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 brand new Lemur Walk-through enclosure, the Amur leopard exhibit, a Sri Lankan themed elephant walkway, Himalayan-themed snow leopard exhibit, and much more.
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!
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
Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre (21 miles)
Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre
- 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 are 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
Voted the Best Attraction in the West Midlands by Kids and Parents, thePark 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.
Reptile Village Zoo (32 miles)
Reptile Village Zoo
Ireland’s only Reptile Zoo, displaying snakes, lizards, tortoise, turtles, crocodiles, alligators, caiman, spiders, scorpions, frogs, salamanders and hands on opportunities available!
Matlock Bath Aquarium (32 miles)
Matlock Bath Aquarium
From Terrapins to Piranhas! There is a large open pool which is fed by a thermal spring and illuminated at night containing common carp, mirror carp and koi carp. The fish may be fed by visitors with fish food obtained on the premises. Plus 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 fallow deer.
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.
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
Set in 50 acres in the heart of the beautiful Cheshire countryside, Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre & Countryside Park offers everything for the perfect day out.
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 UKâs biggest bird gardens, discover an array of amazing wildlife and family. Situated in the picturesque Bourton on the Water in the Cotswolds, Birdland boasts 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.
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 ÃâÂ" including the Jawsome three metre long Sand Tiger Sharks.
Crocodiles of the World (62 miles)
Crocodiles of the World
See more than 80 crocodiles, alligators and caimans, often through underwater viewing enclosures for eye-to-eye encounters! Talks, tours, feeding demonstrations and photo opportunities available. Please note the limited opening times.
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens (63 miles)
Cotswold Wildlife Park and Gardens
has over 260 animal species in over 160 acres of stunning gardens and parkland. Giraffe Walkway, Lemur Walk-through exhibit, Train, Adventure Playground, Picnic Areas, Children's Farmyard, Brass Rubbing, Tropical House, Reptile House, Bat House and Insect House.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park (65 miles)
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
From Wallaby Walkabout to land of the Tigers all the kids' furry favourites are here! The latest features are a giraffe house and a 100 sq m viewing platform where visitors come face to face with endangered leopards as they scale their 10m high climbing frames!
Hamerton Zoo Park (65 miles)
Hamerton Zoo Park
There's more than just seeing their collection of animals, they also recently built two excellent standard completely new play areas, one for babies and toddlers and the other for older children.
Knowsley Safari Park (67 miles)
Knowsley Safari Park
Prepare to discover an incredible host of creatures from cute and cuddly meerkats, to majestic zebras, mischievous monkeys and clever sea lions!
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo (67 miles)
Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo
Experience the delight of nature's most serene and beautiful wildlife. At the Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo you can walk with free-flying exotic butterflies and see them supping nectar, finding their mates and laying eggs.
Llama Trekking at Old King Street Farm (68 miles)
Llama Trekking at Old King Street Farm
Llama trekking is fast becoming a 'must-do' activity. Bond with your llama, get to know him and take him on a walk in the glorious countryside of south west Herefordshire. If travelling from further afield, why not take a two day stay in one of our holiday cottages?
Woburn Safari Park (70 miles)
Woburn Safari Park
For an amazing family day out, go on a safari drive adventure in the heart of Bedfordshire! Come to Woburn Safari Park and meet the wildlife, with over 80 species of wild animals roaming in 300 acres of beautiful parkland. You'll find us just off Junction 13 of the M1 in Bedfordshire.
Ponderosa (71 miles)
Disabled and disadvantaged children of all ages can engage in a variety of interesting and stimulating activities. Huge selection of activities available involving rare breeds, reptile rooms, zip wire slides, beaches and sandpits, plus indoor and outdoor play areas.
Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience (71 miles)
Manor Heath Park and Jungle Experience
is a tropical oasis packed with fish, quail, terrapin and butterflies as well as a collection of plants from all over the world, where families can enjoy the all year round tropical atmosphere to explore. Plus adventure playground.
Greenfield Valley Heritage Park (72 miles)
Greenfield Valley Heritage Park
An attractive collection of original and reconstructed local buildings, which provide a fascinating insight into times past. For younger children there are farm animals, an adventure playground and special children's activities.
Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park (73 miles)
Woodside Wildlife and Falconry Park
Come along and enjoy flying displays, pig racing, tropical butterflies, snakes, reptiles, trout fishing and much more. Indoor and outdoor play areas for the children and barn style tea rooms for grown ups to relax.
Mead Open Farm (74 miles)
Mead Open Farm
Huge indoor play, maximum hands on farmyard fun and numerous family outdoor activities. Expect the best at award winning Mead Open Farm.
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 open all year round offering exciting indoor play, outdoor play and farm animals. The adventure farm hosts many events throughout the year, including one of the largest Maize Mazes in Europe.
Drayton Manor Theme Park (7 miles)
Drayton Manor Theme Park
Bigger and better than ever with the addition of two brand new rides. Europe's first ever Ben 10 roller coaster ride, called Ben 10 Ultimate Alien, open too. Meanwhile, Thomas Land will also welcome a family-friendly ride to its existing offering.
Alton Towers (22 miles)
New attraction for 2013 The Smiler! The world's first 14 looping roller coaster! Also new Ice Age 4D Experience. Alton Towers has many attractions for younger and older kids - my kids favourites (9 and 11) Oblivion, Air and Sonic Spinball (NB. height restrictions 1.4m apply on many rides)
Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood (15 miles)
Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood
Explore the delights of 17th-century craftsmanship, featuring exquisite plasterwork, wood carvings and classical story-based murals. Then be a chimney sweep, a scullion or a Victorian pupil, and be captivated by archive film, interactives and displays.
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 CafÃ© Museum or browse in The Foyer shop.
Newcastle Borough Museum and Gallery (29 miles)
Newcastle Under Lyme
Newcastle Borough Museum and Gallery
Very family friendly museum inside the smashing Brampton Park. Highlights include their Victorian Street scene, the 1930s house and the toys gallery!
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)
Stoke On Trent
A tropical water paradise with Dino the 65 metre dragon slide, plus rapids, fountains, spas, whirlpool, cascade pools and lots more family fun including a roller disco and table tennis!
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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