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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Food-related fun for the summer holidays

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.

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 & 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.

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What's Happening this Month ?

At weekends during May, there are tractor rides (between 11am and 4pm), and trips of the narrow gauge railway (between 11.30 and 15.30) every Saturday and Sunday. There are also Small Animal Encounter sessions at 11.30 and 15.00 at weekends.

Enjoy some Little Extras

On midweek mornings during May and June, Almond Valley gets rather busy with visiting schools and groups. We greatly welcome such learning trips – it's part of our educational mission – but during these busy periods, family visitors may find the site a little full, with play areas being intensively used.

We're sorry about this, but encourage families to delay their mid-week visits until after 2pm when most groups will have returned home. As an extra incentive, we're running Little Extra sessions from parents and younger children every weekday until June 24th between 2pm and 4pm.

  • Monday is story time,
  • Tuesday is messy art,
  • Wednesday is Mini Moo songs and rhymes,
  • Thursday's a wildlife walk,
  • then there's tinkering and building in the Friday Factory.

There's no need to book and no extra charge. We regret that these sessions are not available to group visitors..