Now operating for over 35 years, our farm is much loved for its friendly atmosphere. Generations of visitors from the same family have enjoyed trips to The Children's Farm although much has changed from our early days. Families don't need to book, so come and see us soon! And don't worry about the weather - nearly everything is undercover
The Big Play Barn is the latest attraction at Ash End - a purpose built play-barn which includes a giant undercover bouncing pillow. You can visit the play barn on its own or as part of our combi-ticket. There are different play areas for specific ages making play safe as well as fun.
We are open every day apart from a few days after Christmas when closure dates will be posted here.
The farm and play barn are separate attractions and have different opening times and admission fees, although a combined ticket can be bought reducing the total cost should you wish to visit both.
For both attractions, last admission is 1 hour before the closing time.
NOW: 9.30am - 5pm
(note: in Winter months we close earlier)
There are regular, daily organised activities that happen at specific times - egg collecting, chick chat, sit on a horse, tractor ride, bottle feeding. These activities are all included in your admission and are available weather and season permitting. See the Things To Do page for more information and activity times.
Big Play Barn
9.30am - 6.30pm
See the play barn website for further information
Children's admission includes ALL extra activities (chicken chat, bucket of animal feed, find an egg, bottle feed when available, etc.) For this reason, admission is required for all children who will get a card to access the activities. If you have a young baby then they can enter the farm free of charge but do not participate in the organised activities unless you choose to pay their admission.
See the Things to Do page for full information about activities included in your admission.
Big Play Barn
Adults:Free outside of school holidays (£1 during Birmingham school holidays)
*Under 1's £3.75, or free with a paying sibling
Parent and Toddler Time: term time Mon-Thur, 9.30 am - 3 pm for £5.95 Parent is free.
After school special term time Mon-Fri, 3.30 pm - 6.30 pm £7.95 (including entrance, meal, drink and pudding) Parent is free.
This super value ticket upgrades your farm visit to give you unlimited access to both attractions on the day of purchase.
Children:£11.95 (cost of upgrade from farm ticket = £3.50)
Adults:£7.45 / £8.45 during Birmingham school holidays (upgrade = £0 / £1)
Special Seasonal Events May and June
MAY DAY BANK HOLIDAYMonday 1st May JCB Digger Day and Morris Dancers
Come and see the farmer's new JCB loader and a JCB digger in action. Get a photo with the machines and take part in other tractor and digger-themed activities.
Sunday 28th May and Monday 29th May Sheep Shearing
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Tuesday 30th May JCB Digger Day
Wednesday 31st May JCB Digger Day and Mini Beasts Roadshow
The Mini Beasts Roadshow is back - get up close to huge butterflies and all manner of other captivating creatures. We dare you to hold the spider like this brave girl!
Thursday 1st June and Friday 2nd June Mini Beasts Roadshow and Bee Keeping Demonstrations (TBC)
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Our mascots will be on the farm to meet and greet your children.
Ash End House Children's Farm, Middleton Lane, Middleton, Nr. Tamworth, Staffs.
Postcode B78 2BLfor your satnav.
We are just south of the village of Middleton although we don't recommend you travel through the village itself. The easiest access is from the A4091 which is the main road that runs from The Belfry, past Drayton Manor Park, to Tamworth. Please don't approach us from the A446.
From the A4091, look out for signs directing you along Park Lane which runs into Middleton Lane. The farm is about one mile from the main road.
Coaches must approach via the A4091 and are by appointment only. All coaches must stay on the property for the duration of the visit.
We recommend you follow us on social media for the latest news 'from the horse's mouth'. Our staff post pictures regularly and there are win-a-ticket competitions too.
Here's some highlights of what's been happening on the farm recently ...
Cute Calves: We have had two calves born. We also decided to adopt a third. Here's the latest and cutest:
Piglet Heaven: 11 Tamworth piglets were born in the 2nd week of March. Here's a picture of them asleep under their heat lamp while their mother gets a break:
A Foal for Lady Diana: Our mare, Lady Diana, gave birth to a beautiful new foal in the last week of February. She's growing fast and is a lively character. Here's a picture of her shortly after birth:
Kidding around: This is the time of year that new baby goat kids and lambs are born on the farm. We take in orphan lambs as well. This means lots of bottle feeding opportunities for children visiting the farm. Look at these three hungry critters: