Sheldon Country Park
Ragley Drive, Church Road, Sheldon, Birmingham, B26 3TU
The main entrance and car park is off Ragley Drive.
- About the park
Sheldon Country Park covers an area of just over 300 acres. It is made up of open grassland, wetlands, old hedgerows and some mature woodland.
The Old Rectory Farm is open to visitors throughout the year.
- Awards and status
- Country Park
- Rangers Centre / Visitor Centre
The Parks Ranger Service is based at Old Rectory Farm, a 17th Century dairy farm based at the main entrance to the park.
Visitors who need accessible parking, are welcome to park in the farmyard.
The ground is relatively flat and broad paths have been cut throughout the park to improve accessibility.
A hard-surfaced nature trail can be accessed from the main car park.
Staff are always willing to give advice about visiting the farm and to provide assistance.
There is a playground near the main entrance off Ragley Drive.
- Guided activities and tours
The Ranger Service holds a number of events throughout the year. These include guided tours of the farm, monthly rambles and craft sessions such as "How to build a bird box."
- School and group trips
Our Ranger-led events and activities for schools help pupils gain a better understanding of wildlife and the natural environment.
You can also arrange for a Ranger to give your community group a guided walk of one of our parks, or to give a talk and presentation.
- Exercise and wellbeing
- Toilets are located near the main farm building
- Airport viewing area
- Birmingham International Airport borders the park, so if you're interested in seeing aeroplanes close up you can visit our designated viewing area. It lies approximately a quarter of a mile away from the farm buildings and can only be accessed on foot (no motor vehicles).
- Farm or conservation park
The Old Rectory Farm has been fully restored and operates as a demonstration farm, showing traditional methods of farming.
Animals kept at the farm include Jersey cattle, pigs, goats, ponies, ducks, chickens and geese.
The farm is open to visitors every day throughout the year and admission is free.
- Historic buildings
The 17th century Old Rectory Farm is based at the main entrance to the park. The farm was home to Sheldon's most celebrated son, Thomas Bray, from 1690 to 1721.
- Picnic area
- The Sheldon Ward Millennium Woodland is planted on the site. This includes the Khalsa Woodland and a Memorial Planting by the Council of Sikh Gurdwara.
- Football pitch
There are three marked football pitches.
- Golf mini golf or tri-golf
You can play golf at the Hatchford Brook Golf Centre, next to Sheldon Country Park. This is an 18 hole course.
- Walking or jogging routes
A 5 kilometre walking route is marked out in the park.