NOTE: Blackbrook Zoo has unfortunately now gone into administration. At the time of writing it is still open to visitors as normal while a buyer is found. This may change at short notice, so please check the zoo's website for the latest opening information before travelling.
Summer (March-September): Open daily 10am-4pm,
Winter (October-February): Open Fri, Sat, Sun only 10am-dusk.
Also open daily during winter half term holidays.
Closed Christmas Eve to New Year's Day.
See zoo's website for precise dates of opening.
The zoo may be closed during periods of ice or deep snow; check the zoo's website before travelling.
Concessions / Carers:
Concessions / Carers:
See zoo's website for precise dates when Summer/Winter prices apply.
Groups rates also available - groups must pre-book - see zoo's website for details.
Located near Leek, in the heart of the Staffordshire Moorlands, Blackbrook Zoological Bird Park was established in 1991 as a place for education and as a breeding centre for rare and endangered birds and other animals. It is now home to the largest collection of birds in the UK and has established an international reputation for breeding some of the world's rarest birds. Highlights of the bird collection include Pelicans, Flamingos, Cranes, Storks, Pheasants, Seriamas, Herons, several species of Owls and other birds of prey, a wide variety of waterfowl, and free-roaming Peacocks. As well as the birds, the collection includes a wide variety of other animals, such as five species of Lemurs, including Black and White Ruffed, Mayottes and White Fronted, together with Meerkats, Crested Porcupines, Asian Short-Clawed Otters, Wallabies and a few reptile species.
These are the latest news reports from Blackbrook Zoological Bird Park; see the Blackbrook Zoological Bird Park News Archive for all reports, or visit the official website for the very latest news.
Birth: Autumn 2007
Summary of this season's births:
Over 30 species of waterfowl have had chicks
Three Kookaburra chicks
Six Little Egret chicks
Several Screamer chicks - the fourth family for the parents
Several Boat-Billed Heron chicks - the first to be hand-reared in this country
Several Asian Brown Wood Owl chicks
Baby Black and White Ruffed Lemur
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Duck-in Deli offers hot and cold drinks and snacks with indoor seating
Toucan Tearoom offers delicious drinks, snacks, sandwiches, cakes and desserts with indoor and outdoor seating.
Open and covered picnic areas.
Children's play area
Baby changing facilities
Full disabled access and facilities
Children must be accompanied by an adult.
No balls, bicycles, children's scooters, skateboards, or roller blades allowed.
No pets allowed.
Mammals, Birds, Reptiles, Fish
Note: The animal pictures on this page are merely representative of this type of attraction; they do not mean that the animals can be found at this specific attraction.
New for 2008: Penguins, with underwater viewing and raised walkway , River Hogs
Daily Meet the Keeper talks (1:30), and Pelican (2:30), Penguin (3:00) and Lemur (4:00) feeding times.
How To Get There:
Blackbrook Zoological Park is located just off the A523 between Leek and Ashbourne, just outside the south-western edge of the Peak.District National Park.
Follow the A523 south-east towards Ashbourne and Derby to and across the crossroads with the B5053. Continue on the A523 for about a further 1 mile, passing the Windy Ridge Cafe on your right, then take the next turning right, onto an unclassified road. The entrance to the Zoo will then be the next entrance on your right, after less than 0.5 miles.
Follow the A53 south to and into Leek, then turn left onto the A523 towards Ashbourne and Derby, and continue to the Zoo as described above (from Leek).
Follow the A523 south and south-east to and through Leek, then continue to the Zoo as described above (from Leek).
From M6 North, and Stoke-on-Trent (North):
Leave the M6 at junction 16, then turn left onto the A500 and follow it into Stoke-on-Trent, to its junction with the A53. Leave the A500 here, and turn left (first exit at the roundabout) onto the A53, then follow it to and into Leek. Turn right onto the A523 towards Ashbourne and Derby, and continue to the Zoo as described above (from Leek).
From M6 South and Stoke-on-Trent (South):
Leave the M6 at junction 15, and continue forwards from the end of the slip road onto the A500 towards Stoke-on Trent. Continue on the A500 across the next roundabout, through the A34 junction and on to the junction with the A5006 and A50. Turn right at the roundabout onto the A50 towards Blythe Bridge and Uttoxeter, and continue to its junction with the A520 (Stone / Leek). Leave the A50 here, turn left at the roundabout onto the A520 towards Leek, and continue to the cross-roads with the A52. From here, either continue on the A520 to and into Leek, then turn right onto the A523 towards Ashbourne and Derby, and continue to the Zoo as described above (from Leek); or turn right onto the A52 towards Ashbourne and Derby. Continue on this road for about 4 miles, to the village of Froghall. After crossing over the railway, shortly after the A521 merges from the right, turn next left onto the B5053 towards Ipstones. Follow the B5053 through the village of Ipstones, and on to the cross-roads with the A523. Turn right onto the A523 then take the next turning right, after about 1 mile and just past the Windy Ridge Cafe (on your right), onto an unclassified road. The entrance to the Zoo will then be the next entrance on your right, after less than 0.5 miles.
Follow the A52 north-west towards Leek for about 5 miles, then continue forwards onto the A523 towards Leek where the A52 forks left towards Stoke-on-Trent. Continue on the A523 for about 4.5 miles, through the villages of Waterhouses and Winkhill. After leaving Winkhill, take the next turning left (after about 0.5 miles) onto an unclassified road. The entrance to the Zoo will then be the next entrance on your right, after less than 0.5 miles.
Follow the A515 north towards Ashbourne to its junction with the A50. Turn left onto the A50 towards Uttoxeter, then turn right at the next junction back onto the A515 towards Ashbourne. Continue on the A515 to its junction with the A52 just outside Ashbourne. Turn left at the roundabout onto the A52 towards Leek, and continue to the Zoo as described above (from Ashbourne).
From Burton-upon Trent:
Follow the A511 north-west through Tutbury to its junction with the A50. Turn left onto the A50 towards Uttoxeter, and follow it for about 2 miles, to its second junction with the A515. Turn right here onto the A515 towards Ashbourne, and follow it to its junction with the A52 just outside Ashbourne. Turn left at the roundabout onto the A52 towards Leek, and continue to the Zoo as described above (from Ashbourne).
Follow the A52 north-west to and past Ashbourne, then continue to the Zoo as described above (from Ashbourne).
Data on this page last updated: Mar 12 2014