Riding lessons

Riding lessons at Lee Valley Riding Centre

With an indoor arena and two floodlit outdoor riding arenas, the 25 acre Lee Valley Riding Centre is the ideal place for horse riding lessons in London.

Have a Go lessons

Have a Go lessons are group sessions for complete beginners, where riders can experience being on horseback in a relaxed, safe environment on well trained horses and ponies.

You’ll learn the basics from mounting to mastering trot. Riding hats and boots are free to borrow with this lesson, so why not...have a go!

All participants must read the essential information before booking.

Please contact the centre on 020 8556 2629 if:

  • you'd like to book a session which takes place within the next two days
  • you'd like to book a lesson for four or more - the centre will need to confirm availability
  • you wish to redeem a gift voucher against this activity
  • Before you start your lessons make sure you fill in the Riders Registration form here.

Standard weekend session

For riders aged 16 and over

Junior weekend session

For riders aged 5 - 15

Junior weekday session

For riders aged 5 - 15


Learn to ride courses (limited places available)

Learn the basics of riding

These courses for complete beginners are offered at a discount rate and allow you to learn the skills of riding in a fun, group environment. There are separate courses for adults and children, so everyone progresses together, and you’ll be amazed at how confident you’ll feel as a rider by the time you receive your certificate of achievement at the end of the course!

No special kit is required, as hats and boots are available to borrow for free. Each session lasts for an hour and there are evening courses running throughout the year.

Learn to ride courses are programmed throughout the year, please contact the centre for more information on the next start dates. All participants must read the essential information before booking.

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Places must be booked in advance by calling 020 8556 2629.

Course Price Date Time
Mini course
Ages 5 - 8
(Six weeks)


Friday 5 January

Monday 8 January

16:30 - 17:30
Childrens' course
Ages 7 - 15
(12 weeks)

£220 Tuesday 9 January 17:30 - 18:30
Wednesday 10 January 18:30 - 19:30
Thursday 11 January 17:30 - 18:30
Adult course (16+)
(12 weeks)

£295 Monday 8 January 19:30 - 20:30
Wednesday 10 January
Thursday 11 January


Group lessons

Group lessons are available for beginners up to advanced riders and run all year round on weekends and weekday evenings. There are also group jumping lessons for all abilities.

Book online

Before you can book a group lesson online, one of our British Horse Society qualified instructors will need to assess your riding and suggest the best group for you – you can be assessed on a Have a Go lesson or a private lesson.

Once you have been assessed you  can obtain your membership number from the centre and use it to log in and book group lessons online.

All participants must read the essential information before booking.

Already a member?


Private lessons

Improve your riding techniques

To fit in with busy lives, private lessons can be arranged any time between 07:15 and 21:00 Monday to Thursday, and between 08:00 and 18:00 on Friday to Sunday.

The centre provides dressage and show jumping tuition. There's also a cross-country jumping course available for lessons for experienced riders when ground conditions permit.

All participants must read the essential information before booking.

Book now

Places must be booked in advance by calling 020 8556 2629

Riding for the disabled sessions

Run in partnership with the Riding for the Disabled Association (RDA), sessions last for half an hour and are for groups of up to five riders. Sessions are taught by specially trained instructors and volunteers who assist riders and lead the horses and ponies.

If you think the RDA sessions would be right for you or a person in your care, you're welcome to come and watch a session in progress and have a chat about suitability and availability – contact the centre for more information.

All participants must read the essential information before booking.

Book now

Places must be booked in advance by calling 020 8556 2629

Essential information

  • You must agree to our Terms and Conditions
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  • If you or the person you are booking for has a disability, learning disability, an injury or physical or other medical condition, you must contact us before booking on 020 8556 2629 or riding@vibrantpartnerships.co.uk as the desired session may not be suitable. We will need some detailed information and may need to carry out a risk assessment lesson so we can recommend the best activity for you.
  • All lessons must be booked and paid for in advance, either by visiting the centre or by phone. All major debit and credit cards are accepted
  • Bookings cannot be made by email
  • Bookings can be amended so long as you give 48 hours’ notice or more
  • Please wear jodhpurs, or loose-fitting or stretchy trousers and a sleeved top
  • Strong shoes or boots with a small block heel must be worn
  • A body protector must be worn for all jumping lessons
  • Maximum rider weight is 13 stone/83kg
  • Children must be five years old or over to join all group activities
  • Riding hats are available to hire - free to ‘Have a Go’ riders. If you'd like to bring your own, please refer to our Terms and Conditions to see if it's suitable for use at Lee Valley Riding Centre.
  • Body protectors can also be hired
  • Riding boots are available to borrow free of charge


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