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.
9.30am - 5pm (from February 17th)
(note: in Winter months we open until 4 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
HALF TERM EVENTS:
(We follow Birmingham Term Dates. Half term is Monday February 19th to Friday 24th)
ALL INCLUDED IN YOUR ENTRY PRICE AND NO BOOKING REQUIRED ...
* For JCB, tractor and digger fans we have a treat ahead. There will be undercover digger demonstrations during February Half Term with a great photo opportunity for your little construction fan!
*Every day is Mascot/Character Day with favourites including Marshall appearing over lunch-time.
*We also have our farrier here on Tuesday 20th, fitting new shoes to some of the horses. This is fascinating to watch and is one of the few trades that is still practised in much the same way as it has been for hundreds of years.
*Of course we are hoping for baby animals galore ... and lovely bright early spring weather.
*And for a bit of fun, there will be Ferret Races every day!
JANUARY AND FEBRUARY:
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
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.
A new foal for a new year: We are pleased that Bromford Lucky Surprise has given birth to her first foal without too much trouble. She did need a little help to deliver the filly foal and we had a vet on hand, however all went well and both mare and foal are healthy.
Brave: Despite seeming to make good progress, Brave was plagued with repeated problems with his back legs. Finally, a few days before Christmas, we accepted the vet's advice and he was put to sleep. In Brave's last few weeks we were having to help him stand each morning and this led us to make the decision that his situation could only worsen as he put on weight and matured. Thank you to those who helped support his health care and for the messages left on facebook. This was a sad end to what was otherwise an enjoyable month welcoming visitors to the farm to visit Santa and to experience the Nativity play.