Shareshill, Near Cannock, Staffordshire, WV10 7LX, Tel: 01922 418050.
Hollybush Garden & Aquatic Centre stretches over 20 acres and 90,000 square feet is all under cover, with easy access walkways for the able and less able to move around. „
Please be careful if buying tropical fish from here. They do take care of their fish really well as I saw when I was there but that still doesnt garuntee the quality of mass bred tropical fish. I had my golden nugget pleci in my 250ltr tropical tank for 6 days until all my other fish £200 worth contracted the wicked white spot. This was the only fish that had been added recently and coincidence or,not,it died as soon as the others were infected. Make,sure you quarantine any new fish for at least a week before adding to main tank and as I found make sure you keep the dead fish and reciept as they ask for them both straight away. Abit annoying as they only offered advice on how to treat it and a 10% discount on white spot treatments...
Hollybush Garden centre is just off junction 11 of the M6 in Shareshill (Staffordshire). It boasts a large garden centre, aquatics, pet centre, gift shop and even it's own mini railway!
The car park is large but be warned, the spaces are narrow! If you have babies, toddlers or a pushchair to get out then it is a nightmare! There are quite a few disabled spaces if you have a badge, they're right at the front of the centre so easy access.
In front of the entrance are a variety of temptations - hot sugared donuts, ice-cream van, hot dogs and the like. Not cheap, but very tasty!
The aquaria is fairly large and sells a good selection of tropical, marine and coldwater fish. The fish are not crowded, there aren't a lot of floating dead ones like you normally see, and there is always a good selection. There are a few large fish on show and my 23 month old daughter loves to look at these! The floor is wet so be careful, but it is a lovely free exhibit! The staff are friendly and knowledgable and can answer all your questions. Pushchairs are welcome, and we often see a lot of families there having a look. There is also a large pool of koi carp and several pools of pond fish. They have just about every accessory for fish keeping and pond fish! Everything you would ever need.
Just beyond the aquaria is the pet centre. It features small animals like hamsters and guinea pigs. They also have a small room that features spiders, snakes, lizards etc. which is quite a small room and you''d struggle to get a pushchair round if people were about - however it is a good display if you like that type of thing! There is a bird section (very noisy!) which features a few types of bird and some talking parrots, always a hit with kids! There is an absolutely massive section of pet supplies from hutches and outdoor cages, to indoor cages, foods and every type of accessory.
Outside is a dedicated area to conservatories and outdoor landscaping which you can browse, pushchair friendly and well spaced out and maintained. There is another area for shrubs and plants, trees etc. which is vast and easy to browse, just about every variety you can imagine. In a greenhouse area they have a dedicated area to houseplants and even bonsai trees, orchids and other trees. Inside the centre they have a huge area dedicated to all your gardening equipment and needs, including tools for kids and stuff to help encourage wild birds etc. into your garden. Everything from gloves onwards!
They have a traditional sweet shop which sells jars of sweets and sweets from big jars. They have a shop that sells lovely scented candles and soaps. There's a jewellery shop that sells unique and bespoke items, a bespoke furniture shop and a shop that prints t-shirts. All the shops are expensive but that's to be expected.
I don't often go to the cafe but it is usually very full and the staff are very friendly. The prices are expensive but you can buy the usual items such as sandwiches, cakes and even a selection of hot meals.
The mini railway is £1 a ride but it is a very long ride and you get to spot wildlife and birds. It loops around the big pond and really is a lovely ride.
At the exit is a small section offering books, and other little tokens like bookmarks. There are also silk flowers and ribbons for sale.
Just inside the exit is a food market, selling fruit and vegetables at quite cheap prices. There's usually always grapes and strawberries which are fresh and delicious.
Hollybush really is a great free day out, ideal for a lazy Sunday afternoon when you're bored. It's fantastic for children, my toddler loves to see the fish and animals. It's free, which means you can go as many times as you want, and it really is a lovely day out.
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Hollybush garden centre is near junction 11 of the M6, in a place called Shareshill in Staffordshire. It is not just a garden centre, it has a large aquatics centre, a pet centre, as well as a cafe, some shops and a mini railway. It is brilliant for a cheap day out!
Hollybush is free to enter, so we go there for an afternoon out at least once a month. The centre has a large car park, but it is always busy. The garden centre has different sections:
Before you even get inside, there are several mobile food stations to tempt you. An ice cream van, a hotdog stand and a mobile doughnut van that sells freshly made sugared doughnuts.
If you turn right when you enter the centre, there is a large aquaruim section, a bit like a mini sea life centre, and free to enter. They sell freshwater, tropical and marine fish, and have some big specimens on show. They sell everything for aquarists. They also have a big pool containing beautiful koi carp, that come up when you sit at the edge of the pool. The people that work here are experts and can answer any question about fishkeeping.
Just beyond the fish section is the brand new pet section. They sell small pets like hamsters and guinea pigs, as well as more exotic pets, like spiders and snakes. The have a large section dediacted to accessories and food for pets. They also have a bird section,and several talking parrots, which are a hit with customers.
Outside, there is an area dedicated to conservatories, as well as ourdoor hard landscaping products. They have a vast area for garden plants, shrubs and trees that the customers can browse.
Indoors they have a greenhouse area, housing the more tender plants, and an area dedicated to houseplants. They sell things like orange trees and orchids. they also have a small section devoted to bonsai trees.
In the garden section,they stock everything you could need for the garden,such as tools and gloves, and even tools for kids. They have a big variety of seeds and a section of products that encourage wild animals and birds to come to the garden.
There are a few specialist shops at hollybush. the kids love the old fashioned sweet shop, that sells sweets from big jars. i like the "smelly" shop that sells candles and bath products. They also have a bespoke furniture shop, a place that prints T shirts, and a Jewelry shop that sells unique and individual items.
The cafe is always really busy and is usually full, so I don't go there very often. There are some lovely foody smells coming from there though!
On the way out of the shop there is a small book section which mainly sells gardening books and childrens books. there is also a silk flower section.
Outside, there is a lovely narrow gauge railway that loops round the big fishing pool. Rides are £1, but you get quite a long ride for that, and can often see interesting wildlife such as herons and rabbits.
I think I have covered the main attractions, but of course, they have extra seasonal attractions on at Christmas and other times of the year. Hollybush is great for saturday afternoons, pottering around. Why not go this saturday?
My family and I called into HollyBush to do a bit of window shopping. My husband was very impressed with the quality of the plants and our daughter loved looking at the pets. We bought a few items in the lovely gift shops and then decided to go for a drink. However we were very disappointed with the cafe. The decor was generally old fashioned and shabby and the floor was dirty. The tables and chairs were still greasy even though they had been wiped. I was really looking forward to a 'proper' coffee. It was hot but not what I was hoping for. The saucer was dirty and the tray was tatty and greasy. When we visited the toilets on the way out my daughter and I were reluctant to use them but had no choice. HollyBush really need to take a look at the quality of their services.
Having visited the hollybush for a number of years I have always enjoyed the wonderful range of plants and shrubs available I have never had reason to complain as the advice I have asked for and received has been excellent In the summer months alone I and my husband spend at least one day a week there buying a lot of plants having a lovely meal at a reasonable price and generally enjoying a nice day out. Sylvia
Hollybush garden centre is a great place to visit and has many additional features aside from just plants. It is situated close to Cannock off junction 11 of the M6. It is open 7 days a week. The weekend can get very busy especially during the summer months when it can be a struggle to find a parking space in their ample car park.
Inside the main centre it is very roomy and well spaced. Everything is organised into clear sections with adequate signage. Outdoors there is a large area for outdoor plants and other garden sundries. The areas are well defined with sections for popular plants such as roses and fruit trees. The only issue I have is that if you have a wheelchair or pushchair some of the pathways are a little narrow especially when there are a lot of people looking at the plants and staff often leave holders etc on paths causing some blockages. That aside I always find what I am looking for. The plants are good quality and there is a huge range to choose from and can suit all budgets. Inside there is a large range of house plants including my favourites orchids. Again each section is clearly defined. All plants indoor and out come with clear care instructions on where they should be placed, type of feed etc. As well as plants a huge range of other products are stocked. These include garden equipment and furniture, books and even some toys. There is also a cafe which sells delicious cakes to tempt.
There is also a large a pet store stocking everything your pet needs from beds to cages, scratch posts to food and toys. There are also a wide range of pet books and magazines. Of course there are also pets!! Depending on the time of year and stock availability there can be rabbits, guinea pigs, rats, birds, hamsters, mice and others. There is also a reptile house for those who like the more exotic pets such as spiders and lizards.
As well as the pet store there is a huge fish shop. This stocks a variety of tropical, goldfish and marine varieties. However although I personally have brought a number of fish from here that have been ok I have brought an equal number that have died within a short period. There are often dead fish in the tanks. But when you consider that many of these fish are transported from abroad it is unsurprising that many do not make it. They also only issue refunds at their discretion so its just something to be aware of especially as some varieties can be expensive.
One of the biggest draws at Hollbush is at christmas when they put on an excellent display which draws crowds from miles around. They have a huge array of christmas decorations to suit everyones taste and budget.
All in all well worth a visit if you are in the area.
The Hollybush garden centre and aquaria is one of those places that I have been going to for years and it is a fantastic place to just go and take a wander around. Its tag line is 'so much more than just a garden centre' and that is true because it is such a nice place with lots to look at and see and is a very pleasant place. It is as the name suggests a garden centre and a aquarium but there is a lot more there and here is why.
First the address:
Hollybush Garden Centre and Aquaria
Now if you are driving it is easy as it is signposted when you get by the road and if you use that postcode you will be able to see it. The car park is very big indeed so you should be always able to find a place to park. On public transport there are buses that go down this road but it is easier to go by car.
So when you get there you can walk to the entrance and you will pass a few stalls which sell handbags, hot dogs, ice-creams when the weather is nice and doughnuts which are delicious.
Go through the entrance and you will be able to go the following areas;
Now this is a huge aquarium and they sell all kinds of fish and even sell outdoor equipment if you want to build your own pond. The staff there are very knowledgeable and will help you if you need to know any information. The outdoor section is huge and they sell some massive fish for your outdoor ponds.
The section takes a big part of the building and it is very interesting to walk around. They sell fountains and other water features and all sorts for outside which is brilliant.
Now the indoor fish section is just as big with some great home fish tanks of all different shapes and sizes. They have a big section filled with all of the fish they have for cold water tans and tropical tanks and so on. The fish are beautiful and once again the staff will advise you on what to have depending on the level of care you want to give them, what you are looking for and so on.
There are lots of things for your garden here and there is an indoor and outdoor bit. You can find weird and wonderful plants and ferns and bushes and ornaments and even conservatories. There is so much to see and there are hundreds of different plants to choose from, whether you want them outdoor or indoor.
They have a good selection of ornaments and things such as slabs and features for your garden including water features. Inside they sell all sorts of gardening tools and trellising and bird tables and whatever else you can think of for your garden. If you did look at absolutely everything then you could be there a while.
There is a pets section of the shop which sells all sorts of pet food, toys and accessories such as beds and leads. They even sell pets here and you can take a look at the snakes, spiders, hamsters, birds and rabbits. They even have a lovely big resident iguana there who lost his tail and he is lovely.
This is a very nice section and my favourite to take a look around and it is quite big. Once again any advice you need just let the staff know as they are very friendly.
Food and Drink:
There is a café at the Hollybush which sells sandwiches and jacket potatoes and other things like that. It is small and sweet and there are always lots of options for food. There is also a little sweet shop there where you can get some great sweets and even better biscuits. If you go try oat flips they are delicious.
There are also a few shops there that sell home things such as picture frames and then a furniture shop and a candle / soap shop and also a kind of souvenir shop. So as you can guess there are plenty of places to look around.
As you go out of the store there is also a fresh fruit and veg stand which sells them quite cheap and they are gorgeous.
I should also mention that at Christmas, the Hollybush makes a big deal about it and there are some great stalls and displays out.
The Hollybush is a great place to take a look around and I don't think anybody can go there and walk out of the store with nothing as it has so many nice things. I think if you are around the area then it is definitely worth a look as it is great and I have been going for years and never got bored.
I recommend to all.
Thanks for reading.
Holly bush garden center is great, the name realy doesnt do it justice.
Yes its a garden center situated on a country lane not far from cannock.
As you approach the front doors to enter holly bush there is a green groser selling fresh fruit and veg from local farms which yes it is a bit more pricy than the supermarkets but is very nice.
Once inside holly bush is huge you could easily spend all day walking around.
They have everything you would expect to find in a garden center, a lot of house hold plants, a little old fashioned tea room which serves drinks, cakes and sandwiches.
They have a large section of fish products for the house hold tank as well as a garden pond, thousands of fish to choose from, loads of different tanks and stands, gravels and plants.
They have a reptile room where they stock over 200 reptiles and supply everything a reptile owner could possibly need.
They have a small furys area with rabbits, hamsters and all the other usual pets and all accessories you could possibly think of.
They have a bird room with every thing from budgies to mccaws and cages, toys, feed and anything else you could possibly require.
They stock a large range of cat and dog accessories and food and are very reasonably priced.
Im not joking when i say they cater for every pet imaginable, they even sell hores riding gear and saddles.
Its a great shop and a great day out, they even have a minituar rail way for the children.
Don't expect to pay the price you see on the products sold here, a totally disgraceful approach to customer care by the managing director may be expected if you don't agree with his illegal attitude that things in his store should not be sold at the price marked. expect to be humiliated in front of other customers & frog marched out of the store by his heavies if you dare to state your rights.Apalling. !
Hollybush Garden Centre and Aquaria is situated in Staffordshire 500 yards from junction 11 of the M6 on the A462 near Cannock and stocks everything for the gardener and more. It has parking for 600 cars and is open from 9am until 5.30pm in the summer, 9am until 5pm in the winter and 10.15am until 4.15pm on Sundays. If you decide to pay it a visit be prepared to spend a bit of time there, especially the first time that you go as there is a huge range of items for sale. There is a well-stocked aquatic department selling ornamental fish for the garden at various stages of development, with the prices rising with the age of the fish. These are all swimming about in big tanks so that you can chose the one that you want to buy. I always have to go and have a look, even though I have no intention of making a purchase – they have some huge Coy Carp that fascinate me! They’re really beautiful, but very expensive! A word of warning though, if you take young children with you, keep your eye on them as the water in the tanks is deep. The aquatic department also stocks all the equipment that you need to build the pool for the fish, liners, pumps, decorative stones and fountains, together with all the food for the fish and everything to keep them healthy. While I’m on the subject of living creatures, Hollybush also has a pet’s corner and shop, selling spiders, snakes, lizards, budgerigars, rabbits, guinea pigs and parrots. This is another place I just have to go and have a look at! They have an extensive range of cages, toys, food and medicines for the pets too. Being a garden centre they have a huge range of plants – bet you never guessed that then did you? There is a large indoor greenhouse type area with houseplants and the less robust outdoor plants such as bedding plants available in the early part of the season, which need to be protected from frost. The prices aren’t as ch
eap as the local market, but neither are they extortionate. There are usually some decent deals on the bedding plants from Easter onwards and the plants are always of a very high quality. You should see my planters on the patio, they’re a mass of colour with geraniums, lobelia, nemesia, ageratum, bizzie lizzie, snapdragon and alyssum. They sell ready made hanging baskets or all the individual bits and pieces that you need to make your own. There is a further display of plants for sale outside. These include fruit and ornamental trees, fruit bushes, shrubs, climbers, roses, alpines for the rockery and herbs. There are also plenty of bags of compost, peat and potting compost for sale in sizes ranging from 25 litres down to a bag big enough to pot a few house plants! Also displayed in the vast outdoor area is a range of stone garden ornaments, rocks for building rockeries, bags of stones of various sizes from gravel to pebbles in a range of colours, paving slabs of all sizes, in fact everything for landscaping your garden. Hollybush sell garden sheds and gazebos as well as playhouses for children and they also take orders for the building of conservatories. Back inside there is a large gift shop selling all sorts of things from jig saws to pot pourri and from weather vanes to candles. At Christmas they also sell a wide range of Christmas decorations. If you want to do it yourself there’s a comprehensive range of seeds and bulbs for sale from various manufacturers (if that’s the right word when referring to seeds?). If it’s garden tools you’re looking for, this is the place for those too. I told you they’d got everything here! They stock all sorts of tools from the smallest trowel to huge compost makers and rainwater butts. I bought dad a pair of heavy-duty secateurs for his birthday and he was well pleased. They also sell lawn mowers, rollers, strimmers, etc. G
arden furniture including deck chairs, loungers, garden swings, tables, chairs, hammocks, bar b ques, and garden umbrellas are all set out so that you can not only see them but try them. Well, maybe not the bar b ques, but you get the idea! If you’re worn out after all this, there is a coffee shop for a welcome sit down and a cuppa. Around this area there are one or two franchised outlets selling greetings cards, candles, aromatherapy items and other gifts. Hollybush is a very popular garden centre in the area, and gets busy at weekends and Bank Holiday time, but the staff are generally efficient and there are plenty of them to serve you. The quality of the produce is very high but the prices can also be high at times, so it is worth shopping around if you’re looking at say lawn mowers for example. They have different baskets and trolleys for you to use depending on what you intend to buy and there’s always someone on hand to help if you’ve got problems loading the car. The car park itself is very large and there is an overspill area for when it gets really busy. Outside the main Hollybush buildings are various stalls. There’s a fruit and vegetables stall, which sell lovely strawberries. There are often one or two gift stalls here too together with a hot dog stand, ice cream van and a donut stall, selling freshly made hot donuts – and they are DIVINE! Oh blast, I’m on a diet! At the far end of the car park there is a small pool with ducks, swans and moorhens and a children’s train which runs around the perimeter of this little park area. The contact information for Hollybush is as follows: Hollybush Garden Centre and Aquaria, Warstone Road Shareshill Nr Cannock Staffordshire WV10 7LX 01922 418050 www.hollybush-garden.com sales@hollybush-garden .com I realise that this opinion has come over as
rather a list of facts and information, so if it is not as interesting a read as it might be I apologise. The difficulty is that there is such a lot to see and potentially buy at this place I felt I had to mention as much as I could.