Twycross Zoo (12 miles)
Set in 80 acres of parkland and known worldwide for its apes and monkeys this conservation centre breeds endangered species and many more to observe. Make sure you see the Penguins at feeding time and check out the Lemur Walk-through enclosure, the Amur leopard exhibit, Sri Lankan elephant walkway, Himalayan...
Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone (13 miles)
Rodbaston Visitor Centre Animal Zone
Our Animal Zone houses a varied collection of animals and birds from around the world. See our own Meerkat family and count their babies, watch our Red Lemurs playing outside in their enclosure and see our Wallabies, Raccoon Dogs and all the other animals, which bring animals of the world into one place.
National Sea Life Centre (15 miles)
National Sea Life Centre
Escape city life and step into tropical paradise of an aquarium in the heart of the buzzing city of Birmingham. At the National SEA LIFE centre you can take an amazing marine voyage beneath the waves and experience so much more! New Penguin exhibit for 2014!
Plantasia (15 miles)
Explore the UK’s largest collection of permanent mazes, feed the carp, visit the animal field, clamber over the tree top trail, explore the woodland walk or just sit and enjoy the colours, sounds and smells of nature. Spread over 30 acres, there is plenty of room for all that energy.
Dudley Zoo and Castle (16 miles)
Dudley Zoo and Castle
Lions and tigers to snakes and spiders. Go wild at Dudley Zoo! Come face to face with lemurs as they roam in the trees. Watch amazing Birds of Prey, meet friends on the farm and look out for Ghosts in the Castle! Gift shop, restaurant, face painting and land train.
Birmingham Nature Centre (16 miles)
Birmingham Nature Centre
- homes a wide range of animals 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
Owl and Falconry Centre (21 miles)
Owl and Falconry Centre
A Bird of Prey Centre with a collection of over 50 hawks, falcons and owls, including some babies! Daily flying displays and a Pets Corner with rabbits, guinea pigs, a donkey, a ferret, sheep and more, to meet and feed.
Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre (21 miles)
Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre
is a small sanctuary for unwanted and mistreated exotic animals and birds of prey. Home to a wide variety of creatures including, Owls, Hawks, Snakes, Monkeys, Raccoons, Wild cats, Lizards,Fruit bats, Falcons, Terrapins and much more it's a great afternoon out for the family.
Tropical Birdland (22 miles)
Come and see hundreds of beautiful and exotic birds. Wander around their walk through aviary. There is a new adventure playground, also several way marked trails around the 6 acres of woodland, plus explore the koi pond and water gardens.
Monkey Forest (25 miles)
Unique to the UK! The only place you can walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques in 60 acres of beautiful English forest. Guides are located on the three quarter mile path to inform you of all the monkeys’ behaviour ensuring you have an exciting and memorable day.
Blackbrook Zoological Park (27 miles)
Blackbrook Zoological Park
They have a wealth of attractions on offer to see, including rare birds, unusual animals, reptiles, insects, kid's favourite Lemur Lodge, Pelican Cove, Swan Lake and the utterly charming World of Penguins!
West Midland Safari Park (29 miles)
West Midland Safari Park
The Park combines four-miles of self-drive safari, including UK's largest pride of White Lions, plus Elephant, Rhino, Cheetah, Giraffe, etc. Plus, Discovery Trail, Penguin Cove, African Village, Walk-through Lemurs, live shows, family rides, shops and restaurants. Voted the Best Attraction in the West...
Matlock Bath Aquarium (32 miles)
Matlock Bath Aquarium
offer a weird and exciting mix of public aquarium plus thermal carp pool, creepy petrifying well, shiny gemstone and fossil display, vintage chinaware collection, regional history exhibition and one of the largest public displays of Holograms in Europe!
Reaseheath Zoo (41 miles)
A teaching zoo open to the public in the summer and other dates during the year. It has specialist rooms for reptiles, amphibians, and fish as well as indoor and outdoor mammal enclosures.
Holdenby Falconry Centre (44 miles)
Holdenby Falconry Centre
The Falconry Centre contains many species of birds of prey, flown by the resident Falconer. Some of the beautiful birds are pictured below. There may be a chance to fly them yourself.
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park (45 miles)
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park
From the giant otter to polecats and free-roaming deer, there's something for all the family at the Chestnut Centre. In beautiful grounds of the Derbyshire Peak district, with a stream running through the valley, home to four species of otter, owls, pine martens, foxes, Scottish wildcats, sika and...
Cotswold Falconry Centre (47 miles)
Moreton In Marsh
Cotswold Falconry Centre
Birds of prey are constantly showing off their skills at this amazing centre, where breeding and conservation are of paramount importance. Many different types of birds of prey are on display here, including eagles, hawks, owls and falcons.
Bugtopia (48 miles)
An all weather attraction where you can meet and greet a variety of bugs, spiders, butterflies and lizards. Hands on interaction, feeding sessions, and a chance to learn more from the handler. Jungle Hut play area.
Catanger Llama Trekking (49 miles)
Catanger Llama Trekking
Although you can't actually ride them, these lovely pack animals will willingly carry your rucksack, whilst you enjoy the beautiful scenery. What better way to get away from it all than by leading a gentle llama along bridleways, farm tracks and country lanes. A perfect way to de-stress.
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre (49 miles)
Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre
Shire Horses are the focus but there are many more spices to visit with and learn about too from mini Shetland ponies to Polecats and Otters!
Cheshire Falconry (50 miles)
Enjoy the Junior Owl Experience at the Cheshire Falconry Centre. Using the most calm and tolerant birds of prey in the collection, children will have the experience of a lifetime as they fly an owl for the first time.
Vale Royal Falconry Centre (53 miles)
Vale Royal Falconry Centre
is a new British birds of prey and wildlife visitor attraction set in the beautiful Cheshire countryside. Suitable for all ages, friends and families can experience these magnificent creatures up close and get involved in handling and flying these beautiful birds under direct supervision.
Tropical Butterfly House (53 miles)
Tropical Butterfly House
Butterfly house, wildlife and falconry centre where you can wander amongst free-flying butterflies, birds and bats and free-roaming animals, getting up close with birds of prey, meercats, insects and with a sandpit, aerial glide and adventuire playground too.
Birdland Park and Gardens (55 miles)
Birdland Park and Gardens
For fantastic family fun and excitement, enjoy a day at one of the UK's biggest bird gardens, discover a beautiful natural setting of woodland, river and water gardens that are inhabited by over 500 birds, flamingos, pelicans, colourful parrots to laughing kookaburras and magical owls.
Donkey Sanctuary (56 miles)
Visit rescued donkeys in their dotage and explore with the kids the significance of treating animals with respect and kindness. Animal contact, visitor centre, nature walks and cycle routes also available.
Walks with Hawks (56 miles)
Walks with Hawks
A great chance to get hands on with some fantastic birds of prey. Hawk walks, Owl encounters and for kids aged 14 plus, Hunting Days. A wonderful wildlife experience.
Chester Zoo (58 miles)
With 110 acres to explore, there are 8000 animals at the award winning Chester Zoo: voted one of the top zoos in the world and the UK's number one charity.
International Centre for Birds of Prey (59 miles)
International Centre for Birds of Prey
Three flying demonstrations with commentary, every day. The Centre caters for school visits, and is renowned for its expertise in education, conservation and training. Courses in falconry and photography are available. Shop, cafe, education facilities, attractive gardens and picnic areas.
Blue Planet Aquarium (60 miles)
Blue Planet Aquarium
Has over 100 living displays in six themed areas showcasing a spectacular variety of life from the deep. Visit our Caribbean Reef display, complete with 230ft underwater tunnel, which houses Europe's largest collection of sharks - including the Jawsome three metre long Sand Tiger Sharks.
Ash End House Childrens Farm (8 miles)
Ash End House Childrens Farm
offer lots of friendly animals to feed and stroke.
Three Play areas, Indoor Toddlers Barn, Family Games Yard, Crazy golf and lots of fun activities for the children. Plus Jumping Pillow, Tractor and Trailer Rides and visit our new Falconry Centre!
National Forest Adventure Farm (10 miles)
Burton Upon Trent
National Forest Adventure Farm
is a family farm and adventure park. Meet and feed the animals, explore the Funfield and take on the huge indoor playbarn.
Amerton Farm and Craft Centre (14 miles)
Amerton Farm and Craft Centre
Playbarn is a farmyard with indoor adventure play area. It has a tractor track, rope bridge and barns on stilts connected with raised walkways. There is also a soft play area for children under 3 years of age, plus fun days and farm activities.
Drayton Manor Theme Park (7 miles)
Drayton Manor Theme Park
For total family entertainment visit the award-winning Drayton Manor Theme Park, near Tamworth, Staffordshire.
Drayton Manor also has Europeâs only Thomas Landâ¢, which features wonderful themed rides and attractions based on characters, including Thomas the Tank Engine, Cranky the Crane and...
Alton Towers (22 miles)
Ranging from the world's first 14 looping roller coaster to Ice Age 4D Experience. Many attractions for all ages plus the new Cbeebies Land is now open! Height restrictions 1.4m apply on many rides)
Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood (14 miles)
Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood
Explore the 17th century dream house; be a chimney sweep, a scullion or a Victorian pupil; play with toys and interactive displays plus let out their fizz in the woodland play area!
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery (28 miles)
Stoke on Trent
Potteries Museum & Art Gallery
Travel back in time and discover the history of the Potteries and of Staffordshire. See the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever found, the world's finest collection of Staffordshire ceramics and our very own WW2 Spitfire, plus our changing exhibition programme. you can also enjoy a light lunch in our...
Newcastle Borough Museum and Gallery (29 miles)
Newcastle Under Lyme
Newcastle Borough Museum and Gallery
With Toys' Gallery, Victorian Street Scene and other authentic vintage set ups, there's loads to look at and great facilities for support with the smalls. Fun and educational, imaginative and welcoming!
The Alton Towers Waterpark (22 miles)
The Alton Towers Waterpark
Boasting hundreds of fantastic interactive water features, from lazy rivers and crazy cannons to the sensational speed of the Master Blaster water rollercoaster, this Caribbean lagoon offers gallons of excitement for kids of all ages, and is open all year round.
Waterworld Stoke (29 miles)
Stoke on Trent
Experience the thrills and spills of the UK's 1st indoor water rollercoaster; plummet through the thunder and lightening in the black hole; speed through the thundering waters of the superflume; turn your world upside down and plunge into the deep blue water of the space bowl!
Dimensions (30 miles)
A tropical water paradise 65m dragon slide, plus rapids, fountains, spas, whirlpool, cascade pools and lots more!
Wacky Warehouse at the Fradley Arms (4 miles)
Wacky Warehouse at the Fradley Arms
offers their trademark standard of indoor adventure play, with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant with separate kids' menu. Plus big beer garden, accommodation and great disabled access throughout.
The Beach Hut (7 miles)
The Beach Hut
A stimulating multi level soft play centre for kids aged between 0 to to 10 years. Dedicated play zones for babies, toddlers, and juniors. Birthday parties available. Open daily. Free for kids less than 12 months of age.
Playtime Cannock (7 miles)
With separate areas for crawlers, toddlers and everyone else, it has 3 slides, a big toddler section and a jungle zone.
Rainbow Playworld (8 miles)
Offers a triple tier play frame and kiddie version, electric go karts with mini track, air hockey and pool tables, face painting parties and a great multi sports arena with more balls than you can shake a boot at!
The Big Play Barn (8 miles)
The Big Play Barn
- a indoor soft play area with Big Slides, Ball Pits, Rope Bridges and Firemans Poles. With dedicated areas for under 4's and under 2's. Outside we also have a new Giant Jumping Pillow, water zorbing and GIANT inflatable obstacle course.
The Barley Mow Indoor Play (12 miles)
The Barley Mow Indoor Play
Friday to Sunday fun on the multi level play frame and fun zone attached to a family restaurant. Plus an outdoor play area for the better weather!
Recreation Soft Play (12 miles)
Burton On Trent
Recreation Soft Play
An indoor soft play facility for children aged 0 to 11 years, maximum height 145cm.
Pirate Pete Playden (13 miles)
Burton On Trent
Wacky Warehouse - Mill House (13 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Mill House
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Wacky Warehouse - Catch Corner (13 miles)
Thanks for all the great things to do and Zoos and Wildlife Parks near Lichfield with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Staffordshire can enjoy the great day out as well.
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