Summer Films Zootropolis

zootropolisForest Arts Centre are showing films for children through the Summer. Tomorrow’s showing is Zootropolis.


Thurs 25 Aug, 11am


From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive.

In this anthropomorphic city, a rookie cop and a wily cynical con artist fox must work together to solve a mysterious case and uncover a conspiracy.

Tickets available from Forest Arts Centre or at the venue 30 minutes before the show, subject to availability.

Forest Arts Centre Box Office is open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm

Summer Films Capture the Flag

capture-the-flag-gallery-02.jpgForest Arts Centre are showing films for children through the Summer. Tomorrow’s showing is Capture the Flag.


Wed 24 Aug, 11am


Mike Goldwing stows away on a rocket bound for the moon to fulfil his grandfather’s lost dream of being an astronaut; meanwhile, a Texas billionaire is also racing to the moon to destroy the Apollo XI flag and rewrite history in his favour.

Tickets available from Forest Arts Centre or at the venue 30 minutes before the show, subject to availability.

Forest Arts Centre Box Office is open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm

Summer Films Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip

alvin-road-chipForest Arts Centre are showing films for children through the Summer. Tomorrow’s showing is Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.

Tues 23 Aug, 11am


Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami……and dump them!
They have three days to stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother.

Tickets available from Forest Arts Centre or at the venue 30 minutes before the show, subject to availability.

Forest Arts Centre Box Office is open Monday to Friday 9.30am – 4.30pm

Fun at Walsall Leather Museum


Come  and join us each week during the holidays for a host of fun activities.  Following the staggering success last year of our leathercraft drop-in sessions, we’ve scratched our heads and come up with entirely new projects for our Tuesday sessions.  On Wednesdays we’ll be offering sessionsispired by our summer exhibition ‘The Hodson Shop’ and on Thursdays you can design and make your own badges.  All of this plus our normal have-a-go activities and a special summer fun trail.

There’ll also be a prize draw – just drop your details into our special box each time you attend any of our special summer activities and at the end of the holidays we’ll draw a winner who will win a special prize.  So the more times you enter, the more chance you have of winning.


Tuesday Leathercraft Drop-in Sessions

10.30am – 3.30pm

£1 per child (no need to book)


23rd August -Pen Case


Wednesday Club

10.30am -12.30pm & 1.30pm – 3.30pm


24th August – 3D Mini Shop Workshop with Rob Conway – create your own 3D mini fantasy shop.

£1.50 – payable in advance.  Booking essential.

All sessions suitable for 5-12s.  all children must be accompanied for the drop-in sessions and under 8s must be accompanied for workshop sessions.



Thursday 25th August

10.30am – 3.30pm

Drop-in and design your own badge.

30p per badge

Summer Family fun Day

Monday, 29th August

10.30am – 4.00pm

A fabulous day full of fun and entertainment is in store for our visitors at our annual Summer Family Fun Day.  We’ll have a whole host of fantastic shows and entertainers suitable for all the family.


Lichfield Children’s Trail

children's trail rhia and hayden smithIf you fancy a walk around Lichfield, why not try the Lichfield Children’s Trail. Aimed at Children, aged between 5 and 12, this trail guides you around the city. Through a series of questions, tour goers get to find out fun and interesting facts about Lichfield including burnings at the stake and civil war shootings!

At the end of the tour, children who answer all the questions correctly get a tasty treat!

This is a self guided tour. Pick up your of the trail from Lichfield Tourist Information Centre at Lichfield Garrick for only 60p!

Staffordshire Regiment Museum

Amends Two

The regimental museum and archive of the Staffordshire Regiment showing 300 years of history with galleries, live interpretation for groups, a reproduction WWI trench system and research facilities by appointment. On the A51 at Whittington, midway between Lichfield and Tamworth.

Open from 10 – 4 every day of the week. Children: £3 Adults: £4. Family ticket £10 (up to two adults and three children)

Monkey Forest

Trentham Monkey Forest: Unique to the UK! The only place you can walk amongst 140 free roaming Barbary macaques in 60 acres of beautiful English forest, open today from 10am to 5pm, south of Stoke-on-Trent on the A34 towards Stone, near Trentham Shopping Village.

Walking in the forest you are transported into a different world through close contact with the monkeys. Enjoy the laughable antics of the infants and juveniles at play. Marvel at the bond between mothers and babies and be amazed at the way the monkeys resolve their differences through alliances and friendships. Guides are on the path to tell you about the monkeys’ behaviour and to make sure you have an exciting day at Monkey Forest.

“I’m hungry”

Trentham Monkey Forest includes the Jungle Shop selling monkey themed gifts and toys and the Banana Cafe serving home-made soups, daily specials, ice-creams, baguettes and paninis. A large picnic area and two playgrounds are also available.

“Can I have one of those?”

The Jungle shop sells a huge range of monkey themed gifts and toys for all ages.

“i need a wee”

Disabled toilet and two nappy change facilities available on site.

and baby come too…

A microwave is available for milk warming.

“are we there yet?”

From the M6: exit 15, take the A500 towards Stoke and leave at the exit A34 towards Stone. Go straight over the roundabout to The Trentham Estate and we are the next roundabout on the right – look out for the brown ‘monkey forest’ signs. From the M1: exit 23a or 24a and turn onto the A50 to Stoke on Trent. Follow signs to Trentham on to the A34. Then follow the brown signs to Monkey Forest. The Entrance is located at The Trentham Estate south entrance on the A34. Postcode for SatNavs ST12 9HR

…got any top tips?

Most of the park is wheelchair and scooter friendly, a disabled route is signposted. Make sure you bring a camera!

Visitor Reviews

Monkey Forest is a woodland area set in Trentham Estate where monkeys are allowed to roam free and generally do what monkeys do best, play and entertain onlookers.

As you walk through the forest keep an eye out above for Barbary Macaques monkeys in the trees. The path takes you through the forest where you can see the monkeys in their natural habitat. They are free to roam and wander across the paths in front of you, when we were there the males were carrying the babies on their backs and my two kids thought that was absolutely wonderful. The path which is clearly laid out leads you through the forest and to the more open areas where most of the monkeys congregate. You can see the younger monkeys playing in the trees and we spent a good hour watching four ‘youngsters’ having fun with an old tree trunk. They were running along it, jumping on it and sometimes play fighting and pushing each other off it!

The walk is quite steep in places but there is a pushchair/wheelchair friendly route. It is a pleasant walk and not too long, approximately 3/4’s of a mile for the whole route. It leads you through wooded areas and along a stream where the monkeys sometimes go down to drink from.

There are plenty of guides around the forest and they are really informative should you have any questions. They also tend to give advice if you are faced with a monkey that is wanting to cross the path just where you are stood! They know the monkeys inside out and explain the behaviour of the monkeys if they are doing something unusual. There are also signs and plaques dotted around the walk with questions on for the children to answer, with the answers usually found close by.

Within the ‘complex’ is also a picnic area with plenty of tables and grassed areas for you to enjoy. There is also a cafe/restaurant which provides basic meals, snacks and sandwiches which is reasonable priced. Outside there is also a covered dining area which is nice to sit in and enjoy a coffee while the kids run around on the grass or go on the trampolines, for which there is an additional charge.

The toilets are clean and easy to find and the gift shop has plenty of monkey related gifts, all at decent prices.

If you fancy a boatride after the walk around the forest there is a lake located next to the car park which has pleasure crafts on it that take you up to the shopping village at the far end of the lake. If you don’t fancy the boats, the walk along the lake is a nice one but if you feel you have done enough walking you can always take the car to get to the shops and it only takes a very short time to get there.

There is something for everyone at Monkey Forest and if you only have an afternoon to spare it is well worth it.

More details at

Bell Lane, Walsall – 01922 721 112


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