It's getting better all the time! Playgrounds are go! Pony Sit Ons are go! Cafe Open!
The great news is that this weekend we can widen the number of activities we are offering and we can open more facilities. This will continue until we have further guidance. Pre-booking still required: link further down!
Our outdoor play areas, including the outdoor bouncy pillow, are all open! Creepy Critters and Birds of Prey are open! The Farmhouse Cafe is open with outdoor seating for picnics and our served meals + extra space undercover, if it's drizzling.
We're keeping the tractor trailer ride closed for a while longer but why not take a walk down to our pond, instead?
And to compensate, we're giving every paying child a £2 voucher for the shop ... you could take a (toy) tractor home. For now, the Big Play Barn must remain closed, too.
Animal feeding: We can now give you buckets of food (cleaned between uses) to offer the animals and there are branches and leaves that you can offer to our goats. Our staff are positioned strategically around the farm to introduce you to the animals and help you get the most out of your visit. And there are plenty of hand-wash facilities and sanitiser stations.
We are still operating on a "book your start time" system, and have an advisory one way system in place with 2m markings where appropriate. We are now only taking online bookings so please don't turn up on the day. When days are sold out we may extend entry beyond the last booking so please feel free to enquire, on Facebook about that possibility.
The system is that you book an entry time and then you stay as long as you like ...
Guarantee: we'll always move your slot if you find you can't come! Just message or email us before (we don't refund or move no-shows, though). If you are a bit late, arriving that's no problem either; we are nice people and realise that, with small children, things don't always go to plan.
I am a carer, how does it work for me?
If you are a registered carer, then please message us on Facebook with the numbers of children and adults in your group. There is one free carer for a paying disabled child or adult in your care, but we need to advise you how to book.
Do I pay for a baby?
We charge normal child entry from 12 months. Under 1s come in free, but if your child is near 12 months and may appear to be older to our staff, then please bring photo proof of DOB on your phone in case we ask. We are sorry to ask for that but unfortunately we do have instances where much older toddlers are declared as free-entry "babies" … a photo of DOB on a birth certificate, passport or red medical book clears that up straight away.
Can I add more people to my booking after I've made it?
Once you have your entry slot, if you wish to bring more family or bubble friends on the day, then they can tag along and pay on the door. Just tell us on arrival and pay the balance.
I have a child voucher. Can I use it?
If it is just one child, then make your booking but leave the child off the numbers to reduce your online payment. Bring the voucher on the day to hand over for the non-paid, child entry.
I have tickets for most or all of my family. How do I book?
Don't use the booking system; instead, please message us and we'll advise you further. Please be aware we can only offer you a slot if one is available and we often sell out a day or two before. So give us some notice, please!
Can I use my play barn membership for a discount?
Memberships remain frozen and therefore discounts don’t apply. If you really do want to use your discount then you’ll need to discuss with us, in advance, by messaging on Facebook. We’d have to unfreeze your membership from that point forward so please be sure that’s what you want to do as the play barn won’t be open ye
The best children's farm in the West Midlands!
Now operating for over 35 years, our farm park 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 (currently closed) is a separate attraction at Ash End - a purpose built soft 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. See the tab at the top for more information.
We put lots of up-to-date information, competitions and special offers on Facebook. Why not like us and join in the 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 - 5.00pm (from February 15th)
(note: in winter months, between November and February, we open until 4 pm)
Not currently applicable: 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.
PLEASE NOTE: in the short term, as lockdown is eased, we are still unable to run tractor rides. In recognition of this, children will receive a 2 pound souvenir voucher to spend in our gift shop. Please check our home page for details of what's on. After 4th July, most is on and our customers have been raving on Facebook about how great their visit has been.
When business is operating normally ... 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.
Play Barn entry and Combi-Ticket - currently unavailable
This super value ticket upgrades your farm visit to give you unlimited access to both the farm and the barn on the day of purchase.
Adults:£8.95 / £9.95 during Birmingham school holidays
Not at the moment. Watch this space!
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.