Almond Valley

Enjoy a Wonderful Day of Adventure and Play

On a wooded riverside site that extends for nearly a mile, there's so much to explore and enjoy at Almond Valley. The old stone buildings of the watermill and byres are home to friendly farm animals and a host of pets and poultry who are introduced in regular handling sessions. Across the river, among woods and gardens, there are trampolines, pedal carts and other imaginative outdoor play. Enjoy a seasonal trailer ride or a trip on the narrow gauge railway. Indoors there’s soft play and playgrounds, interactive displays and activities in the museum, and a tempting range of fresh healthy snacks in the comfort of Morag’s milk bar. Rain or shine, throughout the year, there’s always so much to interest and enjoy.

 

We're open from 10am to 5pm every day of the year except for December the 25th & 26th, and January 1st & 2nd. Our standard admission charges are:

  • Adults .......£7.50
  • Children .....£5.50

The Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Millfield, Livingston, West Lothian,EH54 7AR. Phone 01506 414957

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Join the Dibblers and Nibblers

In the Discovery Tent, on every day of the school holidays, there's the chance to join the Dibblers and Nibblers in games, crafts and experiments that explore the world of food and gardening. The sessions are ideal for primary-school aged children accompanied by their families.

There's no charge and no booking needed, just drop-in between 2 and 4, have fun, and leave whenever you wish. There's a different theme for each week of the holidays

Sorry - these sessions are not suitable for group visitors.

Soil Secrets - 25th June - 1st July

Mix up your own compost stew, learn the secrets of soil by experimenting in our Soil Lab and say hello to our wiggly friends in the garden wormery.

Superhero Seeds - 2nd July -  8th July

Is it a bird, is it a plane, no its a superhero seed! Design a flying seed and launch it on its first flight. Nibble on edible seeds and compare seeds of all shapes and sizes.

Fancy Flowers - 9th July - 15th July

Create a flower for our Glowing Garden, become a buzzing bee in our pollen challenge and dissect a flower to uncover its hidden beauty.

Colourful Crops - 16th July -  22nd July

Experiment with natural paints, taste a rainbow of fresh produce from the kitchen garden and investigate the colours of leaves using chromatography.

Wonderful Weather - 23rd July - 29th July

Explore the wonders of weather and how we can use it to help us. Build a weather vane, investigate solar powered contraptions and learn how to make a cloud in a bottle.

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Good Bug, Bad Bug - 30th July - 5th August

Build a room for our Bug Hotel, discover how to use bug collecting equipment and go on a bug hunt. Visit our Mini- Beast Zoo and find out all about good bugs and garden pests.

Cook, Eat, or Keep - 6th August - 12th August

Prepare a simple recipe using fresh ingredients from the Kitchen Garden, taste the results and make sure you don't get yourself into a pickle by learning how to preserve fresh food.

Milking and Milling - 13th August - 22nd August

Transform milk into butter, cool off with a taste of your own home-made ice cream and get hands on with history by taking on the role of a mill worker for the day.

What's Happening this Month ?

Summer Programme - daily from 27th June

On the Farm:

  • 11.00 - Cow Milking
  • 11.30 - Small Animal Encounters
  • 14.00 - Goat Milking
  • 14.15 - The Goat Show
  • 15.00 - Small Animal Encounters

and elsewhere:

  • 14.00-16.00 - Dibblers and Nibblers
  • 11.00-16.00 - Tractor rides (normally on the hour)
  • 11.30-15.30 - Train rides (normally on the halfhour)

Trailer rides are 50p per person, train trips are £1 per person