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.
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 ride.
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. On Monday to Wednesday it's half price, courtesy of the Eat Out scheme. 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, see next section
The Big Play Barn: Indoor play is currently prohibited. However, since the start of August, we have opened the giant bouncy pillow, a small bouncy castle for little ones and our inflatable assault course too. We've called this Bounce @ the Big Play Barn. Farm visitors may use this facility for free, without booking, before or after your visit; just show your booking confirmation. If you aren't visiting the farm, you can still visit bounce for a nominal fee but you must book from the Big Play Barn website.
The cafe is open inside The Big Play Barn and Monday-Wednesday is Eat Out to Help Out ... the cafe is half price all day during that part of the week.
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: Strictly, non-refundable but we'll move your slot if you or any of your group are unwell if you let us know before 8.00am on the day. Message us on Facebook or use our contact form / email and we will get back to you ASAP. Note: we can not refund or reschedule no-shows or requests after 8, nor can we accept telephone cancellations.)
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.
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. 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.
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 soft play won’t be open for the foreseeable future.
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, late opening until 6pm Mon-Fri. 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.
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.