Almond Valley

It's a wonderful day of adventure and play

The fields, woods and green spaces of the Almond Valley site extend either side of the river Almond for nearly a mile. At its heart lies the historic buildings of Livingston Mill and the associated Mill Farm. This is home to many friendly farm animals who are always keen to introduce themselves to visitors. Elsewhere on site, there are all manner of unique and imaginative play spaces set among the fields and gardens.

There’s loads to see and do in all weathers. We’re particularly proud of our new Paraffin Works play area set beneath a giant umbrella, and there’s also indoor soft play and other under-cover features, including our museum displays and activity spaces. Covid restrictions may still limit some activities, so please look further down this page for the latest update.

It’s a brilliant day out, especially for families. Come along and find out for yourself.


Advance booking is still essential

Bookings from all areas of the UK now welcomed

The Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Millfield, Livingston, West Lothian,EH54 7AR. Phone 01506 414957

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Welcome back everyone!

Things are slowly returning to normal, and most of our outdoor attractions, such as the farm and play-spaces, are now fully open. For your safety and peace of mind, an intensive cleaning programme remains in place, there's a plethora of hand sanitisers, and a range of measures to help control distancing.

Advance booking remains essential

In line with government advice, advance on-line booking remains essential, although we hope to relax some aspects of this soon. Close contact activities, such as animal handling and museum craft activities, remain limited. Under current guidance it remains impractical to reopen our soft play or resume tractor and railway rides - (all of which were charged-for extras)

Our tearoom is open to enjoy once again, but without counter service. Food can be ordered from your table using an on-line app., or you can be served for takeaway at an outdoor servery.


Halloween in the Witches' Wood

29th, 30th & 31st October - from 16.30


On Halloween and the two nights that proceed it, we re-open our doors after-dark to those brave enough to explore the night-time charms of Witches' Wood. Venture boldly along winding woodland paths to investigate reports of strange creatures, weird happenings, and black magic. Be prepared to scream and smile as you encounter some astounding sights on your journey through a magical twilight world. It’s silly, scary, outdoor fun for all the family. Book Now

Alpaca Walks

Alpaca walks are enjoyed as a special extra to your visit to Almond Valley. The charge of £40 for two alpaca, (£60 for three) is ADDITIONAL to standard admission charges (unless you have a Friends membership). The session lasts for about an hour, with the walk taking about 40 minutes. A maximum of two people share an alpaca, children under 12 must share with an adult. Sorry, due to safety considerations alpaca walks are not suitable for the under 5's or those with certain mobility impairments. The maximum group size is six people sharing three alpaca. Suitable outdoor clothing should be worn along with sturdy might be muddy! Each child aged 5-12 must be accompanied by an adult when leading an alpaca Book Now

Now extended until 25th October !

with extra added Pumpkin Patch

Great family parties


Tea with a friendly's a safe and happy way of meeting up to celebrate birthdays and other happy family occasions.

As a special extra to your visit, groups of between 15 and 30 adults and children can enjoy a special encounter with a very friendly alpaca, then share the delights of a tasty tea in your own private party space and exclusive use of the soft play area. Find out more.


The Paraffin Pixies return

Selected evenings from 10th December

It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas, and this year we're planning an even better programme of after-dark fun and magic. Find out more.


All-weather fun in the Paraffin Works

Find out more and watch the video

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