Devon brides given chance to ride to their wedding

Bride arriving to her wedding on horseback

Bride arriving to her wedding on horseback

A Devon farm has branched out and is offering brides the opportunity to arrive at their wedding on horseback.
The owners of Little Bidlake Farm, in Bridestowe, say that as the Royal wedding approaches, brides will be looking to make their wedding even more special and arriving on horseback could be the next wedding trend.
They said they understand couples want their special day to be truly unique and that arriving on horseback makes a wonderful memory for the bride and groom and their guests.
Brides will be able to take their own horse to the wedding civil ceremony. They would arrive at a gazebo on horseback ready for the ceremony and the horse will be looked after at on-site stables.
Little Bidlake Farm offers the opportunity to exclusively hire the whole farm for weddings allowing family and friends complete privacy. The owners Phil and Jo Down aim to make the bride and groom's special day run smoothly, in a relaxed manner tailored to their needs. They provide a venue to get married with accommodation and can help to organise every aspect of  the wedding celebration.
Jo Down said: "I speak to many brides who are looking for that extra special something to add to their wedding day which will make it truly unique. For some brides the thought of having their own horse with them on their wedding day is a very magical experience, plus it makes a wonderful photo opportunity. We have received a lot of enquiries about this new addition to our wedding service and we are delighted with the response.  We are now looking forward to welcoming our first bride on horseback."
Mr and Mrs Down were helped by the Country Sports South West project, which aims to help South West rural businesses which offer country sporting activities with the marketing and delivery of a quality tourism product. The team can also advise businesses which want to diversify and explore the opportunities of starting a country sporting enterprise; whether in sporting shooting, fishing, equine or hospitality.

Annette Cole, senior manager of Country Sports South West, said: "Little Bidlake Farm is a fantastic example of how South West farms are diversifying and offering new and innovative services. Country Sports South West aims to encourage more farms to offer country sports activities and services and wishes the team the best of luck with this new venture."

For more information: phone Jo or Phil Down at Little Bidlake Farm on 01837 861233, email:  or visit: 

Date added: Wednesday 13th April 2011
Latest updated: Thursday 20th August 2015


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