Horsepower: a celebration of Scotland's equine heritage - FREE
The Helix is celebrating the Year of History, Heritage and
Archaeology with an a new event: Horsepower is an imaginative
celebration of Scotland's equine heritage taking place on the
9th of September from 10am until 4pm.
Over 30 horses from all over Scotland including
rare Scottish breeds will be attending Horsepower to deliver live
demonstrations of working horses including logging, barge pulling
along the canal, farriers, and more around The Helix park.
Horsepower star attractions, two stunt shows from les Amis Stunt
Team featuring stunt riders from the Outlander T.V series 2
& 3, will bring history to life through impressive
jousting techniques and Highlander Displays in the Horsepower
A performance by UZ Arts, a Scottish artistic charity , will
subvert the public with its performance inspired by the monumental
Kelpies and the legendary and beloved Falkirk horse Carnera.
"Spirit Unbroken" brings together a horse spirit, a unicorn, an
interactive realm in which horses rule humans and a remarkable
dance between a French horse La bête noire and its human
This free event is full of family friendly activities for little
and large horse lovers. Pony rides are available for children from
3 - 12 years old (for more info see below). If real ponies are too
big, a vintage carousel will please the others. The Dig It! museum
container near the Kelpies will display a photo booth time machine,
horse related artefacts and live exterior graffiti artwork. The
children's activity marquee will also offer great activities
organised by the RSPB, Forth Environment Link, the Young
Archaeologist's Club and many more.
Horsepower is free to attend with some of the
activities requiring tickets booked in advance or paid for on the
- Children's Pony rides : These are available for children aged
3- 12 years old with a weight limit of 10 stone. Tickets can be
purchased online or on the day.
- Fancy a horse and cart ride from the Stadium car park to the
Helix park ? We have got you covered! Tickets can be purchased on
the day of the event.
- Join the Young Archaeologist's club for their Big Dig ! Have a
go at digging up a real horse skeleton, learning all about
archaeological techniques and what bones can tell us about the
past. Pre-booking is recommended.
Bear with us! Booking options will be available
shortly on this page.
We have an action packed line up of shows and demonstrations set
to take place in the Horsepower arena on the Great Lawn. The full
programme will be identical in the morning and the afternoon to
give you a chance to see them all.
A detailed map of the Helix park with the activities will be
available before the event to help you organise your day! Stay
We want to see your pictures !
Follow the event on the dedicated Facebook event page for more
information before, during and after Horsepower. You can use the
Horsepower picture frame from the facebook event page on you mobile
Tag all your images on Twitter and Instagram with
#Horsepower #HHA2017 #TheKelpies
When and where is Horsepower taking place?
The event is taking place throughout the park. Activities will
take place at the Kelpies, the canal, the great lawn and the lagoon
from 10AM until 4PM on the 9th of September.
How do I reach the Helix park on the day?
- Please, use the car parks at the stadium and the car parks at
The Helix. Please note there is a £3 charge to park in The Helix
car parks. DO NOT PARK ON THE VERGE OF THE M9!
- Blue badge parking spaces are available at the stadium and the
Helix car parks. As the event is spread around the park, we advise
blue badge holders to consult the event map before coming to the
park which will be available a week prior to the event.
- As car parks are limited on site, we advise local visitors to
walk, cycle or use public transport to come to the park. As a
trial, the Helix has teamed up with Event Connect part of the
Abellio Group to provide a FREE shuttle bus from Falkirk High and
Grahamston stations to the Helix Park. Shuttle buses will run from
9.30am until 5.30pm on a first come first serve basis. A
small donation of £1 per person is suggested
Is Horsepower a dog friendly event?
Dogs are welcome to join the fun howevertheymust be kept on a
lead for the wellbeing of the horses on site.
Will there be food available?
A number of catering options will be available onsite from the
delicious treats served in the Visitor Centre and Plaza cafe's to
the mobile catering stands located throughout the park.
Scotland Food and Drink is also joining the festivities with its
Marketplace on the Great Lawn.
What should we wear?
We recommend that you come prepared for our wonderful ever
changing Scottish weather Ground conditions may be wet, please wear
What will happen if the weather is very
The event will only be cancelled if the weather in Falkirk is
perceived to be a danger to the public
The decision to cancel will be made at 9am on the day of the
event. You should check the web site and social media from 8am on
the day, particularly if extremely high winds or storm conditions
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