COMPARE the meerkats at Solihull College’s Animal Care Centre next weekend.
The centre opens to the public for the first time on Sunday June 12 as part of the 10th Solihull Open Gardens and visitors will get the chance to meet and handle many species of exotic animals, reptiles and birds, and visit the extensive gardens and nurseries.
An opening event will be held in the grounds of Tudor Grange, the former home of Sir Alfred Bird, the inventor of instant custard, and a fine example of 19th century Romantic architecture, and the Animal Care Centre, from 10am with entertainment, stalls and refreshments.
Gardeners can also wander through the Shakespeare Drive Allotments and five beautiful gardens on Bills Lane, Sandfield Close, Tanworth Lane, Danford Lane and Blossomfield Road.
Refreshments and plant sales will be available.
Tudor Grange and the Animal Care Centre will be open from 10am to 4pm. The gardens and allotments will be open from 1pm to 5.30pm.
Tickets can be bought on the day from any of the gardens, £4.50 for all the gardens and the college or £3 for the college only.
All money raised will go to Solihull’s three Citizens Advice Bureaux. For more information visit www. solihullsopengardens.com.