Almond Valley Heritage Centre/Museum of the Scottish Shale Oil Industry

Meeting the animals
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Almond Valley offers delights and discoveries for all the family. Here there is the chance to meet some friendly farm animals and hours of play in our brilliant play areas, both indoors and outside. Then there's time to relax and discover the secrets of West Lothian's past in the warmth of the museum.

Venue Type:

Museum, Agricultural site

Opening hours

Almond Valley is open from 10 am to 5pm every day of the year (except December 25th, 26th and January 1st & 2nd.)

Admission charges

Please check before visiting. Adults £9.50 Seniors £8.50 children £7.50 (age 3-15 years)

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Lambs

Easter Eggcitement

  • 30 March — 22 April 2019

Easter Eggcitement
30th March - 22nd April
Throughout the Easter school break, the farm is alive with the cheeps and bleats of baby animals, who will be introduced to you at handling and encounter sessions. Grab your clue sheet, sharpen your pencil, and tear around the farm collecting clues on the springtime trail. Keep a look out for hidden eggs that might win you a prize. In the craft area you can make bonnets, masks and other springtime decorations. There will be still further special attractions over the four days of Easter (19th to the 22nd April), including our famous plastic duck race along the mill lade.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Adults £9.50 Seniors £8.50 Children (age 3-15 years) £7.50

Website

http://www.almondvalley.co.uk

Goat being groomed

Brilliant Beltane

  • 3 — 7 May 2019

A Brilliant Beltane Friday 3rd – Tuesday 7th May
A special long weekend of family fun when we can all wish each other a Brilliant Beltane. Turning our backs on the cheesiness and chocolates of an increasingly commercial Easter, we’re celebrating happier, simpler days when life was closer to nature, and ancient traditions marked the passage of the seasons.
There is a daily programme of lighthearted family activities that delight in the mysteries and wonders of a traditional springtime. Around the old buildings and watercourses of Livingston Mill there are mischievous sprites who will reveal secrets of fire and flowing water. Children can create masks that will change them into green boys and girls, with tickely mystical wands that have the power to surprise. Scribble down your secret hopes for the year to come, tie these with wool, ribbon or slices of fabric to decorate our clootie tree. Out in the gardens, craft a living bower to take home and nurture, while on the farm, the animals will be in their springtime finery.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

Adults £9.50, Seniors £8.50, Children (age 3-15 years) £7.50

Website

http://www.almondvalley.co.uk

Child Admiring the Den

Den Building Adventures

  • 29 June — 20 August 2019

Den Building Adventures Summer Holidays Saturday 29th June – Tuesday 20th August
Join the tribe for daring daily adventures exploring some of the wildest and most remote corners of the Almond Valley site. Build your shelter, set up camp and keep a look out for wild animals, and learn how to survive in the wild for at least half an hour.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Adults £9.50 Seniors £8.50 Children (age 3-15 years) £7.50

Website

http://www.almondvalley.co.uk

Scary Witches with a scared child

Spooky Happenings

  • 5 — 31 October 2019

Spooky Happenings Sat 5th - 31st October
As the nights get darker, mysterious creatures emerge from the dark corners of the old farm. Grab your trail sheet and look out for the clues on your spooky quest. Find your way through a world of magic and shadows with mysteries to solve, games to play, and some scary surprises around every corner. Get creative in the craft area where you can make spooky masks and manufacture monsters.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Admission

Adults £9.50, Seniors £8.50 Children (age 3-15 years) £7.50

Website

http://www.almondvalley.co.uk

Skeleton

Friday Fright Night

  • 25 October 2019 6-9pm

Friday Fright Night Friday 25th October 18:00 – 21:00
A little extra horror once the sun goes down, with a scary surprise around every corner, ghost trains to nowhere, and trailer rides circuiting the graveyard. Come dressed to kill. Good family fun, but perhaps not suitable for very young children or adults of a nervous disposition - no advance booking required.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 7-10

Admission

Adults £9.50 Seniors £8.50 Children (age 3-15 years) £7.50

Website

http://www.almondvalley.co.uk

Children in fancy dress Halloween costume

Spooky Saturday

  • 26 October 2019 10am-5pm

Spooky Saturday 26th October 10:00 – 17:00
On the Saturday before Halloween there's even more spooky fun going on throughout the day - dooking for apples and other traditional games, crafts and creations, and music for monster dancing - ideal for families with younger children. Open as usual from 10am to 5pm - no advance booking required.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

Adults £9.50, Seniors £8.50, Children (age 3-15 years) £7.50

Website

http://www.almondvalley.co.uk

Almond Valley Heritage Centre/Museum of the Scottish Shale Oil Industry
Almond Valley Heritage Centre,
Millfield
Livingston
West Lothian
EH54 7AR
Scotland

Website

http://www.almondvalley.co.uk

E-mail

info@almondvalley.co.uk

Telephone

01506 414957

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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