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.
What's on this summer?
Each week there will be different event during weekdays. See special events tab for further information. Here's the diary.
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
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
This summer we have a weekly programme of events which will make your visit even more fun and interesting. See diary, below.
Teddy Bears' Picnic Week:Bring along your favourite teddy, picnic blanket and packed lunch for our daily Teddy Bears' Picnic. Join in with the Teddy Bear Disco and party games. Don't worry if it is raining - we've indoor picnic barns. Free biscuit and drink.
Week commencing 31st July (Mon - Fri)
Fairies, Wizards and Knights: Come and meet the farm fairies and the Wizard and his wise owl. Come in full fairy, wizard or knight costume for a lucky dip prize.
Week commencing 7th August (Mon - Fri)
JCB Week:Watch digger and tractor demonstrations. Three displays daily. Take part in crafty activities as well.
Week commencing 14th August (Mon - Fri)
Mascot / Character Week:Wear your favourite dressing up character costume and join in with our Mascot Race. Lots of fun and games. A lucky dip prize for everyone in full costume.
Week commencing 21st August (Mon - Fri)
Creepy Crawly Week:Meet some friendly minibeasts and reptiles with the Minibeast Roadshow (Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri). Learn about Bees and Bee-keeping (Note: Tuesday 22nd only).
Week commencing 28th August July (Tue - Fri)
Allotment Week: Visit the farm allotment and help pick some vegetables and herbs. Note: not available on Bank Holiday Monday.
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 ...
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.
Braveheart: Our latest foal had a difficult start in life. He was big, but lost some blood and struggled to stand. After 9 days at the vets with mum Emma, he was back running about (although here he's taking a well-earned break):
Beautiful Belle: Well done Bromford Beauty (Belle). She won 1st prize and a cup at Stafford Show!! It was only her second show outing, so she's done us all proud:
A close shave: With the weather warming up, the sheep were relieved to have their fleece clipped. Its a tough job, so a big thanks to Dave, our shearer, for doing a great job in front of an interested audience at half term:
The maternity ward: New lambs and kids are still arriving. Here's Bailey the goat with her twin girls who were named after the Farm manager's new wife ... "Atlanta" and "Mercedes". Greg and Atlanta were married on May 20th!