Nuthatch

Neil Aldridge

Minibeast hunting at Brandon Marsh, credit Paula Irish

Credit Paula Irish

Heron

Jon Hawkins - Surrey Hills Photography

The Parkridge Visitor Centre and Nature Reserve are open again as of Monday April 12th, 2021. The cafe is currently open for takeaway only. Electronic payments only (no cash). 

At the heart of Brueton Park, Parkridge Visitor Centre offers refreshments and everything you need for a great day out in the park. Whether you are out to enjoy the fresh air or would like to watch wildlife, the friendly team at Parkridge are here to assist.

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.

Summer 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

Parkridge is closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day only (December 25th and 26th).

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.

With the Government set to make an announcement on easing of restrictions on Monday the 19th of July, we want to update you on our position here at Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Whilst the government is lifting many of the legal restrictions, the Trust’s priority is to ensure that we protect our staff, volunteers and visitors in the face of rising COVID cases. Therefore we will be keeping COVID measures in place at our visitor centres and in our bird hides, and our staff and volunteers will continue to wear masks. Please be considerate to those around you, follow instructions on our signage and wear a mask when visiting us. Thank you for helping us in our efforts to keep everyone safe!

Location

Warwick Road
Solihull
Warwickshire
B91 3HW

OS Map Reference

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

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

No dogs permitted
Well behaved dogs are allowed into the visitor centre/cafe but not the reserve. Please keep them on a short lead.

Facilities

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

When to visit

Opening times

Summer 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 visit

April to October

About the reserve

Cafe 

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.

Nature Reserve

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.

 

Contact us

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

Location map