If you are looking for a fun afternoon out with family and friends, look no further than Forge Mill Farm in West Bromwich. Located in the heart of Sandwell, this hidden gem offers a unique charm and friendly farmyard animals. At this children's farm, you can expect to get up close with various animals such as pigs, cows, sheep, and more. There are several seasonal events that are hosted at the site that are perfect for families.
You can also discover other nearby gems, such as Sandwell Valley Country Park, RSPB Sandwell Valley, or take a walk around Forge Mill Lake.
Overview of Forge Mill Farm, Sandwell Valley Visitor Centre, and Sandwell Valley
Many people get confused between Forge Mill Farm and Sandwell Park Farm at Sandwell Valley Country Park, and you can see why. The animals that used to be at Sandwell Park Farm (now known as Sandwell Valley Visitor Centre) are now at Forge Mill Farm, and both are a short distance away (~20-minute walk) from each other but they are both still in the area classed as "Sandwell Valley" - confusing, right?
This gets even more confusing as the "Sandwell Valley Country Park" Facebook and Instagram pages are used to advertise Forge Mill Farm, Sandwell Valley Visitor Centre, and the park in general. So, in short, the farm houses all of the animals, whereas Sandwell Valley Visitor Centre has a tearoom selling hot drinks and cakes, a Rabbit Village, a farm shop selling local produce, and a Victorian Garden. Sandwell Valley Visitor Centre has also just opened a small museum.
To further add to the confusion, there is ambiguity between Dartmouth Park and Sandwell Valley Country Park. Dartmouth Park is the top of the park closest to West Bromwich Town Centre (I believe) and Sandwell Valley Country Park is more the bottom half. Many people classify the two parks as the same park, others say the parks are next to each other. The right answer? Who knows haha!?
What kind of animals can you find at Forge Mill Farm?
You can encounter a variety of animals along the farm trail, like sheep, goats, pigs, alpacas, cows, rabbits, and chickens. You are welcome to pet and feed the goat and sheep with the animal feed (£1 a bag).
At the entrance, there's a climbing frame aimed at children aged 5-14. It's not really suitable for younger children. Inside the farm, there's a sand pit, fake cow to milk, pedal go-karts, and haybales to climb on in the barn.
Seasonal Events at Forge Mill Farm
Experience the changing seasons with a range of exciting events. From lambing and Easter celebrations in spring, outdoor activities and sunflowers in summer, machinery events, pumpkin picking in autumn, and more, there's something for everyone. Don't miss the seasonal events and activities.
How much does it cost to visit Forge Mill Farm?
Admission is currently £4.50 per adult and £5.50 per child (under 2's go free). You can book online or pay on the day (pre-booking is recommended during peak times). Animal food is £1 per bag. Parking is 40p per hour.
Is there food at Forge Mill Farm?
You can satisfy your cravings with light refreshments available. You can also make your own wood-fired pizza (additional charge, may have seasonal opening times). Alternatively, you can bring your own food and enjoy a picnic.
Forge Mill Farm Reviews
The farm currently has a 4.3-star rating on Google Reviews, with over 1,187 reviews in total.
Nearby Attractions in Sandwell
Extend your visit by exploring Sandwell Valley Country Park, which offers a multitude of outdoor activities including cycling and birdwatching. Visit the park's Visitor Centre, observe wildlife at Swan Pool, and your children can enjoy all of the play equipment.
Alternatively, you could visit RSPB Sandwell Valley and immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. If you're a football fan, West Bromwich Albion's home ground is a short drive away.
Forge Mill Farm, located in West Bromwich, is truly a hidden gem. Whether you're looking to spend a morning with the family or simply escape the hustle and bustle of city life, it's a perfect low-cost way to spend a few hours.
In addition to its regular attractions, seasonal events are hosted on-site throughout the year, adding even more fun to your visit. If you're planning a trip, don't forget to explore the nearby attractions.
If you'd like to see my mini vlog of our morning at the farm, head to my YouTube channel.
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