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Muiravonside Country Park

Steadings Cafe is currently closed

  • General Info
  • Event in this Venue
  • Newparks Farm
  • Amenities
  • Play Park & Trails
  • Getting here
  • The Loan,
    Whitecross,
    EH49 6LW
  • Guide Dogs Welcome
  • Cafe
  • Play Park

Newparks Farm will reopen to the public on the 16th of July with safety restrictions in place. Please read the following info carefully before planning your visit.

  • Our new opening times are 10.30am to 3pm with last entry at 2.30pm
  • Toilets will NOT be available on site
  • The barns and other buildings remain closed.
  • A one way system has been put in place and you must follow this
  • Groups should stay 2m apart.
  • Hand sanitiser is available. Please use this at the start and end of your visit.
  • Please do not touch anything during your visit, especially the animals!
  • Do not bring food into the farm, either for yourself or the animals.
  • Please follow any requests from our Stockeepers.

Muiravonside is Falkirk's only Country Park, providing 170 acres of stunning woodland and parkland, a mini demonstration farm, a sculpture trail, children's play area and a café at the Visitor Hub courtyard. 

The River Avon trail runs through the site, please follow the diversion signs to navigate round the section of route closed due to rock fall. The John Muir way passes close to the site and can be accessed by following the wooden stairs up to the top of the impressive aqueduct. The Sculpture and Poetry trail added to the park in 2016 can be enjoyed by heading through the archway off the main car park and then following the 'art in the park' way markers and map boards.

The park has a great play area next to the café, and also two adventure trails full of chunky wooden play equipment and suitable for the more adventurous. They are waymarked Activ8 and Play Trail and can be started either near the café or the car park.

We run a whole program of events from wildlife watches to craft sessions. Education activities and private tours can also be booked directly with the Countryside Ranger.

We run a regular conservation volunteering program which you can join at any time. We welcome everyone and you don't need any special skills, just enthusiasm, sensible outdoor clothing and an interest in improving the park. Please contact the Countryside Ranger to register your interest and find out more via our parks@falkirkcommunitytrust.org email address. 

Fishing is by Permit only. Information on this is available from http://slamannan.net/

The Farm

The farm is closed to visitors at the moment. The stockeepers and our regular volunteers are working hard to keep the collection of animals well looked after during lockdown. These include..

  • Highland cattle - Billy, Flora and Kyla
  • Equine 'staff' - Hamish and Jake the Clydesdale horses; the Shetland ponies Robbie (a rescued Shetland pony we took from the SSPCA), Teddy and Eddie
  • The fab four Donkeys - Birch, Harley, Partland and Pierce
    All the pigs – We have Tamworths, Wessex Saddle Backs and Glouster Old Spots.
  • Small herds of Soay, Hebridean and Zwartbles sheep
  • A collection of different breeds of Goats
  • Amazon parrots - Chico, Alfie and Del
  • And don’t forget the Llamas!

The restored farm steading buildings house an assortment of smaller animals including rabbits and exotic birds whilst the nearby wildfowl pond and bird enclosures contain the flocks of larger birds like chickens, geese and ducks.

Support the Farm

Newparks farm is home to a wide collection of animals and as you can imagine there's a lot of food, care and attention required to keep them healthy and safe. Your support help us cover the costs of the up keep and allow us to provide the best care possible for the animals.

If you'd like to support the farm there's a few different options:

We have four amazing donkeys who arrived at the farm as rescues and if you'd like to help with their upkeep by sponsoring, donating or even coming to the farm to meet them visit our support page.

Or you can now become a Friend of the Farm and for only £20.00 a year you can make a massive difference to the animals lives and in return we will send you a Christmas card and gift now, plus an update at Easter, as well as inviting you to a special VIP guided farm tour in the summer.

For more information, e-mail Simon Bowers at simon.bowers@falkirkcommunitytrust.org

General

Muiravonside is the place to come for many reasons, you can enjoy a walk around the area or take one of the trails, you can stop into the cafe for a cuppa or even spend the full day with the family enjoying the farm, play park and the scenery.

Other amenities include:

  • Toilets 
  • Steadings Cafe
  • Play Park
  • Play Trails
  • Newparks Farm
  • Car Park (£1 charge)

We look forward to seeing you soon.

 

Steadings Cafe

The Steadings Café can be found at the Visitor Hub courtyard and up until 31st March 2020 will be run by the Action Group as a training opportunity for young people with different needs. Sadly their core funding from the Fairer Falkirk Fund has been withdrawn and unless other funds are found to replace them this service will not continue in the new financial year and the café will close during the week. The Action Group are running a crowd fund if you would like to donate and try and keep this facility open. 

The Café is staffed at weekends by Falkirk Community Trust where you'll find a selection of hot and cold food and drinks. Next to the café are the ruins of the old house and a children's play area.

Please note the cafe is currently closed.

Play Park & Trails

Our play park provides fantastic and safe fun for the family. You will find picnic benches, climbing frames, swings including an accessible swing, a slide alongside other play equipment.  You can also find out about our natural world and as you follow our Sculpture trail, you will see beautiful views and read about the environment on our interpretation panels next to the sculpture pieces. Each piece is inscribed with an excerpt from a poem from Kenneth Stephen's book of children's poetry 'Imagining Things'.

The trail is suitable for all ages make sure to pick up a map which shows you the route as you enter the trail.

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Getting here from M9 junction 4 take the exit marked Bathgate, Livingston, Maddiston A801 M8 follow this road till the next roundabout, take the first exit B825 Muiravonside Country Park. follow the B825 until you see a sign on the right of the road ‘Muiravonside Country Park  next right’.

From Linlithgow follow the high street towards Falkirk and M9 junction 4, at the traffic lights Linlithgow bridge go straight through the lights and take the first left. Follow this road until you come to a sign at the left side of the road ‘Muiravonside Country Park next left’

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