Nestled in the heart of England, the West Midlands is known for its rich history, vibrant culture, and picturesque landscapes. Amidst its bustling towns and historic landmarks, there are many family-friendly days out and fun places to visit near Birmingham where you can be surrounded by animals. Whether you're a local looking for a weekend adventure or a visitor eager to explore the region's rural charm, the West Midlands offers a variety of farms that provide not only a glimpse into the world of farming but also unforgettable experiences for kids of all ages.
In this guide, you can check out the 20 best children's farms in the West Midlands. So, grab your wellies, pack some snacks, and let's embark on an exciting farm-tastic adventure!
If you're looking for other days out near Birmingham or the Midlands feel free to browse the rest of my blog and social media channels, I have reviewed lots of things to do and family attractions over the years.
20 Petting Farms and Attractions near Birmingham
1. Attwell Farm Park
Attwell Farm Park, located in Redditch, is a lovely place for visitors of all ages. At the park farm, visitors can explore a wide range of engaging activities, such as interacting with friendly farmyard animals like goats, sheep, and chickens, Milk Mooana the Milking cow in the petting barn, exploring the fire engine, bouncing on the jumping pillows, and more! You have the opportunity to stroke adorable animals and handle some invertebrates in the bug barn. As well as the animals, there are indoor and outdoor play areas, including a play area, ride-on and coin-operated tractors, and more.
Address: Seafield Lane, Redditch, B98 9DB.
2. Ash End House Farm
Ash End House Children's Farm is a delightful gem nestled near Tamworth. With a wide range of animals and hands-on activities, it provides a perfect opportunity for both children and adults to connect with nature and learn about the wonders of farm life. It's a place where you can feed friendly animals, explore The Big Play Barn, bounce on the bouncy pillows, or play in the sand pit.
Address: Middleton Lane, Tamworth, B78 2BL.
3. Little Owl Farm Park
Nestled in the picturesque countryside of Worcestershire, Little Owl Farm Park is a haven of family-friendly fun and rural charm. This farm provides a wholesome experience for visitors of all ages, where they can get up close and personal with a variety of adorable animals, from playful piglets to fluffy lambs. The park's interactive and educational activities, including animal petting and play areas, provide an engaging and informative day out for children and adults alike.
In addition to its animals, this childrens farm also has a soft play area, sand pit, pedal and ride-on tractors, bouncy pillows, fairy walk, zip wire, and more. There are so many fun things to do!
If you'd like to learn more about the farm, head to my blog here.
Address: Owl Hill Lane, Dunhampton, Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 9SS.
4. National Forest Adventure Farm
In the heart of Staffordshire, National Forest Adventure Farm is an exciting destination that offers an exhilarating blend of outdoor adventure and family-friendly fun. This spot is renowned for its range of activities, from the huge soft play, Mega Slide Mountain, teacup ride, pedal go-karts, JCB Zone, music maze, and more! You can meet the animals such as the rabbits and guinea pigs in the barn.
With themed adventures and seasonal events throughout the year, every visit is a unique and unforgettable experience. We have visited before for the farm's dinosaur event and the Farmarama summer event where they brought a beach to Burton, had foam parties, and a maize maze. I know the Halloween and Christmas events are super popular too!
It's a must-visit attraction for families looking for fun things to do that's got a bit of something for everyone.
If you'd like to see a vlog of our latest visit, head to my YouTube channel.
Address: Postern Road, Tatenhill, Burton-on-Trent, DE13 9SJ.
5. Hatton Adventure World
Hatton Adventure World (part of Hatton Country World) offers an impressive range of activities, from seeing the farmyard animals, reptiles, and guinea pig village, to having a go on the ride-on diggers at the JCB track, the funfair rides, inflatables (seasonal), Superslide Mania, and more.
With a calendar full of seasonal events and activities, it's no wonder that the attraction is a cherished spot for a family day out.
Address: Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick, CV35 8XA.
6. Lower Drayton Farm
Lower Drayton Farm is a family run farm that provides an immersive agricultural experience for visitors of all ages. The award winning farm has a variety of friendly animals like cows, pigs, alpacas, emus, and ponies, as well as fun indoor and outdoor activities. In the play barn, there is a huge soft play (one of the best we've been to), including an area for babies, younger children, and older children as well as the role-play village. Outside there are ziplines, a fire engine to sit in, bouncy pillows, sandpits, climbing frames, drop slides, pedal go-karts, and inflatables. You can also host kids parties here too!
There are lots of things going on over the year, including Dino Discovery, PYO Pumpkins, Jingle Ville - a brand new Christmas experience, and more! Our favourite time of the year to visit is definitely Halloween. The pumpkin patch is huge!
Address: The Play Barn Lower Drayton Lane, Stafford, ST19 5RE.
7. Hoo Zoo and Dinosaur World
Hoo Zoo and Dinosaur World offer an exciting blend of zoo and farm animals and prehistoric wonders, making it a captivating destination for families and dinosaur enthusiasts alike. Located in the scenic surroundings of Telford, Shropshire, this petting zoo combines the thrill of encountering exotic animals at the zoo with the awe-inspiring world of dinosaurs. Visitors can marvel at a diverse collection of animals, from rare and endangered species to majestic big cats and farmyard favourites. We loved feeding the animals when we visited, especially the lorikeets!
What sets Hoo Zoo apart is its Dinosaur World, where lifelike animatronic dinosaurs transport you back in time to the age of the giants. It's a thrilling journey through history, where learning about both modern and ancient creatures is both educational and immensely enjoyable for all ages.
Hoo Zoo and Dinosaur World regularly have animal encounter offers advertised on Groupon.
If you'd like to see a vlog of our latest visit, head to my YouTube channel.
Address: Hoo, Hadley, Telford, TF6 6DJ.
8. All Things Wild
All Things Wild, located in the scenic Worcestershire countryside, is a haven for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. This expansive nature park offers a diverse range of attractions that blend entertainment with education seamlessly. Visitors can embark on a journey through captivating exhibits showcasing farm animals and exotic animals from around the world, including big cats, meerkats, and reptiles.
Additionally, All Things Wild boasts play equipment, a farmyard walkthrough, pedal go-karts, a barefoot walk, a step-through time dinosaur walk, a lemur walkthrough, and water play, as well as indoor attractions including Jungle Mayhem, a dino barn, farmyard barn, indoor beach, and more! It's a great place to let the kids run wild - no pun intended!
Address: Station Road, Honeybourne, Evesham, WR11 7QZ.
9. Amerton Farm and Billy's Farm Barn
At Amerton Farm you can see animals including cows, horses, ponies, sheep, pigs, ducks and chickens which are housed in a purpose-built barn. Billy's Farm Barn, a highlight of the experience, is an indoor play area that provides an opportunity to explore an adventure play zone with a slide and climbing frames – perfect for kids to burn off some energy.
Address: Stowe by Chartley, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST18 0LA.
10. Churchfields Farm
This charming working dairy farm offers lots of lovely activities. From their brand-new adventure playground and zipline to bouncy pillows, sandpit, and more - there's something for everyone! Don't forget to see animals in the paddocks. Churchfields Old Barn Cafe offers a delicious farm to feed menu to choose from, and the ice cream parlour is award-winning! It's easy to see why Churchfields Farm is quickly becoming very popular.
Address: Salwarpe, Droitwich, WR9 0AH.
11. Forge Mill Farm
Located in the heart of Sandwell, Forge Mill Farm is a lovely little farm that not many people know about. You can encounter a variety of animals as you walk around the farm trail, like sheep, goats, pigs, cows, rabbits, and chickens. You are welcome to pet and feed the animals (goats and sheep) with the animal feed (£1 a bag).
At the entrance, there's a climbing frame aimed at children aged 5-14. Inside the farm, there's also a sand pit, fake cow to milk, pedal go-karts, and haybales to climb on. Forge Mill is more of a few-hour attraction rather than a full day, but you could also visit nearby Sandwell Valley Country Park.
You can read about our recent visit here, or you can watch my vlog on YouTube.
Address: Forge Lane, West Bromwich B71 3SZ.
12. Sedgley Adventure Centre
Sedgley Adventure Centre is a small petting farm for children with a selection of animals such as sheep, goats, chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, ducks, a miniature horse, and alpacas. Admission prices are really reasonable and have to be booked via telephone. During school holidays and weekends, you can upgrade your children's tickets so they can handle and cuddle the small animals. There are lots of sessions available to book such as morning sessions, farmer sessions, and afternoon sessions aimed at older children. You can also play a round of mini golf at the centre (additional charge).
Address: Sedgley Golf Club, Sandyfields Road, Sedgley, Dudley, DY3 3DL.
13. Umberslade Estate
At Umberslade there is a small range of animals, a duck pond, outdoor playgrounds. and a heated play barn with a giant sandpit, a soft corner for toddlers, and a main adventure play frame.
Address: Butts Lane, Tanworth in Arden, Solihull, B94 5AE.
14. Top Barn Farm
Top Barn is a family-run diverse farm in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside. It's free to walk around the small farm that has sheep, lambs, goats, chickens, pigs, rabbits and guinea pigs. Don't forget to check out the farm shop and see the selection of home-grown fruit and vegetables, home-reared meats, tasty cheeses, and freshly baked goods.
Address: Top Barn Farm, Worcester Road, Holt Heath, Worcester, WR6 6NH.
15. Home Farm Attingham
Home Farm Attingham is a traditional working farm open to the public. As well as being able to look around the historic farm and see cows, sheep, pigs, and fowl, you can also visit the tearooms to sample some delicious homemade cake.
Address: Shrewsbury, SY4 4TN.
16. Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone
Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone is a small, licensed zoo that is open to the public during weekends, half-terms and school holidays. The centre has over 750 animals, from rabbits, pigs, owls, horses, and goats to meerkats and reptiles.
Address: South Staffordshire College, Rodbaston Drive, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5PH.
17. Northycote Farm
The Friends of Northycote Farm is a registered charity committed to preserving and improving the farm as an open space for all. It's free to walk around and see the chickens, pigs and sheep. You can also enjoy the surrounding woodland and trees. which is also home to a huge variety of wildlife in the surrounding countryside.
Address: Underhill Lane, Bushbury, Wolverhampton, WV10 7JF.
18. Oakley Farm
Oakley Farm is a fourth-generation real working farm. Here, you can check out the small farm shop that sells eggs, potatoes, vegetables, and meat. Why not try some Oakley Farm milk or use the milkshake machine and pick a delicious milkshake? There are lots of delicious flavours to choose from. While you're at the shop, you will be able to see cows, sheep, donkeys, and pigs.
Address: Oakley Farm, Blackhalve Lane, Wolverhampton WV11 2BB.
19. Sheldon Country Park
The park covers a wide area of over 300 acres. On the site lies a 96-acre farm, where you can see cows, goats, pigs, ponies, chickens and geese for free. There are also picnic areas, a children's playground, and a cafe. The park is also close to Birmingham International Airport, so why not take a picnic and head to the grass area where you can watch the aeroplanes take off?
Address: Ragley Drive, Church Road, Sheldon, Birmingham, B26 3TU.
20. Woodgate Valley Urban Farm
Woodgate Valley Urban Farm is a unique green oasis nestled within Birmingham, UK, offering an urban escape for both locals and visitors. This community-focused farm provides life skills, practical experience, mental health support and holiday activities to children and young people. The small farm is open to the public from Wednesday to Saturday.
Address: Woodgate Valley, Urban Farm, B32 3DS.
Conclusion of the best children's farms in the West Midlands
So that's it, a round up of animal farms in the West Midlands! Hopefully, you now have everything you need to pick a great day out for the whole family. Whether you're looking to visit a small petting farm or a full day of jam-packed fun, these local gems provide an opportunity for kids and adults alike to appreciate the wonders of farm life. And don't forget that once a year for LEAF Open Farm Sundays, many farms that are not normally open to the public, open their doors for free so you can see first-hand what it means to be a farmer.
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