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. 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 - 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 the farm and the barn on the day of purchase.
Adults:£7.95 / £8.95 during Birmingham school holidays
Special Seasonal Events
We have a busy summer holiday diary, with lots of fun midweek events.At weekends, our mascots will be out on the farm frequently through the day to meet and greet our young visitors.
As usual, we have lots of guided hands-on activities to take part in, all of which are included in the cost of admission - so that's chick chat, bottle feed, find an egg etc. Our specialist staff are also on hand to show you our Creepy critters and Birds of Prey.
There's several special deals on offer - The Big Day Out (a fixed price discounted day including lunch, drinks, ice-creams and souvenirs) and Three for Two (come twice and you get the third visit for free) - see About Us for links to further information and how to book those.
Here's the diary ...
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.
It's show time!
Through the late spring and summer we attend lots of competitive shows with our team of Shire horses. The photo below is from Hanbury Show on the 7th July where Amelia, who is holding Lucky Surprise, won the young handlers class.
Our horses, Bromford Lucky Surprise, Bromford Winter Storm & Bromford Kingsman all won their classes, with Lucky surprise going onto win reserve champion!
At the prestigious Three Counties Show, which was in June, Lucky Surprise was Show Champion. We are having an excellent year with some of our younger horses coming into their prime and winning rosette after rosette. Come and learn more in our our new Shire Horse Centre.