Set in the middle of Brueton Park, on the edge of Solihull Town Centre, the Parkridge Centre and its 5.5 acre nature area offer a tranquil setting for environmental education and information, plus a wide variety of nature conservation events and activities throughout the year. The Parkridge Centre is a short walk through a public park from the car park. Please follow the signs for 'The Parkridge Centre'. ***Please note that signs refering to the 'nature reserve' will take you to a grassland site situated outside Brueton Park over the river.***
The Centre contains displays, hands-on activities and information about the Nature area, as well as a Tea Room and small gift shop. Around the Centre you’ll find a number of trails to guide you round the nature area looking for trees, birds and other exciting features and a stimulating and fun adventure playground for children of all ages to enjoy. There's also a purpose-built classroom, for School visits for a variety of curriculum-related activities. We also have Nature Tots and children's activities during the school holidays, and even Really Wild Birthday Parties!
Around the nature area you’ll see a whole variety of birds including robins, blackbirds, blue tits, great tits, tree creepers, nuthatches, chaffinches and squirrels by the bucketful whilst moorhens, mallards, tufted ducks and a regular heron have all made our lake their home. Special trees include giant redwoods from west coast of America, iron wood tree from the Middle East, black walnut, handkerchief trees, maples and some fine mature oak trees.
At the end of your visit what could be nicer than a cup of tea or snack in the Dragonfly Tea Room and a leisurely look around our gift shop. Ideal for a morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea, the Dragonfly Tea Room offers an extensive quality menu at value prices. Choose from home-made cakes, brimming baked potatoes, delicious soups, fresh sandwiches or enticing panini. In our gift shop there's a great choice of products. Be sure to pick up your wild bird seed and children's toys and gift ideas at really competitive prices.