Yes we are OPEN! Playgrounds are go! Pony Sit Ons are go! Cafe Open!
Booking Required: Pre-booking still required for your entry time: link further down!
Masks and Safety: Guidance is that masks are mandatory for over 11 year-old children and adults in our indoor areas (Creepy Critters, Hatchery, Piggery, Shop). There are plenty of hand-wash facilities and sanitiser stations. We are operating on a "book your start time" system, staggering entry, and have one way trail in place. We are now ONLY taking online bookings so please don't turn up on the day.
RULE OF 6:Please do not break the law by booking for more than 6 people unless you are a support bubble according to the government definition (see link, below, f you aren't sure) or if you are a genuine household of greater than 6. If you book for a larger group, or make two consecutive bookings under the same name, or using the same contact details or payment card, you are illegally gathering and we will cancel your booking (if we spot it before arrival), or ask you to leave it becomes evident when you are here. If you wish to come on the same day as friends then they must make a separate booking and remain social distanced from you for the duration of your visit.
What's On: Everything is on, except the Tractor Trailer Ride (to compensate, we're giving every paying child a £2 voucher for the shop). For those that have been before, expect things to be a bit different with our staff facilitating the interactions with the animals on a family-by-family basis rather than in groups; that's things like the chick chat, collect and egg, pet a bunny, sit on pony.
Eating facilities: You can picnic or eat buy food from our cafe, or mix and match. We are running a cut back menu but there's something for most people's tastes. We don't take bookings for the cafe so just pop in when it suits you, during or after your visit. The Big Play Barn cafe is also operating on a similar basis.
The Big Play Barn:
a) If you wish to book for JUST a play barn visit, please do so from their website.
b) If you wish to add an indoor play to a farm booking, then just make a normal farm booking, below, and then pay the discounted upgrade, on the day (£5 per child). We don't take reservations for upgrades but we do reserve large numbers of upgrade spaces. Please note that on wet days, although we allocate a large number of tickets for farm visitor use, the demand is hard to predict and on very rare occasions we will not be able to permit entry until the numbers of children playing indoors has dropped.
c) We have a new late Farm Entry and Play Barn discount ticket: after 3pm at the weekend you can buy, at a reduced rate, a combination ticket. This allows an approx. 2.5 hour stay, split across the farm and the play barn. See the booking calendar for these slots.
Animal feeding: Included in child entry. We can now give you buckets of food (cleaned between uses) to offer the animals.
Booking: Book the time you'd like to start your visit. The first time shown on your booking is your check-in time at which point you can enter the animal areas. Please choose the time you will get to us by. You may then stay as long as you like.
Cancellations: Bookings are non-refundable but we'll move your slot if you or any of your group are unwell if you let us know before 7.00am on the day. Message us on Facebook or use our contact form / email and we will get back to you. One reschedule is free but subsequent moves will be charged a £5 admin fee.
We are 90% undercover so we do not accept reschedule requests because of wet weather.
I am a carer, how does it work for me?
We allow one free carer for a paying disabled child or adult in your care. Please book online as normal, leaving the carer off the booking completely. Please be prepared to show proof of status either of the carer or the person who is dependent on you. We accept the following. If you can't provide one of these then please book and pay for your adult:
Valid Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance award letter
Valid Personal Independence payment award letter
A current valid Blue Badge
A valid letter from your GP stating the need for a carer dated within the last 6 months.
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. Some parents opt to pay for their under 12 months child as they wish them to have the bucket of animal feed, pony-sit-on, hunt-for-an-egg, etc. If you wish to do this then please add them as a child to the booking.
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. You can't add people online after making the booking, so just bring them on the day.
I have a voucher. Can I use it?
If you have at least one paying person (with no voucher), book as normal but leave off those with vouchers. Bring the voucher on the day to hand over for the non-paid-for entries. Only contact us if you have vouchers for all of your group so therefore have nothing to pay; WE STILL NEED TO BOOK YOU THOUGH. Please check your vouchers are valid at any time. Some have restrictions printed on them.
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.
9.00am - 5.00pm at the weekend, 3pm during the week. Last entry 2 hours before closing.
(note: in Winter we open until 4 pm)
There are organised activities that happen through the day for your child - egg collecting, chick chat, sit on a pony. 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. Tractor ride currently unavailable. No bottle feeding until next Spring.
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.
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 (under 12 months) 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
a) For tickets for just the play barn: www.bigplaybarn.com(ticket prices vary depending on slot)
b) To add the play barn to your farm ticket, book your farm ticket from this website and then, ON THE DAY, pay £5 per childto upgrade to a COMBI
c) New Ticket: Late farm entry + inclusive play barn COMBI (weekend only)
To enable visitors to make a shorter visit to the farm at the end of the day followed by a play barn visit, we have introduced a new special "Late Entry COMBI" ticket which is £10.95 per child and £8.95 per adult. See our booking calendar for slots after 3pm to book this.
This is cheaper that a normal farm entry + combi upgrade (child: £14.95, adult £9.45)
Halloween is back this year with special attention to social distancing. On our booking calendar you'll find tickets for Halloween mixed in amongst some normal farm tickets from Monday 26th October to 31st October. Book with confidence! If the even scarier prospect of another lockdown effects this event we will be refunding or rescheduling. Please use the normal booking link from half-way down our Home / About Us page and scroll forward to Halloween week. Please note: Big Play Barn is not included but, subject to availability, you can upgrade on the day (or why not come back another day for a big play!)
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.