A Family Friendly Day Out at Remus Horse Sanctuary

Remus Horse Sanctuary will be opening its gates again on Sunday 1 August for one of its summer Open Days. Unfortunately, the July date had to be cancelled last minute due to Met Office weather warnings which then never materialised. Founder Sue Burton hopes that nothing impacts their August event, especially after losing out on so much fundraising as a result of the Covid pandemic.

Sue Burton said,As you can imagine, we really need to maximise our fundraising efforts this year to try and make up for last year’s shortfall – of course that feels like an impossible task!

“When we invite visitors to the Sanctuary for an event, we require them to park on what is normally grazing land, so it’s vital that the ground underneath is firm. Not only that but, as the majority of our events are based outdoors naturally, torrential rain and storms can affect everyone’s enjoyment as well as spooking the animals. Fingers crossed for some nice summer sunshine on August 1st!”

Members of the public are invited to visit with the animals at the Sanctuary from 1pm until 5pm on Sunday 1 August 2021. However, to minimise physical contact and maintain responsible social distancing, tickets must be pre-booked and there will be waitress service within the refreshment area.

Making an appearance at 3pm that afternoon will be none other than Mickey Mouse himself! A magician/entertainer will also be present during the afternoon to entertain the children.

Admission will be charged at £5 per adult and £2 for children and tickets can be purchased securely via the charity’s website at: www.remussanctuary.org/events/open-day-at-the-sanctuary-august or by telephone on: 01277 356191.

Parking is available on-site and disabled parking is available near to the yard. There is also a wheelchair accessible toilet. Dogs are welcome on a lead.

In line with current government guidelines, visitors will be asked to provide contact details for members in their party over the age of 16, or to scan the NHS QR Code using the NHS Covid-19 App. QR posters will be displayed at the main entrance. Contact details will not be held.

Visitors will be encouraged to wear masks in busy areas, to maintain a responsible social distance from each other and to wash their hands or use hand sanitiser regularly throughout the afternoon.

Ms Burton added,We’ve experienced no Covid issues at our previous events. Everyone has followed the guidelines and we’ve been able to offer a great day out in the beautiful Essex countryside, and everyone has enjoyed meeting the animals while feeling very comfortable with the safety rules in place.  

“Despite the relaxation in measures, we will be continuing to take the necessary precautions for the foreseeable future and we look forward to welcoming people safely.”

Further information will be available on the website at www.remussanctuary.org and the charity’s Facebook page.

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