horsewyse before because I’m the most massive fan, not only because they provide a brilliant service to kids and adults with learning and physical difficulties, but also because they teach kids to actually understand and respect horses and properly ride.
With their government funding cut in the wake of the recession, they have had to diversify to keep their core charity work going, and have introduced kids parties, and as a result I’ve just about the least stressful birthday experience of my life.
The only thing I had to do was chuck the sandwiches and crisps on the table, show off the now county-famous amazing horse head cake (below), and have a nice cup-a-cha.
The first half an hour of the party was with Patrick, the ‘remote-controlled horse’, a massive beast who is directed by owner Neil can direct through sneaky clicks and noises to go up to certain children, run around the perimeter of the indoor riding school, keep his legs on the floor as the children tried to lift them up, and do a whole load of other party tricks.
Check this video out and you’ll see – it’s really amazing and gives you a real flavour of what Horsewyse is about. It’s under a minute long and I took it at the party.
Then the next half an hour was riding and despite a bit of stage fright from a couple of kids – to be expected and expertly handled – by the end all 12 kids had had a go on at least one horse, either on the lead or riding with an instructor. You don’t have to do as I did – if you’d rather the kids do more horseriding, or the girls want to groom the horses and plait their hair, or you have boys who’d rather burst some water balloons while they’re riding, Horsewyse can accommodate it – they’re incredibly flexible on what you can do.
After the horse-riding, I ambled over to the stables where the kids stuffed themselves with the rubbish I had provided (no greens – a birthday deserves a health amnesty) in a serviceable but rather charmingly down-on-its-luck eating area, below.
But all was well. Parents came, kids left happy, I packed up in 5 minutes and that was it, done and dusted and utter bliss all around. Book me in for next year.
£50 booking fee, plus £15 per child for a minimum of 8 children (and no maximum).
Horsewyse CIC, Westfield Farm, Westfield Road, Long Crendon, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. HP18 9EW. www.horsewyse.org.uk