Land of the Fanns’ Heritage Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

Land of the Fanns' Heritage Horse Drawn Carriage Ride

Lucky Locals get a day trip of a Lifetime on a Unique Horse Drawn Carriage Ride around the Historic Sites of Havering.

A horse drawn omnibus recently took locals on a unique free tour of heritage sites around Havering on Saturday 21st July.

Havering Councillor, Linda Hawthorn, states; “this is a fantastic partnership event between Discover Me, Heritage Lottery Fund and Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme, that will enable local people to enjoy and discover their local heritage sites from a unique vantage point."

Heritage Engagement Officer for Land of the Fanns Project, Debbie Brady, described the tour as "a fantastic way to show local people what they have in their area that they may not even know exists. We aim to follow this wonderful event up each year, visiting other historic ‘hidden gems’ in and around Essex”.  

To celebrate the relaunch of Discover Me, a project bringing together historic sites across Metropolitan Essex, a shire horse drawn omnibus started and finished at Thames Chase Forest Centre visiting the Tithe Barn in Cranham, the Havering Museum in Romford and finishing with a visit to the Upminster Windmill and Old Chapel. 

The carriage transported 18 lucky locals, who saw the area from a very different perspective as well as learning about the ‘hidden gems’ of heritage sites on their doorstep. As the carriage travelled through Upminster and Romford, passers-by and shoppers also saw the wonderful site of two shire horses pulling the colourful carriage and had the chance to ask questions from staff in attendance when the horses and carriage stopped at various locations along the way. 


DISCOVER ME (Discover Metropolitan Essex) Explore the historical treasures of Metropolitan Essex. Metropolitan Essex has fascinating sites across Barking and Dagenham, Redbridge, Havering and Thurrock, ideal for a day out. Intriguing heritage, inspiring architecture and things to do for all the family.

About Land of the Fanns
“The surviving London fans on the edge of east London – fens, forest and farms that despite being fragmented, are exceptionally rich in unique layers of geographical, built, natural and cultural heritage that has continually been evolving since the last Ice Age – will be positively managed and understood as the last remaining landscape of London as it once was” Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Vision.
The Land of the Fanns Landscape Partnership Scheme is an ambitious 5 year programme comprised of 26 individual projects. The Scheme is aimed at engaging the local communities of Havering, Barking & Dagenham, Thurrock, Brentwood and south-west Essex with the natural, geological, archaeological and built heritage of their local area.
This unique £2.4 million Scheme was awarded £1.36 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2016. The Scheme brings together a number of different partner organisations with a commitment to work towards a shared goal of enabling local people to discover, restore and enjoy what’s special about the local landscape.

About the Heritage Lottery Fund
Using money raised through the National Lottery, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) sustains and transforms a wide range of heritage for present and future generations to take part in, learn from and enjoy. From museums, parks and historic places to archaeology, natural environment and cultural traditions, we invest in every part of our diverse heritage. HLF has supported 37,000 projects, allocating over £6 billion across the UK.

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