Looking for things to do with the kids? Check out these fantastic animal experiences in Birmingham.
Grab the kids, pack the lunch gear and drink bottles and head out to explore the many farm parks, wildlife parks and horse riding places that Birmingham have to offer.
Forge Mill Farm Forge Lane, West Bromwich B71 3SZ
0121 588 7210
Forge Mill Farm Open: Open daily 10am to 4:30pm
Forge Mill Farm offers visitors the chance to see a variety of farm animals. The farm shop sells fresh meat, vegetables, plants, gifts and serves drinks and light snacks. There is a children's play area, a farm trail, good access to Forge Mill Lake and ample car parking. During the summer there is a Maize Maze
Sandwell Park Farm Salter's Lane, West Bromwich B71 4BG
0121 569 3070
Sandwell Park Farm Open: Daily from 7:30am. Closing times vary from 5:30pm in winter to 8:30pm in summer.
Sandwell Park Farm is a fully restored working Victorian farm. Grazing meadows, a traditional farmyard, walled kitchen gardens, Grade II listed buildings, a small museum and award-winning tea rooms provide a perfect day out.
Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom Preston on the Weald Moors, Telford, Shropshire, TF6 6DJ
Website Cost: £8.95 for adults, £7.95 for children aged 2 to 15 years, £8.45 for seniors and £7.95 for concessions. Children under 2 are free.
10 Feb to 9 Sept – Open daily 10am to 5pm
10 Sept to 1 Dec – Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm
1 Dec to 24 Dec – Open daily 10am to 5pm
25 Dec to 9 Feb – CLOSED
Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom is the ultimate destination for animal lovers and families alike. Located around 45 minutes drive from the Birmingham City Centre, Hoo Farm is home to a range of local and international species including big cats, birds, lemurs, wallabies and reptiles. You can read more here.
The Donkey Sanctuary, Sutton Coldfield Town Gate, Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield, B74 2YT
Website Open: Open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 3pm to 5pm, and on weekends and Bank Holidays from 10am to 3pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday.
Come and meet a number of donkeys housed at the sanctuary, most of which have been saved from mistreatment, neglect or illness. You can even adopt a donkey! You can read more here.
Broomey Croft Children’s Farm Bodymoor Heath Lane, Bodymoor Heath, Kingsbury, North Warwickshire, B76 0EE
Website Open: Open during weekends and school holidays only – 10am to 5pm during summer, 10am to 4pm during winter. Closes from Autumn half term to February half term
Cost: £4.90 for adults, £4.40 for children and pensioners, children under 2 years free
Located at Kingsbury Water Park, Broomey Croft allows visitors to meet and feed a variety of animals, have a tractor ride or play in the play areas. You can read more here.
Woodgate Valley Country Park Clapgate Lane, Bartley Green, Birmingham, B32 3DS
Woodgate Valley Country Park Open: Open 9:30am to 6pm mid-March to mid-September and 9:30am to 4:30pm from mid-September to mid-March.
The park is home to the Hole Farm Trekking Centre, where children and adults can go pony trekking and learn to ride.
You can also visit Woodgate Valley Urban Farm, which has rare breed sheep, Limousin cattle, Vietnamese pot bellied pigs, poultry, pygmy goats, rabbits, guinea pigs and other small animals.
There is a large, free car park which is fully accessible to people with disabilities.
This fantastic wildlife centre is home to a number of endangered species. Free parking is available on site. The car park can be accessed through the Pershore Road entrance.
You can also access the park through the mac (Midlands Art Centre) entrance off Edgbaston Road. This entrance is suitable for disabled visitors.
Summer (from the first week of April)
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm
Winter (from the last weekend of October)
Monday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
Senior citizens, students, and Passport to Leisure holders £5.00
Children aged 3 to 15 £3.30
Children under 3 Free
Family Day Ticket (2 adults and max 3 children aged 3 to 15 years) £20.00
Family Day Ticket (1 adult and max 3 children aged 3 to 15 years) £14.50
The Jungle Ranger Wild Experience Earlswood Lakes Craft Centre, Wood Lane, Earlswood, Solihull, B94 5JH
Website Open: Usually open on Saturdays and Sundays, but always check the Facebook page or give them a call to double check opening hours. Bookings are essential
Cost: £3 for adults and £3 for children aged over 2 years. Children under 2 years are free to enter
This unique education centre and animal experience has limited opening hours, but it’s worth a visit to meet and handle exotic snakes, scorpions, lizards, giant snails and even some very big spiders! It also doubles as a birthday party venue! You can read more here.
The Old Rectory Farm at Sheldon Country Park, Sheldon Ragley Drive, Church Road, Sheldon, Birmingham, B26 3TU
Sheldon Country Park
The Old Rectory Farm has been fully restored and operates as a demonstration farm, showing traditional methods of farming.
Animals kept at the farm include Jersey cattle, pigs, goats, ponies, ducks, chickens and geese. It is open daily and free to enter.
West Midlands Safari Park Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 1LF
0129 940 2114
Website Open See the calendar here Cost See the prices here
Take a drive through this amazing wildlife safari park! Visit the African Plains, Wild Asia, Elephant Valley and see the carnivores. You can also visit the African Village and spot lots of animals along the Discovery Trail. Daily activities include keeper talks, shows and animal encounters.
Brockswood Animal Sanctuary Brockswood, Catholic Lane, Sedgley, West Midlands, DY3 3YE
Website Open Saturdays and Sundays
Cost Adults £4.50, concessions £3.50, children aged 4 to 15 years £2.80, children under 4 free
Brockswood Animal Sanctuary is a home for neglected and unwanted animals and a place of restoration for sick or injured animals. Just some of the residents include ponies, goats, sheep, birds and an emu named Malcolm! You can read more here.
Twycross Zoo Norton Grange, Norton-Juxta-Twycross, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3PX
Website Open: Open every day 10am to 5pm except Christmas Day
Cost: Adults £21.95, children £16.95, concessions £19.50 - prices include voluntary donation. You can get a 10% discount when you book online. Children under 2 years are free
Twycross Zoo is home to around 500 animals and 125 different species! There is soft play and outdoor play also on site. You can take a walk through the delightful butterfly forest, take a ride in the safari cars or splash around in the outdoor play areas during the warmer months. You can read more here.
Little Owl Farm Park Owl Hill Lane, Dunhampton, Worcestershire, DY13 9SS
Website Open: See opening times here Cost: See entry fees here
Come and meet a heap of different animals, and have a cuddle with the bunnies and guinea pigs! There are also various other farm animals, plus reptiles and indoor and outdoor play. You can read more here.
Manor Farm Park Castle Hill, East Leake, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE12 6LU
Website Opening times and entry fees: Click here
Manor Farm Park is located around 50 minutes from Birmingham. It has a variety of animals to meet, including donkeys, goats and ponies. The park also offers donkey rides, and has an exhibit called Hoots Hollows, which showcases a collection of owls from all around the world! Most of the animals have been rescued, and you can ‘adopt’ an animal.
Trenthan Monkey Forest Stone Road, Trentham, Stoke-on-Trent, ST12 9HR
Website Cost: £8.50 for adults, £8 for concessions, £6.50 for children aged 3 to 14 years, £5.50 for the disabled/carers and children under 3 are free.
Open: Open from 10am daily until 5 November 2018. Closed 5 November 2018 to February 2019
This 60-acre forest is home to the Barbary macaque, an endangered species of monkey. Visitors to the forest can see the monkeys up close as they roam around the forest. There are feeding experiences available and an easy walking trail that is suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. You can read more here.
Dudley Zoological Gardens Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ
Website Cost: Adults £15, children aged 3 to 15 years £9.50, concessions £13, children under 3 years FREE
Open: Open daily (except Christmas Day) at 10am
Dudley Zoological Gardens is a unique wildlife centre that houses around 1300 animals and is located in the grounds of an 11th Century castle! Is it home to a number of endangered species plus a farmyard! You can read more here.
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