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ACTON SCOTT HISTORIC WORKING FARM Wenlock Lodge, Acton Scott, Shropshire 01694 781306 The working farm demonstrates life on a Shropshire upland farm at the turn of the last century and transports you back in time to the days of shire horses, hayricks and milkmaids, meeting the animals and watching daily demonstrations. Admission: adult pounds 5.75; child pounds 3; family ticket pounds 17.75 ASH END HOUSE CHILDREN'S FARM Middleton Lane, Middleton, Tamworth, Staffordshire 0121 329 3240 A small family-owned farm for children offers undercover activities, including play areas, picnic barns, a gift shop and cafe. The emphasis is on cuddly creatures for the kids. Admission: adult pounds 5.50; child pounds 6.50 BIRMINGHAM NATURE CENTRE Pershore Road, Birmingham B5 7RL 0121 472 7775 Birmingham Nature Centre homes a wide range of animals, both European and from across the world. These animals include many charismatic and exciting species like Meerkats, Lemurs and Otters. The centre has a wide collection of endangered reptiles, and it plays an important role in international breeding programmes for them. Admission: adults pounds 3.50; children pounds 1 BRANSBY HOME OF REST FOR HORSES Bransby, Saxilby, Lincolnshire 01427 788464 A rest home for 200 rescued horses, ponies and donkeys in over 100 acres with two large farmyards, stabling and a gift shop. A bargain day out for anyone interested in horses. Admission: Free (donations welcome) BUTTERFLY AND WILDLIFE PARK Long Sutton, Spalding, Lincolnshire 01406 363833 One of Britain's largest walkthrough butterfly houses with exotic butterflies, Reptileland, gift shop, gardens, adventure playground and pet's corner. Admission: adult pounds 8.50; child pounds 6.50; family tickets pounds 27 CATTLE COUNTRY ADVENTURE PARK Berkeley Heath Farm, Berkeley, Gloucestershire 01453 810510 Farm park featuring animals for the kids to meet, although the star turn is the herd of American Bison. There are large indoor and outdoor play areas, too.

Admission: adult pounds 7.95; child pounds 8.95 CHESTNUT CENTRE CONSERVATION PARK Castleton Road, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak 01298 814099 The otter haven and owl sanctuary offers captive-bred animals and birds in their natural surroundings around an extensive nature trail amid 50 acres of grounds with a gift shop and tea rooms.

Admission: adult pounds 9.50; child pounds 6.50; family ticket pounds 28.50 COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK Burford, Oxfordshire 01993 823006 A 200-acre park with lawn and gardens including white rhino, monkeys, a butterfly house, reptile house and aquarium. There's also an adventure playground, picnic areas and a narrow gauge railway.

Admission: adult pounds 11.50; child pounds 8 FORGE MILL FARM Forge Lane, West Bromwich, West Midlands 0121 588 7210 A working dairy farm with Jersey cows, a farm trail and a milking parlour with viewing gallery. Children have the chance to get close to the animals and see how a farm works.

Admission: free MANOR FARM ANIMAL CENTRE Castle Hill, East Leake, Leicestershire 01509 852525 Meet a host of friendly donkeys and animals in a pleasant country setting. A straw maze, nature trail and pond dipping, heated indoor activity room, living willow teepees and fort adventure playground, picnic and play area make an ideal family day out. Admission: adult pounds 5.50; child pounds 4.50. Closed Mondays MONKEY FOREST Trentham Estate - Southern entrance, Trentham Staffordshire 01782 659 845 An exciting walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques. You will be able to discover this amazing species as they exhibit their natural behaviour with no bars or cages to hinder your view. Admission: adult pounds 6.50; children aged 3-14 pounds 4.50 DOMESTIC FOWL TRUST Station Road, Honeybourne, Worcestershire 01386 833083 A conservation centre for pure breeds of poultry and rare breeds of farm animals. Come and stroke the sheep and goats and say hello to the cows. Gifts available from the shop.

Admission: adult pounds 4.50; child pounds 3 BLACKBROOK ZOOLOGICAL PARK Winkhill, Leek, Staffordshire 01538 308293 A day with a difference both indoors and outdoors at the zoo park of The Moorland's. Birds, mammals, reptiles and children's pets abound, plus an aquarium and farm. Talks, catering, picnicking and play areas add to the day out.

Admission: adult pounds 8.95; child pounds 5.50; family ticket pounds 27 DUDLEY ZOOLOGICAL GARDENS The Broadway, Dudley, West Midlands 01384 215313 Dudley Zoo is set in the 40-acre wooded grounds of Dudley Castle. Visitors can enjoy a varied day combining zoology, history and geology. The zoo is on a limestone escarpment overlooking the area. Admission: adult pounds 11.90; children pounds 7.90 MATLOCK FARM PARK Jaggers Lane, Two Dales, Derbyshire 01246 590200 Matlock Farm Park is a great day out for all the family. There are many different animals for you to see. Pony trekking is available all year round.

Admission: adult pounds 6.50; child pounds 5.50; family ticket pounds 17.50
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Date:Jul 31, 2010
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