Funding for horse festival

The UK’s first major Heavy Horse Festival is to be staged next year at a north Northumberland village.

Funding of nearly £30,000 has been won for the event which will take place on May 5, 2013, in Milfield.

It comes after villagers put forward the plan to the Lottery Fund’s Village SOS competition.

The festival will celebrate now rare breeds such as the Clydesdale and bring together heavy horses from all over the UK.

The event will include carriage driving, riding, farriers, saddlers, wheel wrights, vintage machinery and a farmers’ market square with fresh produce.

It is hoped that the festival will be the foundation for a long-term development of tourism to the village and surrounding area.

An educational heavy horse centre is planned which will be linked to the nearby tourist attraction of Heatherslaw Mill and the steam train at Etal.

For more details or to sponsor the event, see www.heavyhorsefestival.co.uk