All creatures great and small.
Admission: adult pounds 7.95; child pounds 8.95 CHESTNUT CENTRE CONSERVATION PARK Castleton Road, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak 01298 814099 www.ottersandowls.co.uk 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 www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk 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 www.laws.sandwell.gov.uk 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 www.manorfarm.info 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 www.trentham-monkey-forest.com 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 www.domesticfowltrust.co.uk 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 www.blackbrookzoo.co.uk 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 www.dudleyzoo.org.uk 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 www.matlockfarmpark.co.uk 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