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Great places to visit, hidden treasures, attractions and events across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Staffordshire.

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Welcome to the National Forest & Beyond We’re creating a new forest for the nation and we can’t wait for you to see it. Over the following pages, you’ll find a host of things to see and do and places to stay in and around our 200 square miles – a vibrant and varied landscape that takes in ancient forest and newly planted woodland, wildflower meadows and rugged, rocky uplands. You’ll find reminders of the region’s industrial heritage, atmospheric castles and mighty manor houses, bluebell woods and country parks home to herds of deer. This guide will give you a taste of what the National Forest & Beyond has to offer, but we can only squeeze in so much. If you want the full picture, you’ll have to come and experience it for yourself. The National Forest is one of Britain’s boldest environmental projects, creating a forest for the nation across 200 square miles of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire. More than 8.5 million trees have been planted so far, trebling the woodland cover to create thriving woodlands and flourishing habitats for wildlife, and a beautiful landscape for everyone to enjoy. You can help create this ‘forest in the making’ through our Plant a Tree scheme. You will be invited to a special tree planting day and receive a certificate. This makes a great gift! For more information visit nationalforest.org/sponsor/plantatree

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Contents FEATURES

LISTINGS & INFORMATION

The Great Outdoors

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Events

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Family Fun!

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Attractions

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Heritage

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Accommodation

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Map

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Forest Culture

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Discover the #forestlife

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The Great Outdoors The National Forest & Beyond is packed with fascinating places and things to do. Navigate leafy trails on foot or by bike, take to the water at marinas and reservoirs or spot woodland wildlife. You can even forage for your dinner or craft a greenwood chair. Woodlands From a guided tour of the rare plant treasures and shrub and tree nursery at Bluebell Arboretum & Nursery, to the

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incredible carpet of snowdrops that appear every February at Dimminsdale Nature Reserve, the Forest is alive with nature! Watch deer roam free in Bradgate Park or walk with llamas at The National Forest Llama Treks. See the eccentric setting of Calke Abbey Estate and discover stunning wildlife and ancient woodlands, including the ‘Old Man of Calke’ – a 1,200 year old oak tree. At Elvaston Castle Country Park, explore over 320 acres of spectacular parkland, woodland and historic gardens, or the Woodland Trust’s beautiful Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood. Enjoy a day out in any one of Leicestershire County Council Country Parks including Beacon Hill and see wood carvings or venture into the Rhododendron Labyrinth.

Activities If you fancy yourself as a Bear Grylls wanabee, Woodland Survival Crafts is for you! Learn friction fire lighting, shelter building and identify and prepare your


Watch deer roam free in Bradgate Park or walk with llamas at The National Forest Llama Treks...

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dinner! You can try archery, climbing and laser combat at Rosliston Forestry Centre or clay pigeon, air rifle and pistol shooting at Field Sport UK. Make chairs or willow basketry and sculpture at Greenwood Days, or start a new hobby in beekeeping at Forest Harvest. The captivating landscape is every walker’s paradise, so try a National Forest circular walk or the annual National Forest Walking Festival with over 80 stunning routes. For those wanting a longer challenge, the National Forest Way is a glorious 75-mile trail through varied landscapes. If you prefer wheels to walking, bike hire is available at Hicks Lodge: The National Forest Cycle Centre and Rosliston Forestry Centre or take on Forest Four Wheel Drive and test your mettle! But if you want a relaxed few hours, a spot of carp fishing on the quiet lake at Shortheath Fishery is ideal!

Waterways Water has always been closely linked to the Forest and the whole family will love the annual Moira Canal Festival. Visit Mercia Marina, Europe’s biggest inland marina or Branston Water Park, one of the best wildlife sites in East Staffordshire.

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Family Fun! The National Forest & Beyond serves up one of the best family-fun days in the UK. Take on the ski slope, meander through the zoo or explore a natural playground – there’s something incredible for everyone, all-year-round. Visit Conkers and unlock a world of fun on the new Hi and Lo Ropes adventure course. Thrill seekers should sign up to a Super Saturday adventure package offering highoctane go-karting, mountain bike safari, katacanoeing and kayaking! Near Burton upon Trent is the National Forest Adventure Farm where the huge indoor play barn is always a big hit with families. The Fun Fields, including the splash zone, mini go-karts and quad bikes, assault courses and an animal petting area, offer outdoor fun for all the family. Every summer you can navigate your way out of their spectacular Maize Maze, one of Europe’s biggest! Rosliston Forestry Centre is another activity haven with archery, crazy golf, laser clay and laser combat – the woodlands provide the ultimate playground setting! During school holidays, younger visitors will love Wildlife Wednesdays at the National Memorial Arboretum – learning about mammals, arachnids, snakes and lizards, even getting to handle them! Bug Explorer gives them the chance to become real explorers using a specially designed pack to discover the local mini beasts! Or try Calke Explore! throughout the summer and make grass trumpets, track wild animals, build dens or take a barefoot stroll in the woods.

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...with archery, crazy golf, laser clay and laser combat – the woodlands provide the ultimate playground setting!

Twycross Zoo is a must-see with exciting new attractions including Giraffe Savannah, Gibbon Forest and Wet & Wild. For those who prefer animals of the flying variety, visit Tropical Birdland and watch beautiful birds roam free – they might even perch on your shoulder! For a slice of country life, take a trip to Highfields Happy Hens or Betty’s Farm to feed the chickens, collect eggs and buy fresh produce in the farm shop. At Hicks Lodge: The National Forest Cycle Centre, hire bikes and take on great off-road circular trails. And for the ultimate adrenalin seeker, visit Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre and buckle up tight for skiing, snowboarding, a 500m toboggan run and sno-tubing. And if that’s not enough, the Forest is a perfect location for kite flying, pond dipping, leaf kicking or enjoying the best family picnic ever! Conkers Camping and Caravanning Club Site

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Heritage

Donington le Heath. Watch out for displays, exhibitions and events throughout the year.

The National Forest & Beyond is rich in history with ancient castles, grand homes and amazing museums that unlock the door to our industrial past.

Our mining heritage has transformed places like Sence Valley Forest Park and Hicks Lodge: The National Forest Cycle Centre into a wildlife oasis. Conkers is similarly attractive and here you can visit the South Derbyshire Mining Museum. Find out how frightening it was to work in a 19th-Century blast furnace at Moira Furnace Museum or see working beam engines at Claymills Pumping Station. Pottery was another big industry for this area and at Sharpe’s Pottery Museum you can trace its historical past and attend talks, events and exhibitions including the Toilet Story.

At home with history Frozen-in–time Calke Abbey is a mustsee for its bizarre collection of artefacts assembled by previous eccentric owners. Take a walk through the formal grounds of Melbourne Hall & Gardens – you’ll feel like you are on the set of a Jane Austen novel! Stoneywell, created by architect-designer Ernest Gimson is a rare example of an Arts and Crafts cottage, or try the beautifully preserved 1620’s House & Garden at

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Industrial heritage

Get to the world-renowned National Brewery Centre for a social history of brewing, or take a boat trip from Moira Furnace along the Ashby Canal which connects the mining districts around Moira.

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...walk through the formal grounds of Melbourne Hall & Gardens – you’ll feel like you are on the set of a Jane Austen novel!

The Naval Service Memorial, National Memorial Arboretum

Castles & RuinsCastles & R If you’re feeling brave, take a nerve tingling walk through the woods and ruins of Grace Dieu Priory or bring the family to Ashby de la Zouch Castle, the setting for the fictional battle in Sir Walter Scott’s novel, Ivanhoe. This allegedly haunted castle survived siege for years due to the tunnel, tower and wells that you can still see today.

who have served or continue to serve our country. The Arboretum is home to over 300 thought-provoking memorials, each with a story to be discovered.

War & Peace Get on board the glorious Battlefield Line and travel by steam train from Shackerstone to Shenton near Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park. Here you can learn about the story of the final battle of the War of the Roses and the discovery of the true site of the battle where King Richard III died. Or spend a day in the peaceful surroundings of the National Memorial Arboretum – created as a tribute to those visitnationalforest.co.uk

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Forest Culture There is so much more to the National Forest & Beyond than meets the eye. From art galleries and live performances, to independent retailers and local breweries – prepare to indulge your senses! Food & Drink Unwind in style with captivating views of a glistening lake and enjoy some delightful dishes at Lakeside Bistro and Tea Room. Or if you fancy a fusion of international flavours, try Link Measham Cantonese restaurant or Marco’s New York Italian.

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Burton upon Trent is the ale capital of the world and at the National Brewery Centre you can take a guided tour of its heritage, relax in the bar and restaurant, and try outstanding ales from William Worthington, its very own microbrewery. There are others in the area too, like the Tap House and Tollgate breweries. Wine enthusiasts can visit Sealwood Vineyard and pick up an excellent bottle of red, white or rosé. For a taste of the countryside, feast your eyes on Betty’s Farm and Shop, a family favourite for fresh eggs, or visit Hill Farm or Highfield Happy Hens Farm Shop & Tea Rooms for more food from the Forest.

Shopping The centre of Burton upon Trent is a hotspot of activity, from high street shopping at The Octagon Shopping Centre to the beautiful Market Hall. Discover unique gifts in local market towns like Melbourne and

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Marco’s New York Italian


The Brewhouse Arts Centre

Coalville, or for a more quaint experience and boutique stores try Ashby de la Zouch and Tutbury. Mercia and Barton Marinas provide the perfect backdrop to a day of serene waterside shopping. Or let your tastebuds run wild at one of many farmers’ markets in Burton upon Trent, Ashby de la Zouch, Swadlincote and Castle Donington.

Art, Theatre and Culture For culture vultures everywhere, Ashby de la Zouch and Melbourne host annual Arts Festivals featuring local performers, art exhibitions and outdoor galleries. Enjoy a production or film at the Century Theatre or soak up some mixed arts or a night of comedy at The Brewhouse Arts Centre. At the Ferrers Centre for Arts & Crafts you can see artists at work in a splendid Georgian stable courtyard home to the award-winning Ferrers Gallery. And if you love live music you can find a showcase of music festivals throughout the year. Melbourne Festival of the Creative & Performing Arts

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Discover The Forest Life... Sometimes life can be complicated. So it’s only natural that once in a while you’re struck by the urge to get away from it all. But that perspective you crave isn’t only to be found on a mountaintop in some distant corner of the world. It’s also right here, on your doorstep. It could be watching the morning mist rise from a secluded woodland glade, learning to make fire with only the tools nature’s provided, or just discovering a new trail to run or cycle. These are the kind of beautifully simple moments we prize so highly in the National Forest & Beyond. They’re the joys that life here is made of. And when you can revel in them, all that complicated stuff takes care of itself. We call it #forestlife. Come and discover it.

Here’s a handy start on what #forestlife has to offer... 7 different ways to spend an eventful day in the Forest. How many will you tick off?

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Melbourne Hall & Gardens Ferrers Centre for Arts & Crafts Calke Abbey Day

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Field Sport UK 1620s House & Garden at Donington le Heath Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood

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Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre Sharpe’s Pottery Museum Battlefield Line Railway Day

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National Brewery Centre The Octagon Shopping Centre Branston Water Park Once you've discovered the joys of #forestlife in a day you'll be longing for more, so why not combine multiple days to create your very own #forestlife short break or holiday.

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Here’s a Taste of What’s Happening in 2016! There’s never a dull moment here in the National Forest & Beyond. MARCH For Easter events, contact the Tourist Information Centres 12-13 March Bushcraft Survival Weekend, Conkers, www.visitconkers.com 17-19 March Burton Beer and Cider Festival, Burton upon Trent, www.burtoncamra.wordpress.com 19 March Midlands Grand National, Uttoxeter Racecourse, www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk 20 March 2016 ALDI Ashby 20 Road Race, Ashby de la Zouch, www.ashby20.co.uk 26-27 March British Summertime Weekend, Conkers, www.visitconkers.com

APRIL 16-17 April BASC Gamekeepers’ Fair, Catton Hall, www.bascgamekeepersfair.co.uk 17 April Calke Abbey Spring Fine Food Fair, Calke Abbey, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey

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21-22 May Moira Canal Festival, Moira Furnace, www.moiracanalfestival.co.uk 26-29 May Bearded Theory Festival, Catton Hall, www.beardedtheory.co.uk 27-30 May Ashby Arts Festival, Ashby de la Zouch, www.ashbyartsfestival.co.uk 28-30 May The Bushcraft Show, Beehive Farm, www.thebushcraftshow.co.uk

JUNE 3-5 June Leicestershire Sausage & Cider Festival, Cattows Farm, www.sausageandciderfestival.com 4 June Ashby de la Zouch Fake Festival, Ashby de la Zouch, www.fakefestivals.co.uk 10-12 June Download Festival, Donington Park, www.downloadfestival.co.uk 11-12 June Coalville Proms and Picnic in the Park, www.nwleics.gov.uk/whatson

1 May Classic Car Show, Catton Hall, www.classicmotorshows.co.uk

18-19 June The Vintage Years’ Festival, The National Brewery Centre, www.nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk

7-8 May National Carriage Driving Championships, Catton Hall, www.britishcarriagedriving.co.uk

24-26 June Back to the 80’s/90’s Family Music Festival, Catton Hall, www.Back2Festivals.co.uk

14-26 May National Forest Walking Festival,

25 June Armed Forces Day, National Memorial Arboretum, www.thenma.org.uk

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15 May Swadlincote Festival of Transport, www.south-derbys.gov.uk


25-26 June Festival of Leisure, Swadlincote, www.south-derbys.gov.uk

3 September Festival of Fireworks, Catton Hall, www.jubileefireworks.com

26 June Derbyshire County Show, Elvaston, www.derbyshirecountyshow.org.uk

9 September - 8 October Melbourne Festival of the Creative and Performing Arts, www.melbournefestival.co.uk

JULY 1-3 July Derbyshire Sausage & Cider Festival, Catton Hall, www.sausageandciderfestival.com 1-3 July National Forest Folk Festival, Moira, www.nationalforestfolk.com 10 July Ashby Show, Heather, www.ashbyshow.com 15-16 July Real Ale & Jazz Festival, The National Brewery Centre, www.nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk 16-17 July Barton under Needwood Steam Rally & Family Festival, Barton under Needwood, www.bartonsteam.co.uk 16 July-4 September Dinosaur Maize Maze, National Forest Adventure Farm, www.adventurefarm.co.uk 22-23 July Outdoor Cinema, National Memorial Arboretum, www.thenma.org.uk

AUGUST 12-14 August Bloodstock Open Air 2016, Catton Hall, www.bloodstock.uk.com 19-21 August Moira Furnace Folk Festival, Moira, www.moirafurnacefolkfestival.co.uk 20-21 August Bosworth Battle Re-enactment Weekend, Sutton Cheney, www.bosworthbattlefield.com

SEPTEMBER 1 September Ride to the Wall 2016, National Memorial Arboretum, www.thenma.org.uk

12 September Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, Abbots Bromley, www.abbotsbromley.com/horn_dance 16-20 September Statutes Fair, Ashby de la Zouch, www.nwleics.gov.uk

OCTOBER 14-16 October Swadlincote International Food and Drink Festival, Swadlincote, www.south-derbys.gov.uk 14-31 October (selected dates) Screamfest, National Forest Adventure Farm, www.adventurefarm.co.uk

NOVEMBER 13 November Remembrance Sunday Service, National Memorial Arboretum, www.thenma.org.uk 25 November Christmas Lights Switch On, Swadlincote, www.south-derbys.gov.uk 25 November Sharpe’s Christmas Fair, Swadlincote, www.sharpespotterymuseum.org.uk 26 November Christmas Lights Switch On, Coalville, www.nwleics.gov.uk

DECEMBER 3 December Ashby Christmas Event, Ashby de la Zouch, www.nwleics.gov.uk 3 December Christmas Gift and Food Fair, National Memorial Arboretum, www.thenma.org.uk 4 December Elvaston Castle Christmas Fair, Elvaston Castle Country Park,

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For seasonal events, contact the Tourist Information Centres. Ashby de la Zouch 01530 411767 Swadlincote 01283 222848 Most visitor attractions run events throughout the whole year. Check venue websites for further details or visit www.visitnationalforest.co.uk ‘Have a go’ Courses Field Sport UK, Forest Harvest, Greenwood Days and Woodland Survival Crafts all run regular ‘have a go’ courses. Check venue websites for further details.

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Welcome to the Attractions Choose from a huge range of indoor and outdoor attractions including atmospheric castles, magnificent manor houses and reminders of the Forest’s industrial past. Explore leafy country parks and enjoy have-a-go activities like bushcraft courses and coracle making. Whatever you choose, you’ll find plenty of fun in the National Forest & Beyond. KEY: All venues Accepts major credit cards

Licensed for weddings

Activities tailored to The National Curriculum

Open all year

Baby changing facilities

Picnic area

Car parking

Restaurant/Café

Children’s play area

Suitable for group visits

Children welcome

Toilets

Coach parking

Walking trails

Conference facilities

Welcome host award

Cycle hire

Wheelchair access

Cycle trails Disabled parking Disabled toilets

Advance booking advisable

Dogs allowed on leads only

Beer garden/ outside seating

Fishing

Bring your own drinks

Gift shop Horse riding trail Information centre Licensed

Visitor Attraction Quality Assessment Scheme

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KEY: Food & drink venues only

Dogs allowed

Free WiFi connection

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Near the National Forest Way. Indicates venues within walking distance of the long distance walking trail

Children’s facilities Live evening entertainment Special dietary requirements catered for

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Off-road driving instruction in our Land Rover 110. Providing you with the skills necessary to safely negotiate the challenges of the off road course. Opening Times: Fri-Tue 9am-5pm. Admission Prices: Contact for details. Money Hill Farm, Stretton en le Field Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 8AE Tel: 01283 762248 or 07711 496532 robert@forest4wd.co.uk www.forest4wd.co.uk

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Over 300 hectares of wild and unspoilt Leicestershire countryside for you to explore and enjoy. Bradgate was created from Charnwood Forest about 750 years ago as a hunting park. Opening Times: Dawn-Dusk. Admission Prices: Free (pay & display parking).

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Bradgate Park, Bradgate Road, Newtown Linford, Leicester, Leicestershire LE6 OHB Tel: 0116 2362713 bradgatepark.org www.estate-office@bradgatepark.org

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2 Leicestershire County Council Country Parks Service looks after over 20 country parks, woodlands and nature reserves covering an area of over 600 hectares (1500 acres) across Leicestershire. These include: Beacon Hill Country Park, Market Bosworth Country Park, Snibston Country Park and Watermead Country Park North. Opening Times: Contact for details. Admission Prices: Contact for details. Leicestershire County Council, Country Parks Service, County Hall, Leicester LE3 8RE Tel: 0116 305 5000 countryparks@leics.gov.uk www.leicscountryparks.org.uk

I7 K5 L6 I5 National Forest Llama Treks Award-winning outdoor activity centre. Offering fantastic experiences for corporate, stag/hen parties, entertaining clients, motivating staff, social get-togethers, birthday parties or just trying something new. We offer clay shooting, archery, air rifle, pistol & Zombie shooting, Bushcraft, willow weaving and game butchery, including team building activities with meeting rooms, set in a woodland venue. Full instruction provided by our dedicated instructors. Opening Times: Mon-Sat 9am-6.30pm, Sun 10am-3pm. Admission Prices: Contact for details.

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At National Forest Llama treks we offer a chance to truly experience these wonderful animals. An opportunity to groom and stroke, hand feed and lead on walks through the countryside. Opening Times: Contact for details. Admission Prices: Adult from £7.50 (free carer with disabled), child (6-16) from £7.50, family (2 adults 2 children) £25 260 Lichfield Road,Barton under Needwood, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE13 8ED Tel: 01283 711702 / 07970 601373 thellamalady@hotmail.co.uk www.nationalforestllamatreks.co.uk

Melbourne Road, Lount, Leicestershire LE65 1RS 01283 763350 / 07973 115769 info@fieldsportuk.co.uk www.fieldsportuk.co.uk

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Mercia Marina

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The Woodland Trust owns and manages 19 woods within the footprint of The National Forest, this includes pockets of ancient woodland hosting bluebells and newly planted woods within local communities. Opening Times: Contact for details. Admission Free. Horses are welcome on our sites on the permissive bridleways. Tel: 0343 770 5583 / 07909893545 christinajoachim@woodlandtrust.org.uk www.woodlandtrust.org.uk

D3 E4 F5 H5 J6 K4 K6 See the largest inland marina in Europe! Circular walks (free maps), day hire boats, trip boat, Mug Tug activity boat, shops, boutiques, farm shop, cafes, bar/ restaurant, furniture and gifts. Luxury lodges for holiday or purchase. A multiaward winning conservation park and 5 star holiday destination offering a wealth of things to see and do for the whole family. Admission Free. Opening Times: 9am-5.30pm. Mercia Marina, Findern Lane, Willington, Derbyshire, DE65 6DW Tel: 01283 703332 info@merciamarina.co.uk www.merciamarina.co.uk

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Shortheath Water is a privately owned 24 peg fishing lake, well stocked with carp and many other species. Toilet facilities, disabled pegs and tearoom onsite. Opening Times: Fishing Lake: All year round, 6am-9pm (or Dawn-Dusk in Winter). Lakeside Bistro and Tearoom: Tuesday-Sunday 9am-4pm (3pm in Winter). Admission Prices: Fishing Lake: Adult £6, concession £5, child (under 16) £5. Lakeside Bistro and Tearoom, free.

Family Fun

Shortheath Fishery, Shortheath Road, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 6BW Tel: 01283 763777 info@shortheathwater.co.uk www.shortheathwater.co.uk

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Quality Bushcraft courses for families, schools, outdoor professionals and businesses from one of the longest established schools of Bushcraft in the UK. Opening Times / Admission Prices: Contact for details. 2 Hall Farm, Ashby Road, Coleorton Leicestershire LE67 8FB Tel: 07736 225035 dave@woodlandsurvivalcrafts.com www.woodlandsurvivalcrafts.com

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Rawdon Road (B586), Nr Ashby de la Zouch Derbyshire DE12 6GA Tel: 01283 216633 info@visitconkers.com www.visitconkers.com

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CONKERS CONKERS, the award winning attraction at The Heart of the National Forest, a unique mix of indoor and outdoor experiences to keep you and your family engaged for hours. Opening Times: 10am-6pm. Admission Prices: Adult £9.95, concession £8.25, child (3-16) £7.95, family £32.95 (2 adults, 2 children).

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A day of adventure awaits, whatever the weather. You can meet and feed the animals, explore the outdoor Funfield and have fun in the huge indoor play area. Opening Times: 10am-6pm. Admission Prices: Adult £6.95£10.95, concession £5.55-£9.00, child (2-15) £6.95-£10.95.

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Postern Road, Tatenhill, Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE13 9SJ, Tel: 01283 533933 info@adventurefarm.co.uk, www.adventurefarm.co.uk

C3 Rosliston Forestry Centre

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Burton Road, Rosliston, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 8JX Tel: 01283 563483 enquiries@roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk www.roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk

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Tropical Birdland is a unique visitor attraction which is home to over 250 birds with a variety of stunning free-flying parrots from all around the world. Opening Times: March-Oct 10am-5pm, Nov-Feb 10am-3pm, Dec 10am-2pm. Admission Prices: Adult £7.75, concession £5.75, child (4-15) £5.25.

South Street, Ashby de la Zouch Leicestershire LE65 1BR Tel: 01530 413343 www.english-heritage.org.uk/ashbydelazouch

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The Battlefield Line is a heritage railway owned and operated by the Shackerstone Railway Society. Steam and diesel trains operate between Shackerstone, Market Bosworth and Shenton Stations.Opening Times & Admission Prices: Contact for details. Shackerstone Station, Shackerstone Leicestershire CV13 0BS Tel: 01827 880754 enquiries@battlefieldline.co.uk www.battlefieldline.co.uk

Lindridge Lane, Desford, Leicestershire LE9 9GN Tel: 01455 824603 rhopper@tropbird.demon.co.uk www.tropicalbirdland.com

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Enjoy the impressive ruins of a medieval manor house turned castle. Climb the huge 24 metre Great Tower, tiptoe through the underground tunnel and explore the undulating grounds. Opening Times: 25 Mar-30 Sep Weds-Sun, 10am-6pm. Oct Weds-Sun, 10am-5pm. Nov -Mar Sat-Sun, 10am-4pm. Feb half term open daily, 10am-4pm. Admission Prices: Adult £5.10, concession £4.60, child (5-15) £3, family £13.20.

A mix of woodland and meadow, ponds and play areas offering the perfect playground for visitors of all ages, all year round. Opening Times: Contact for details. Free admission. Car park charges apply.

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Twycross Zoo is a popular destination for family fun. It offers the chance to see some of the most amazing animals on earth in 88 acres of beautiful countryside. Opening Times: Summer 10am-6pm. Winter 10am5pm. Admission Prices: Contact for details.

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Catton Hall, built in 1745 has fascinating history, still privately owned and retains its original collection of pictures and furniture. The grounds are available to hire for events and the Hall for small groups. Opening Times: Every Mon in Aug and all Bank Hol Mons, for tours 2pm prompt. Groups all year by prior arrangement. Admission Prices: Adults £5, Concessions £4, Under 5s free.

Twycross Zoo - East Midland Zoological Society, Burton Road, Atherstone, Leicestershire CV9 3PX Tel: 01827 880250 / 08444 741777 info@twycrosszoo.org www.twycrosszoo.org

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Catton, Walton on Trent, South Derbyshire DE12 8LN Tel: 01283 716311 estateoffice@catton-hall.com www.catton-hall.com

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Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre & Country Park

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Donington le Heath 1620s House and Garden

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A picturesque 13th century house with a newly refurbished 17th century interior and set in 17th century style gardens. Explore the furnished rooms and discover life in Jacobean Leicestershire. Opening Times & Admission Prices: Contact for details. Manor Road, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 2FW Tel: 01530 831259 dlhmanorhouse@leics.gov.uk www.doningtonleheath.com

I5 Melbourne Hall & Gardens Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre tells the dramatic story of the Battle of Bosworth on 22nd August 1485, which marked a major turning point in English history. Discover more about the Battle where Richard III fought for his crown and lost his life, and Henry Tudor became king! With the interactive, hands-on displays you can find out how the battle unfolded. Opening Times & Admission Prices: Contact for details.

Once home to Prime Minister Lord Melbourne who named the Australian city. Now the Kerr family home, the historic garden has imaginative planting, fine statuary, pools. lawns, yew tunnel and Bakewell’s famous ‘Birdcage’. Opening Times & Admission Prices: Contact for details.

Sutton Cheney, Nr Market Bosworth, Leicestershire CV13 0AD Tel: 01455 290429 bosworth@leics.gov.uk www.bosworthbattlefield.com

Church Square, Melbourne Derbyshire DE73 8EN Tel: 01332 862502 melbhall@globalnet.co.uk www.melbournehall.com

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Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate where little has been restored. Enjoy the wider estate of Calke Park and National Nature Reserve. Opening Times: Contact for details. Admission Prices: Adult £13.70, child (5-17) £7.10, family £34.25.

An ancient scheduled monument built in 1806 by the late Sir Rawdon Hastings. The Furnace produced iron and is steeped in industrial and social history. Opening Times: Contact for details. Admission Prices: Adult £2, Concession £1, Child £1.

Ticknall, Derbyshire DE73 7LE Tel: 01332 863822 calkeabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey

Furnace Lane, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 6AT Tel: 01283 224667 / 07976 637858 moirafurnace@hotmail.co.uk www.moirafurnace.org

G3 Claymills Victorian Pumping Station

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The National Brewery Centre Museum incorporates large elements of the original Bass Collection. Learn about the legendary Bass family and their role in the development of brewing. Opening Times: Mon-Sun 10am-4pm. Admission Prices: Adult £9.50, concessions £8, child £4.95.

The Claymills Victorian Pumping Station is Britain’s most complete working Victorian steam pumping station. Opening Times: Static viewing days Thurs & Sat 10am5pm. Steaming weekends 10am-5pm. Admission Prices: Steaming days: Adult £6, concessions £5, child (5-16) £3, family £15. Thurs & Sat (non steaming): by donation. Meadow Lane, Stretton, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE13 0DA Tel: 01283 509929 / 07759 258069 yorbarr@yahoo.co.uk www.claymills.org.uk

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The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance. The Arboretum features over 300 thought provoking memorials for military, public service and civilian organisations and associations, along with tributes for individuals. Rich in design and symbolism, and sympathetic to the lush gardens they inhabit, the memorials all have fascinating stories behind them. The 150-acre site is situated at the heart of the country on the edge of The National Forest, and is within close proximity to major road networks including the A38, A50, M1, M42 and M6. The Arboretum is open daily from 9am to 5pm with the exception of Christmas Day. With a daily Act of Remembrance, guided walks, buggy tours, a land train, a children’s woodland and activity area, restaurant and shop and a varied programme of events and activities there’s lots for everyone to explore, discover and remember. Set to open in autumn 2016, the Arboretum’s new Remembrance Centre will feature a remodelled restaurant and cafe, new retail facilities, a large welcome and orientation area, and an exhibition space dedicated to the interpretation of Remembrance and how it impacts us as individuals, as families and as a society. Admission Free. Small car parking charges apply. Opening times: 9am-5pm (dusk in winter months). Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR Tel: 01283 245100 info@thenma.org.uk www.thenma.org.uk

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Ashby de la Zouch Museum LE65 1HU Tel: 01530 560090 www.ashbydelazouchmuseum.org.uk

Measham Museum DE12 7HU Tel: 01530 271724 www.meashammuseum.btck.co.uk

Castle Donington Museum DE74 2JA Tel: 01332 812711 www.castledoningtonmuseum.org.uk

Sir John Moore Heritage Centre DE12 7AH Tel: 01530 273629 www.sirjohnmoore.org.uk

Diseworth Heritage Centre DE74 2DA Tel: 07891 628292 www.diseworthcentre.org

Swannington Heritage Trust Mill LE67 8QU Tel: 01530 222833 www.swannington-heritage.co.uk

Grace Dieu Priory Tel: 01530 223201 www.gracedieupriory.org.uk

Whitwick Historial Group Resource Centre LE67 5HA Tel: 01530 411767 www.whitwickhistoricalgroup.org.uk

Kegworth Museum DE74 2DA Tel: 01509 670137

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Explore this award winning pottery site, exhibiting internationally important pottery and sanitary ware, temporary exhibitions and featured artists plus The National Forest story. Visit the café, gift shop, information area and playzone. Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10am4.30pm. Bank Hol Mon 10am-3pm. Please contact for Christmas opening hours. Admission Prices: free. West Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 9DG Tel: 01283 222600 info@sharpespotterymuseum.org.uk www.sharpespotterymuseum.org.uk

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Discover this unique Arts and Crafts cottage, where every turn conjures childhood memories of holiday excitement. Explore the garden and woodland and don’t miss the rustic tearoom. Opening Times: Mon-Sun, 1 Feb-26 Mar & 30 Oct-30 Nov 10am-4pm (last entry 3pm). 27 Mar-29 Oct 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm). Admission Prices: Adult £9.30, child (5-18) £5, family £24. Polly Botts Lane, Ulverscroft Leicestershire LE67 9PT Tel: 01530 248040 stoneywell@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stoneywell

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16 craft workshops within a magnificent Georgian courtyard, we are a true ‘making’ centre with a wide range of contemporary British craftmanship. Parking charges apply on weekends and bank holidays. Free admission. Opening Times: Tue-Sun, 11am-5pm. Staunton Harold, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1RU Tel: 01332 864863 ferrerscentreinfo@gmail.com www.ferrerscentre.co.uk

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A family run licensed bistro/tearoom in the heart of The National Forest. A tranquil venue in a picturesque setting overlooking the lake. Homemade cakes, breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas. Opening Times: Tue-Sun 9am-3pm (Winter) 9am-4pm (Summer). Fri-Sat evenings 6pm-9pm. Shortheath Road, Moira, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 6BW Tel: 01283 763777 info@shortheathwater@aol.com www.shortheathwater.co.uk

F5 Link Measham Cantonese We are a commercial egg farm with a farm shop and butchery. We’re passionate about educating the public about agriculture and run events throughout the year. We stock many local producers – some of which have gained the acclaimed TASTE Award. We welcome groups on-site for activities including farm walks and sausage making as well as hosting our own pre-school group. Opening Times: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, Sun & Bank Holidays 10am-3pm.

22 High Street, Measham, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 7HR Tel: 01530 274268 or 01530 272766 www.linkmeashamcantonese.co.uk

Castle Way, Willington, Derbyshire DE65 6BW Tel: 01283 703582 info@bettysfarmshop.co.uk www.bettyfarmshop.co.uk

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Ashby Road, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 3LN Tel: 01530 278444 century.theatre@leics.gov.uk www.centurytheatre.co.uk

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New Street, Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE14 3TN Tel: 01283 515000 peter.hardingham@cushwake.com

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G5 Located in the heart of Burton Upon Trent, The Octagon Shopping Centre boasts 48 fantastic retailers ranging from restaurants and food stores to fashion and hairdressers. Opening Times: Mon-Sat 9am-5.30pm (TK Maxx 9am-7pm), Sun 10am-4.30pm (TK Maxx 10am-4.30pm).

The unique Century Theatre seats 206 people and plays host to a range of fantastic theatrical performances, hilarious stand-up comedy, live music and up to the minute cinema releases. Box Office open: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm.

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Whether you want a pleasant night out with your partner, family or friends or you want to host a private party, Link Measham Restaurant is the perfect surrounding. Opening Times: Evening: Tues-Thurs 5pm-11pm, Fri & Sat 5pm-11.30pm, Sun 5pm-10pm. Lunch: ThursSat 12pm-2pm, Sun buffet 12pm-3pm – £6.80 per person.

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Make Yourself at Home When it comes to accommodation, the National Forest & Beyond has got it covered. Feel the hospitality in cosy country inns, welcoming guesthouses, smart modern hotels and luxury spas. Alternatively, relax in comfortable self-catering cottages, friendly hostels and glamorous camping canvas cottages. If you want to try something really different, you can even stay on board your own narrowboat. Many of the accommodation providers featured in this guide have either been independently assessed and awarded a quality rating by VisitEngland or the AA, or participate as part of the National Forest & Beyond Visitor Accommodation Scheme accredited by VisitEngland.

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BEST WESTERN PREMIER Yew Lodge Hotel

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Bumble Cottage

HOTEL | 112 (EN) | PRPN from £69

Bumble Cottage where country life starts on your doorstep. Two bedroomed self-catering in the heart of The National Forest, just a few minutes’ walk from the Discovery Centre at Conkers.

Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel is a 4 star family owned hotel at the heart of Kegworth village a half mile from junction 24 of the M1. 33 Packington Hill, Kegworth Derbyshire DE74 2DF Tel: 01509 672518 events@yewlodgehotel.co.uk www.yewlodgehotel.co.uk

37 Valley Road, Overseal, Derbyshire DE12 6NL Tel: 01283 762339 / 07947 752149 varhamsally@yahoo.co.uk www.bumblecot.co.uk

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SELF-CATERING LOG CABIN | 1 UNIT | SLEEPS 11 | £600-£700 PUPW

HOTEL | 38 D(EN) Quorn Grange; your perfect setting - beautiful gardens, food and drink of distinction and a welcome second to none. Located in a beautiful village but convenient for road and rail.

Luxury rural retreat near Ashby de la Zouch, tourist attractions and countryside walks. Hot tub overlooks natural ponds and beautiful countryside. Rare breed animals and farm shop selling home produce.

88 Wood Lane, Quorn, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 8DB Tel: 01509 412167 mail@quorngrangehotel.co.uk www.quorngrangehotel.co.uk

Hill Farm, Spring Lane, Packington Leicestershire LE65 1WU Tel: 01530 411984 www.hillfarmpackington@hotmail.co.uk

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SELF-CATERING | 6 UNITS Nestling in a young woodland site , complete with fishing lake, activities and playing areas our fully accessible, fully equipped selfcatering lodges provide the perfect getaway. Burton Rd, Rosliston, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 8JX Tel: 01283 563483 enquiries@roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk www.roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk

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SELF-CATERING | 2 UNITS | SLEEPS 8 (TOTAL) £475-£755 PUPW

SELF-CATERING | 1 UNIT | SLEEPS 4 (TOTAL) £350-£750 PUPW

Two self-catering lodges perfectly situated overlooking the lake. Home to home accommodation and facilities with the added benefit of a fishing lake and licenced bistro on site.

A delightfully, luxurious holiday cottage just a stone’s throw from historic Market Bosworth. An immaculately styled little cottage for those who love books, music, countryside and history.

Shortheath Road, Moira, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 6BW Tel: 01283 763777 info@shortheathwater.co.uk www.shortheathwater.co.uk

Barton Road, Carlton, Leicestershire CV13 0DB Tel: 01455 292888 / 0781 6931685 sharon.earp@btconnect.com

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HOLIDAY LODGES | 8 UNITS | SLEEPS UP TO 6 | £425-£850 PUPW Our luxury self-catering lodges are designed to provide a pleasurable and memorable holiday experience for guests in the lush and beautiful environment of the UK’s largest inland marina. Being graded 5 star by VisitEngland you are assured of the highest standards. Each lodge has a distinct character and benefits from patio furniture for alfresco dining. Bed linen and towels provided. Findern Lane, Willington, Derbyshire DE65 6DW Tel: 01283 703332 bookings@merciamarina.co.uk www.merciamarina.co.uk

The Dandelion Hideaway

ALTERNATIVE ACCOMMODATION | 6 UNITS | SLEEPS 36 (TOTAL) | £550-£1200 PUPW The vintage chic Dandelion Hideaway truly does put the glamour into Glamping. Six charming secluded canvas cottages that are filled with nostalgic touches and country house design. Including Aga-style range, beautiful bathrooms with lashings of hot water, luxurious beds with snuggly duvets, eiderdowns and teddies. The well-furnished kitchen and the farm’s own Cow Shed Stores will all inspire delicious dining. Osbaston House Farm, Osbaston, Leicestershire CV13 0HR Tel: 01455 292888 / 0781 6931685 sharon.earp@btconnect.com www.thedandelionhideaway.co.uk

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SELF-CATERING | 1 UNIT | SLEEPS 5 (TOTAL) £370-£560 PUPW

SELF-CATERING | 7 UNITS | SLEEPS 30 (TOTAL) | £360-£1345 PUPW

Sympathetically converted from old farm buildings, Norman’s Barn is situated on a working farm 1 mile from Ashby and 2 miles from A42. Near to many places of interest.

Skylarks and buzzards soar above these delightful multi-award winning cottages set amid the waving cornfields. Sleeps 2 to 22, luxuriously furnished, ensuite throughout, with fabulous views and great walks.

Norman’s Farm, Burton Road, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 2TE Tel: 01530 412224 isabel_stanley@hotmail.com www.normansbarn.co.uk

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Snarestone Road, Appleby Magna Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 7AJ Tel: 01827 880448 / 07770 864486 info@upperrectoryfarmcottages.co.uk www.upperrectoryfarmcottages.co.uk

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Woodlandhills Court Holiday Cottages SELF-CATERING | 4 UNITS | SLEEPS 12 (TOTAL) £375-£400 PUPW 4 traditional built 1 and 2 bedroom single story cottages in the heart of the hamlet of Stanton by Bridge a short walk to The National Forest.

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Ivy House Farm, Ingelby Road, Stanton by Bridge, Derbyshire DE73 7HT Tel: 01332 864619 / 07780 991983 david.kiddkidd@btinternet.com www.woodlandhillscourt.co.uk

H2 Ingles Hill Farm Caravan Site CARAVAN SITE | 5 PITCHES | £13 PER PITCH PER NIGHT INC. ELECTRICITY & SHOWERS (AWNINGS £1)

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This caravan club certificated location has 140 acres of woodland walking and caters for small rallies. We are 1 mile from Ashby de la Zouch and 2 miles from A42. Burton Road, Ashby de la Zouch Leicestershire LE65 2TE Tel: 01530 412224 isabel_stanley@hotmail.com www.ingleshillcaravansite.co.uk

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HOSTEL | 23 S(EN)| 10 D(EN) | 23 T(EN) | 23 F(EN) | £25 PRPN This eco-friendly hostel offers purpose-built en-suite accommodation next door to the Conkers visitor centre, ideal for budget family breaks, activity breaks and school trips. The building has been designed to reduce the effect of your stay on the environment, making it a great option for eco holidays. Nearby attractions include Twycross Zoo, the National Brewery Centre and Rosliston Forestry Centre. 48 Bath Lane, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 6BD Tel: 01283 229662 nationalforestmanager@yha.org.uk www.yha.org.uk/hostel/national-forest

How to Book You can book your accommodation directly or through the Tourist Information Centres (TICs) which can give you more information on the quality inspection schemes: Ashby de la Zouch 01530 411 767 Swadlincote 01283 222 848

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Accommodation at a Glance Hotels & Guest Accommodation

Lady Gate Guest House, 01332 811565

Harpurs of Melbourne, 01332 862134

Morton Guest House, 01332 812415

The Coach House, 01332 862338

Priest House, 0845 0727502 Radisson Blu East Midlands Airport, 01509 670575 Scot’s Corner Guest House, 01332 811226

ABBOTS BROMLEY Buttercross Bed & Breakfast, 01283 262997 Colton House, 01889 578580 Marsh Farm, 01283 840323 The Olde Peculiar, 01543 491891 The Old Rectory, 01543 490792 Woodshoot Bed & Breakfast, 01543 472233

ASHBOURNE Cross Farm, 01335 324668 Manor House Farm, 01889 590415 Mona Villas, 01335 343773 The Black Cow, 01332 824297 The Crown Inn, 01889 591430 The Dog & Partridge Inn, 01335 343183

ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH

Holiday Inn Express Burton on Trent, 01283 504300 Holly Tree Cottage, 01283 791120 Keepers Cottage Lodge, 01283 223868 Lock House Bed & Breakfast, 01283 712988 Mercure Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel, 0844 8159018 Newton House Bed & Breakfast, 01283 701918

Spring Cottage, 01332 814289

SWADLINCOTE

Campville Cottage, 01283 760265

The Tudor Hotel, 01332 810875

Manor Farm Bed and Breakfast, 01283 760340

The Yews Cottage, 01509 569890 Thistle Hotel East Midlands Airport, 0871 3769015 Travelodge Donington Park East Midlands Airport, 0871 9846073

COALVILLE

Charnwood Arms, 01530 813644

The Unicorn Inn, 01283 703324

The Staff of Life, 01332 862479

The Royal Oak, 01509 843694

Redmoor Accommodation, 01283 531977

The Edgecote, 01283 568966

The Stables, 01332 862768

Badgers Rest Guest House, 01283 543229

Broadlawns Guest House, 01530 836724

The Delter, 01283 535115

The Hardinge Arms, 01332 863808

The Link Hotel, 01509 211800

Old Bakers Cottage Bed & Breakfast, 01283 575303

Riverside Hotel, 01283 511234

Melbourne View Hotel, 01332 865353

Cross Keys Inn, 01530 224799

The Bulls Head, 01283 215299 The Old Band Room, 01283 762805

TUTBURY DoveVale Bed & Breakfast, 01283 815996 Hilton House Hotel, 01283 732304 The Castle Hotel, 01283 813396 The Lavender Patch, 07815 956626

Hermitage Park Hotel, 01530 814814

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Hillfield House, 01530 833395

Bank House Hotel, 01889 566922

Queens Head Hotel, 01530 222359

Bowmore House Bed and Breakfast, 01889 564452

Ravenstone Guest House, 01530 810536

Appleby Inn Hotel, 01530 270463

Three Queens Hotel & Lodge, 01283 523800

Best Western Appleby Park Hotel, 01530 279500

Travelodge - A38 Burton Northbound, 0871 9846069

Cedars Guesthouse, 01530 412017

Travelodge - A38 Burton Southbound, 0871 9846068

Common Farm Bed & Breakfast, 01543 472228

Travelodge - Burton upon Trent Central, 0871 984 6273

Netherstowe House, 01543 254270

White Hart Hotel, 01889 562707

Oak Tree Farm Hotel, 01827 56807

WILLINGTON

Champneys Springs Health Resort, 01530 273873 Flagstaff Island Brewers Fayre & Premier Inn, 0871 5278026 Forest Court, 01530 413604 Measham House Farm Bed & Breakfast, 01530 270465 Sheepy Lodge, 01827 881564 The Clockmakers House, 01530 417 974 The Odd House, 01530 270223 The Queens Head Hotel, 01530 412780 The Railway Tavern, 01530 412629 The Royal Hotel, 01530 412833

Wendy’s Bed & Breakfast, 07929 075298

CASTLE DONINGTON/ KEGWORTH Best Western Premier 35 Yew Lodge Hotel, 01509 672518 Breedon Hall, 01332 864935 Burleigh Court, 01509 228112 Castletown House, 01332 812018 Church View Hotel, 01332 853440 Coach House, 01509 552839

BURTON UPON TRENT

Donington Cottage, 01332 810618

Amber House, 01283 792154

Donington Manor Hotel, 01332 810253

Beech Inn, 01283 561811 Brookhouse Inn, 01283 814188 Burton on Trent Central Premier Inn, 0871 5279280 Burton on Trent East Premier Inn, 0871 5278176

Donington Park Farmhouse Hotel, 01332 862409 Express by Holiday Inn, 0871 9021609 Falcon Inn, 01509 842416

The Post House, 01530 261610

Forest Hills, 01283 820447 High View Cottage, 01889 568183 The Bulls Head Inn, 01538 702307

LICHFIELD

Premier Inn North East (A38) Fradley Arms, 0871 5278602 Wychnor Park Country Club, 01283 791391

The Grange, 01889 502021 The Smithfield Hotel, 01889 358334

Beechbrook House, 01283 703376 Bonehill Farm, 01332 513553 Bridge Barn Executive Suites, 01332 589314

MARKFIELD

Crewe & Harpur Arms, 01332 700641

Bybrook Farm Bed and Breakfast, 0116 2357788

Days Inn Donington, 01332 799666

Curtain Cottage, 01509 891361 Fieldhead Hotel, 01530 245454 Horseshoe Cottage Farm, 0116 2350038 Keepers Lodge, 01509 891167 Quorn Country Hotel, 01509 415050

36 Quorn Grange Hotel, 01509 412167 Rothley Court Hotel, 0116 2374141 The Hunting Lodge, 01509 412337 The Mountsorrel Hotel, 01509 412627

Holden House Bed and Breakfast, 01332 792379 Ibis Budget Hotel Derby, 01283 701816 Ivy House Farm Bed and Breakfast, 01332 863152 Mickleover Court Hotel, 01332 521234 Nook Cottage B&B, 01332 702050 Smithy Farm Bed and Breakfast, 01283 701851 The Barn Retreat, 07875 250716

Travel Lodge Markfield, 0871 9846083

The Blenheim House Hotel, 01283 732254

MELBOURNE

The Boot Inn, 01283 346047

Burdett House, 01332 862105

The Bubble Inn Hotel, 01283 703113

Dovecliff Hall Hotel, 01283 531818

Gilburn B&B, 01509 600462

East Lodge, 01283 712412

Hilton East Midlands Airport, 01509 674000 Kegworth Hotel & Conference Centre, 01509 672427

Derby House Bed & Breakfast, 01332 694565

The Cottage, 01283 704149

Grail Court Hotel, 01283 741155 Hilton at St. George’s Park, 01283 240444 Hoar Cross Hall Spa, 01283 575671

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Self-Catering ABBOTS BROMLEY

LICHFIELD

Blithfield Lakeside Barns, 01889 500458

Old Haybarn Appartments, 01543 418378

Ingestre Lodges, 01889 271013 Stable Cottage, 01543 491579

MARKFIELD

The Creamery at Manor Farm, 01543 493223

The Coach House at Quorn Lodge, 01509 214466

ASHBOURNE

MELBOURNE

Ashfield Cottage, 01335 324279 Dove Farm Cottages, 01335 324357 Granary Court Holiday Cottages, 01283 820917 Holly Tree Garden, 01335 330190 Keepers Cottage, 01889 590415

Incy Wincy Cottage, 01332 864064 National Trust Calke Abbey Holiday Cottages, 0844 8002070 Ramsley Fields Apartments, 01332 862139

Youth Hostel

River View Lodges, 01332 862469

Moore’s Cottage Farm, 01335 346121

SWADLINCOTE

Somersal Farm, 01283 840252

50 Mill Street, 01283 761999

ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH

Bumble Cottage, 01283 762339 Forest Lodges, Rosliston 39 Forest Centre, 01283 563483

47 YHA National Forest, 01283 229662

Swallows Loft, 01889 590464 The Chop House (Windlehill Farm Cottages), 01283 732377 The Grooms Quarters, 01335 324549 The Old Barn, 01889 590848 The Old Barn at Common End Farm, 01335 342342

ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH Ashby Wells House, 07889 182648 Deerpark Lodge, 01332 864433

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Forest Lodge at Hill Farm, 01530 411984 Lakeview Lodges, 01283 763777

Norman’s Barn, 42 01530 412224 43

Pudding Cottage, 01455 292888

Smithy Studio, 01530 560166

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The Dandelion Hideaway, 01455 292888

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Upper Rectory Farm Cottages, 01827 880448

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Grangefields Pine Lodge, 01283 761445 Home Farm Cottage, 01283 703267 Park View Barn & Spinney View Barn, 01283 760872 Seal Brook Farm Cottages, 01827 373236 Sealwood Cottage, 01283 761371 Swainswood Leisure Park, 01283 762762

ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH

Oaklands Country Lodges, 01283 730283

Conkers, National Forest Camping & Caravanning Club Site, 01283 224925

UTTOXETER Aldersbrook Cottage, 01889 590253 Windy Arbour, 01889 591013 Woodland Views, 01283 820012

WILLINGTON Aqua Narrowboats, 01283 701041 Cherry Lodge, 01283 703332

Newborough Cottages, 01283 575200

Foremark Cottage, 01283 707471

DBS Serviced Apartments, 01332 810900 Hire a Canalboat Ltd, 01707 655649 Meynell Mews, 01332 864935 Old Boot Garden Cottages Bed & Breakfast, 07972 921637

Cleat Hill Farm Caravan Site, 01827 373218

Common End Farm, 01335 210252

TUTBURY

Kingfisher Holiday Park, 01283 790407

BWML, 0115 9077400

LICHFIELD

Ashfield Holiday Homes, 01335 324279 Dishfields Farm Caravan Park 01283 732347

Beechwood Park, 07973 562689

CASTLE DONINGTON/ KEGWORTH

ASHBOURNE

The Little Retreat, 01283 762186

Anglo Welsh Ltd, 0117 3041122

Orgreave Lodge, 01283 791555

Camping & Caravanning

Derbyshire Holidays, 01332 840564 Landmark Trust Knowle Hill & Swarkestone Pavilion, 01628 825925

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Mercia Marina Lodges, 01283 703332

Stables Lodge, 01332 510000 Stenson Lodge, 01332 840564 The Duck House, 01283 732303

Woodlandhills Court 46 Holiday Cottages, 01332 864619

Hill Farm Campsite, 01530 411984

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Ingles Hill Farm Caravan Site, 01530 412224

Measham House Farm Camping, 01530 270465

BURTON UPON TRENT Cross Farm, 01283 812868 Willowbrook Farm, 01283 790217

CASTLE DONINGTON/ KEGWORTH Donington Park Farmhouse Caravan & Camping Site, 01332 862409 Kings Mills Caravan Park, 01332 810304 Tonge Station Caravan Site, 01332 865161

COALVILLE

MARKFIELD Bawdon Lodge Farm, 01509 268080 Bradgate Caravan Site, 0116 2350038

MELBOURNE Dovesite Caravan Park, 01332 863566 Knowle Hill Caravan Site, 01332 862044

SWADLINCOTE Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes, 01283 763981 Sealwood Cottage Camping and Caravanning Site, 01283 761371

UTTOXETER Forestside Farm, 01283 820353 Uttoxeter Racecourse Caravan Club Site, 01889 564172

WILLINGTON Beechwood Park Caravan Park, 07973 562689 Hay Lane Caravan & Campsite, 01283 585275 Hill Farm Camping & Caravanning, 01332 705165

Battleflate Lodge Farm, 01530 230312 Lower Grange Farm, 01530 838074 The Belper Arms, 01530 270530

Shardlow Marina Caravan Park, 01332 792832

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MAP Finding Your Way Around BY ROAD

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Tourist Information Centres Ashby de la Zouch North Street, Ashby de la Zouch LE65 1HU Tel: 01530 411767, Email: ashby.tic@nwleicestershire.gov.uk Swadlincote Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote DE11 9DG Tel: 01283 222848, Email: tic@sharpespotterymuseum.org.uk

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Perfect for Exploring The National Forest Quorn Grange Hotel is a distinctive hotel situated in 9 acres of impressive gardens at the edge of the rugged uplands of Charnwood.

The historic 19th Century building now provides a high standard of guest hospitality and accommodation fit for the 21st Century, with a gym, 38 tasteful bedrooms, which includes Executive Suites and the luxurious William Morris Suite. Dine in style in our restaurant or enjoy an afternoon tea, with delicious home-made snacks and cakes in CafĂŠ 88.

The ideal venue for discovering Stage 1 of the National Forest Way, Beacon Hill & Bradgate.

For further details visit

www.quorngrangehotel.co.uk or call 01509 412167

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88 Wood Lane, Quorn, Leicestershire LE12 8DB

Professional childcare spaces available for children aged from 6 weeks to 5 years www.quorngrangedaynursery.co.uk

For further details contact the nursery team on 01509 416763

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