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VISITOR GUIDE 2013 ACCOMMODATION, ATTRACTIONS AND EVENTS ACROSS PARTS OF DERBYSHIRE, LEICESTERSHIRE & STAFFORDSHIRE

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Beautiful countryside OFFERING FANTASTIC GENTLE WALKS, AWARDWINNING ATTRACTIONS, LOVELY PLACES TO STAY AND A PACKED PROGRAMME OF EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE WHOLE YEAR! THE NATIONAL FOREST is one of Britain’s boldest environmental projects, creating a Forest for the nation across 200 square miles of Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

Smaller pictures L-R: Fun at CONKERS, bee and Fritalary near Ashby. Main picture: Beacon Hill (2020Vision).

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In less than twenty years, one of the least wooded parts of the country has been transformed. A massive 8 MILLION trees have been planted, trebling the woodland cover, creating habitats for wildlife and a beautiful landscape for people to enjoy. The ultimate goal is for woodland to cover around a third of the Forest area and to link the ancient forests of Charnwood and Needwood. Help to create this ‘forest in the making’ through our plantatree scheme. You will be invited to a

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Newcastle Belfast York Manchester Dublin

Stoke

Sheffield Derby

Birmingham

Nottingham Leicester

Coventry Cardiff

Bristol

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special tree planting day and receive a certificate. This makes a great gift! For more information contact the National Forest Company on 01283 551 211 or visit the website www.nationalforest.org

Make a weekend of it!

Whether you prefer a cosy family-run guesthouse, a campsite in a peaceful forest setting, a timber lodge nestling in its own woodland glade, a modern, environmentally-friendly YHA or a luxury hotel, the National Forest & Beyond has a wealth of choice in places to stay.


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The National Forest & Beyond hosts such a wide range of events from riverside regattas to walking festivals, heavy metal concerts to food fairs and classic car shows to firework festivals. We have highlighted a few of our favourites so that you don’t miss them! See more events on page 26 or log on to the website: www.visitnationalforest.co.uk

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A large print version of this guide is available from the National Forest Company. Tourist Information Centres Our friendly Tourist Information Centres are a font of all knowledge for local attractions including those with facilities for disabled visitors. They sell maps and guide books, can book accommodation and coach trips for you and offer tickets for events and theme parks.

Ashby de la Zouch North Street, Ashby de la Zouch LE65 1HU Tel: 01530 411 767 Email: ashby.tic@nwleicestershire.gov.uk

Swadlincote Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote DE11 9DG Tel: 01283 222 848 Email: tic@sharpespotterymuseum.org.uk

Information also available from: East Staffordshire Borough Council, Customer Service Centre, Market Place, Burton upon Trent DE14 1HA Tel: 01283 508 000 Email: tourism@eaststaffsbc.gov.uk The National Forest Company, Bath Yard, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6BA Tel: 01283 551 211 Email: enquiries@nationalforest.org

CONTENTS Woods & wildlife

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Wheels & walks

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Activities & forest experiences

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Treasures of the past

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Family fun in the Forest

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Drift-away-days on waterways

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Arts, crafts, gifts and spas

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A local flavour

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Attractions

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Events, fairs and festivals

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Where to stay

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Accommodation at a glance

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Weekend break deals

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So accessible and maps

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Woods & wildlife WALK AMONG A SEA OF SNOWDROPS IN FEBRUARY, A BLANKET OF BLUEBELLS IN MAY AND IN AUTUMN ENJOY THE FOREST’S FIERY DISPLAY OF REDS AND GOLDS. ONE THING IS GUARANTEED – IN THIS EVER-CHANGING LANDSCAPE, THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING NEW TO SEE! A walk to the top of BEACON HILL is rewarded with fantastic views from its craggy summit. You can stroll through the park’s Native Tree Collection down to the OUTWOODS, where the display of bluebells in May is simply breath-taking.

Smaller pictures L-R: Jay tossing an acorn in Oakthorpe, cycling in Swadlincote Woods, Stunning bluebells, Blooming Boothorpe. Main picture: Calke Abbey Estate.

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YOXALL LODGE opens its gates every spring for visitors to witness the amazing display of bluebells.

See hundreds of graceful deer as they roam free through the bracken and ancient trees in BRADGATE PARK. Paddle in the stream that meanders by the ruins of the home of Lady Jane Grey – the nine day queen. Or walk through meadows bursting with summer wildflowers at the NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM and BILLA BARRA HILL near Markfield.

Keep your eyes peeled to spot ospreys, owls and otters, which have become regular visitors to SENCE VALLEY FOREST PARK. This thriving wildlife haven is unrecognisable from its opencast past. The surfaced trails weave around the lakes, ponds and wildflower meadows for families, dog walkers and cyclists to enjoy.

The summer haze is followed by an autumn blaze with trees turning red and gold at JACKSON’S BANK near Newchurch, FOREMARK RESERVOIR, SNIBSTON COUNTRY PARK and BEACON HILL in Charnwood. Hear the unforgettable booming bellows of stags during rutting season at CALKE PARK, internationally

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National Forest Wood Fair Bank Holiday Monday 26 August

important for its wildlife and 1,000 year old veteran oaks. Autumn is the best time to book a guided tour around the rare and spectacular plant treasures at BLUEBELL ARBORETUM – the trees are simply stunning! Watch hundreds of over-wintering flocks of geese and swans in their annual gathering at BRANSTON WATER PARK and the amazing display of snowdrops at DIMMINSDALE and SNIBSTON’S Nature Reserve in February.

Watch the lumberjacks in action, chainsaw sculpting and try your hand at woodland crafts. Great for families.

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Bluebells At Yoxall Lodge 13 April-12 May

Set in beautiful rolling parkland at Newchurch, Yoxall Lodge opens its gates in spring for visitors to witness the breath-taking display of bluebells. www.bluebellwoodsyoxall.co.uk

QUICK REFERENCE Beacon Hill Country Park, Woodhouse Eaves, 0116 305 8790, www.leics.gov.uk Billa Barra Hill, 01455 238 141 Bluebell Arboretum, Smisby, 01530 413 700, www.bluebellnursery.com Bluebell Woods of Yoxall Lodge, 01283 575 237, www.bluebellwoodsyoxall.co.uk Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood Country Park, Newtown Linford, 0116 236 2713 Branston Water Park, 01283 508 573 www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk Calke Park, Ticknall, 01332 863 822, www.nationaltrust.org.uk Dimminsdale Nature Reserve, Calke, 0116 272 0444, www.lrwt.org.uk Donington le Heath Manor House & Woodlands, 01530 831 259, www.leics.gov.uk Hill Hole Quarry, Markfield, 01455 238 141 Jackson’s Bank, Newchurch, www.visitnationalforest.co.uk Leicestershire County Country Parks, 0116 305 5000, www.leics.gov.uk/countryparks National Memorial Arboretum, 01283 792 333, www.thenma.org.uk Rosliston Forestry Centre, 01283 563 483, www.roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk Sarah’s Wood, Moira, 01530 278 455 Sence Valley Forest Park, Ibstock, 01889 586 593, www.forestry.gov.uk Snibston Country Park, Coalville, 01530 278 444, www.snibston.com Swadlincote Woodlands, 01283 222 848, www.south-derbys.gov.uk Willesley Wood, 01476 581 135, www.willesleywood.co.uk

Green Flag Award The prestigious Green Flag Award is the national award for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.

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Wheels & walks TAKE TIME OUT FROM YOUR BUSY WORLD TO ENJOY SUMMER-TIME STROLLS AND GORGEOUS CYCLE RIDES THROUGH THE ROLLING RURAL LANDSCAPE OF THE NATIONAL FOREST & BEYOND. You can explore more than 400 woodlands across The National Forest spotting a wealth of wildlife, from otters to orchids and bats to barn owls. Download our recommended short, medium or long circular walks including routes suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs from the website www.visitnationalforest.co.uk/walks Long distance walks that pass through the area include the Staffordshire Way, Leicestershire Round and Ivanhoe Way. Smaller pictures L-R: Family cycling at Hicks Lodge, horse-riding at Grangewood, Off-road trails at Hicks Lodge, great photos from Beacon Hill, National Forest Llama Treks, cycling on the Horseshoe Trail. Main picture: Stunning views over Staunton Harold on The National Forest Walking Festival.

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And if you enjoy walking – you’ll love the NATIONAL FOREST WALKING FESTIVAL (18 – 30 May). Choose from 100 walks of varying length that showcase this special area’s rich heritage, wildlife, geology, myths and legends.

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You ‘feel much calmer when you walk with a llama’. Help groom a friendly llama before embarking on a guided NATIONAL FOREST LLAMA TREK, revealing the fascinating flora, fauna and history of this area. Don’t worry about bringing your bike – you can hire them at ROSLISTON FORESTRY CENTRE, Ashby-based JUST BIKES or the family-friendly HICKS LODGE: NATIONAL FOREST CYCLE CENTRE. This has brilliant off-road circular trails including wide easy routes, suitable for trailers and tagalongs, as well as exciting narrow tracks. Grab a drink and a slice of home-made cake afterwards in the cosy café while the children enjoy the new play area.


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National Forest Walking Festival 18-30 May

Join us on the 100 walks of varying length led by brilliant guides who reveal fascinating facts on the flora and fauna, heritage and history of the area. The off-road cycling on the CONKERS CIRCUIT and ASHBY WOULDS HERITAGE TRAIL is brilliant for families. Linking CONKERS, Moira Furnace and YHA National Forest, these trails are used for The National Forest 10K race which takes runners through some of the prettiest countryside in the heart of the Forest.

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National Forest 10K and fun run 15 September

Run the off-road course through some of the prettiest countryside in the heart of the Forest on the National Forest 10K.

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QUICK REFERENCE Beacon Hill Country Park, Woodhouse Eaves, 0116 305 8790 Billa Bara Hill, 01455 238 141 Bluebells of Yoxall Lodge, 01283 575 237 www.bluebellwoodsyoxall.co.uk Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood Country Park, Newtown Linford, 0116 236 2713 Branston Water Park, 01283 508 573 www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk Calke Park, Ticknall, 01332 863 822 Donington le Heath Manor House & Woodlands, 01530 831 259 National Forest 10K, www.visitnationalforest.co.uk/10K National Forest Llama Treks, 01283 711 702, www.nationalforestllamatreks.co.uk National Forest Walking Festival, www.thenationalforestwalkingfestival. org.uk Sarah’s Wood, Moira, 01530 278 455 Sence Valley Forest Park, Ibstock, 01889 586 593 Snibston Country Park, Coalville, 01530 278 444 Swadlincote Woodlands, 01283 222 848 The Trent Washlands, 01283 508 730 www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk Willesley Wood, 01476 581 135

CYCLE HIRE Hicks Lodge, National Forest Cycle Centre, 01530 274 533, www.forestry.gov.uk Just Bikes, Ashby de la Zouch, 01530 415 021 Rosliston Forestry Centre, 01283 563 483, www.roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk

Green Flag Award The prestigious Green Flag Award is the national award for parks and green spaces in England and Wales.

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Activities & forest experiences BOOK ONTO ONE OF THE MANY COURSES ON OFFER IN THE FOREST THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. HAVE A GO AT POLE LATHE TURNING, WILLOW WEAVING OR LANTERN MAKING WITH OUR TRADITIONAL WOODLAND CRAFT EXPERTS, GREENWOOD DAYS. THEY CAN EVEN HELP YOU CRAFT A LONGBOW AND TEACH YOU HOW TO SHOOT IT. A FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE! And for the budding Bear Grylls, our bushcraft schools WOODLAND WAYS and WOODLAND SURVIVAL CRAFTS can teach you friction fire lighting, how to identify and prepare wild food, shelter building and much more. The courses are friendly and fun rather than an endurance challenge.

Smaller pictures L-R: Excitement on the toboggan run at Swadlincote Ski Centre, birds of prey at the Wood Fair, learn dry stone walling with The Conservation Volunteers. Main picture: Visitors have a go at The National Forest Wood Fair.

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beautiful setting while creating vital habitats for invertebrates and small mammals. You can have a go at practical conservation with LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTRY PARKS’ rangers.

You can see many of these skills in action at the NATIONAL FOREST WOOD FAIR on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August.

FOREST OUTDOOR PURSUITS at CONKERS combines watersports with forest ranger activities including kayaking, mountain biking, archery, pedal go karting, raft building, bell bottom boats, assault course and orienteering in the forest.

Learn dry stone walling on 15 – 17 March with The Conservation Volunteers’ Natural Break. This is a great opportunity to learn a traditional craft in a

ROSLISTON FORESTRY CENTRE is great for families with archery, climbing, indoor and outdoor play, crazy golf, laser clay and laser

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combat in the woods. You can hire a bike to explore the trails or watch the birds of prey displays. Rosliston also hosts a packed programme of music, theatre and family events in The Glade. Fancy horse-riding? PARK VIEW RIDING STABLES offers off-road hacking to beautiful Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods in the ancient Charnwood Forest. If you have always wanted to learn to ski or board – don’t wait until winter! You can do it all year round at SWADLINCOTE SKI AND SNOWBOARD CENTRE. Don’t miss ‘Sno-tubing’, the alpine toboggan run and its new Viper Slide followed by après ski in the Alpine Lodge with the popular Umpah Nights or comedy club evenings. You will never have so much fun at 5mph as you can on the obstacle course with FOREST FOUR WHEEL DRIVE. You don’t even need your own vehicle as you can use the centre’s trusty Land Rovers. There is nothing like feeling the sun on your back as you swim. Ashby de la Zouch has an OUTDOOR POOL, which opens Saturday 25 May for the summer. For more information on leisure centres including the outdoor pool, contact the Tourist Information Centres. But it doesn’t have to be all go, go, go. Relax, be pampered and feel stress ebb away at our luxurious health spas. Find out more on page 16.

Greenwood Days Greenwood Experience 20-21 April

Try your hand at a variety of woodland crafts over this weekend - willow weaving, wood turning, carving and cleaving to make whistles, flowers and dibbers. Great fun! www.greenwood-days.co.uk

Swadlincote Ski Centre Easter Extravaganza 29 March, 1 April

Whoosh down the slopes with ski and snowboard taster sessions, toboggan rides and Sno-Tubing! Fun Activity Days throughout the year. www.jnlswadlincote.co.uk

QUICK REFERENCE WOODLAND CRAFTS & SURVIVAL SKILLS Funky Monkey Rustic Carpentry, 07828 772 499, www.rusticcarpentry.co.uk Gardener’s Bothy, 01332 694 500, www.thegardenersbothy.co.uk Greenwood Days, 01332 864 529, www.greenwooddays.co.uk Survival School, 0871 222 7304, www.survivalschool.co.uk The Conservation Volunteers, 01530 277 855, www.tcv.org.uk Woodland Survival Crafts, 01283 730 851, www.woodlandsurvivalcrafts.com Woodland Ways, 07843 064 114, www.woodland-ways.co.uk

ACTIVITIES Garlands Clay Pigeon Shooting Ground, 01827 722 123, www.garlandsleisure.co.uk Leicestershire Country Parks Volunteers, 0116 305 7937, www.leics.gov.uk/country-parks National Forest Llama Treks, 01283 711 702, www.nationalforestllamatreks.co.uk Rosliston Forestry Centre, 01283 563 483, www.roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre, 01283 217 200, www.jnlswadlincote.co.uk

HORSE-RIDING Knowle Hill Equestrian Centre, 01332 862 044 Holme Farm Equestrian Centre, 01283 813 284, www.holmefarmequestriancentre.com Park View Riding School, Thurcaston, 0116 236 4858, www.parkviewridingschool.co.uk Scropton Riding for the Disabled, 01283 812 753, www.scroptonequestrian.com

MOTORSPORTS Donington Park, 01332 810 048, www.donington-park.co.uk Forest Four Wheel Drive, 01283 762 248, www.forest4wd.co.uk Quadbiking, 01889 502 508, www.ashcroftpark.co.uk

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Treasures of the past MEET THE CHARACTERS WHO ONCE LIVED IN THE NATIONAL TRUST’S CALKE ABBEY ON ONE OF ITS REGULAR ‘CALKE ALIVE’ DAYS. THE HOUSE IS FROZEN IN TIME FROM WHEN THE FORMER ECCENTRIC AND RECLUSIVE OWNERS ALLOWED IT TO SLOWLY FALL INTO DISREPAIR. Discover the inspiration for the fictional grand battle in Sir Walter Scott’s novel, Ivanhoe, as you watch the ‘Clash of the Knights’ re-enactment at ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH CASTLE. Learn more about the castle’s incredible history in ASHBY MUSEUM. Formerly the Bass Museum, the NATIONAL BREWERY CENTRE is a world-class visitor centre that brings Burton upon Trent’s proud brewing heritage to life and hosts regular beer festivals and comedy nights. You can also see time honoured brewing methods in action within a traditional Victorian Brewhouse at MARSTON’S BREWERY VISITOR CENTRE. Smaller pictures L-R: Old John at Bradgate Park, Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, queens from a by-gone era at Tutbury Castle. Main picture: Summer Nights Film Festival at Calke Abbey.

Built on the outskirts of Burton to cope with waste from the hundreds of breweries, you can still see CLAYMILLS VICTORIAN PUMPING STATION’S massive steam beam engines working today on its ‘Steaming Day’s.

QUICK REFERENCE Ashby de la Zouch Castle, 01530 413 343, www.english-heritage.org.uk Ashby de la Zouch Museum, 01530 560 090, www.ashbydelazouchmuseum.org.uk The Battlefield Line Railway, 01827 880 754, www.battlefield-line-railway.co.uk Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre & Country Park, 01455 290 429, www.bosworthbattlefield.com

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Step into the world of Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ on a Murder Mystery evening on an old steam train at GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY. Or have a go at actually driving a steam train with BATTLEFIELD LINE RAILWAY, which whistles its way from Shackerstone to BOSWORTH BATTLEFIELD. The Battlefield’s award-winning interactive visitor centre shows the drama and treachery in this final battle of the War of the Roses where King Richard III lost his crown to Henry Tudor. At DONINGTON LE HEATH MANOR HOUSE you can see the bed where Richard III allegedly slept before setting off to the battle. Built in the 13th Century, this beautifully restored house has exhibitions and re-enactments throughout the year. Have you ever wondered about seeing a ghost? Take part in a ghost hunt at TUTBURY CASTLE, a ghost walk at GRACE DIEU PRIORY or a paranormal evening at SNIBSTON.


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Like mining, pottery was a major industry for this area. SHARPE’S POTTERY MUSEUM traces the history of this industry and hosts regular events and talks. Discover how gritty life would have been working in a 19th Century blast furnace on one of MOIRA FURNACE MUSEUM’S guided tours. Stroll through the formal gardens of MELBOURNE HALL or among the rare tree species in ELVASTON CASTLE COUNTRY PARK. Take afternoon tea at CATTON HALL or explore the National Trust gems SUDBURY HALL and KEDLESTON HALL – an 18th Century classical hall within a beautiful landscaped park. But the most poignant link to our past is the NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM. Over 100 woodland gardens and sculptures are dedicated to military or civilian organisations, events or conflicts to create a living tribute to those who lost their lives in the 20th Century. A silence is observed daily at 11am and remembrance services are held regularly in the chapel.

Bosworth Battlefield Anniversary Weekend 17-18 August

Experience the battle that changed the course of history as the Tudor dynasty was born – with re-enactments, jousting, falconry and recreated medieval battle village. www.bosworthbattlefield.com

Claymills Easter Steaming Event 31 March-1 April

A rare chance to see the sheer scale and power of our industrial heritage as two mighty beam engines and 26 other steam engines are fired up at Claymills Pumping Station. www.claymills.org.uk

Calke Abbey, 01332 863 822, www.nationaltrust.org.uk Castle Donington Museum, 01332 810 719, www.castledoningtonmuseum.org.uk Catton Hall, 01283 716 311, www.catton-hall.com Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, 01283 509 929, www.claymills.org.uk Croxden Abbey, 0121 625 6820, www.english-heritage.org.uk Donington Grand Prix Collection, 01332 811 027, www.donington-park.co.uk Donington le Heath Manor House, 01530 831 259, www.leics.gov.uk/donington East Midlands Aeropark, 07917 021 990, www.eastmidlandsaeropark.org Elvaston Castle Country Park, 01629 533 870, www.elvastoncastle.org.uk Grace Dieu Priory, 01530 223 201, www.gracedieupriory.org.uk Great Central Railway, 01509 230 726, www.gcrailway.co.uk Hough Windmill, 01530 832 704 Kedleston Hall, 01332 842 191, www.nationaltrust.org.uk Kegworth Museum, 01509 670 137 Marston’s Brewery, 01283 507 391 www.marstonsbeercompany.co.uk Measham Museum, 01530 273 956 Melbourne Hall & Gardens, 01332 862 502, www.melbournehall.com Moira Furnace, 01283 224 667 Mount St Bernard Abbey, 01530 832 298, www.mountsaintbernard.org National Brewery Centre, 01283 532 880, www.nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk National Memorial Arboretum, 01283 792 333, www.thenma.org.uk Redfern’s Cottage, Museum of Uttoxeter Life, 01889 567 176 Shardlow Heritage Centre, 01332 792 489 Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, 01283 222 600, www.sharpes.org.uk Sir John Moore Foundation, 01530 273 629 Snibston, 01530 278 444, www.snibston.com Sudbury Hall, 01283 585 305, www.nationaltrust.org.uk Tutbury Castle, 01283 812 129 Tutbury Museum, 01283 814 191

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Family fun in the Forest CHILDREN ARE ACTIVELY ENCOURAGED TO TOUCH THE EXHIBITS AT CONKERS WITH HUNDREDS OF HANDS-ON INDOOR AND OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES THEMED AROUND LIFE IN A BRITISH WOODLAND, INCLUDING TRAILS, ASSAULT COURSE, ENCHANTED FOREST, TREETOP ADVENTURE AND BAREFOOT WALK. REGULAR EVENTS ARE HELD IN CONKERS COVERED AMPHITHEATRE.

Smaller pictures L-R: Pig racing at National Forest Adventure Farm, tackling the assault course at CONKERS, exploring the Moonlight Maze at the National Forest Adventure Farm, CONKERS main hall. Main picture: Meeting the animals at Beehive Farm.

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Hunt for mini-beasts or find what lurks beneath the pond on one of the regular ranger sessions at CONKERS, ROSLISTON FORESTRY CENTRE and SNIBSTON.

Sudbury Hall, which has hundreds of toys for children to play with before they face the Victorian schoolmaster! At CALKE ABBEY kids of all ages will enjoy the new Garden of Imagination.

You can actually start a fire, control a robot and lift a car at SNIBSTON. Learning about science has never been so much fun! But that’s not all – there is the fashion gallery, a great display of the area’s rich industrial history, country park, outdoor play area and excellent performances in its Century Theatre.

Every child wants to be a zookeeper at some point and this is where they can try it. The Zookeeper Experience at TWYCROSS ZOO involves cleaningout the animals, food preparation and feeding. The zoo cares for nearly 1,000 animals including the largest collection of primates in the western world.

Re-live your childhood at Snibston’s Toybox gallery and at the MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD at

Children love meeting the friendly farmyard animals at STONEHURST FAMILY FARM &

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MUSEUM and the ponies at BLUE CROSS ROLLESTON REHOMING CENTRE. They can feed the chickens at HIGHFIELDS HAPPY HENS and BETTY’S FARM or stroke the rabbits in the lovely animal petting area at BEEHIVE FARM WOODLAND LAKES before launching themselves into the giant sandpit there. Don’t miss TROPICAL BIRDLAND! Many of the birds here are free to roam and are so friendly they may even land on you! The new NATIONAL FOREST ADVENTURE FARM still has one of Europe’s largest MAIZE MAZES but has expanded with indoor play zones, mini go-karts and quad bikes, splash zone, jumping pillow, sand pits, assault course and farm animals to see – guaranteed to entertain the whole family for hours! It hosts an annual Agrilympics event and pig races (complete with teddy bear jockeys) every day. How about setting off on a TREASURE TRAIL? Guaranteed to keep the whole family amused, you can buy the pack (and then solve) one or more of the 36 Treasure Hunts, Murder Mystery or Spy Mission Trails in and around the Forest. Finally, try your hand at pottery painting at CRACKPOTZ CERAMIC CAFÉ. Brilliant fun and you get to keep the pottery masterpiece!

Festival of Fireworks 7 September

Jawdropping display of pyrotechnics in the stunning setting of Catton Hall.

www.festivaloffireworks.co.uk

Ashby and Burton Statutes Fairs

13-17 September and 7-8 October The Statutes Fairs in Ashby (September) and Burton (October) go back centuries – and are as popular today as ever!

QUICK REFERENCE Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes, 01283 763 981, www.beehivefarm-woodlandlakes.co.uk Betty’s Farm & Shop, 07917 186 393, www.bettysfarm.co.uk Blue Cross Rolleston Rehoming Centre, 0300 777 1520, www.bluecross.org.uk Conkers, 01283 216 633, www.visitconkers.com Crackpotz Ceramic Café, 01283 792 666, www.crackpotz.co.uk Highfields Happy Hens, 01283 732 083, www.highfieldshappyhens.co.uk National Forest Adventure Farm, 07812 333 315, www.adventurefarm.co.uk Rosliston Forestry Centre, 01283 563 483, www.roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk Snibston, 01530 278 444, www.snibston.com Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre, 01283 217 200, www.swadlincoteskislope.co.uk Stonehurst Family Farm & Museum, 01509 413 216" www.stonehurstfarm.co.uk Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood, 01283 585 305, " www.nationaltrust.org.uk Toys of Yesteryear Museum & Toyshop, 01283 712 770, www.toysofyesteryear.co.uk Treasure Trails, 01664 812 893, www.treasuretrails.co.uk Tropical Birdland, 01455 824 603, www.tropicalbirdland.com Twycross Zoo, 01827 880 250, www.twycrosszoo.org Uttoxeter Racecourse, 01889 562 561, www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk

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Drift-away-days on waterways THERE IS A WEALTH OF WATERWAYS, WETLANDS AND WOODLAND LAKES – PERFECT TO VISIT, UNWIND AND WATCH THE WORLD GO BY. AQUA NARROWBOATS based at MERCIA MARINA shows you everything you need to know to man the helm and embark on your brilliant break. Follow the Trent & Mersey Canal as it weaves south through the area to meet the Coventry Canal at Fradley Junction.

Smaller pictures L-R: Inland Waterways Festival in Burton upon Trent, signet at Willesley, Foremark Reservoir, Trent & Mersey Canal. Main picture: Sailing on Staunton Harold Reservoir.

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BARTON MARINA is an essential canal-side stop-off point near Burton upon Trent. From here you can stroll through woodland to pretty Barton under Needwood, browse around lovely shops or enjoy live music at the Waterfront pub and restaurant. Heading north, you can visit SHARDLOW, one of only two surviving inland canal ports in the country. For shorter canal boat cruises hop on at MOIRA FURNACE on the Ashby Canal, or watch the

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scenery gently roll past for an hour’s cruise to Stenson or Willington with MERCIA LEISURE TRIPS, based at Mercia Marina. On your return you can enjoy a coffee in the café, browse its shops and set off on a canalside walk. You can now also stay in the Mercia Marina’s WATERSIDE LODGES. You may spot the shy bird as you walk the Kingfisher Trail alongside the Trent & Mersey Canal, through the outskirts of Burton upon Trent. CROXALL LAKES NATURE RESERVE, BRANSTON WATER PARK and the TRENT WASHLANDS in Burton upon Trent are also ideal locations for spotting wildlife especially herons and damselflies.


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Don’t miss it! QUICK REFERENCE Moira Canal Festival 18-19 May

SHORTHEATH FISHERY and BEEHIVE FARM WOODLAND LAKES have well-stocked fishing lakes and excellent tea rooms. Beginners and experienced anglers can hone their fly-fishing skills at FOREMARK FISHING LODGE. FOREMARK and STAUNTON HAROLD RESERVOIRS offer sailing and windsurfing and also have playgrounds, open spaces for picnics and lovely woodland walks. For information on boat hire, fishing permits and sites contact the Tourist Information Centres or visit the website www.visitnationalforest.co.uk

entertainment for all.

With historic Moira Furnace as the backdrop on the restored length of the Ashby Canal, the festival has

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Burton Regatta

13-14 July Burton Regatta, first held in 1865, is one of the oldest annual sporting events in the country and is nationally recognised as one of the finest remaining river regattas. www.burtonregatta.co.uk

Aqua Narrowboats, 01283 704 855, www.aquanarrowboathire.com Barton Marina, 01283 711 500, www.bartonmarina.co.uk Blithfield Reservoir, 01283 840 284, www.blithfield.com Branston Water Park, 01283 508 573, www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk East Midlands Boat Services, 01509 672 385 Foremark, Staunton Harold & Thornton Reservoirs, www.stwater.co.uk Fradley Junction, 01283 790 407, www.fradleyjunction.com Mercia Leisure Trips, 07922 573 023 Mercia Marina, 01283 7023 332, www.merciamarina.co.uk Moira Furnace Boat Trips, 01283 224 667, www.moirafurnace.com Sawley Marina, 0115 973 4278, www.bwml.co.uk Shakespeare Classic Line Narrow Boats, 01926 844 222, www.classicboats.uki.net Shardlow Marina, 01332 792 832, www.shardlowmarina.co.uk Stenson Leisure Day Boat Hire, 01283 701 933, www.mccboats.co.uk The Trent Washlands, 01283 508 000, www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk

FISHING Barton Marina Fishery, 01283 711 666, www.bartonmarina.co.uk Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes, 01283 763 981, www.beehivefarm-woodlandlakes.co.uk Foremark Fishing Lodge, 01283 703 202, www.stwater.co.uk Shortheath Fishery, 01283 763 777, www.shortheathwater.co.uk Springwood Fisheries, 01332 864 331, www.springwoodfisheries.com Thornton Reservoir, 01530 230 807, www.stwater.co.uk

There are loads of woodland lakes, canals, rivers and reservoirs to fish across the National Forest & Beyond – these are listed on the website www.visitnationalforest .co.uk

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Arts, crafts, gifts and spas TAKE TIME FROM THE DAILY RUSH TO SLOW DOWN AND TREAT YOURSELF.

Smaller pictures L-R: Ferrers Gallery, stunning pictures in Barton Marina Gallery, Crackpotz, browsing for gifts at Barton Marina. Main picture: 2020Vision exhibition coming to Swadlincote and Calke Abbey.

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2020VISION, a nationwide touring exhibition featuring 100 outstanding pictures taken across the UK, will be in Swadlincote from 18 March – 7 April and Calke Abbey 10-29 April. With a daily market and quaint courtyards, ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH is a lovely stop-off to pick up a gift or a souvenir from your visit. The castle is near the town centre, so you can combine a visit here with a lovely leisurely lunch and a touch of shopping. Don’t miss the Statutes Fair and Arts Festival. MELBOURNE and TUTBURY are definitely worth visiting for their galleries, antique shops and eateries. Stunning Melbourne Church, in its ‘olde worlde’ setting opposite the historic hall, is described as a cathedral in miniature. You can see fantastic re-enactments or watch the annual display of fireworks in November at TUTBURY CASTLE. The FERRERS CENTRE FOR ARTS & CRAFTS is

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home to 18 craft workshops and the FERRERS GALLERY. This has three floors, two of which are dedicated to a year round exhibition programme. There is something incredibly therapeutic about hand-painting pottery – and you can try it both here and CRACKPOTZ CERAMIC CAFÉ. Pottery was once a major industry in this area. You can pick up pottery and crafts at SHARPE’S POTTERY MUSEUM and learn about its history on one the fascinating talks in the restored Kiln. MOUNT ST BERNARD ABBEY also has wonderful pottery on sale that has been lovingly handmade by its resident monks. Promenade along the waterfront at BARTON MARINA and you will be lured into temptation with the array of beautiful shops, gallery and restaurants. The Waterfront pub hosts live music every Friday and Saturday night.


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As you might expect, there are many excellent garden centres to visit in the area such as BYRKLEY GARDEN CENTRE, SWARKESTONE NURSERY and PLANTERS AT BRETBY. BURTON UPON TRENT has everything you could want - all the top high street names, lovely eateries and excellent events including its Statutes Fair and PINT Arts Festival. OCTAGON SHOPPING CENTRE offers department stores together with specialist shops. You can take in a flick at the CINEMA in Burton upon Trent, Uttoxeter or Swadlincote and there are THEATRES in Ashby de la Zouch, Coalville, Ibstock and Burton upon Trent. The Tourist Information Centres have details of what is on. Or avoid the shops completely and just let yourself be pampered at CHAMPNEYS SPRINGS, EDEN DAY SPA or REEDS HEALTH CLUB AND SPA within Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel. The new Health Club & Spa at ST GEORGE’S PARK offers great spa packages – and you might even catch a glimpse of a famous footballer!

Don’t miss it! QUICK REFERENCE Ashby Festival Fortnight 25 May-8 June

During the festival fortnight Ashby de la Zouch comes alive with music, dance, crafts theatre, photography and workshops for visitors to have a go at various arts. www.ashbyartsfestival.co.uk

Melbourne Arts Festival 13-29 September

Melbourne Festival is the highlight of South Derbyshire’s cultural calendar with concerts, performances and popular Art and Architecture Trail across the town. www.melbournefestival.co.uk

2020VISION, 01283 551 211, www.nationalforest.org/2020vision Barton Marina, 01283 711 500, www.bartonmarina.co.uk Breedon Priory and Shopping Complex, 07799 895 340, www.breedon-priory.co.uk Byrkley Garden Centre, 01283 716 467, www.strikes.co.uk Chapman’s Nurseries, 01283 543 546 Crackpotz Ceramic Café, Alrewas, 01283 792 666, www.crackpotz.co.uk Donington Nurseries & Walled Garden, 01332 853 004, www.doningtonnurseries.co.uk Ferrers Centre, 01332 864 863, www.ferrerscentre.co.uk Ferrers Gallery, 01332 863 337, www.ferrersgallery.co.uk Mount St Bernard Abbey, 01530 832 298, www.mountsaintbernard.org Planters at Bretby, 01283 703 355, www.plantersatbretby.co.uk Swarkestone Nursery, 01332 700 800 www.swarkestonenursery.co.uk The Octagon Shopping Centre, 01283 515 000, www.theoctagoncentre.co.uk Toys of Yesteryear Museum & Toyshop, 01283 712 770, www.toysofyesteryear.co.uk

THEATRES Century Theatre, Coalville, www.centurytheatre.co.uk Venture Theatre, Ashby de la Zouch, www.ashbyventuretheatre.org.uk Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton upon Trent, www.brewhouse.co.uk

MARKET DAYS Ashby de la Zouch: Daily Burton upon Trent: (indoor) Tue-Sat (outdoor) Thur-Sat Coalville: Tue, Fri, Sat Donington Park: Sunday Swadlincote: Tue, Fri, Sat Uttoxeter: Wed, Fri, Sat

SPAS Champneys Springs, 01530 273 873, www.champneys.com Eden Day Spa, 01283 575 678, www.edenspastaffordshire.com Health Club & Spa at St George’s Park, 01283 576675, www.healthclubandspasgp.com Reeds Health Club, 01509 672 518, www.reedshealthclub.co.uk

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A local flavour YOU’LL LOVE OUR QUALITY LOCAL FOOD AND DRINK. WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A TRADITIONAL TEA SHOP, ELEGANT RESTAURANT OR FANTASTIC PUB, THERE IS A HUGE CHOICE. Pick up some local produce at our fine food fairs, farmers’ markets or the excellent farm shops across the area such as CATTOWS FARM near Heather and BETTY’S FARM near Willington. You’ll find delectable treats in the quality delicatessens at BARTON MARINA and BYRKLEY GARDEN CENTRE. One of the best artisan bakeries in the region, Breadfirst, is based in the FERRERS CENTRE.

Captions. Smaller pictures L-R: Quality wines at The Yard Restaurant in Swadlincote, Bittersweet chocolate making courses, Cattows Farm Shop, cupcakes at Ashby Farmers’ Market. Main picture: Top cooking tips at Calke Abbey Fine Food Fair.

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You can sample ales from the microbreweries scattered throughout the National Forest & Beyond including BURTON BRIDGE, JOHN THOMPSON and WHITE SHIELD breweries. The latter is set within the NATIONAL BREWERY CENTRE, which hosts beer festivals throughout the year and the international barrel rolling competition. There is also locally produced wine to try. Find out more on how wine is made on the open days at

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SEALWOOD VINEYARD or pick up a bottle from Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre. The chocolate making courses with BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATES are great fun. You can make delicious gifts for friends (if they last that long!) or simply buy them from The Three Horseshoes pub in Breedon on the Hill. SEASONED COURSES runs cookery sessions that will teach and enthuse you about food, such as Cupcake Heavan, Essential Italian and Entertaining with Ease. While here treat yourself to home-baked cakes at HICKS LODGE: NATIONAL FOREST CYCLE CENTRE, LANGAN’S TEA ROOM and HELEN’S BAKEHOUSE & TEAROOM in Burton upon Trent. Take lunch at LAKESIDE BISTRO, which overlooks a pretty fishing lake or for a quirky dining experience visit our genuine 50s AMERICAN


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DINER, in Albert Village just outside Swadlincote. If you fancy good old-fashioned fish n chips go to ANDY’S FISH BAR in Church Gresley near Swadlincote – it has won dozens of awards. Looking for somewhere nice for the evening? THE BULL’S HEAD in Repton has won awards for its restaurant and wood-fired pizzas or for a traditional village pub atmosphere and excellent food, visit the SHOULDER OF MUTTON in Oakthorpe. The NATIONAL FOREST FOOD GUIDE lists local producers and suppliers in and around The National Forest along with cafes, restaurants, pubs and shops that stock local produce. Download this from www.visitnationalforest.co.uk/food or contact our friendly Tourist Information Centres (see page 3). They can also supply details on the Fine Food Fairs taking place throughout the year as well as suggestions for great restaurants and what is on listings.

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Burton Washlands Parade and Beer Festival 27 July

Celebrating the town’s proud brewing heritage there is a parade starting from Marston’s Brewery, entertainment, competitions and, of course, beer.

www.washlandsfestivalburton.co.uk

Calke Abbey Fine Food Fairs

28 April, 4 August, 27 October Pick up top tips from master chefs along with food and drink produced or grown within a 30-mile radius of the National Trust’s wonderful Calke Abbey estate. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey

QUICK REFERENCE 50s American Diner, 01283 220 050 Andy’s Fish Bar, 01283 224 761 Betty’s Farm & Shop, 07917 186 393, www.bettysfarm.co.uk BitterSweet Chocolates, www.bittersweetchocolates.co.uk Byrkley Garden Centre, 01283 716 467 Burton Bridge Inn, 01283 510 573, www.burtonbridgebrewery.co.uk Heaths Farm Shop, Melbourne, 01332 862 645 Helen’s Bakehouse and Tearoom, 01283 510 985 Hicks Lodge: National Forest Cycle Centre, 01530 274 533, John Thompson Inn, 01332 862 469, www.johnthompsoninn.com Lakeside Bistro, 01283 763 777, www.shortheathwater.co.uk Langan’s Tea Rooms, 01283 500 141 North’s Deli, Ashby, 01530 588 284 Scaddows Farm Shop, Ticknall, 01332 865 709 Sealwood Vineyard, 01283 761 371, www.sealwoodcottage.co.uk Seasoned Courses, 01283 810 275, www.seasonedcourses.com The Bull’s Head, Repton, 01283 704 422 The Cattows Farm Shop, 01530 264 200, www.thecattowsfarmshop.co.uk The Shoulder of Mutton, 01530 270 436, www.scragfolk.co.uk Tower Brewery, 01283 562 888, www.towerbrewery.co.uk

FARMERS’ MARKETS Ashby de la Zouch, (third Saturday of every month) Castle Donington, (second Saturday of every month) Swadlincote (last Thursday every month) Uttoxeter, (second Saturday of every month)

There are just too many great places to list all of them here. Log on to www.visitnationalforest .co.uk/food

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BEACON HILL COUNTRY PARK Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 8TA/LE12 8SP Tel: 0116 305 5000 countryparks@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk/countryparks For some of the best views in Leicestershire, walk to the summit of Beacon Hill. See the Native Tree collection, enchanted Labyrinth, Natural Play Area, large wooden sculptures inspired by the park and sheep & cattle helping to maintain the heathland. National Forest Wood Fair here August Bank Holiday Monday. Bus Route: 54, 123 to Woodhouse Eaves. Admission: £2.50 car parking – season ticket available.

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ACCEPTS MAJOR CREDIT CARDS

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BLUEBELL WOODS OF YOXALL LODGE Yoxall Lodge, Scotch Hills, Newchurch Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE13 8RL Tel: 01283 575 237 info@bluebellwoodsyoxall.co.uk www.bluebellwoodsyoxall.co.uk

GIFT SHOP BABY CHANGING FACILITIES

HORSE RIDING TRAIL

CAR PARKING

Six stunning walks to suit everyone meander through the carpets of native English bluebells that flourish in the beautiful old woodlands at Yoxall Lodge, set in Staffordshire’s finest countryside. Opening Times: Daily Sat 13 Apr to Sun 12 May 2013. 10.30am – 6pm. Admission: Adults £4, Child 5 – 16 yrs £1 (under 5s free).

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CHILDREN’S PLAY AREA

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CHILDREN WELCOME

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COACH PARKING

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CYCLE TRAILS

SUITABLE FOR GROUP VISITS

DISABLED PARKING

TOILETS

DISABLED TOILETS

WALKING TRAILS

DOGS ALLOWED

WELCOME HOST AWARD

DOGS ALLOWED ON LEADS ONLY

WHEELCHAIR ACCESS

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PICK UP THE POCKETSIZE ATTRACTIONS GUIDE During your visit pick up our handy Attractions Guide from the Tourist Information Centres or download this from www.visitnationalforest.co.uk and get vouchers for many of our top attractions.

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Estate Office, Deer Barn Buildings, Bradgate Country Park Newtown Linford, Leicestershire LE6 0HE Tel: 0116 236 2713 www.bradgatepark.org Leicestershire's most visited country park. 830 acres of grass, bracken, rocky outcrops, majestic trees, deer herd, river and folly ‘Old John Tower’. Tea Rooms, Shop, Visitor Centre, Bradgate House ruins – birthplace of Lady Jane Grey. Swithland Wood – 146 acres of ancient woodland. Opening Times: Daily from 8am 'til sunset. Admission: Combined with parking charge. Pay and display car and coach parking. Visitor centre – modest charge. Bradgate Park Trust is a registered charity.

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LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL COUNTRY PARKS For details see website Tel: 0116 305 5000 countryparks@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk/countryparks Enjoy the many smaller Country Parks, including: Bagworth Heath Woods – Heath Rd LE67 1DL Donisthorpe Woodland Park – Church St DE12 7PY Market Bosworth Park – The Park CV13 0LP Car Park £2.50 New Lount Reserve – Melbourne Rd, Newbold LE67 8JH Saltersford Valley – Measham Rd, Oakthorpe DE12 7RF Admission: Free. Also see the entries for Beacon Hill, Donington le Heath and Snibston.

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SENCE VALLEY FOREST PARK Ravenstone Road, Ibstock, Leicestershire Grid ref: SK403113 Tel: 01889 586 593 info_nationalforest@forestry.gsi.gov.uk www.forestry.gov.uk

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A wonderful transformation from opencast to wildlife haven with 150 acres of woodland, lakes and meadow. Surfaced trails provide access for all abilities. NB 2.2 metre height barrier to site. Fishing permitted on Goss Water only. Opening Times: 1 Apr – 30 Sept: daily 8am – 7pm, 1 Oct – 31 Mar: daily 9am – 4pm. Admission: Free.

COME BY CAR? plantatree You can make a positive contribution to the environment and the Forest through our plantatree scheme (see page 2). Visit www.nationalforest.org for more details.

FOR DETAILS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT SEE PAGE 38

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HICKS LODGE: THE NATIONAL FOREST CYCLE CENTRE Willesley Woodside, Moira, Swadlincote Derbyshire LE65 2UP Tel: 01530 274 533 info_nationalforest@forestry.gsi.gov.uk www.forestry.gov.uk A wonderful facility for all ages and abilities to learn to ride, or develop off-road cycling skills on safe traffic free cycle trails. Cycle hire, Wheels for All bikes coming soon, new children’s play area and café. Opening Times: Daily from 9am. Admission: Car park charges apply.


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NATIONAL FOREST LLAMA TREKS 260 Lichfield Road, Barton under Needwood Staffordshire DE13 8ED Tel: 01283 711 702 or 07970 601 373 thellamalady@hotmail.co.uk www.nationalforestllamatreks.co.uk

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TREASURE TRAILS leicestershire@treasuretrails.co.uk Tel: 01664 812 893 derbyshire@treasuretrails.co.uk Tel: 01827 382 995 staffordshire@treasuretrails.co.uk Tel: 07521 411101 www.treasuretrails.co.uk

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The fun way to explore in your own time, with family and friends. Follow the directions, find clues and solve the mystery. Choose a Treasure Hunt, Murder Mystery or Spy Mission Trail. There are over 36 to choose from in and around The National Forest, with more to come! Available from www.treasuretrails.co.uk. Selected Trails are now available to download as an App. Price: £5.99 each.

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FOREST FOUR WHEEL DRIVE

Sites all over The National Forest Tel: 0116 255 3515 c.forty@btcv.org.uk www.tcv.org.uk Make a positive impact on The National Forest with The Conservation Volunteers by getting involved with our regular conservation volunteering events, conservation holidays, support for the local community and training courses. Contact or view website for more information.

Enjoy the beautiful countryside accompanied by our friendly llamas. A delicious 3 course picnic is provided. Special diets catered for. We offer from 1 hour to full day sessions. You feel calmer when you walk with a llama. Booking is essential. Opening times: All year (except Christmas Day). Admission: From £5.

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THE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS IN THE NATIONAL FOREST

WOODLAND SURVIVAL CRAFTS 2 Hall Farm, Ashby Road, Coleorton Leicestershire LE67 8FB Tel: 07736 225 035 dave@woodlandsurvivalcrafts.com www.woodlandsurvivalcrafts.com Quality Bushcraft courses for adults, families and schools. Approved training for outdoor professionals. Courses held at Spring Wood, Staunton Harold Estate. Opening Times and admission: Telephone or see website for details.

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Money Hill Farm, Stretton en le Field Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 8AE Tel: 01283 762 248 or 07711 496 532 robert@forest4wd.co.uk www.forest4wd.co.uk

WOODLAND WAYS LTD Bushcraft & survival courses held on the beautiful Catton Hall Estate in Derbyshire Tel: 07843 064 114 jason@woodland-ways.co.uk www.woodland-ways.co.uk Fun, practical bushcraft & survival courses covering shelter building, water collection, filtration and purification, fire lighting, tracking, wild food preparation, natural navigation and more! Please see website for our course details and outdoor equipment sales. Team Building and Corporate. School Visits.

Fun at 5mph. Off road instruction either in our Land Rover or your own vehicle. Learn how to tackle humps, hollows, side-slopes, water, mud and ruts. Opening times: 9am – 5pm all year round including weekends and leisure holidays. Admission: Dependent upon instruction taken.

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GREENWOOD DAYS Ferrers Centre, Staunton Harold, Leicestershire LE65 1RU Tel: 01332 864 529 courses@greenwooddays.co.uk www.greenwooddays.co.uk

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LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL COUNTRY PARKS SERVICES: VOLUNTEERING Various sites in Leicestershire Tel: 0116 305 7937 chris.conway@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk/country_parks_volunteering.htm

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SWADLINCOTE SKI AND SNOWBOARD CENTRE John Nike Leisuresport Ltd, Sir Herbert Wragg Way Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 8LP Tel: 01283 217 200 jnl-swadlincote@nikegroup.co.uk www.jnlswadlincote.co.uk Come and experience the thrill of winter sports whatever the time of year. Ski or snowboard on Perma-Snow the revolutionary ski surface featuring a slope misting system, whizz down in a toboggan or sno-tube or try our new Viper Slide. Opening Times: Open 363 days a year, telephone for times. Admission: Telephone for details. Bus Route: 218 from Leicester, 9A from Burton.

ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH MUSEUM North Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1HU Tel: 01530 560 090 www.ashbydelazouchmuseum.org.uk County Museum of the year 2007 and 2010. Displays on Ashby and surrounding villages. Temporary exhibitions. Large local archive. Excellent research facilities. Education Officer – schools/groups welcomed. Town walks arranged. Community room for hire. Opening Times: Mon – Fri 11am – 1pm; 2pm – 4pm. Sat 10am – 4pm. Admission: Adult £1, Concession 50p, Child 50p.

Would you like to help our Rangers to carry out a fun and exciting programme of practical conservation tasks? Join our various volunteer groups working throughout the year across Leicestershire.

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South Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1BR Tel: 01530 413 343 www.english-heritage.org.uk Tour the impressive ruins of this grand medieval manor house set in extensive grounds. Explore the secret kitchen tunnel used during the siege, climb the 24 metre-high Hastings Tower and enjoy superb views over the surrounding countryside. Opening Times: Please contact for details. Admission: Please contact for details.

Traditional crafts courses in an idyllic woodland setting. Courses for all ages and abilities lasting 1 – 10 days include chair making, willow basketry and sculpture, longbow making, coracles and more. Birthday and corporate events a speciality. Family days and individual tuition available. Opening Times: Set courses run from Apr – Oct other courses and events bookable throughout the year. Admission: Contact for details. Advance booking essential. Bus Route: 60 & 61.

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BATTLEFIELD LINE RAILWAY Shackerstone Station, Shackerstone Leicestershire CV13 6NW Tel: 01827 880 754 enquiries@battlefieldline.co.uk www.battlefieldline.co.uk Trains run between Shackerstone, Market Bosworth and Shenton Stations. There is a café at all three stations and a gift shop and museum at Shackerstone. Regular special events throughout the year. Opening Times: Mar – Nov: Weekends and Bank Holidays plus Tues & Wed Jul – Aug. Santa Trains Dec.

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BOSWORTH BATTLEFIELD HERITAGE CENTRE Sutton Cheney CV13 0AD Tel: 01455 290 429 bosworth@leics.gov.uk www.bosworthbattlefield.com

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22nd August 1485 a battle rages, King Richard III is defeated, Henry is crowned and the Tudor dynasty is born. Visit the award-winning exhibition and follow the King into battle, walk the Bosworth trail or simply enjoy a coffee in the medieval Tithe Barn restaurant. Please visit website for current opening times and admission prices.

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CALKE ABBEY Ticknall, Derbyshire DE73 7LE Tel: 01332 863 822 calkeabbey@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke

CATTON HALL Catton, Walton on Trent, South Derbyshire DE12 8LN Tel: 01283 716 311 estateoffice@catton-hall.com www.catton-hall.com

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CLAYMILLS VICTORIAN PUMPING STATION Meadow Lane, Stretton, Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE13 0DA Tel: 01283 509 929 www.claymills.org.uk

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DONINGTON LE HEATH MANOR HOUSE The Manor House Museum, Manor Road, Coalville Leicestershire LE67 2FW Tel: 01530 831 259 dlhmanorhouse@leics.gov.uk www.leics.gov.uk/donington

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GRACE DIEU PRIORY Off A512 between Shepshed and Thringstone Tel: 01530 223 201 davidwhitt@bernay.demon.co.uk www.gracedieupriory.org.uk Augustinian nunnery, founded 1239 – 41 by Roesia de Verdon. Ruined but recently conserved. On A512 Ashby – Loughborough Road. Presentations, guided and ghost walks by appointment. Circular walk over stepping stones. Parking at nearby Bulls Head PH. Opening Times: Daily dawn until dusk. Admission: Free.

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MARSTON’S BREWERY Shobnall Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 2BG Tel: 01283 507 391 meryl.jackson@marstons.co.uk www.marstonsbeercompany.co.uk www.classicales.co.uk

MELBOURNE HALL AND GARDENS Church Square, Melbourne, Derbyshire DE73 8EN Tel: 01332 862 502 melbhall@globalnet.co.uk www.melbournehall.com Once the home of Victorian Prime Minister, William Lamb, who as second Viscount Melbourne gave his name to the Australian city. This historic house and garden is now home to Lord and Lady Ralph Kerr and their family. Opening Times: Hall & Garden – Every afternoon in Aug except first 3 Mons: 2pm – last entry 4.15pm. Garden – Apr – Sept: Wed, Sat, Sun & Bank Hol Mon 1.30pm – 5.30pm. Admissions: Hall & Gardens: Adults £6.50, Child £4.50, Concessions £5.50, Families £17.50. Gardens: Adults £4.50, Child £3.50, Concessions £3.50, Families £12.50.

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MOIRA FURNACE Furnace Lane, Moira, Derbyshire DE12 6AT Tel: 01283 224 667 or 07976 637 858 moirafurnace@hotmail.co.uk www.moirafurnace.org A blast from the past. A 19th Century blast furnace, canal and barge trips, craft village, country park and children’s play area. Children's parties available. Accredited Museum. Opening Times: Easter – Oct: Tues – Fri 1pm – 3pm, Sat – Sun 11am – 3pm (Bank Hol Mons & School Holidays – extended times). Groups welcome all year – call for details. Fishing day rates £5 per person. Admission: Museum: Adults £2, Concessions £1. Guided tours £3. Boat: Adults £3.50, Child £2.50, Family £10 (2 adults, 2 children).

Visit this lovely 13th Century manor house and enjoy the 17th Century garden and woodland walks. Join us for high quality re-enactment and hands-on events to find out more about living in Medieval, Tudor and Stuart times. Assistance dogs only. Please visit website for current opening times and admission prices.

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Derby, Derbyshire DE22 5JH Tel: 01332 842 191 kedlestonhall@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk/Kedleston

Tour the only working brewery in the world still brewing cask beer using the traditional Burton Union method. A guided tour includes the Victorian brewhouse, Burton Unions and bottling line. Opening Times and Admission: Tours and refreshments available by prior appointment from £7.50 per person.

Claymills has four large beam engines two working, five Lancashire boilers, steam powered engineering workshops with blacksmith's forge and steam hammer, early steam powered dynamo house and twenty other stationary steam engines. All engines are original to the pumping station. Opening Times: Every Thurs & Sat: 10am – 5pm. Phone or see website for steaming dates. Admission: Steaming days: Adults £5, Concessions £4, Child £2, Family £12. Non-steaming days: By donation.

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Take a trip back in time to the 1760s when wealth and power enabled the creation of this outstanding 18th Century classical hall and beautiful landscaped park. Opening Times: Mar – Oct. Admission: Adults: £9.90 Child: £4.40 Family: £24.80. Admission price includes voluntary gift aid donation. National Trust members free. Bus Route: Arriva 109 Derby – Ashbourne.

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

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Great Central Road, Loughborough Leicestershire LE11 1RW Tel: 01509 632 323 www.gcrailway.co.uk Relive the romance of the railways with a trip on our heritage trains. Explore period stations, steam engines and enjoy on board refreshments as Charnwood’s countryside unfolds past your window. Also, enjoy luxury 1st class dining trains! Opening Times: Trains run every weekend plus selected weekdays in the summer.

With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of the country house estate. Explore this fascinating house, the beautiful walled garden and Calke Park and National Nature Reserve. Opening Times: 23 Feb – 3 Nov: House: Sat – Wed 12.30pm – 5pm Garden: Daily 10am – 5pm. Restaurant & Shop: Daily 10am – 5pm. Nov – Feb: 10.30am – 4pm. Park & NNR: Daily 7.30am – 7.30pm (dusk if earlier). Closed 25 Dec.

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NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR Tel: 01283 792 333 info@thenma.org.uk www.thenma.org.uk The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance. Sited in the heart of the Nation, with 50,000 maturing trees and over 220 memorials, including the iconic Armed Forces Memorial. Opening Times: Daily 9am – 5pm (dusk in winter months). Admission: Free but small car park charges apply.


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Castle Donington Museum Open: Easter – Sept: Sat 9.30am – 12noon, Sun and Bank Hol Mon 2pm – 4.30pm or by arrangement.

Tel: 01332 811 944 or 01332 812 711 www.castledoningtonmuseum.org.uk Diseworth Heritage Centre Tel: 01332 814 514 or 07785 393 578 www.diseworthcentre.org Sir John Moore Heritage Centre

Open: Dawn 'til dusk.

Open: by appointment.

Tel: 01530 223 201 www.gracedieupriory.org.uk

Tel: 01530 273 629 www.sirjohnmoore.org.uk

Kegworth Museum

Swannington Heritage Trust Mill

Open: Easter – Sept: Sat 10am – 1pm, Sun & Bank Hols 1pm – 4pm and by arrangement for groups.

Tel: 01509 670 137 www.kegworthmuseum.org.uk Measham Museum

Tel: 01530 222 330 www.swannington-heritage.co.uk

Tel: 01530 270 629 www.meashammuseum.btck.co.uk

Tel: 01509 556 793 www.whitwickhistoricalgroup.org.uk

SHARPE'S POTTERY MUSEUM West Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 9DG Tel: 01283 222 600 sharpespotterymuseum@hotmail.co.uk www.sharpespotterymuseum.org.uk

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Explore the original pottery site, exhibits of South Derbyshire’s internationally important pottery and The National Forest story. Visit the Tourist Information Centre, coffee shop, gift shop, playzone and activities for all. Opening Times: Museum & TIC – Mon – Sat 10am – 4.30pm. Coffee Shop – Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm. Museum, TIC and Coffee Shop – Bank Hol Mons 10am – 3pm. Closed Christmas and New year. Admission: Free. Group Tours including refreshments: £5 per person.

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SUDBURY HALL AND THE NATIONAL TRUST MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD Sudbury, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 5HT Tel: 01283 585 305 sudburyhall@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sudburyhall

Rawdon Road, Moira, Nr Ashby de la Zouch Derbyshire DE12 6GA Tel: 01283 216 633 info@visitconkers.com www.visitconkers.com

CRACKPOTZ CERAMIC CAFE 57 Main Street, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AE Tel: 01283 792 666 info@crackpotz.co.uk www.crackpotz.co.uk We're about pottery painting and great tea and coffee, both available separately, best served together. Our idea? Stop, relax, be creative and enjoy good company – ours! Opening Times: Tues – Sat from 10am. Closing from 5pm up to 6pm for painters. Sundays by arrangement for groups and parties. Admission: £3.50 per painter.

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Not just a grand 17th Century family home, but also a prize-winning museum to bring out the child in you. There is something here for all the family. Opening Times: Hall: 16 Feb – 3 Nov: Wed – Sun, 1pm – 5pm. Museum, Shops and Tea Room: 16 Feb – 31 Mar: Wed – Sun, 11am – 5pm. 2 Apr – 3 Nov: daily, 11am – 5pm. Admission: Hall: Adult £8.50, Child £4.25, Family £21.25. Museum: Adult £8.50, Child £4.25, Family £21.25. Hall & Museum: Adult £15, Child £7.50, Family £37.50. Under 5s free.

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CONKERS

Explore 120 acres of forest along with adventure play, assault course, barefoot walk, picnic areas, the Fairy Labyrinth and railway. Indoors discover the Enchanted Forest play area, interactive exhibits and cafes. New for 2013 – the Forest Dwellers return. Free car parking. Opening Times: Summer: 10am – 6pm. Winter: 10am – 5pm. Closed 25 & 26 Dec. Admission: Family (2 adults + 2 children) £28.95.

Whitwick Historical Group Resource Centre Open: Tue 7pm – 9pm and Sat 10am – 12noon.

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Open: Apr – Sept: Sun and Bank Hols 2pm – 5pm.

Open: Tue 10am – 12noon and 2pm – 4pm, Thurs 2pm – 4pm, Sat 10am – 12noon and 2pm – 4pm and by arrangement for groups.

Dovecliff Road, Rolleston on Dove, Staffordshire DE13 9AU Tel: 0300 777 1520 rolleston@bluecross.org.uk www.bluecross.org.uk Rehabilitation, rehoming and education. The centre is open to the general public to come and visit the horses and ponies in our care and learn more about the work we do. Opening Times: Wed, Thurs, Sat & Sun 12noon – 4pm and Bank Hols (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day). Wed 12noon – 7pm during summer time. Admission: Free.

Open: Sun 2pm – 4pm.

Grace Dieu Priory

BLUE CROSS, ROLLESTON REHOMING CENTRE, HILDA ARCHER SANCTUARY

NATIONAL FOREST ADVENTURE FARM Postern House Farm, Postern Road, Tatenhill Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE13 9SJ Tel: 01283 533 933 info@adventurefarm.co.uk www.adventurefarm.co.uk A day of adventure awaits at the National Forest Adventure Farm whatever the weather. Animal encounters, tractor trailer ride, pig racing, outdoor and indoor play zones, café. Summer Maize Maze. Opening Times: Daily 10am – 6pm. Closed 25 & 26 Dec and 1 Jan. Admission: Please see website for prices.

THE NATIONAL BREWERY CENTRE Horninglow Street, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1NG Tel: 01283 532 880 info@nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk www.nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk

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The ‘Brewing Experience’ includes large elements of the original Bass Museum and celebrates the social history and development of brewing. Learn how Burton’s world-renowned brewing reputation was built. Prices include a guided tour. Opening Times: Daily (except 25 & 26 Dec): 10am – 5pm. Admission: Adult £8.95, Child (3 – 16 yrs) £4.95, Concessions £7.95, Family £21.95 (up to 5 persons, max 2 adults).

ROSLISTON FORESTRY CENTRE Burton Road, Rosliston, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 8JX Tel: 01283 563 483 enquiries@roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk www.roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk Woodland walks, indoor and outdoor play, cycle hire, fishing, gift shop and restaurant – there's something for everyone at Rosliston Forestry Centre. There are Education Programmes, Birds of Prey, Archery, Woodland Laser and Laser Clay shooting (pre-booking necessary). Opening Times: All year. Admission: Free. Car Park charges apply: 80p up to 1 hour, £2 all day. Annual pass £20. Bus Route: Arriva No 813 from Burton upon Trent to Tamworth Mon – Sat and Midland classic No 22 from Burton upon Trent to Swadlincote.

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BEEHIVE FARM WOODLAND LAKES Rosliston, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 8HZ Tel: 01283 763 981 info@beehivefarm-woodlandlakes.co.uk www.beehivefarm-woodlandlakes.co.uk Enjoy 66 acres of this attractive woodland site including wildlife area, fishing lakes, small animal farm with petting area, children’s play area, large sand-pit and gift shop. Caravan, camping and tea room also on site. Opening Times: Woodland: All year: daily. Farm: Easter – end Oct: daily. Oct – Easter: Weds – Sun. Tea room: Call 01283 763 980 for details. Admission: Free car parking and access to woodland. Small admission fee to farm and picnic area.

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SNIBSTON Ashby Road, Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 3LN Tel: 01530 278 444 snibston@leics.gov.uk www.snibston.com Discover 500 years of technological innovation and its impact on our lives at this award-winning interactive museum. From the earliest mining tools, proto-type jet engine to the largest fashion display outside London – there is plenty to explore. Assistance dogs only. Opening Times: Apr – Oct: Daily 10am – 5pm. Nov – Mar: Mon – Fri 10am – 3pm, Sat – Sun & school holidays 10am – 5pm. Admission: Please see website for prices.

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STONEHURST FAMILY FARM & MUSEUM Loughborough Road, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire LE12 7AR Tel: 01509 413 216 oink@stonehurstfarm.co.uk www.stonehurstfarm.co.uk

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Enjoyment for the whole family. Meet friendly farmyard animals, activity areas, playbarn, pony rides and free tractor rides. Excellent home cooking in tea shop. Impressive collection of vintage vehicles and memorabilia. Opening Times: Daily 9.30am – 5pm. Closed 25 December – 2 January. Admission: Adults £4.95, Concessions £4.95, Child £3.95, Family £16 (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children).

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TROPICAL BIRDLAND Lindridge Lane, Desford, Leicestershire LE9 9GN Tel: 01455 824 603 rhopper@tropbird.demon.co.uk www.tropicalbirdland.com

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BYRKLEY GARDEN CENTRE Rangemore, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE13 9RN Tel: 01283 716 467 byrkley@klondyke.co.uk www.strikes.co.uk Byrkley Garden Centre is a great place for the whole family with plenty to see and do in one of the region's most stylish shopping destinations. Our Seasons and Garden Room Restaurants serve British food at its best! Opening Times: Mon – Sat: 9am – 5.30pm. Sun: 10.30am – 4.30pm. Admission: Free.

TWYCROSS ZOO Burton Road, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3PX Tel: 0844 474 1777 www.twycrosszoo.org

Barton under Needwood, Burton upon Trent DE13 8DZ Tel: 01283 711 500 enquiries@bartonmarina.co.uk www.bartonmarina.co.uk Superb waterside destination with pub/restaurant, 13 retail shops, lakes, fishery, nature walk, garden centre and boat marina. The Waterfront Pub and restaurant is open every day including Christmas Day. Shops open every day except Christmas Day. All open 10am – 4.30pm. Admission: Free.

Walk around acres of woodland filled with large aviaries full of tropical birds. Many of our birds are free to roam and fly so they will probably land on you! Opening Times: Daily 10am – 5pm. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. Admission: Adults £6.50, Concessions £4.50, Child £4.50. Bus Route: 153 Arriva from Leicester.

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See wild animals from across the world at Twycross Zoo, the centre for conservation, education … and fun! 50 acres of parkland housing nearly 1000 animals, mainly rare and endangered species. Opening Times: Daily except Christmas Day. Summer: 10am – 5.30pm. Winter: 10am – 4pm. Admission: Please refer to website or contact 0844 474 1777. Bus Route: Number 7 – from Ashby de la Zouch to Nuneaton.

FERRERS CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CRAFTS Melbourne Road, Staunton Harold, Ashby de la Zouch Leicestershire LE65 1RU Tel: 01332 864 863 www.ferrerscentre.co.uk Traditional skills mix harmoniously alongside more contemporary studios. Within a stunning Georgian courtyard the Ferrers Centre offers a unique visitor experience. Workshops, studios, gallery, deli, tearoom, commissions, exhibitions, walks, National Trust Church. Opening Times: Tues – Sun and Bank Hol Mon 11am – 5pm. Admission: Free. Parking charges apply at weekends and on bank holidays.

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Mercia Marina, Findern Lane, Willington Derbyshire, DE65 6DW Tel: 07922 573 023 boattrips@mail.com

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Findern Lane, Willington, Derbyshire DE65 6DW Tel: 01283 703 332 info@merciamarina.co.uk www.merciamarina.co.uk

SHORTHEATH FISHERY Shortheath Water, Shortheath Road, Moira, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 6BW Tel: 01283 763 777 info@shortheathwater.co.uk www.shortheathwater.co.uk Well stocked 24 peg lake. Carp (up to 25lb+) many other coarse fish. Toilet facilities (inc. disabled) and disabled pegs. Lakeside licensed bistro and Lakeview Lodge self catering accommodation on site. 3 miles from M42/Ashby de la Zouch. Opening Times: Summer 6am – 9pm. Winter Dawn til Dusk. Admission: Adults £6 per day, Children/Concessions £5 per day.

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PLANTERS AT BRETBY Bretby Lane, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE15 0QS Tel: 01283 703 355 info@plantersatbretby.com www.plantersatbretby.com For good food, quality plants, healthy fish, beautiful gifts and spectacular Christmas decorations no one beats Planters at Bretby. Opening Times: Mon – Sat 9am – 6pm (Thurs 9am – 8pm), Sun 10.30am – 4.30pm. Closed Easter Sunday, Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Breath-taking waterside destination in the heart of the Midlands. Visit this wildlife wonderland that boasts boat hire companies, trip boat, café/restaurant, shop and waterside holiday lodges. Landmark gastro pub and shopping complex planned for 2013. Opening Times: Marina Office – Daily 9am – 5.30pm. Willow Tree Tea Rooms – Daily 9am – 5pm. Still Waters Shop – Daily 8.30am – 6pm. Trip boat runs throughout the summer months.

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Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts, Staunton Harold Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1RU Tel: 01332 863 337 info@ferrersgallery.co.uk www.ferrersgallery.co.uk The multi award-winning Ferrers Gallery showcases the best in British craftsmanship. Over 3 floors you will find cards, jewellery, textiles, glass, ceramics, metalwork and paintings. Surrounded by stunning scenery the gallery is adjacent to Staunton Harold Hall, lake and church. Opening Times: Tues – Sun and Bank Hols 11am – 5pm. Admission: Free.

Canal boat trips along the Trent and Mersey Canal from Mercia Marina, Willington to various destinations between Swarkestone and Burton. Charter and parties welcomed. Opening Times: Please telephone for details. Admission: Charges vary accordingly starting from £3 per person. Please telephone for details.

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THE OCTAGON SHOPPING CENTRE New Street, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 3TN Tel: 01283 515 000 www.theoctagoncentre.co.uk The Octagon Shopping Centre can be found in the heart of Burton upon Trent. Boasting a range of high street and independent shops, The Octagon is a unique shopping experience. Opening Times: Mon – Sat 9am – 5.30pm, Sun 10am – 4.30pm.


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BETTY’S FARM AND SHOP Betty’s Farm, Castle Way, Willington, Derbyshire DE65 6BW Tel: 01283 499 346 or 07917 186 393 info@bettysfarm.co.uk www.bettysfarm.co.uk We are a commercial free range chicken farm with a farm shop which sells local produce. We hold regular family events. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more information. Opening Times: Tue – Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 4pm.

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BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATES @The Three Horseshoes Inn and Chocolate Shop 44-46 Main Street, Breedon on the Hill, Derby DE73 8AN Tel: 07968 163 706 sales@bittersweetchocolates.co.uk www.bittersweetchocolates.co.uk 'Chocolate Heaven' workshops, have fun learning to make 25 fresh cream truffles and design and make solid chocolates, guided by award winning chocolatiers. Take home everything you make. Unlimited chocolate fondue. Gift vouchers available online. Call or email for workshop dates.

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HELEN’S BAKEHOUSE AND TEAROOM 15/16 Market Place, Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE14 1HA Tel: 01283 510985 helweat@aol.co.uk Vintage style tearoom in warm and welcoming setting. Large range of cakes and pastries baked on the premises, and fresh bread all available to take away. Celebration cakes. Sugarcraft supplies. Opening Times: Mon – Sat 8am – 4pm. Sun Closed.

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LAKESIDE BISTRO Shortheath Water, Shortheath Road, Moira Derbyshire DE12 6BW Tel: 01283 763 777 info@shortheathwater.co.uk www.shortheathwater.co.uk Family-run licensed bistro peacefully situated overlooking the lake. Breakfasts, coffees, lunch and cream teas. Homemade blackboard specials and puddings. Steaks, fresh fish and Chef’s specials served Fri and Sat evenings. Booking advisable. Opening times: Tues – Sun 9.30am – 4pm (Winter 3pm), Fri & Sat evening 6.30pm – 9pm, Sun lunch 12noon – 2pm.

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THE CATTOWS FARM SHOP AND TEA ROOM Cattows Farm, Swepstone Road, Heather Leicestershire LE67 2RF Tel: 01530 264 200 james@cattowsfarm.co.uk www.thecattowsfarmshop.co.uk Set on a working farm amongst 100 acres of National Forest woodland, we offer home grown, local and regional produce. Fresh asparagus from May. PYO soft fruit mid June. Superb tearoom. Annual music festival featuring national & international artists: www.strawberryfieldsfestival.co.uk Opening Times: Please contact for details.

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THE SHOULDER OF MUTTON Chapel Street, Oakthorpe, Measham DE12 7QT Tel: 01530 270 436 www.scragfolk.co.uk

DOGS WELCOME Knowing where you can take your dog is sometimes quite tricky. Our handy factsheet lists all ‘dog friendly’ sites as well as local kennels that offer day-boarding, letting you explore with peace of mind.

FOREST WEDDINGS Whether you want a casual, formal or romantic affair, the National Forest & Beyond makes a great central location to get wed. From grand houses drenched in history to romantic wooded glades, our factsheet lists the lovely licensed venues.

FOR A COPY OF THESE FACTSHEETS INCLUDING DETAILS OF GROUP ACCOMMODATION CONTACT OUR FRIENDLY TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES (SEE PAGE 3)

Friendly village pub open Mon – Sat 12noon – 11pm, Sun 12noon – 4pm and 7pm – 10.30pm. Excellent reasonably priced 40-seater restaurant open 12noon – 2pm Tues – Sun and 6pm – 9pm Tues – Sat evenings. Folk Club 1st and 3rd Sun monthly. Well kept ales. Walkers welcome.

DISCOUNT VOUCHERS, EVENTS AND MUCH MORE ON

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Events, fairs & festivals THIS LISTING SHOWS JUST THE MAJOR EVENTS HAPPENING ACROSS THE AREA THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. FOR A FULL LIST OF EVENTS LOG ON TO THE WEBSITE WWW.VISITNATIONALFOREST.CO.UK/EVENTS OR CONTACT THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES (SEE PAGE 3). FEBRUARY

JUNE

Dimminsdale Snowdrops, nr Staunton Harold Reservoir, 01530 836 809

Throughout the summer many villages and towns have brilliant open garden events. For more information contact the Tourist Information Centres (page 3).

3 Xtreme Challenge 10K X-country event, www.kpevents.net

Pictures L-R: The Green Man at the National Forest Wood Fair, Calke Abbey Fine Food Fair, Uttoxeter Racecourse, Festival of Fireworks

MARCH

8 Fake Festival, Ashby de la Zouch, www.fakefestivals.co.uk

14-16 CAMRA Beer Festival, Burton upon Trent, www.burtoncamra.org.uk

14-16 Download Festival, Castle Donington, www.downloadfestival.co.uk

15-17 The Conservation Volunteers Natural Break, www.tcv.org.uk

22 Heart of the Forest Festival, Measham, www.heartoftheforest.co.uk

16 Midlands Grand National, Uttoxeter Racecourse, www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk

23 Derbyshire County Show, Elvaston Castle, www.derbyshirecountyshow.org.uk

18-7 April 2020VISION Outdoor Exhibition, Swadlincote, www.nationalforest.org/2020vision

29 Xstatic Summer Festival, Catton Hall, www.xstaticfestival.co.uk

29, 1 April Swadlincote Ski Centre Easter Extravaganza, www.jnlswadlincote.co.uk

29-30 Festival of Leisure, Swadlincote, www.south-derbys.gov.uk

31-1 April Claymills Easter Steaming Event, www.claymills.org.uk

JULY

APRIL

Maize Maze opens, National Forest Adventure Farm, www.adventurefarm.co.uk

10-29 2020VISION Exhibition, Calke Abbey, www.nationalforest.org/2020vision

5-7 National Forest Folk Festival, CONKERS, www.affc.demon.co.uk

12, 26 (+ more dates) Great Central Railway Murder Mystery, www.gcrailway.co.uk

13-14 Burton Regatta, www.burtonregatta.co.uk

13-12 May, Bluebell Woods, Yoxall Lodge, www.bluebellwoodsyoxall.co.uk

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14 Ashby Show, Heather, www.ashbyshow.com 21 Derbyshire Royal British Legion 2013 County Show, Stanton’s Wood, 01283 222 848

13-14 BASC Game Fair, Catton Hall, www.bascgamekeepersfair.co.uk

26-28 Heather Music Festival, 01530 264 423

28 Calke Abbey Fine Food Fair, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey

27 Burton Washlands Parade and Beer Festival, www.washlandsfestivalburton.co.uk

MAY

28-4 August Heather Scarecrow Festival, 01530 411 767

5 Classic Car Show, Catton Hall, www.transtarpromotions.com

July to August Summer Nights Film Festival, www.derbyquad.co.uk/summernights

5-7 Willington Arts Festival, www.willingtonartsfestival.co.uk

AUGUST

18-30 National Forest Walking Festival, www.thenationalforestwalkingfestival.org.uk

3 Agrilympics, National Forest Adventure Farm, www.adventurefarm.co.uk

18-19 Moira Canal Festival, Moira Furnace, www.moiracanalfestival.co.uk

4 Calke Abbey Fine Food Fair, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey

18-19 Derbyshire Food & Drink Festival, Elvaston Castle, www.derbyshirefoodfestival.co.uk

8-11 Bloodstock Open Air Festival, Catton Park, www.bloodstock.uk.com

25-8 June Ashby Festival Fortnight, www.ashbyartsfestival.co.uk

9-11 Strawberry Fields Festival, Heather, www.strawberryfieldsfestival.co.uk

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16-18 Moira Furnace Folk Festival, www.moirafurnacefolkfestival.co.uk 17-18 Bosworth Battlefield Anniversary Weekend, www.bosworthbattlefield.com 26 National Forest Wood Fair, Beacon Hill Country Park, www.nationalforestwoodfair.co.uk

Don’t miss these!

National Forest Folk Festival 5-7 July

Set within Conkers’ covered amphitheatre beside a pretty lake and surrounded by woodland, the festival always has an impressive line-up. www.affc.demon.co.uk

Summer Nights Film Festival

WELL DRESSINGS See the spectacular colours and pictures created from petals and plants as part of the ancient custom of well dressing between May and July at Etwall, Mayfield and Aston on Trent. Contact the Tourist Information Centres for specific dates.

July-September

SEPTEMBER 7 Festival of Fireworks, Catton Hall, www.jubileefireworks.com 9 Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, www.abbotsbromley.com/horn_dance 12-15 Heritage Open Days, various locations, www.heritageopendays.org.uk 13-17 Ashby Statutes Fair, 01530 411 767 13-29 Melbourne Festival, www.melbournefestival.co.uk 15 National Forest 10K, www.visitnationalforest.co.uk/10k 21 Beer Festival & International Barrel Rolling Championships, National Brewery Centre, www.nationalbrewerycentre.co.uk. 21-22 Woodland Festival, Elvaston Castle

QUAD, Derby’s centre for art and film, is bringing some brilliant classic and contemporary films to The National Forest this summer. Visit the website for dates. www.derbyquad.co.uk/ summernights

Help solve the murder on one of Great Central Railway’s Murder Mystery Nights.

Pick from 14 dates throughout March to October.

JOIN IN THE BIGGEST EVER NATIONAL FOREST WALKING FESTIVAL! The best way to see the Forest is on foot. So why not join us on The National Forest Walking Festival (18-30 May). For more information, a festival programme or to book a Walking Festival Short Break visit the website www.thenationalforestwalking festival.org.uk

OCTOBER 7 Burton upon Trent Statutes Fair, 01283 508 844 18-2 November Screamfest, National Forest Adventure Farm, www.adventurefarm.co.uk 27 Calke Abbey Fine Food Fair, www.nationaltrust.org.uk/calke-abbey

NOVEMBER & DECEMBER For details of Bonfire and Firework Spectaculars, Christmas fairs, carols by candlelight and Santa specials contact the Tourist Information Centres.

GET THE INSIDER KNOWLEDGE See www.gcrailway.co.uk for dates.

LOG ON TO WWW.VISITNATIONALFOREST.CO.UK OR CONTACT THE TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRES FOR A FULL LISTING OF EVENTS ACROSS THE AREA.

Our friendly Tourist Information Centres are brilliant for finding out ‘what’s on’ during your stay – what’s ‘not to be missed’, evening entertainment, off the beaten track suggestions for walks, where you can take your dog or what guided walks are happening across the area. They can even book accommodation for you. For contact details see page 3.

Loads more events & discount vouchers on www.visitnationalforest.co.uk

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Book a break!

Where to stay

Relax in one of our cosy village pubs, a friendly guesthouse or comfortable hotel. Or perhaps you would prefer the camaraderie of a campsite or the luxury of a pampering health spa. The accommodation featured in this guide has been inspected by one of the rating authorities, VisitBritain or the AA, as part of the National Quality Assessment Scheme or The National Forest & Beyond Approved Visitor Accommodation Scheme.

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FERNE COTTAGE 5 Black Horse Hill, Appleby Magna, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 7AQ Tel: 01530 271 772 gbirdapplebymag@gmail.com www.fernecottage.co.uk

Bedrooms: 1 S, 1 D, 1 T. Price per person per night from £30 – £40. 18th Century cottage. Homely, friendly and comfortable accommodation in historic village ½ mile from Junction 11 M42/A42 . Will do ‘put-ups’ in double room for family.

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The star ratings reflect the overall quality of the experience. Gradings may change during the lifetime of this guide. Some hotels in this guide are also inspected through the chain’s approved system. Please go to www.visitnationalforest.co.uk for more information on the quality standard schemes.

MEASHAM HOUSE FARM

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Gallows Lane, Measham, Derbyshire DE12 7HD Tel: 01530 270 465 dilovett@meashamhouse.co.uk www.meashamhouse.co.uk Bedrooms: 1 T (En), 2 F (En). Price per person per night from £40 – £45. A very warm welcome awaits you at Measham House Farm B&B, caravan & campsite (15 pitches from £14 per night). A grade II Georgian farmhouse on a 600 acre working farm run by John & Di Lovett.

HOW TO BOOK You can book your accommodation directly or through the Tourist Information Centres (TICs) who can give you more information on the quality inspection schemes:

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ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH, 01530 411 767 SWADLINCOTE, 01283 222 848

SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION

YOUTH HOSTEL

CAMPING & CARAVANNING

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Station Road, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 2GP Tel: 01530 412 833 reservations@royalhotelashby.com www.royalhotelashby.com Bedrooms: 5 S (En), 18 D (En), 7 T (En), 4 F (En). Price per person per night from £35 – £75. A charming Grade II Regency style listed building set in beautiful landscaped gardens. An ideal venue for any occasion, weddings, conferences and all celebrations catered for. Licenced for civil ceremonies. Open to non-residents.

COLOUR KEY HOTELS & GUEST ACCOMMODATION

THE ROYAL HOTEL

BURTON UPON TRENT

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HAMPTON BY HILTON AT ST GEORGE’S PARK Newborough Road, Needwood, Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE13 9PD Tel: 01283 244 888 stgeorgespark.events@hilton.com www.stgeorgespark.hamptonbyhilton.com Bedrooms: 60 D (En), 26 T (En). This countryside retreat is uniquely located at the heart of English Football. Offering cosy guest rooms and a relaxed atmosphere, it is the perfect choice for individuals, groups and families.

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HILTON AT ST GEORGE’S PARK Newborough Road, Needwood, Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE13 9PD Tel: 01283 240 444 stgeorgespark.events@hilton.com www.stgeorgespark.hilton.com Bedrooms: 89 D (En), 53 T (En). Located at the home of English Football, The Hilton boasts stylish guest rooms, exceptional cuisine and a luxurious health club and spa – the perfect choice for a special countryside getaway.

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MERCURE BURTON UPON TRENT NEWTON PARK HOTEL hhhhCountry House Hotel – Breakfast Award Newton Solney, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE15 0SS Tel: 0844 815 9018 sales.mercureburtonupontrent@jupiterhotels.co.uk www.mercure.com Bedrooms: 5 S (En), 25 D (En), 17 T (En), 3 F (En). Price per person per night from £71 – £150. Set in 8 acres of landscaped grounds and gardens and formally a private residence, this beautiful hotel is located in the picturesque village of Newton Solney on the edge of The National Forest. Quote NP2013 and get a free bottle of wine with your stay.

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THREE QUEENS LODGE

Budget Hotel

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Bridge Street, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1SY Tel: 0845 230 1334 info@threequeenslodge.co.uk www.threequeenslodge.co.uk

Herald Way, Pegasus Business Park, Derby DE74 2TZ Tel: 01509 670 575 info.eastmidlandsairport@radissonblu.com www.radissonblu.co.uk/hotel-eastmidlandsairport

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Bedrooms: 168 D (En), 50 T (En). Price per person per night from £44.50 – £74.50. (including breakfast). Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport offers stylish rooms and a first-class conference centre. Extensive dining options, excellent leisure facilities making it the preferred place to stay for business and leisure guests. Interconnecting rooms on request.

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RAVENSTONE GUEST HOUSE

Kings Mills, Castle Donington, Derby DE74 2RR Tel: 01332 810 649 thepriesthouse@handpicked.co.uk www.handpickedhotels.co.uk Bedrooms: 4 S (En), 31 D (En), 3 T (En), 4 F (En). Price per person per night from £45 – £160. This tranquil country house hotel, perched on the banks of the River Trent, is set in its own forty two acres of woodland, meadow and gardens, with elegant contemporary surroundings.

Bedrooms: 2 D (En), 1 T (En), 1 F (En). Price per person per night from £35 – £40. Here we offer “designed ambience for the discerning guest”. The finest local foods. Award-winning breakfasts. Private parking. Arranged meals. Business/leisure facilities in The National Forest. Free internet connection. Packed lunch available. Walkers and cyclists welcome.

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The Courtyard, 120 High Street, Ibstock Leicestershire LE67 6LJ Tel: 01530 261 610 posthousebandb@hotmail.co.uk www.posthousebandbibstock.co.uk

HOTELS & GUEST ACCOMMODATION

WISTERIA LODGE C/o Holly Cottage, Main Road, Harlaston, Tamworth Staffordshire B79 9JX Tel: 01827 383 007 brassington.ads@btconnect.com www.wisterialodgeuk.co.uk

Bedrooms: 1 D (En), 1 T (En), 1 F (En). Price per person per night from £32.50 – £50. Family run B&B each room tastefully furnished with luxury bedding/towels. Convenient to attractions in The National Forest, close to J13-M42 and J21/22/23-M1. Donington Park, Mallory Park, NEC and Birmingham/EMA Airports.

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NOOK COTTAGE B&B

Number of units: 1. Bedrooms: 1 D. Price per room per night from £50 single occupancy/£70 double occupancy. Spacious newly refurbished, detached ground floor lodge with kitchenette and ensuite, within peaceful garden setting. Near National Memorial Arboretum Alrewas, Catton Hall, Lichfield. Room servicing or self catering optional.

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5 The Nook, Barrow on Trent, Derbyshire DE73 7NA Tel: 01332 702 050 or 07793 057 731 nookcottage@nookcottage.co.uk www.nookcottage.co.uk

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OVERSEALE HOUSE 10 – 14 Acresford Road, Overseal, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 6HX Tel: 01283 763 741 oversealehouse@hotmail.com www.oversealehouse.co.uk

Bedrooms: 1 D (En), 1 T (private bathroom). Price per person per night from £30 – £40. Charming beamed cottage, warm friendly welcome. Ideally located for Rolls-Royce, Royal Derby Hospital, Derby City, South Derbyshire, Calke Abbey, Donington Park, Alton Towers, M1, A50, A38 and East Midlands Airport.

KEGWORTH/CASTLE DONINGTON

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THE PRIEST HOUSE HOTEL

Church Lane Farm, Ravenstone, Coalville Leicestershire LE67 2AE Tel: 01530 810 536 annthorne@ravenstone-guesthouse.co.uk www.ravenstone-guesthouse.co.uk

THE POST HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST

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RADISSON BLU HOTEL EAST MIDLANDS AIRPORT

Bedrooms: 13 D (En), 2 T (En), 9 F (En). Price per room per night from £29.75 – £75. Located within historic building in Burton’s conservation area the Lodge offers ‘no frills’ service and is ideal for families. You enjoy the facilities of the adjoining, award winning Three Queens Hotel.

COALVILLE

HOTELS & GUEST ACCOMMODATION

KEGWORTH/CASTLE DONINGTON

Bedrooms: 2 S, 3 D (2 En), 1 T (En), 1 F (En). Price per person per night from £20 – £35. This rather special beautifully restored George II, Grade 2* family home, 4 miles from M42 (junction 11), is the ideal place to rest, relax and visit local attractions. Helicopter parking. Also two Self Catering units available. Price per unit per week from £180 – £360. Total bedspaces 7.

SWADLINCOTE

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Packington Hill, Kegworth, Derbyshire DE74 2DF Tel: 01509 672 518 info@yewlodgehotel.co.uk www.yewlodgehotel.co.uk

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Bedrooms: 59 D (En), 25 T (En), 22 F (En). Price per person per night from £70 – £190. A family owned hotel part of the Best Western consortium. Superbly appointed executive bedrooms, the award winning Orchard restaurant and Reeds our stunning health club & spa awaits all our guests.

YOUTH HOSTEL

YHA NATIONAL FOREST

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48 Bath Lane, Moira, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 6BD Tel: 01283 229 662 nationalforest@yha.org.uk www.yha.org.uk/nationalforest Bedrooms: 9 D (En), 23 F (En). Price per person per night from £12 – £22. This modern 4 star YHA, next to CONKERS, is ideal for families and groups exploring The National Forest. Family and double rooms available, all en-suite, as well as a self catering kitchen, bar, restaurant and coffee shop.

Disabled parking

Licensed

Suitable for group visits

Self-catering only

Disabled toilets

Licensed for weddings

Swimming pool

Free linen provided

Accepts major credit cards

Evening meals available

Online bookable

Short lets available

Car parking

Free WiFi connection

Open all year

Tea/coffee making facilities in rooms

Children’s play area

Garden/Patio area

Pets by arrangement

Toilets

Children welcome

Ground floor bedrooms

Reductions for children

TV in room

Electric hook-up

Coach parking

Hairdryer in all rooms

Restaurant/Café

Welcome host award

Hot showers

Conference facilities

Ironing facilities

Smoking room(s) available

Wheelchair access

Parking beside caravan

KEY TO SYMBOLS

Washing & drying facilities

Caravan & camping only

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BLITHFIELD LAKESIDE BARNS

St Stephen’s Hill Farm, Admaston, Rugeley Staffordshire WS15 3NQ Tel: 01889 500 234 blithfield.barns@hotmail.co.uk www.blithfieldlakesidebarns.co.uk

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MERCIA MARINA LODGES

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Findern Lane, Willington, Derbyshire DE65 6DW Tel: 01283 703 332 info@merciamarina.co.uk www.merciamarinalodges.co.uk Number of units: 2. Total bedspaces: 9. Price per unit per week from £400 – £890. Luxury lodge accommodation with beautiful water views over tranquil marina. Each lodge has a truly unique character and appeal and are an ideal base for exploring surrounding areas of beauty. Week long and short breaks available.

Number of units: 6. Total bedspaces: 32. Price per unit per week from £200 – £990. Six beautifully appointed barn conversions in an idyllic setting overlooking Blithfield Reservoir on organic dairy farm. All have lovely oak beams, wooden floors, fully fitted kitchens and WiFi. Most bedrooms en-suite. One with four poster bed and Jacuzzi bath.

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FOREST LODGE AT HILL FARM

Spring Lane, Packington, Leicestershire LE65 1WU Tel: 01530 411 984 hillfarmpackington@hotmail.co.uk

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Calke Abbey, Ticknall DE73 7LE Tel: National Trust Holiday Contact Centre 0844 800 2070 cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk

Number of units: 1. Total bedspaces: 4. Price per week from £600. Luxury Rural Retreat near historic Ashby de la Zouch, Major tourist attractions, off road cycle centre and country walks. Relaxing hot tub overlooks beautiful countryside. Rare breed animals and farm shop on site selling home produce.

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LAKEVIEW LODGES

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Shortheath Water, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 6BW Tel: 01283 763 777 info@shortheathwater.co.uk www.shortheathwater.co.uk

Number of units: 4. Total bedspaces: 22. Price per unit per week from £370. Four wonderful holiday cottages on the Calke Abbey estate. Wicket Nook, once a gamekeeper’s cottage, is perfect for couples. Quirky former gate lodges Ticknall Lodge and Heath End Lodge sleep three. 18th Century farmhouse Southwood House sleeps 14. Cots available.

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SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION

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NORMAN'S BARN

Ingles Hill Farm, Burton Road, Ashby de la Zouch Leicestershire LE65 2TE Tel: 01530 412 224 isabel_stanley@hotmail.com www.normansbarn.co.uk

Fradley Junction, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7DN Tel: 01283 790 407 Fax: 01283 792 919 mail@kingfisherholidaypark.com www.kingfisherholidaypark.com Number of units: 6. Total bedspaces: 24. Short breaks available from £140. Picturesque canal junction, next to nature reserve with woodland walks, café, gift shop and information point on site. Peak District, Alton Towers and Drayton Manor Theme Park in easy reach. Wi-Fi internet access available, tennis court and bowling green. New heated indoor swimming pool.

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UPPER RECTORY FARM COTTAGES

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Snarestone Road, Appleby Magna, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 7AJ Tel: 01827 880 448 info@upperrectoryfarmcottages.co.uk www.upperrectoryfarmcottages.co.uk

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AQUA NARROWBOATS

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Ivy House Farm, Stanton by Bridge, Derby DE73 7HT Tel: 01332 864 619 david.kiddkidd@btinternet.com www.woodlandhillscourt.co.uk Number of units: 4. Total bedspaces: 14. Price per unit per week from £350. Woodland Hills Court Holiday Cottages are brick-built, 2 bedroom accommodation with open plan kitchen, dining room and lounge. 3 have wet rooms, 1 has a four-poster bed and rolltop bath.

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Number of units: 9. Total bedspaces: 42. Price per unit per week from £330 – £1,315. Skylarks and buzzards soar above these delightful, multi-award winning cottages set amid the waving cornfields. They are luxuriously furnished, en-suite throughout, with free WiFi, great walks and fabulous views. Just come and hear the silence! Perfect!

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WOODLAND HILLS COURT

Number of units: 1. Total bedspaces: 5. Price per unit per week from £340. Luxurious barn conversion in beautiful surroundings on a working farm overlooking ‘Ivanhoe’s’ valley. 140 acres of woodland walks. Within 1 mile of Ashby de la Zouch, 2 miles to A42 and numerous attractions. Both bedrooms en-suite. One bedroom ground floor.

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KINGFISHER HOLIDAY PARK

Number of units: 2. Total bedspaces: 8. Price per unit per week from £475 – £755. Spacious, comfortable lodges with home from home facilities overlooking Shortheath Water. Lakeside tearoom and fishing on site. Centrally located for The National Forest and many local attractions. Walkers and cyclists welcome.

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Mercia Marina, Findern Lane, Willington Derbyshire DE65 6DW Tel: 01283 701 041 info@aquanarrowboats.co.uk www.aquanarrowboats.co.uk Number of units: 5. Total bedspaces: 2 boats at 2/4 berth, 3 boats at 4/6 berth. Price per unit per week from £704 – £1425. Relax on board our luxury, fully equipped narrowboats. Cruise in style to many local canalside attractions, enjoy the scenic countryside views and good pub food on route. Full tuition given.

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50 MILL STREET

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50 Mill Street, Coton in the Elms, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 8ES Tel: 01283 761 999 andrew.porter999@btinternet.com www.50millstreet.co.uk Number of units: 1. Total bedspaces: 6 (plus folding bed on request). Price per unit per week from £320 – £550. Cottage for 6 (+1). Three bedrooms. Modernised and warm. Woodburner in lounge. Separate dining room. Village situation with pub and restaurant. Large garden and private parking. Plenty of nearby activities.

PLEASE NOTE: Rates quoted were supplied by the establishments in Autumn 2012. Visitors are advised to confirm prices when booking.

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FOREST LODGES

Rosliston Forestry Centre, Burton Road, Rosliston Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 8JX Tel: 01283 563 483 Fax: 01283 565 494 enquiries@roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk www.roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk

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SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION

Oaklands Farm, Mount Pleasant, Sutton Road Church Broughton, Derbyshire DE65 5DE Tel: 01283 730 283 or 07543 365 412 info@oaklandscountrylodges.co.uk www.oaklandscountrylodges.co.uk

Number of units: 6. Total bedspaces: 48. Price per unit per week from £366 – £944. Nestling in a young woodland site, complete with fishing lake, activities and play areas. Our fully equipped self-catering lodges provide the perfect place to get away from it all. Bus Route: Arriva No 813 and Midland Classic No 22.

Number of units: 3. Total bedspaces: 18. Price per unit per week from £400 – £1,065. Three beautifully styled and smartly furnished timber lodges offering a truly relaxing holiday experience, peaceful landscaped grounds with own individual verandas and Jacuzzi hot tubs, sitting adjacent to owners farm.

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PARK VIEW AND SPINNEY VIEW BARN

Botany Bay, Grangewood, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 8DY Tel: 01283 760 872 or 07973 210 896 cheryl@spinneyviewbarn.co.uk www.spinneyviewbarn.co.uk

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NEWBOROUGH COTTAGES

Number of units: 1. Total bedspaces: 14 – 28. Price per unit per week from £800 – £2,040. Peaceful and tranquil surroundings, set in its own grounds. The farmhouse is spacious and well-appointed. 5 bedroom/5 bathroom. Excellent base for all attractions.

ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH

SEAL BROOK FARM COTTAGES

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Lullington Road, Grangewood, Derbyshire DE12 8BH Tel: 01827 373 236 info@sealbrookfarmcottages.co.uk www.sealbrookfarmcottages.co.uk

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INGLES HILL CARAVAN SITE

Pitches: 5. Price per night from £10. Landscaped caravan club certificated location overlooking 'Ivanhoe's' valley. 5 hardstandings. Rally field accommodates small rallies/tents. 140 acres of woodland walks. Easy access, NEC, Donington Racetrack/Airport, Nottingham, Leicester, Derby, Calke Abbey.

MELBOURNE hhhhSelf Catering

SEALWOOD COTTAGE VINEYARD

Sealwood Lane, Linton, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 6PA Tel: 01283 761 371 johngbotanybay@btinternet.com www.sealwoodcottage.co.uk

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STANTON’S WOOD CARAVAN SITE

Camping & Caravanning Club

Knowle Hill Farm, Ingleby Lane Ticknall, Derby DE73 7JQ Tel: 01332 862 044 Pitches: 5. Price per pitch from £6. Stanton’s Wood has a five van site entirely surrounded by trees. Very secluded. Open May – October. Ideal site for walkers or people who enjoy solitude.

Number of units: 1. Total bedspaces: 2. Price per unit per week from £270. Sealwood Cottage Grade II listed built by the Rev Thomas Gresley in the mid 1700s. Carefully restored with many gothic features including a secret bed. Perfect for exploring and relaxing.

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THE LITTLE RETREAT

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58 Main Street, Linton, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 6PZ Tel: 07891 034 985 Number of units: 1. Total bedspaces: 4. Price per unit per week from £149 - £299. The Little retreat is a cosy, well maintained, high standard holiday home ideal for exploring The National Forest. Will appeal to walkers, cyclists and families. Excellent facilities available all year.

VisitBritain Welcome Schemes:

VISIT BRITAIN

PETS WELCOME

National Accessibility Scheme FAMILIES WELCOME

WALKERS WELCOME

CAMPING & CARAVANNING

BEEHIVE FARM WOODLAND LAKES

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Rosliston, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 8HZ Tel: 01283 763 981 info@beehivefarm-woodlandlakes.co.uk www.beehivefarm-woodlandlakes.co.uk Pitches: 25+ hook up, 25+ plain camping. Price on application. Touring caravans, motorhomes, tents accommodated and camping pods available to hire in an attractive woodland site. Over 66 acres of woodland, wildlife areas, fishing lakes, small animal farm and play area for under 10 years. Caravan storage available.

Inspection & grading symbols: THE AA

CYCLISTS WELCOME

Caravan Club

Burton Road, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 2TE Tel: 01530 412 224 isabel_stanley@hotmail.com www.ingleshillcaravansite.co.uk

Number of units: 2. Total bedspaces: 12. Price per unit per week from £309 – £992. Situated in a quiet hamlet, yet within easy reach of attractions, shops, pubs and motorways. Cosy yet spacious properties with tasteful decor. Ample off-road parking.

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Poplars Farm, Yoxall Road, Newborough Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE13 8SU Tel: 01283 575 200 sarah@skippershaulage.fsnet.co.uk www.newboroughcottages.co.uk

Number of units: 2 (not adjoined). Total bedspaces: 6 per unit. Price per unit per week from £388 – £1,110. Blissfully peaceful situated in the heart of The National Forest, are our contemporary barn conversions. Park View having private garden and hot tub. Spinney View has private patio and hot tub, see our website for further details.

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OAKLANDS COUNTRY LODGES

Part-time Wheelchair Users Accessible to a person with restricted walking ability.

The Green Tourism Business Scheme is the national sustainable tourism award for the UK.

TRIP ADVISOR: You can read reviews on many of the places mentioned in this guide on the website www.tripadvisor.co.uk

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Accommodation at a glance HOTELS AND GUEST ACCOMMODATION ABBOTS BROMLEY Marsh Farm, AA**** Farmhouse, 01283 840 323, from £30 pppn ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH Best Western Appleby Park Hotel, AA*** Hotel, 01530 279 500, from £49 prpn Champneys Springs Health Resort, 0843 316 2222

Ferne Cottage, VB** B&B, 01530 271 772, from £30 pppn

Flagstaff Island Premier Inn, 08701 977 281, from £29 prpn Hillfield House, Swannington, VB**** B&B, 01530 833 395, from £27.50 pppn Measham House Farm, VB**** B&B, 01530 270 465, from £40 pppn The Clockmakers House, VB**** B&B, 01530 417 974, from £34 pppn The Royal Hotel, AA*** Hotel, 01530 412 833, from £35 pppn

BURTON UPON TRENT L-R: Camping at Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes, Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel, Hilton at St George’s Park, YHA National Forest.

Hampton by Hilton at St. George’s Park, Needwood, 01283 244 888

Hilton at St. George’s Park, Needwood, 0870 590 90 90

Holiday Inn Express, AA Budget Hotel, 01283 504 300, from £55 prpn Premier Inn Burton on Trent East, Bretby, AA Budget Hotel, 01283 550 105, from £39 prpn Mercure Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel, Newton Solney, VB**** Country House Hotel, 0844 815 9018, from £71 pppn Premier Inn Burton on Trent Central, AA Budget Hotel, 0871 527 9280, from £29 prpn Redmoor House, VB** B&B, 01283 531 977 from £28 pppn The Delter, AA**** Guest Accommodation, 01283 535 115, from £45 prpn The Riverside at Branston, AA*** Hotel, 01283 511 234, from £45 prpn Three Queens Hotel, AA*** Hotel, 01283 523 800, from £50 pppn Three Queens Lodge, VB Budget Hotel, 0845 230 1334, from £29.75 prpn Travelodge Burton A38 Northbound, VB Budget Hotel, 0871 984 6069, from £37 prpn Travelodge Burton A38 Southbound, VB Budget Hotel, 0871 984 6068, from £37 prpn Travelodge Burton upon Trent Central, 0871 984 6273, from £39 prpn Wendy’s B&B, VB****, 01283 526 994, from £70 prpn

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COALVILLE Hermitage Park Hotel, AA***, 01530 814 814, from £39 pppn

Ravenstone Guest House, AA**** Guest House, 01530 810 536, from £35 pppn The Post House B&B, VB**** B&B, 01530 261 610, from £32.50 pppn

DERBY Bonehill Farm, Mickleover, VB*** B&B, 01332 513 553, from £30 prpn The Bubble Inn, Stenson, VB**** Guest Accommodation, 01283 707 468, from £68 prpn Hotel Ibis budget Derby, Willington, 01283 701 816, from £25 prpn Menzies Mickleover Court Hotel, Mickleover, AA**** Hotel, 01332 521 234, from £48 prpn Nook Cottage B&B, Swarkestone, VB**** B&B Silver Award, 01332 702 050, from £30 pppn

Smithy Farm, Twyford, VB**** Guest Accommodation, 01283 701 851, from £50 pppn The Barn Retreat at Ashe Hall, Etwall, VB*** Guest Accommodation, 07875 250 716, from £30 pppn

KEGWORTH & CASTLE DONINGTON

Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel, AA**** Hotel 2 Rosettes, 01509 672 518, from £70 pppn

Castletown House, VB**** Guest Accommodation Silver Award, 01332 812 018, from £40 pppn Days Inn Donington, Shardlow, AA Budget Hotel, 01332 799 666, from £49.95 prpn Donington Manor Hotel, AA*** Hotel, 01332 810 253, from £60 prpn Donington Park Travel Lodge, 0871 984 6073, from £19 prpn Falcon Inn & Hotel, AA***, 01509 842 416, from £75 prpn Hilton East Midlands Airport, VB**** Hotel, 01509 674 000, from £50 prpn Holiday Inn Express, AA*** Travel Accommodation, 01509 678 000, from £52 prpn Kegworth House, AA***** Guest Accommodation, 01509 672 575, from £83 prpn Ladygate Guest House, VB**** Guest Accommodation Silver Award, 01332 811 565, from £35 pppn Queen’s Head Hotel, Belton, AA**** Restaurant with Rooms, 01530 222 359, from £72.50 prpn

Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport, 01509 670 575, from £44.50 pppn

Scotts Corner Guest House, VB*** Guest Accommodation, 01332 811 226, from £27 pppn Spring Cottage VB 4**** B&B 01332 814 289 from £40 pppn

The Priest House Hotel, AA**** Hotel 2 Rosettes, 01332 810 649, from £45 pppn

Thistle Hotel East Midlands Airport, 0871 376 9015, from £90 prpn

LICHFIELD Alrewas Hayes, Alrewas, VB***** Guest Accommodation Silver Award, 01283 791 625, from £85 prpn Harlaston Post Office B&B, VB**** Guesthouse, 01827 383 746, from £40 prpn Holly Tree Cottage, Alrewas, VB** B&B, 01283 791120, from £50 prpn Netherstowe House AA**** Guest House, 01543 254 270, from £89 prpn Wisteria Lodge, Harlaston, VB local scheme, 01827 383 007, from £50 pppn

MARKFIELD Fieldhead Hotel, AA***, 01530 245 454, from £65 prpn Horseshoe Cottage, VB***** Guest Accommodation Silver Award, 0116 235 0038, from £50 pppn Travel Lodge, 0871 984 6083, from £19 prpn The Wheatsheaf Inn, AA**** B&B, 01509 890 320, from £40 pppn MELBOURNE Derby House Bed & Breakfast, Ticknall, VB**** Guest Accommodation Silver Award, 01332 694 565, from £32.50 pppn Melbourne Arms & Cuisine India, AA*** Inn, 01332 864 949, from £40 prpn The Coach House, AA**** Guest House, 01332 862 338, from £32 pppn SWADLINCOTE Campville Cottage, Netherseal, VB**** B&B Silver Award, 01283 760 265, from £30 pppn Fern Cottage, Coton in the Elms, VB**** B&B, 01283 763 306, from £30 pppn Manor Farm, Coton in the Elms, VB**** Farmhouse Silver Award, 01283 760 340, from £27.50 pppn

Overseale House, AA*** B&B, 01283 763 741, from £20 pppn

The Mill Wheel, AA**** Inn, 01283 550 335, from £56 prpn

TUTBURY Boars Head Hotel, Sudbury, AA*** Hotel, 01283 820 344, from £59.95 prpn The Lavender Patch, Hilton, VB***** Farmhouse Gold Award, 07815 956 626, from £58 prpn


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stay where it’s all happening... UTTOXETER Ashmore B&B, Doveridge, VB**** Guest Accommodation, 01889 569 620, from £35 pppn Bowmore House, VB**** Farmhouse, 01889 564 452, from £27.50 pppn Bulls Head, Alton, VB*** Inn, 01538 702 307, from £45 prpn High View Cottage, AA**** Guest Accommodation, 01889 568 183, from £27.50 prpn Manor House Farm, VB**** Farmhouse Gold Award, 01889 590 415, from £30 pppn Premier Inn Uttoxeter, VB & AA Budget Hotel, 0871 527 9112, from £49 prpn Travelodge Uttoxeter, VB Budget Hotel, 0871 984 6114, from £43 prpn Windy Arbour, VB**** Guest Accommodation, 01889 591 013, from £30 pppn

YOUTH HOSTEL

YHA National Forest, Moira, VB ****, 01283 229 662, from £12 pppn

SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION ABBOTS BROMLEY

Blithfield Lakeside Barns, VB****, 01889 500 234, from £200 pw

ASHBOURNE Dove Farm Cottage, Ellastone, VB****, 01335 324 357, from £26 pppn ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH Dandelion Hideaway, Osbaston, VB****, 01455 292 888, from £405 pw

Forest Lodge, Packington VB****, 01530 411 984, from £600 pw

Lakeview Lodges, VB****, 01283 763 777, from £475 pw

Norman’s Barn, VB****, 01530 412 224, from £340 pw

Upper Rectory Farm Cottages, VB****/*, Gold Award, 01827 880 448, from £330 pw

COALVILLE Church View Barn, Swepstone, VB*** Gold Award, 01530 272 481, from £200 pw DERBY 10 Main Street, Repton, VB local scheme, 01283 702 614, from £380 pw

Aqua Narrowboats, Willington, VB***** Narrowboat, 01283 701 041, from £704 pw

Book a break!

Mercia Marina Lodges, Willington, VB**** Holiday Park, 01283 703 332, from 400 pw

National Trust Calke Abbey Holiday Cottages, Ticknall, 0844 800 2070, from £370 pw

LICHFIELD

Kingfisher Holiday Park, Fradley Junction, VB***** Holiday Park Rose Award, 01283 790 407, from £140

CAMPING & CARAVANNING

MELBOURNE

ASHBOURNE Dishfield Farm Caravan Park, Sutton on the Hill, Caravan Club, 01283 732 347, from £5 ppipn Hay Lane Farm, Foston, Camping & Caravanning Club, 01283 585 275, from £9 ppipn

SWADLINCOTE

ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH Conkers Camping & Caravanning Club Site, VB*****, 01283 224 925, from £22 ppipn

Netherstowe House Mews, AA****, 01543 254270, from £105 prpn Woodland Hills Court, Stanton by Bridge, VB***/*, 01332 864 619, from £350 50 Mill Street, Coton in the Elms, VB****, 01283 761 999, from £320 pw Forest Lodges, Rosliston, VB***/*, 01283 563 483, from £366 pw

Grangefields Pine Lodges, Netherseal, VB****, 01827 373 253, from £280 pw Park View Barn and Spinney View Barn, Grangewood, VB****, 01283 760 872, from £388 pw

Seal Brook Farm Cottages, Grangewood, VB****, 01827 373 236, from £309 pw

Sealwood Cottage Vineyard, Linton, VB****, 01283 761 371, from £270 pw

Swainswood Leisure Park, Overseal, VB***** Holiday Park, 01283 763 300, from £355 pw The Little Retreat, Linton, VB***, 07891 034 985, from £149 pw

TUTBURY

Oaklands Country Lodges, Church Broughton, VB**** Gold Award, 01283 730 283, from £400 pw

Windlehill Farm Cottages, Sutton on the Hill, VB****, 01283 732 377, from £200 pw

UTTOXETER Aldersbrook Cottage, Denstone, VB****, 01889 590 253, from £300 pw Keeper’s Cottage, Prestwood, VB**** Gold Award, 01889 590 415, from £230 pw Moorcourt Cottages, Upper Leigh, VB****, 01538 723 008, from £450 pw

Newborough Cottages, VB****, 01283 575 200, from £800 pw

Woodland Views, VB****, 01283 820 012, from £430 pw

Ingles Hill Caravan Site, Caravan Club, 01530 412 224, from £10 ppipn

Highlighted entries see pages 28-31

Measham House Farm, Caravan Club, 01530 270 465, from £14 ppipn

pppn – per person per night

BURTON UPON TRENT Cross Farm, Rolleston on Dove, Caravan Club, 01283 812 868, from £10 ppipn Willowbrook Farm, Alrewas, Caravan Club, 01283 790 217, from £8 ppipn

ppipn – per pitch per night

prpn – per room per night pw – per week

PLEASE NOTE Rates quoted were supplied by the establishments in Autumn 2012. Visitors are advised to confirm prices when booking.

COALVILLE Battleflat Lodge Farm, Ellistown, Camping and Caravanning Club, 01530 230 312, from £5 ppipn Lower Grange Farm, Camping and Caravanning Club, 01530 838 074, from £6 ppipn DERBY Shardlow Marina Caravan Park, AA 3 Pennant Camping & Touring Park, 01332 792 832, from £13 ppipn MELBOURNE Dovesite, Caravan Club, 01332 863 566, from £10 ppipn Scaddows Farm, Ticknall, Caravan Club, 01332 694 523, from £5 ppipn Springwood Fisheries, Caravan Club, 01332 864 331, from £10 ppipn Stanton’s Wood Caravan Site, Ticknall, Camping & Caravanning Club, 01332 862 044, from £6 ppipn

SWADLINCOTE

Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes, Rosliston, VB***, AA 2 Pennant, 01283 763 981

UTTOXETER Forestside Farm, Marchington, Caravan Club, 01283 820 353, from £15 ppipn (Camping Pods from £35 prpn) Uttoxeter Racecourse Caravan Club Site, VB** Touring park, 01889 564 172, from £9.80 ppipn

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WEEKEND BREAK DEALS With so much to explore and do in The National Forest & Beyond, you’ll need more than just one day. So why not make a weekend of it? We have some brilliant deals for short breaks that will save you money. It is so simple. The breaks include accommodation and tickets for brilliant activities or attractions. You can choose from

BREWERY BREAKS BUSHCRAFT BREAKS SPA BREAKS WALKING FESTIVAL WEEKEND (MAY) YHA FAMILY BREAKS STAY PLAY EXPLORE FAMILY BREAKS

CHECK OUT THE SHORT BREAK DEALS ON

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So accessible ATTRACTIONS © Crown copyright [2010 Survey Licence number 10 map is designed to help l destination and not all ro

1 BEACON HILL COUNTRY PARK 2 BLUEBELL WOODS OF YOXALL LODGE

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3 BRADGATE PARK & SWITHLAND WOOD COUNTRY PARK 4 LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL COUNTRY PARKS 5 SENCE VALLEY FOREST PARK 6 HICKS LODGE: THE NATIONAL FOREST CYCLE CENTRE

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7 NATIONAL FOREST LLAMA TREKS 8 TREASURE TRAILS 9 FOREST FOUR WHEEL DRIVE 10 GREENWOOD DAYS 11 LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL COUNTRY PARKS SERVICES: VOLUNTEERING

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12 SWADLINCOTE SKI AND SNOWBOARD CENTRE

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13 THE CONSERVATION VOLUNTEERS IN THE NATIONAL FOREST

BY ROAD For visitors travelling by car or coach, the National Forest & Beyond is easily accessible from the M1, M6, M42/A42, A50, A511 and the A38. For cycle routes visit our website www.visitnationalforest.co.uk

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15 WOODLAND WAYS LTD 16 ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH CASTLE

19 BOSWORTH BATTLEFIELD HERITAGE CENTRE

21 CATTON HALL

Information on bus and coach timetables is available from:

22 CLAYMILLS VICTORIAN PUMPING STATION

Traveline Tel: 08712 002 233, Website: www.traveline.org.uk

23 DONINGTON LE HEATH MANOR HOUSE

National Express Tel: 08705 808 080, Website: www.nationalexpress.com

24 GRACE DIEU PRIORY

*The bus is labelled 29a from Leicester to Coalville. Passengers do not have to change buses.

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18 BATTLEFIELD LINE RAILWAY

BY BUS

The Arriva Midlands 9a bus route is The National Forest Hopper. This hourly service runs from Leicester*, via Coalville, Ashby de la Zouch and Swadlincote, to Burton upon Trent passing many of the Forest’s top attractions including Snibston, Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Moira Furnace, Conkers, Swadlincote Ski Centre, Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, the National Brewery Centre and the open air pool at Hood Park Leisure Centre. Find out more on the website www.visitnationalforest.co.uk

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17 ASHBY DE LA ZOUCH MUSEUM

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20 CALKE ABBEY

THE NATIONAL FOREST HOPPER

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25 GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY

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27 MARSTON’S BREWERY

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28 MELBOURNE HALL AND GARDENS 29 MOIRA FURNACE

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30 NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM 31 NORTH WEST LEICESTERSHIRE MUSEUMS 32 SHARPE'S POTTERY MUSEUM 33 SUDBURY HALL AND THE NATIONAL TRUST MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD 34 THE NATIONAL BREWERY CENTRE

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35 BEEHIVE FARM WOODLAND LAKES 36 BLUE CROSS, ROLLESTON REHOMING CENTRE, HILDA ARCHER SANCTUARY 37 CONKERS 38 CRACKPOTZ CERAMIC CAFE 39 NATIONAL FOREST ADVENTURE FARM

41 SNIBSTON

48 BARTON MARINA

National Rail Enquiries, Tel: 08457 48 49 50, Website: www.nationalrail.co.uk

42 STONEHURST FAMILY FARM & MUSEUM

49 BYRKLEY GARDEN CENTRE

An excellent website that provides times and details of trains, buses and other public transport along with driving instructions is www.transportdirect.info

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26 KEDLESTON HALL

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40 ROSLISTON FORESTRY CENTRE

BY RAIL

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14 WOODLAND SURVIVAL CRAFTS

43 TROPICAL BIRDLAND

45 MERCIA LEISURE TRIPS

50 FERRERS CENTRE FOR ARTS AND CRAFTS 51 FERRERS GALLERY

54 BETTY’S FARM AND SHOP 55 BITTERSWEET CHOCOLATES 56 HELEN’S BAKEHOUSE AND TEAROOM 57 LAKESIDE BISTRO

46 MERCIA MARINA

52 PLANTERS AT BRETBY

58 THE CATTOWS FARM SHOP AND TEA ROOM

47 SHORTHEATH FISHERY

53 THE OCTAGON SHOPPING CENTRE

59 THE SHOULDER OF MUTTON

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It’s all happening... ACCOMMODATION pyright [2010]. All rights reserved. Ordnance e number 100021056. Please note that this ed to help locate key venues across the nd not all roads are marked.

HOTELS & GUEST ACCOMMODATION 1

FERNE COTTAGE

Glasgow Edinburgh

2 MEASHAM HOUSE FARM 3 THE ROYAL HOTEL 4 HAMPTON BY HILTON AT ST GEORGE’S PARK

Newcastle Belfast York

5 HILTON AT ST GEORGE’S PARK

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6 MERCURE BURTON UPON TRENT NEWTON PARK HOTEL 7

THREE QUEENS LODGE

Manchester

Dublin

Stoke

Sheffield Derby

Birmingham

Nottingham Leicester

Coventry

8 RAVENSTONE GUEST HOUSE Cardiff

9 THE POST HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST

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Bristol

Oxford London

10 NOOK COTTAGE B&B 11 BEST WESTERN PREMIER YEW LODGE HOTEL 12 RADISSON BLU HOTEL EAST MIDLANDS AIRPORT

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14 WISTERIA LODGE

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13 THE PRIEST HOUSE HOTEL

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YOUTH HOSTEL

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16 YHA NATIONAL FOREST

SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION

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17 BLITHFIELD LAKESIDE BARNS 18 FOREST LODGE AT HILL FARM

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19 LAKEVIEW LODGES

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Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps 245 (The National Forest), 246 (Loughborough), 233 (Leicester) and 259 (Derby) cover the whole National Forest & Beyond area. Log on to www.nationalforest.org/giftshop to order a 245 map or pick up a copy from the local Tourist Information Centres.

20 NORMAN'S BARN 21 UPPER RECTORY FARM COTTAGES

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22 AQUA NARROWBOATS

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23 MERCIA MARINA LODGES

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24 NATIONAL TRUST CALKE ABBEY HOLIDAY COTTAGES

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25 KINGFISHER HOLIDAY PARK 26 WOODLAND HILLS COURT 27 50 MILL STREET

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29 PARK VIEW AND SPINNEY VIEW BARN

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30 SEAL BROOK FARM COTTAGES 31 SEALWOOD COTTAGE VINEYARD 32 THE LITTLE RETREAT 33 OAKLANDS COUNTRY LODGES

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Photo credits: Ben Hall (2020Vision), Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel, Chris Beech, Crackpotz, Dan Cartright, Great Central Railway, Hilton at St George’s Park, Jackie Rock, Kathy Belfield, Kevin Mason, Leslie Hextall, Lisa Brooks, Martin Vaughan, National Forest Adventure Farm, National Forest Llama Treks, Runner Photos, Uttoxeter Racecourse, YHA.

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MAPS & GUIDES

34 NEWBOROUGH COTTAGES

CAMPING & CARAVANNING

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35 INGLES HILL CARAVAN SITE 36 STANTON’S WOOD CARAVAN SITE 37 BEEHIVE FARM WOODLAND LAKES

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information at the time of printing. However, the National Forest & Beyond partners, which include East Staffordshire Borough Council, the National Forest Company, North West Leicestershire District Council and South Derbyshire District Council, cannot be held responsible for any error, omission or subsequent changes. Copyright the National Forest Company Design: www.designwall.co.uk

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National Forest Boundary Steam Railway

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National Forest & Beyond Visitor Guide 2013  

Accommodation, attractions and events across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire.

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