Center Parcs Elveden Forest Pony Ride

We haven’t been able to take Ethan on a pony ride for a while now. It’s something I wanted to do regularly with him as he has always enjoyed it. There is a riding school local to my mum’s house but pregnancy and Little E’s arrival stopped the plans. Darren’s shift pattern also doesn’t help and we just haven’t been able to fit it into our routine.

So when I was looking through the activities we could book whilst on our Center Parcs break I was excited to see a pony ride option. This wasn’t available when we visited in March last year and we opted for a horse and carriage ride instead. I felt it was a little on the expensive side at £18 each but I didn’t want to miss this chance for Ethan.


I arrived at the pony ride area before Ethan and Darren so I was able to make them aware that Ethan has autism. As Ethan is getting older I’m wanting to reduce how we talk about Ethan’s autism in-front of him as I don’t want him to see it as a problem, but at the same time I think it is only fair for people to be aware of the situation.

The lady picked the pony called Snowy for Ethan and we then had to see if Ethan would let us put the riding hat on him. Thankfully he was happy for this to go on his head and he said hello to Snowy.


After getting Ethan settled they were off on their pony ride.

The pony ride lasted for about 15 minutes and Ethan really enjoyed his ride on Snowy. We are hoping that Little E will also be able to enjoy this activity in the future as you have to be at least two years old to take part.


6 thoughts on “Center Parcs Elveden Forest Pony Ride”

    1. Jane - Our Little Escapades

      He does love them, I would love to make it a regular thing. We will have to see what the future holds for him and this hobby x

  1. Well done to him! He looks so happy there and I bet you were so proud.
    It sounds like you do just the right thing with telling people discreetly that he has autism without making him aware of what you’re doing.

    1. Jane - Our Little Escapades

      It never really used to worry me but as he is getting older I feel he is getting more aware. I think its the best thing to do for him x

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