Nuthatch

Neil Aldridge

Minibeast hunting at Brandon Marsh, credit Paula Irish

Credit Paula Irish

Heron

Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

Set in Brueton Park, this 5.5 acre nature area and visitor centre is a tranquil oasis on the edge of Solihull Town Centre.

Christmas opening hours for Parkridge Centre
Christmas Eve - closed
Christmas Day – closed
New Year's Eve - closing at 3.30pm
Open every other day 10am to 4pm

Stroll through the majestic redwoods, ancient trees and historic landscaping that once formed part of Malvern Hall's 18th century pleasure grounds. This wildlife haven gives the perfect introduction to nature conservation with a programme of events and fun family activities throughout the year.

The Centre is a short walk through Brueton Park from the 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.

Location

Warwick Road
Solihull
Warwickshire
B91 3HW

OS Map Reference

Visitor Centre - SP160787. For parking SP162790
A static map of Parkridge Centre

Know before you go

Size
2 hectares

Grazing animals

No

Walking trails

Flat and easy

Access

The area around the reserve is accessible and flat.

Dogs

Guide dogs only
Guide dogs are welcome in the cafe and there is further outdoor seating available for other dog owners.

Facilities

Visitor centre
Toilets
Shop
Cafe/refreshments
Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities
Outdoor play area
Wifi

When to visit

Opening times

Please check our Christmas opening hours at the top of this page.

Winter
Centre and tea room: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Nature reserve: 10.00am to 3.30pm

Summer (British Summer Time)
Centre and tea room: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Nature reserve: 10.00am to 4.00pm

Entry to the Reserve is free

Best time to visit

April to October

About the reserve

The Parkridge Centre and nature reserve has a tea room and small gift shop. On the reserve you’ll find a number of trails 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. We run Nature Tots every week with more events during the school holidays. You can even hold a Really Wild Birthday Party with us!

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. 

What can you see here?

Around the reserve you’ll see 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.

Enjoy the tea room and shop!

At the end of your visit, enjoy a nice cup of tea and a snack in the tea room before browsing through our well-stocked gift shop. Ideal for a morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea, the tea room offers a quality menu including cakes, baked potatoes, soups, fresh sandwiches and paninis.

Contact us

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust
Contact number: 0121 704 0768
Contact email: enquiries@wkwt.org.uk

Location map