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Explore 900 years of history at Tamworth Castle. Get hands-on with interactive displays and activities, like weapons handling or trying on some armour. See the permanent display of items from the world famous Staffordshire Hoard. There are plenty of activities to chose from in the castle grounds – hire a bicycle, play crazy golf, or just take a leisurely stroll down the river and check out the wildlife.
The Holloway, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7NA
The amazing working estate of Shugborough ensures a full day of activities for all the family. Explore the lives of the Georgians who lived here. Stroll around the magnificent grounds, island arboretum and sculpture trail. Within the mansion itself admire the private apartments of Lord Lichfield open for the first time, or see some of his stunning photographs taken on the estate. Spend time at the working Georgian farm and mill, join in with interactive demonstrations and meet some of the rare breed animals living at the farm. Stop for a snack at the Granary Tearooms or something more substantial at the Lady Walk restaurant.
Shugborough Estate, Stafford, ST17 0XB
A day of indoor fun or outdoor adventure awaits at the National Forest Adventure Farm. Set on a working farm, you can meet and feed a host of traditional farm animals, as well as the more unusual ones like reindeer and chipmunks. Depending on the time of year you can bottle feed lambs, collect eggs from the hen house, groom a horse or just have a cuddle with a rabbit or guinea pig. If you venture outside you’llbe amazed by the Maize Maze. One of the largest in Europe! Find adventure on the pedal go karts and quad bikes, or dig for bones in the fossil pit. There’s a host of different activities for all ages. If the weather is a bit damp retreat indoors to the 3000 sqm play barn.
Located 1 mile from Junction 12 of the M6, the Animal Zone is part of Staffordshire Colleges Rodbaston Campus. With over 750 animals ranging from fish to Alpacas you will surely find one to entertain you. Meet the Keeper, Craft Sessions and Animal Encounters are just a few of the things you can do before stopping for a picnic, or snack in the tea rooms.
Rodbaston, Penkridge, Stafford, Staffordshire, ST19 5PH
A small rescue centre for birds of prey and exotic birds. Gentleshaw is a registered charity where you can get up close to the resident animals. Learn about their lives and why they are at Gentleshaw. Flying displays of the birds of prey take place during the summer months. After your visit to the animals, pop into the Garden Centre for tea and cake.
Fletchers Garden Centre, Stone Road, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6JY
A unique experience set in 60 acres of forest. 140 Barbary Apes roam free, offering an amazing insight into their daily life. Visitors are able to watch the antics of the youngsters and marvel at their aerial acrobatics. Learn all about the lives of these amazing animals from the many information points and knowledgeable staff.
Trentham Estate, Stone Road, Trentham, Staffordshire, ST4 8AY
Visit their small farm park where you can meet friendly farm animals including goats, pigs, donkeys, ponies, rabbits, guinea pigs, ducks, hens & their meerkat friends.
Beaver Hall Equestrian Centre Bradnop Near Leek Staffordshire ST13 7EZ
The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the classic days of railway travel on a rural line that passes through beautiful countryside known as Staffordshire’s “Little Switzerland”.
Kingsley and Froghall Station,, Froghall, Stoke On Trent, Staffs, ST10 2HA