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Horsepower: a celebration of Scotland's equine heritage - FREE EVENT

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 Arena.

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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 partner.

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 day:

- 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 tuned


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 phone !

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 suitable footwear.

What will happen if the weather is very bad?

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 are forecast.


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