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 a separate 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 - 4pm
(note: in Summer months we open until 5 pm)
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.
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
The Big Play Barn run a number of mid-week and early-bird special offers, please see their website for current discounts www.bigplaybarn.com
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
New for November:
TODDLER MORNINGS - Mondays to Thursdays. Advance Booking essential as not available every day.
Start at the Big Play Barn, then join a mini-farm tour, finishing with children's lunch in the Play Barn. You are welcome to stay on after lunch. £15 for one adult and child. Click to find out more
Nativity:General Public 25th November onwards. Groups (pre-booked) start 20th.
Our popular Christmas Time on the Farm starts on the last weekend of November. Join us for our Nativity scene and meet Rudolph. Click here for more information
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 Facebook 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 ...
Brave: You may remember that back in June we had a new foal, now named Brave. He had a difficult start in life: he was big, but lost some blood and struggled to stand. After 9 days at the vets, he was back at the farm on his own four legs. Unfortunately, Brave has since had two more rather expensive trips back to the vets and we've decided to set up a sponsorship scheme. If you'd like to join as a sponsor (in exchange for free tickets), please click here for more details.
New Dexters: The number of cattle on the farm increased again with the purchase of a Dexter cow and her female calf. We've had Dexters in the past and we love them. They are sure to be a big hit with all our visitors. Come and see them soon!
An exciting time for all: We had a fantastic August with lots of different events at the farm, from Minibeast experiences to Digger Days. The Shire Horse staff were kept incredibly busy with successful appearances at local shows including Canwell. Last but not least, Tammy gave birth to piglets on a busy bank holiday Monday in front of many delighted visitors.
Show success: Wow, we are having a great year on the showground! Bromford Lucky Surprise took first in her class and was reserve champion (second) of the whole show. We also have a great foal in Bromford Beauty who came first in her class and was foal show champion. This is Greg Rawlins with Lucky Surprise displaying her rosettes.