The London Harness Horse Parade

A Parade of Harness Horses, Ponies & Donkeys


50th Anniversary Parade in 2016

The Committee of The London Harness Horse Parade is pleased to announce that 2016 will be the 50th Anniversary of the amalgamation of the London Cart Horse Parade and the London Van Horse Parade which combined in 1966.

To celebrate this Anniversary a special commemorative brass will be issued together with special rosettes. In addition, the entry fee of £25. (which has remained at the same rate for the past seven years) will be refunded to all those exhibitors who attend with their turnouts on Easter Monday, 28th March 2016. This refund will be made in 2016 only as part of the Anniversary celebrations.

We are hoping that the 2016 Parade will be bigger and better than ever and would encourage as many people as possible to take part in this special Anniversary Parade.

We would also be delighted to hear from anybody whose family attended the 1966 Parade and has attended regularly ever since.

Easter Monday - 28th March 2016

The London Harness Horse Parade will be held on Easter Monday, 28th March 2016, at the South of England Centre, Ardingly, West Sussex, RH17 6TL.


For details of photographs from previous parades visit our photographs page.

For all enquiries contact the Parade Secretary.

The London Harness Horse Parade as it is known today takes place annually on Easter Monday at The South of England Centre, Sussex. Steeped in tradition, the parade offers onlookers a glimpse into a world gone by and for those participating, a chance to show off their best turnouts as well as meet up with friends and fellow enthusiasts. The Parade in its present form is actually an amalgam of two traditional parades - the London Cart Horse Parade, which was founded in 1885, and the London Van Horse Parade, which was founded in 1904.

More history

The Worshipful Company of Loriners' Newcomer Award

For new exhibitors or exhibitors who have not entered the London Harness Horse Parade within the last 5 years. This will be determined by the Parade Secretary's records of entries based on the exhibitor and not the animal(s) or vehicle. All entries which qualify will receive a special rosette and a copy of the Centenary History Book "Parade", in addition to any other prizes. Only entries that come forward for judging at the parade will be eligible for this award. The first 12 eligible entries will receive a refund of 12 towards their entry fee.

Download a schedule and entry form.

London Harness Horse Parade on BBC's Countryfile

The 2007 parade was filmed by the BBC for Countryfile, the cameras were with us all day, with many key people interviewed. The programme was broadcast on Sunday 15th April 2007, at 11:00.