Curborough visitors centre is a mixture of craft and local produce shops, including an antique centre, stone mason, garden centre, coffee shop and restaurant. Lots of interesting things to see in a converted farm setting. Good for a morning or afternoon out. Curborough can be found, signposted off Eastern Avenue to the left, travelling clockwise round the City.
Falconry & Hawking Centre
Located at the rear of the Garden Centre at Curborough, this is a small, friendly team of dedicated falconers who have a passion for Birds of Prey. Their experience with birds of prey extends back over 20 years, so you can be assured of their knowledge and experience.
Their Falconry & Hawking Centre houses birds of prey including species of Eagle, Buzzard, Owl, Falcon and Kite from all around the world. There are over 30 species including Snowy Owls, Barn Owls, Peregrine, Kestrels, saker falcon and Chilean Blue Eagle. We offer Falconry displays, but by far the most popular choice are our Falconry Experiences. Opening times and admission prices on the website.
Heart of the Country
The Heart of the Country shopping village can be found just outside Lichfield at Swinfen, on the left of the main A38 going out of Lichfield. It comprises about fifteen individual craft shops and boutiques, as well as a couple of restaurants and is a deliteful place to browse around.
The Chasewater Railway operates heritage steam and diesel trains on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays throughout the year, most Saturdays and certain weekdays throughout the summer.
They are located in Chasewater Country Park, just off the southbound A5 at Brownhills West and the Railway is conveniently placed for visitors from every part of the country.
The Railway is rapidly gaining recognition as one of the major visitor attractions within the Walsall, Lichfield & Cannock areas. With its policy of low-cost fares and membership fees, it offers excellent value for money for railway enthusiasts and other visitors alike.
The Railway operates passenger trains from its headquarters at Brownhills West to Chasetown, with intermediate stations at Norton Lakeside and Chasewater Heaths. A round trip of nearly 4 miles takes about 45 minutes.
The McGuffie family bought the Farm in 1960 as a mixed farm of arable and livestock. Fruit growing was started by our Father as a pick your own venture in the early 1970's. Such was the success more acres were planted to meet demand as the PYO operation proved to be very popular. During the eighties there was an increased demand for ready picked, as this increased we started serving local outlets and other markets. In 1987 we began to serve J Sainsbury with strawberries and raspberries and continue to do so today.
Asparagus was started in 1985 as a complimentary crop; starting earlier than strawberries it was offering an opportunity to extend the harvest season with a speciality crop. Sales were through our Farm Shop along with other independent outlets. Supplying multiples started in 2000 and since then we have been developing new growing techniques along with protected cropping systems to improve quality and presentation of the crop.
Five years ago we have planted a small cherry orchard with a range of varieties and more recently we have been developing a system to grow melons including Galia, Cantaloupe and Water melon.
As a business we are committed to trial and develop new ideas to remain at the forefront of our industry and to ensure we have a sustainable business for future generations to take over.
New Farm Produce, Park View, New Farm, Elmhurst, Lichfield, Staffs WX13 8EX.
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Last updated: May 30th, 2013.