Open day fun at Lizard animal sanctuary

Cornwall’s most southerly animal charity is throwing open its gates for a special day of fun later this month.

Bolenowe Animal Sanctuary is home to around 80 horses, ponies, donkeys, goats and other animals who have found a safe, caring home on its 30-acre farm just outside the village of Ruan Minor after being abandoned, unwanted, rescued or needing full-time care for the rest of their lives.

The open day will include a horse-training demonstration by Michelle Cure, a Monty Roberts natural horsemanship instructor, a fun dog show, songs by the renowned Cadgwith Singers, stalls, a bouncy castle, face painting, and the chance to take a stroll around the paddocks to meet the animals.

Bolenowe’s chairman Val Blake said: “Among the horses and ponies that people can meet here are the Bodmin Twelve, two groups of starving and ill ponies rescued from Bodmin Moor and now enjoying a new, happy life here with the other horses and ponies, who include tiny Shetland ponies.”

The open day will run from 11am to 4pm on Sunday August 21, with entry by donations. Dogs on leads will be welcome. The sanctuary is well signposted from the A3083 as it approaches Ruan Minor. You can find more information about the charity at

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