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Pick your party: horse drawn carriage hire for any occasion
Whether it's a special occasion or just a day in need of something special, a ride in a horse drawn carriage is the perfect activity. Fresh air, the clopping of hooves, romance and a dash of history: These are ingredients for an unforgettable experience.
Perhaps you would like to be transported to your wedding in elegant fashion. There are countless companies across the U.K. offering horse drawn carriage hire for weddings, complete with a driver and coachman. One company, located in Wells-Next-The-Sea on the North Norfolk coast, offers a particularly handsome carriage for hire on that once-in-a-lifetime day. Their black-and-burgundy Landau features gold trim and an optional hood. The inside is richly upholstered in burgundy and boasts a pile carpet. Bride and groom alike will enjoy settling back in luxury, leaving things to the driver, footman and horse. Prices start from £200. Browse our directory to find the perfect company to suit your wedding needs.
Another wonderful time to hire a carriage is on prom night or the night of any special school dance. Young couples can be whisked to the ball in an intimate two-seater carriage or travel in style with a group of friends. A company in the West Midlands has seven selections for just such an occasion.
Among other options, you can hire an 18-seat omnibus pulled by two shire horses, perfect for large groups of "revelers” the only public transport in the town until 1912. More exclusive groups can opt for a four-seat English or French brougham or Victoria carriage; a five-seat English landau; a six-seat German hunting phaeton; or a two-seat Victoria carriage. The increasing popularity of horse drawn carriages pulling up to the curb on prom night testifies to the fact that no matter how old she gets, every girl still dreams of being Cinderella.
On days when the weather is fine, there's nothing like a carriage drive and a country picnic. An appetite and a horse drawn carriage are an ideal combination for an anniversary, a birthday or a summer's day.
Many horse drawn carriage companies throughout the U.K. will prepare a special picnic lunch for you to enjoy. A company in Perth, Scotland offers riverside or lakeside picnics, with their kitchen preparing rustic lunches of game pie and sandwiches or a sophisticated repast of champagne and caviar. Most companies will also happily stop at the locale of your choice so you can enjoy a picnic of your own devising. You'll want to call ahead for details, as some carriage owners have provisions such as prohibiting glass dinnerware.
If you're feeling enterprising, see our guide to preparing your own Victorian picnic
Horse drawn carriage rides are perfect for any number of memorable dates. Perhaps it is your anniversary, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve or your loved one's birthday. Maybe you wish to propose, or impress a new flame with the memory of a lifetime. Whatever the occasion, your options for carriage hire in the U.K. are nearly limitless.
Consider having champagne and roses waiting in the carriage, or stopping for a delicious afternoon cream tea. The Kirton-based Pasture Farm and Victorian Carriages is just one carriage driving center that will drive guests to an award-winning tea room.
For those craving a pint or two, there are numerous firms throughout the U.K. offering horse drawn pub runs or pub-crawls. One Dorchester-based company is happy to take customers to a string of local pubs. Dorchester is home to more than a dozen establishments popular for their drinks and pub fare, including: The Station, Sydney Arms, The Old Ship Inn, The Poet Laureate, The Thomas Hardye, Bakers Arms, Bar Rouge, The Blue Raddle, The Borough Arms, Bull Inn, the Cornwall Hotel, the Junction Hotel and the Kings Arms Hotel.
Look through our database and you're sure to find a company offering a pub-crawl. Or, map out your own route and ask if your local carriage hire firm will take you on a parade of pubs. There's no designated driver more delightful than one manning a horse drawn carriage.
Are you planning a special occasion? Think about making it horse drawn.