29th November 2021: Please remember to wear a face covering whilst in our visitor centre, cafe, and toilets to help protect yourself and others. Our cafe is currently only accepting cash.
The Visitor Centre is a short walk through Brueton Park, from the Warwick Road car park, following signs for 'The Parkridge Centre'. Please note that signs referring to the 'nature reserve' will take you to a grassland site situated outside Brueton Park over the river.
THE NATURE RESERVE CLOSES 30 MINUTES BEFORE THE VISITOR CENTRE & CAFE CLOSE.
Please note, electronic payments only – no cash accepted.
The café is currently takeaway only. Please follow up-to-date guidance provided by staff and signage at the time of your visit.
Know before you go
Flat and easy
The area around the reserve is accessible and flat.
When to visit
Opening timesSummer opening times ( 1st April - 31st October):
9am - 4pm every day (Extended opening hours on busy weekends when the weather is good)
Winter opening times ( 1st November - 31st March):
9am - 3.30pm every day
CLOSED: Christmas Day and Boxing Day only (December 25th and 26th)
Best time to visitApril to October
About the reserve
The cafe offers takeaway hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes, ice creams (and much more) to keep you refreshed during your visit to The Parkridge Visitor Centre and Brueton Park. What’s more, all profits go towards creating a ‘Wilder Warwickshire’ – making space for wildlife to thrive.
Please note: electronic payments only – no cash accepted. The cafe is currently takeaway only.
COVID-19 guidelines to read before your visit
Please keep yourselves and others safe by following government guidelines and advice
- Please wear a face mask whilst passing through the Centre
- Do not visit if you have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms: new persistent cough, headache, fever, or loss/change of smell
- Please follow all instructions provided by signage and staff at the Centre. These are in place for the safety of visitors and staff.
The Parkridge Nature Reserve is a tranquil oasis for people and wildlife on the edge of Solihull Town Centre. Although a modest 5.5 acres, the reserve boasts a whole variety of popular British and migratory birds including nesting blue tits, woodpeckers, long-tailed tits and nuthatches. Remnants of the historic pleasure grounds include giant redwoods, iron wood trees, black walnut, handkerchief trees, maples and some fine mature oaks.
There are a number of trails around the reserve to help you identify the trees, birds and other exciting features. There is also a fun adventure playground for children of all ages to enjoy, and a purpose-built classroom for school visits and a variety of children's activities.
Thanks to funding from Veolia we now have a brand new mud kitchen for young nature lovers to enjoy at Parkridge. Check out the new look in the image gallery below. There is also a fun adventure playground for children of all ages.