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Visitor Guide 2012 Accommodation, attractions and events across parts of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Staffordshire

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The National Forest & Beyond is the place to do all those things that you’ve always dreamt of. As Horace once said in his Latin poem: “carpe diem”, or rather, ‘seize the day’. Make your dreams come true. Stroll through beautiful countryside, take fantastic walks and visit award-winning attractions, set within the wooded backdrop of The National Forest. The dream of creating a new ‘forest for the nation’ is happening across 200 square miles of Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. A massive 8 million trees have now 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. You can help to create this ‘forest in the making’ through our plantatree scheme. You will be invited to a 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 Woodland cover 1991 (6%)

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A large print version of this guide is available from the National Forest Company.


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. Why not give ‘glamping’ a go in the heavenly canvas cottages at Dandelion Hideaway?

Contents Get the ‘local’ knowledge at our 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 T: 01530 411 767 E: Swadlincote, Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote DE11 9DG T: 01283 222 848 E:

Information also available from: East Staffordshire Borough Council, Customer Service Centre, Market Place, Burton upon Trent DE14 1HA E: The National Forest Company, Bath Yard, Moira, Swadlincote DE12 6BA T: 01283 551 211 E:

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Follow us on facebook & twitter Captions: Stunning Autumn colours at Calke Estate; Fallow deer fawn at Bradgate Park.

Woods & wildlife


Wheels & walks


Activities & forest experiences


Treasures of the past


Family fun in the Forest


Drift-away-days on waterways


Treat yourself


A local flavour




Events, fairs and festivals


Book a short break


Where to stay


Accommodation at a glance


Win a dream break


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Woods & wildlife Immerse yourself in stunning wildflower meadows, beautiful country parks or swathes of young and mature woodland punctuated with sparkling lakes and babbling brooks.

A walk to the top of Beacon Hill is rewarded with fantastic views from its craggy summit. Stroll through the park’s Native Tree Collection to Outwoods, where the display of bluebells in May is simply breath-taking.

See hundreds of graceful deer as they roam free through the bracken and ancient trees in Bradgate Park. Fish for sticklebacks or just paddle in the stream that meanders by the ruins of the home of Lady Jane Grey – the nine day queen. Enjoy a guided tour around the rare and spectacular plant treasures at Bluebell Arboretum. A specialist tree and shrub nursery is attached to the gardens. Walk through meadows bursting with summer wildflowers at the National Memorial Arboretum and Billa Barra 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 and Beacon Hill in Charnwood. Hear the

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Branston Water Park, 01283 508 573

Beacon Hill Country Park, Woodhouse Eaves, 0116 305 8790,

Calke Park, Ticknall, 01332 863 822,

Billa Barra Hill, 01455 238 141 Bluebell Arboretum, 01530 413 700, Bluebell and Autumn Woods of Yoxall Lodge, 01283 575 237, Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood Country Park, Newtown Linford, 0116 236 2713

unforgettable booming bellows of stags during rutting season at Calke Park, internationally important for its wildlife and 1,000 year old veteran oaks. You might also see hundreds of over-wintering flocks of geese & swans at Branston Water Park and the amazing display of snowdrops at Dimminsdale and Snibston’s Nature Reserve in February. The National Forest website contains maps and information on hundreds of woodlands to visit and where to spot wildlife.

Dimminsdale Nature Reserve, 0116 272 0444, Donington le Heath Manor House & Woodlands, 01530 831 259, Hill Hole Quarry, Markfield, 01455 238 141 Jackson’s Bank,

Leicestershire County Country Parks, 0116 305 5000, National Memorial Arboretum, 01283 792 333, Rosliston Forestry Centre, 01283 563 483,

Captions: Bluebells at Yoxall Lodge; Stag at Bradgate Park; Walkers at Outwoods near Beacon Hill; Watching wildlife; Wildflowers at National Memorial Arboretum.


I always wanted to.. ...walk through a carpet of beautiful bluebells

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Breathe in the heady fragrance of woods carpeted in bluebells at Calke Abbey, Outwoods near Loughborough or Jackson’s Bank near Newborough. Set in beautiful rolling parkland at Newchurch, Yoxall Lodge opens its gates in spring and autumn for visitors to witness the magical display of bluebells and autumn colours.

First Central Rivers Bird Festival (19-27 May) Join in walks for all ages and abilities through some of the best birdwatching sites in and around The National Forest, many of which are not normally open to the public! For more information visit

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, Willesley Wood, 01476 581 135,

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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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I always wanted to.. ...try off-road cycling with the kids without scaring us all silly

Wheels & walks The trails at the National Forest Cycle Centre are a perfect introduction for families to try mountain biking. There are no extreme sections on the trails – just humps, bumps and bends making for brilliant fun!

Take time out from your busy world to enjoy gentle cycle rides and summer-time strolls through the rolling rural landscape of the National Forest & Beyond. Keep up with the kids at the new family friendly Hicks Lodge: National Forest Cycle Centre. Its brilliant off-road circular trails include wide easy routes, suitable for trailers and tagalongs, as well as exciting narrow tracks. You don’t even have to worry about bringing your own bike – you can hire them here. From spring 2012

Quick Reference... Beacon Hill Country Park, Woodhouse Eaves, 0116 305 8790

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Billa Bara Hill, 01455 238 141 Bluebell and Autumn Woods of Yoxall Lodge, 01283 575 237 Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood Country Park, Newtown Linford, 0116 236 2713 Branston Water Park, 01283 508 573

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there will also be specially adapted bikes for disabled visitors through the Wheels For All project. If you are feeling really fit, you can extend your ride to the nearby 5-mile Conkers Circuit and Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail, which link to Conkers, Moira Furnace and YHA National Forest.

wealth of wildlife, from otters to orchids and bats to barn owls. Long distance walks that pass through the area include the Staffordshire Way, Leicestershire Round and Ivanhoe Way. You can download our recommended circular walks including routes suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs from the website

Cycle hire is also available at Rosliston Forestry Centre and from Ashby de la Zouchbased Just Bikes.

And if you enjoy walking – you’ll love the National Forest Walking Festival (19-31 May). Or why not experience the area at a quicker pace? Enter the National Forest 10K. This friendly off-road race takes place through some of the prettiest countryside in the heart of the Forest on Sunday 16 September.

On foot, you can explore more than 400 woodlands across The National Forest spotting a

Calke Park, Ticknall, 01332 863 822 Donington le Heath Manor House & Woodlands, 01530 831 259 Drystone Walks, 01332 781 106, National Forest 10K, National Forest Walking Festival,

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 Willesley Wood, 01476 581 135

Cycle hire Hicks Lodge, National Forest Cycle Centre, 01530 274 533 Just Bikes, Ashby de la Zouch, 01530 415 021 Rosliston Forestry Centre, 01283 563 483,

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

Captions: A leisurely stroll during the National Forest Walking Festival; Humps and bumps, ‘Wheels for All’ and family friendly bikes at Hicks Lodge: the National Forest Cycle Centre.


Activities & forest experiences Have you seen Ray Mears or Bear Grylls on TV and wondered about giving it a go? 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. There is real satisfaction in actually making things. In The National Forest you can try pole lathe turning, weave willow hurdles or baskets, make coracles or lanterns, and even craft a traditional longbow and learn how to

shoot it. Our woodland craft experts Greenwood Days and Funky Monkey will show you how. Rosliston Forestry Centre has a whole host of activities for you to try including archery, climbing, indoor and outdoor play, crazy golf, laser clay and laser combat. Hire a bike and explore the woodland trails or watch the birds of prey displays.

revealing the fascinating flora, fauna and history of this area. 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 & Snowboard Centre.

Ever fancied horse-riding across the countryside? Park View Riding Stables offers off-road hacking to beautiful Bradgate Park and Swithland Woods in the ancient Charnwood Forest. You ‘feel much calmer when you walk with a llama’. Help groom a friendly llama before embarking on a guided National Forest Llama Trek,

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Funky Monkey Rustic Carpentry, 07828 772 499,

Garlands Clay Pigeon Shooting Ground, Tel 01827 722 123, National Forest Llama Treks, 01283 711 702, Rosliston Forestry Centre, 01283 563 483,

Gardener’s Bothy, 01332 694 500,

Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre, 01283 217 200,

Woodland crafts & survival skills BTCV training courses and conservation holidays, 01530 277 855,

Greenwood Days, 01332 864 529, Survival School, 0871 222 7304,

Woodland Survival Crafts, 01283 730 851, Woodland Ways, 07843 064 114,

Captions: Archery at Rosliston Forestry Centre; Riding on the bridleway around Foremark Reservoir; Sno-tubing at Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre; Building a shelter with Woodland Ways.

Horse-riding Barley Fields Equestrian Centre, Etwall, 01283 734 798,


I always wanted to.. ...wake up in a wood to the rustle of trees and birdsong

Don’t miss ‘Sno-tubing’ and the excellent alpine toboggan run.

Our bushcraft schools, Woodland Ways and Woodland Survival Crafts, teach you how to make a shelter where you can sleep soundly in the peaceful woodland. Alternatively, there are several campsites framed by woodland.

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. 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. There is nothing like feeling the sun on your back as you swim. Ashby de la Zouch has an outdoor pool, which opens Saturday 26 May for the summer. Bliss! For more information on leisure centres including the outdoor pool, contact the Tourist Information Centres.

Hargate Equestrian Centre, Hilton, 01283 730 606, Park View Riding School, Thurcaston, 0116 236 4858, Scropton Riding for the Disabled, 01283 812 753,

Motorsports Donington Park, 01332 810 048,

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Forest Four Wheel Drive, 01283 762 248, Quadbiking, 01889 502 508,

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I always wanted to.. ...take part in a Murder Mystery night on an old steam train

Step into the world of Agatha Christie’s ‘Murder on the Orient Express’ on a Murder Mystery evening at Great Central Railway or have a go at actually driving a steam train with Battlefield Line Railway.

Fancy organising ‘a party’ in a brewery? Formerly the Bass Museum, the National Brewery Centre is a world-class museum and visitor centre celebrating Burton upon Trent’s proud brewing heritage. Brilliant holograms and costumed characters from the brewery’s past truly bring the history of brewing, beer and Burton to life. Built on the outskirts of Burton to cope with waste from the hundreds of breweries, Claymills Victorian Pumping Station has been restored and the massive steam beam engines are still working today. If steam’s your dream, you’ll love Great Central Railway and Battlefield Line Railway, which whistles its way from Shackerstone to Bosworth Battlefield. The interactive visitor centre and new trails show the drama and treachery in this final

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Ashby de la Zouch Castle, 01530 413 343, Ashby de la Zouch Museum, 01530 560 090, The Battlefield Line Railway, 01827 880 754, Bosworth Battlefield Visitor Centre & Country Park, 01455 290 429, Calke Abbey, 01332 863 822, Castle Donington Museum, 01332 810 719,


Treasures of the past

battle of the War of the Roses where King Richard III lost his crown to Henry VII. You can see at Donington le Heath Manor House the bed where Richard slept before setting off to the battle. Dating from the 13th Century, this, allegedly haunted, 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. You can walk in the footsteps of miners on a fascinating colliery tour at Snibston, which houses the largest interactive science and technology museum in the East Midlands. Like mining, pottery was a major industry for this area. Sharpe’s

Explore the tunnel and tower among the ruins at Ashby de la Zouch Castle – the inspiration for the fictional grand battle in Sir Walter Scott’s novel, Ivanhoe. You can learn

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.

Catton Hall, 01283 716 311, Claymills Victorian Pumping Station, 01283 509 929, Croxden Abbey, 0121 625 6820, Donington Grand Prix Collection, 01332 811 027, Donington le Heath Manor House, 01530 831 259, East Midlands Aeropark, 07917 021 990, Elvaston Castle Country Park, 01332 571 342, Grace Dieu Priory, 01530 223 201,

Great Central Railway, 01509 230 726, Hough Windmill, 01530 832 704 Kedleston Hall, 01332 842 191, Kegworth Museum, 01509 670 137 Marston’s Brewery, 01283 507 391 Measham Museum, 01530 273 956 Melbourne Hall & Gardens, 01332 862 502, Moira Furnace, 01283 224 667 Mount St Bernard Abbey, 01530 832 298, National Brewery Centre, 01283 532 880,

National Memorial Arboretum, 01283 792 333, Redfern’s Cottage, Museum of Uttoxeter Life, 01889 567 176 Shardlow Heritage Centre, 01332 792 489 Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, 01283 222 600, Sir John Moore Foundation, 01530 273 629 Snibston, 01530 278 444, Sudbury Hall, 01283 585 305, Tutbury Castle, 01283 812 129 Tutbury Museum, 01283 814 191

Pottery Museum traces the history of this industry and hosts regular events and talks. Discover how gritty life would have been to work in a 19th Century blast furnace on one of Moira Furnace Museum’s guided tours. Meet the characters who once lived in the National Trust’s Calke Abbey. The house is frozen in time from when its former eccentric and reclusive owners allowed it to slowly fall into disrepair. Absolutely fascinating!

more about the castle’s history in Ashby de la Zouch Museum. 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 gem, Sudbury Hall.

Captions: Grace Dieu Priory; Great Central Railway; Stunning wildflowers at the National Memorial Arboretum; Sharpe’s Pottery Museum; National Brewery Centre; Staunton Harold.


Family fun in the Forest

ponies at The Blue Cross Equine Welfare Centre.

Ever fancied being a zookeeper for the day? Twycross Zoo offers a Zookeeper Experience, which involves helping in all aspects of animal care including cleaning, food preparation and feeding. The zoo cares for nearly 1,000 animals including the largest collection of primates in the western world. Feed the chickens and collect some eggs at Highfields Happy Hens and Betty’s Farm. Many of the birds at Tropical Birdland are free to roam and are so friendly they may even land on you! Children love the little animal petting area at Beehive Woodland Lakes and visiting the

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 also hosts the popular annual Agrilympics and holds pig and sheep racing (complete with teddy bear jockeys) every day. You 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.

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. 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

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Highfields Happy Hens, 01283 732 083,

Beehive Woodland Lakes, 01283 763 981,

Rosliston Forestry Centre, 01283 563 483,

Betty’s Farm & Shop, 07917 186 393, Blue Cross Equine Centre, 0300 777 1520,

Snibston, 01530 278 444, Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre, 01283 217 200,

Conkers, 01283 216 633,

National Forest Adventure Farm, 07812 333 315,

Crackpotz Ceramic Café, 01283 792 666,

Toys of Yesteryear Museum & Toyshop, 01283 712 770,

Captions: Giraffes at Twycross Zoo; Playing among the trees; Barefoot Walk at CONKERS; Indoor play at the National Forest Adventure Farm; Learning about Science at Snibston.


I always wanted to.. ...bottle feed a newborn lamb

See, and maybe feed, cute new-born lambs in the spring at the National Forest Adventure Farm. You may even see one being born in the lambing sheds at Calke Abbey. Visit their websites for dates.

display of the area’s rich industrial history, country park, outdoor play area and excellent colliery tours. Re-live your childhood at Snibston’s Toybox gallery, at Barton Marina-based Toys of Yesteryear and at the Museum of Childhood at Sudbury Hall. 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!

Treasure Trails, 01664 812 893, Tropical Birdland, 01455 824 603, Twycross Zoo, 01827 880 250,

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Uttoxeter Racecourse, 01889 562 561,

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I always wanted to.. ...take a lazy narrow boat holiday

There are 30 miles of canal stretching through The National Forest. A canal cruise is a great tonic to slow down and relax. Embark on your relaxing canal boat holiday or short break with Aqua Narrowboats at Willington-based Mercia Marina.

Spot a flash of blue as kingfishers skim over the water – our peaceful canals and lakes are havens for wildlife and perfect for a relaxing stroll or a canal-boating short break. 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. 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.

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Aqua Narrowboats, 01283 704 855, Barton Marina, 01283 711 500, Blithfield Reservoir, 01283 840 284, Branston Water Park, 01283 508 573, East Midlands Boat Services, 01509 672 385 Foremark, Staunton Harold & Thornton Reservoirs,


Drift-awaydays on waterways

its shops and set off on a canalside walk. You can now also stay in the Mercia Marina’s Waterside Lodges.

For shorter canal boat cruises hop on at Moira Furnace on the recently restored Ashby Canal or watch the 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

Fradley Junction, 01283 790 407, Mercia Leisure Trips, 07922 573 023 Mercia Marina, 01283 7023 332, Moira Furnace Boat Trips, 01283 224 667, Sawley Marina, 0115 973 4278, Shakespeare Classic Line Narrow Boats, 01926 844 222, Shardlow Marina, 01332 792 832, Stenson Leisure Day Boat Hire, 01283 701 933,

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.

Or how about a spot of fishing? Shortheath Fishery and Beehive 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. Have you ever fancied learning to sail? 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

Foremark Fishing Lodge, 01283 703 202, Shortheath Fishery, 01283 763 777, Springwood Fisheries, 01332 864 331, The Trent Washlands, 01283 508 724,

Fishing Barton Marina Fishery, 01283 711 666, Beehive Woodland Lakes, 01283 763 981,

Thornton Reservoir, 01530 230 807, There are loads of woodland lakes, canals, rivers and reservoirs to fish across the National Forest & Beyond – these are listed on the website

Captions: Relaxing on the Trent & Mersey Canal; Mercia Marina; Canoeing on the River Trent; Feeding swans at Stapenhill Gardens, Burton upon Trent; Kingfisher.


Treat yourself Take time from the daily rush to slow down, browse and treat yourself.

the village, which is famous for its fine crystal making.

With a daily market, quaint courtyards and gift shops, 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.

Browse around the wonderful shops at the Ferrers Centre for Arts & Crafts, which is home to craft workshops and the Ferrers Gallery. Have a go at hand-painting pottery 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

The historic villages of Melbourne and Tutbury are also 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. Tutbury Castle looms over

Quick Reference... Health resorts Champneys Springs, 01530 273 873, Eden Day Spa, 01283 575 678, Reeds Health Club, 01509 672 518,

Shopping Barton Marina, 01283 711 500, Breedon Priory Garden Centre and Shopping Complex, 01332 863 494,

and learn more on its fascinating history, and how The National Forest is transforming the landscape, in its new gallery. Mount St Bernard Abbey has wonderful pottery on sale that has been lovingly handmade by its resident monks.

Byrkley Garden Centre, 01283 716 467, Chapman’s Nurseries, 01283 543 546 Crackpotz Ceramic Café, Alrewas, 01283 792 666, Donington Nurseries & Walled Garden, 01332 853 004, Ferrers Centre, 01332 864 863, Ferrers Gallery, 01332 863 337, Mount St Bernard Abbey, 01530 832 298,

Captions: A pampering at Champneys Springs and Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel; Lunch in the Ferrers Centre Courtyard; Ferrers Gallery; Pendants at Crackpotz Ceramic Café; Sweet treats.

Planters at Bretby, 01283 703 355, The Octagon Shopping Centre, 01283 515 000, Toys of Yesteryear Museum & Toyshop, 01283 712 770,

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, Sat


I always wanted to.. ...feel the warmth of a hot stones massage

Barton Marina has beautiful shops along the waterfront promenade including The Butcher, Baker and Ice-cream Maker and the Toys of Yesteryear.

Treat yourself to a bit of ‘me-time’ at the luxurious health spas Champneys Springs or Reeds Health Club at Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel.

As you might expect, there are many excellent garden centres to visit in the area such as Byrkley Garden Centre, Planters at Bretby, Donington Nurseries & Walled Garden and Breedon Priory Garden Centre & Shopping Complex. The capital of The National Forest, Burton upon Trent, has everything you could want – all the top high street names, lovely gift outlets, welcoming bars, restaurants and cafes. Octagon Shopping Centre offers department stores together with specialist shops. Take in a flick at the cinema here, in Uttoxeter and now in Swadlincote. 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. Go on…you are worth it!

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I always wanted to.. ...learn how to be a chocolatier for a day

Do cookery programmes like Masterchef make you feel like ‘having a go’?

BitterSweet Chocolates’ courses reveal the secrets of a chocolatier. A must for chocoholics everywhere! Or for budding Masterchefs, join the passionate chefs at Seasoned Courses.

Book on a chocolate making course with BitterSweet Chocolates and discover a world of new flavours like the mouth-wateringly-good chilli chocolates. You can make these as 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. Try our locally produced food in the excellent farm shops Cattows Farm near Heather and Betty’s

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Ashby de la Zouch, (third Saturday of every month) Castle Donington, (second Saturday of every month) Sealwood Virtual Farmers’ Market, Uttoxeter, (last Saturday of every month)

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A local flavour Sealwood Vineyard or pick up a bottle at Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre. Farm near Willington. You’ll find delectable treats in the quality delicatessens at Barton Marina, Byrkley Garden Centre and Ashbybased David’s. Visit one of the best artisan bakeries in the region, Breadfirst. Based in the

Ferrers Centre, it also stocks cakes and other delicious local foods. A ‘must’ for sweet-tooths, are the home-baked cakes at Hicks Lodge: National Forest Cycle Centre, Calke Abbey, Langan’s Tea Room in Burton upon Trent and Lakeside Bistro, which overlooks a pretty fishing lake. Sample ales from the world’s brewing capital, Burton upon Trent, and from the microbreweries scattered throughout the National Forest & Beyond including Burton Bridge, Tower and John Thompson breweries, as well as the White Shield brewery within the National Brewery Centre.

Looking for somewhere nice for the evening? Try the Baan Thai Restaurant in Burton upon Trent or Siam Corner at Barton Marina. 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 or contact our friendly Tourist Information Centres (see page 3).

There is also locally produced wine to try. Look out for the open days at

Baan Thai Restaurant, 01283 740 099 Betty’s Farm & Shop, 07917 186 393, BitterSweet Chocolates, Byrkley Garden Centre, 01283 716 467, Burton Bridge Inn, 01283 510573, Calke Abbey, 01332 863 822, David’s, 01530 415 704 Hicks Lodge: National Forest Cycle Centre, 01530 274 533,

John Thompson Inn, 01332 862 469, Lakeside Bistro, 01283 763 777, Langan’s Tea Rooms, 01283 500141 Sealwood Vineyard, 01283 761 371, Seasoned Courses, 01283 810 275, Siam Corner Thai Marina, 01283 716 146, The Cattows Farm Shop, 01530 264 200,

The Shoulder of Mutton, 01530 270 436, Tower Brewery, 01283 562 888,

There are just too many great places to list all of them here. Log on to

Captions: Calke Abbey Fine Food Fair; BitterSweet Chocolates; Cookery with Seasoned Courses; Lunch at Sharpe’s Pottery; Ashby Farmer’s Market cakes; Traditional pub in Oakthorpe – the Shoulder of Mutton.


Woods, wildf lowers and wonderful walks Bluebell Woods of Yoxall Lodge

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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 14 Apr to Sun 13 May 2012. 10.30am – 6pm. Admission: Adults £4, Child 5 – 16 yrs £1 (under 5s free).

Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood Country Park


Activities tailored to The National Curriculum

Free WiFi connection

Baby changing facilities Car parking

Leicestershire's most visited country park. 830 acres of grass, bracken, rocky outcrops, majestic trees, deer herd, river and folly ‘Old John Tower’. Shop, visitor centre, tea room. 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.

Gift shop Horse riding trail

Leicestershire County Country Parks

Information centre

Children’s play area

Licensed for weddings

Coach parking

Open all year

Conference facilities

Picnic area

Cycle hire


Cycle trails

Suitable for group visits

Disabled parking


Disabled toilets

Walking trails

Dogs allowed

Welcome host award

Dogs allowed on leads only

Wheelchair access

Enjoy the many smaller Country Parks, including: Bagworth Heath Woods – Heath Rd LE67 1DL Coleorton Wood – Pitt Ln, Coleorton LE67 8FS Donisthorpe Woodland Park – Church St DE12 7PY Market Bosworth Park – The Park CV13 0LP 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.

Sence Valley Forest Park

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.

Discount vouchers, events and much more on FOR DETAILS ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT SEE PAGE 38

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Yoxall Lodge, Scotch Hills, Newchurch Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE13 8RL Tel: 01283 575 237

BTCV Conservation Holidays in The National Forest


Accommodation: Rosliston Forestry Centre Activities: Sites all over The National Forest Tel: 0116 255 3515 (search for holidays and

The ancient woodlands at Yoxall Lodge are set ablaze by stunning autumn colours. Meander along footpaths to witness the final show of glorious autumn hues before the onset of winter. Opening Times: Thurs – Sun; 4 Oct – 28 Oct 2012. 10.30am – 5pm. Admission: Adults £4, Child 5 – 16 yrs £1 (under 5s free).

Beacon Hill Country Park


Ravenstone Road, Ibstock, Leicestershire Grid ref: SK403113 Tel: 01889 586 593 Fax: 01889 574 217

Green Flag Award

Autumn Woods of Yoxall Lodge


For details see website. Tel: 0116 305 5000


Children welcome

Visitor Attraction Quality Assessment Scheme


Estate Office, Deer Barn Buildings, Bradgate Country Park, Newtown Linford, Leics LE6 0HE Tel: 0116 236 2713 Fax: 0116 234 1851

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Yoxall Lodge, Scotch Hills, Newchurch Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE13 8RL Tel: 01283 575 237


Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough Leicestershire LE12 8TA/LE12 8SP Tel: 0116 305 5000 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 and sheep & cattle helping to maintain the heathland. National Forest Wood Fair here August Bank Holiday (26th-27th). Bus Route: 54, 123 to Woodhouse Eaves. Admission: £2.50 car parking – season ticket available.

volunteer opportunities) Do you enjoy the outdoors, learning new skills and meeting new people? Are you willing to have a go at something different? Then book your place on a BTCV conservation holiday in The National Forest. Holidays run at various times throughout the year, please call 0116 255 3515 for details. Admission: Adults only, prices vary please view website for final details.

Forest Four Wheel Drive


Money Hill Farm, Stretton en le Field Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 8AE Tel: 01283 762 248 or 07711 496 532 Fax: 01283 760 289 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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Funky Monkey Rustic Carpentry Around Beacon Hill area, Leicestershire Tel: 07828 772 499 “The village carpenter” based near Beacon Hill Country Park. Specialising in traditional woodland crafts and courses, green woodworking, green oak and round pole timber framing techniques, traditional tool use and bush craft. School groups, corporate events and parties of all ages welcome.

Greenwood Days


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: 68, 69 & 69A.


Willesley Woodside, Moira, Swadlincote Derbyshire LE65 2UP Tel: 01530 274 533 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 and café. Opening Times: Daily from 9am. Admission: Car park charges apply.

National Forest Llama Treks


260 Lichfield Road, Barton under Needwood Staffordshire DE13 8ED Tel: 01283 711 702 or 07970 601 373


John Nike Leisuresport Ltd, Sir Herbert Wragg Way, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 8LP Tel: 01283 217 200 Fax: 01283 550 659 Come and experience the thrill of winter sports whatever the time of year. Ski or snowboard on Perma-Snow the revolutionary ski surface which now also features a new slope misting system or whizz down in a toboggan or sno-tube. Opening Times: Open 364 days a year, telephone for times. Admission: Telephone for details. Bus Route: 218 from Leicester, 9A from Burton.

Woodland Survival Crafts

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.

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South Street, Ashby de la Zouch Leicestershire LE65 1BR Tel: 01530 413 343 Fax: 01530 414 026 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.

Ashby de la Zouch Museum


North Street, Ashby de la Zouch Leicestershire LE65 1HU Tel: 01530 560 090 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.

Battlefield Line Railway


Shackerstone Station, Shackerstone Nuneaton, Warwickshire CV13 6NW Tel: 01827 880 754 Fax: 01827 881 050

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.

Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre

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Bushcraft & survival courses held on the beautiful Catton Hall Estate in Derbyshire Tel: 07843 064 114

Ashby de la Zouch Castle

Ferrers Centre, Staunton Harold Leicestershire LE65 1RU Tel: 01332 864 529

Hicks Lodge: The National Forest Cycle Centre

Woodland Ways Ltd


Windlehill Farm, Sutton on the Hill Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 5JH Tel: 01283 730 851 Our quality Bushcraft courses provide adventures for adults and families, accredited learning for schools and youth clubs or training for outdoor instructors or businesses. We don’t disappoint. Courses held at Spring Wood, Staunton Harold Estate. Opening Times and admission: Telephone or see website for details.

Steam and diesel hauled trains depart from Shackerstone Station to the site of the 1485 Bosworth Battlefield at Shenton. Shackerstone Station houses a unique railway and museum, gift shop and cafe. Opening Times: Easter – Oct: Weekends only, (plus Wed during Jul and Aug). Admission: Adults £8, Child £5, Concessions £6.50, Family £24.

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre


Sutton Cheney CV13 0AD Tel: 01455 290 429 Fax: 01455 292 841 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.

Calke Abbey


Ticknall, Derbyshire DE73 7LE Tel: 01332 863 822 Fax: 01332 865 272 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: 26 Feb – 4 Nov: House: Sat – Wed 12.30pm – 5pm Garden: Daily 11am – 5pm. Restaurant & Shop: Daily 10.30am – 5pm. Nov – Feb: 10.30am – 4pm. Park & NNR: Daily 7.30am – 7.30pm (dusk if earlier). Closed 25 Dec.


Roots to the past Catton Hall

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Moira Furnace

Catton, Walton on Trent South Derbyshire DE12 8LN Tel: 01283 716 311 Fax: 01283 712 876

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: Apr – Oct: Tues – Fri 12noon – 2pm, Sat – Sun 12noon – 4pm (School Holidays – extended times). Groups welcome all year – call for details. Fishing day rates £5 p/p. Admission: Museum: Adults £2, Concessions £1. Guided tours £4. Boat: Adults £3.50, Child £2.50, Family £10 (2 adults, 2 children).

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.

Claymills Victorian Pumping Station


National Memorial Arboretum

Meadow Lane, Stretton, Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE13 0DA Tel: 01283 509 929


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 200 memorials, including the striking Armed Forces Memorial. Opening Times: Daily 9am – 5pm (dusk in winter months). Admission: Free but small car park charges apply.

North West Leicestershire Museums

The Manor House Museum, Manor Road Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 2FW Tel: 01530 831 259


Off A512 between Shepshed and Thringstone Tel: 01530 223 201 Fax: 01530 223 201 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.

Great Central Railway



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

See how people lived in Medieval, Tudor and Stuart times in this lovely 13th Century house. Enjoy the 17th Century garden, tearoom and woodland walks. Events for all ages, including re-enactment, hands-on activities and exhibitions on Leicestershire's history, throughout the year. Assistance dogs only. Opening Times: 11 Feb – 14 Dec: Wed – Sun 11am – 4pm. Admission: Please see website for details on admission prices.

Grace Dieu Priory


Croxall Road, Alrewas Staffordshire DE13 7AR Tel: 01283 792 333 Fax: 020 3207 2111

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.

Donington le Heath Manor House

27 Furnace Lane, Moira, Derbyshire DE12 6AT Tel: 01283 224 667 or 07976 637 858

Diseworth Heritage Centre Open: Sun 2pm – 4pm.

Tel: 01332 814 514 or 07785 393 578 Grace Dieu Priory

Sir John Moore Heritage Centre

Open: Dawn 'til dusk.

Open: by appointment.

Tel: 01530 223 201

Tel: 01530 273 629

Kegworth Museum Open: Easter – Sept: Sat 10am – 1pm, Sun & Bank Hols 1pm – 4pm, Weds 2pm – 4pm and by arrangement for groups.

Swannington Heritage Trust Mill

Tel: 01509 670 137

Tel: 01530 222 330

Measham Museum

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.

Whitwick Historical Group Resource Centre

Tel: 01530 273 956

Tel: 01509 556 793

Open: Tue 7pm – 9pm and Sat 10am – 12noon.

Sharpe’s Pottery Museum


Great Central Road, Loughborough Leicestershire LE11 1RW Tel: 01509 632 323

West Street, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE11 9DG Tel: 01283 222 600

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.

In a restored pottery works, exhibits reveal South Derbyshire’s internationally important pottery and the story of The National Forest. Events and family friendly activities. Opening Times: Museum & TIC – All year: Mon – Fri 10am – 4.30pm. Easter – Oct: Sat 10am – 4.30pm. Nov – Easter: Sat 10am – 3pm. Most Bank Hols: 10am – 3pm. Coffee Shop – All Year: Mon – Sat 10am – 3pm. Museum, TIC & Coffee Shop – Sun, Christmas and New Year: Closed. Admission: Free. Group Tours including refreshments: £5 per person.

Melbourne Hall and Gardens


Church Square, Melbourne, Derbyshire DE73 8EN Tel: 01332 862 502 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.

Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood


Sudbury, Ashbourne Derbyshire DE6 5HT Tel: 01283 585 305 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: 11 Feb – 4 Nov: Wed – Sun, 1pm – 5pm. Museum, Shops and Tea Room: 11 Feb – 8 Apr: Wed – Sun, 11am – 5pm. 9 Apr – 4 Nov: daily, 11am – 5pm. 8 Nov – 9 Dec: Thurs – Sun 11am – 4pm. Admission: Hall: Adult £8, Child £4.20, Family £20.20. Museum: Adult £8, Child £4.20, Family £20.20. Hall & Museum: Adult £14.60, Child £7.70, Family £36.90. Under 5s free.

Roots to the past The National Brewery Centre

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The Blue Cross Rolleston Equine Welfare Centre Hilda Archer Sanctuary

Horninglow Street, Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE14 1NG Tel: 01283 532 880

Dovecliff Road, Rolleston on Dove Staffordshire DE13 9AU Tel: 0300 777 1520 Fax: 0300 777 1521

The ‘Brewing Experience’ includes large elements of the original Bass Museum and celebrates the social history and development of brewing. Meet and hear stories of characters who helped build Burton’s world-renowned brewing reputation, including the legendary Bass family. Opening Times: Daily (except 25 & 26 Dec): 10am – 5pm. Admission: Adult £7.95, Child (3 – 16 yrs) £4.95, Concessions £6.95, Family £20 (up to 5 persons, 2 adults).

Family fun

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 Years Day). Wed 12noon – 7pm during summer time. Admission: Free.

The National Forest Adventure Farm

Beehive Woodland Lakes


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 small farm contains a variety of animals, some of which can be met in our petting area. There is also a play area for under 10s, a pet shop and tea room on site. Opening Times: Easter – end Oct: daily. Oct – Easter: Weds – Sun. Please contact tea rooms direct for opening hours. Admission: Small charge.

Treasure Trails


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. Available from Price: £5.99 each.

120 acres of forest, lakes, adventure play areas, barefoot walk, picnic areas and railway. Indoors explore the Enchanted Forest play area, exhibits and cafes. New for 2012 – activity programmes and shows and the Fairy Labyrinth. Free car parking. Opening Times: Summer: 10am – 6pm. Winter: 10am – 5pm. Closed 25 & 26 Dec. Admission: Adult £8.95, Child/Concession £6.95, Family (2 adults + 2 children) £27.95.

Tropical Birdland


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.

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.

Twycross Zoo





Burton Road, Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 3PX Tel: 0844 474 1777 Fax: 01827 880 700

Burton Road, Rosliston, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 8JX Tel: 01283 563 483 Fax: 01283 565 494 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.


Lindridge Lane, Desford Leicestershire LE9 9GN Tel: 01455 824 603

57 Main Street, Alrewas Staffordshire DE13 7AE Tel: 01283 792 666

Rosliston Forestry Centre

40 01664 812 893 01827 382 995 07521 411 101

Rawdon Road, Moira, Nr Ashby de la Zouch Derbyshire DE12 6GA Tel: 01283 216 633 Fax: 01283 210 321

Crackpotz Ceramic Cafe


Postern House Farm, Postern Road, Tatenhill Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE13 9SJ Tel: 01283 533 933

Rosliston, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 8HZ Tel: 01283 763 981 Tea Room Tel: 01283 763 980


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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.

By the water Mercia Leisure Trips


Ashby Road, Coalville Leicestershire LE67 3LN Tel: 01530 278 444 Fax: 0116 305 4597

Mercia Marina, Findern Lane Willington, Derbyshire DE65 6DW Tel: 07922 573 023

Set on the site of a former colliery, Snibston consists of a multi award-winning interactive museum, ancient scheduled colliery buildings, the Century Theatre and a 64 acre country park and nature reserve. Dogs allowed in country park 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 2012 prices.

Canal boat trips along the Trent and Mersey Canal from Mercia Marina, Willington to various destinations between Stenson 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.


By the water

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Mercia Marina


Donington Nurseries & Walled Garden

Findern Lane, Willington, Derbyshire DE65 6DW Tel: 01283 703 332 Fax: 01283 702 133 Breath-taking waterside destination and ideally located peaceful haven in the heart of the Midlands with two boat hire companies onsite, trip boat, café/restaurant, shops, walks, wildlife and waterside lodge holidays. Opening Times: Marina Office – Daily 9am – 5.30pm. Willow Tree Tea Rooms – Daily 9am – 5pm. Trade & Post Shop – Daily 8.30am – 6pm. Trip boat runs throughout the summer months.

Shortheath Fishery


Superb Walled Garden Nursery and Garden Centre. Impressive selection of plants, majority grown on the nursery representing excellent value and quality. Family owned, with knowledgeable staff on hand to help. Opening Times: Spring, Summer & Autumn: Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm, Sun 10am – 4pm. Winter: Daily 10am – 4pm. Jan – Feb reduced opening, please telephone in advance.

Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts

Shortheath Water, Shortheath Road, Moira Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 6BW Tel: 01283 763 777

Treat yourself

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.

Ferrers Gallery


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.

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.

Planters at Bretby


Bretby Lane, Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE15 0QS Tel: 01283 703 355 Fax: 01283 704 035


Ashby Road, Breedon on the Hill Derby DE73 8AT Tel: 07990 665 417

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 Years Day.

Breedon Priory Garden Centre, shops, golf, antiques and award winning café located in the village of Breedon on the Hill on the edge of The National Forest. Opening Times: Garden Centre - Daily 9am – 5pm, Shops – Daily 10am – 4pm. Antiques hall open at weekends only. Admission: Free. Parking free.

The Octagon Shopping Centre Byrkley Garden Centre


Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts Staunton Harold, Ashby de la Zouch Leicestershire LE65 1RU Tel: 01332 863 337

Barton under Needwood Burton upon Trent DE13 8DZ Tel: 01283 711 500 Fax: 01283 711 155

Breedon Priory Garden Centre and Shopping Complex


Melbourne Road, Staunton Harold Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1RU Tel: 01332 864 863 Fax: 01332 864 863

Well stocked 24 peg lake. Carp (up to 25lb+) many other course 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.

Barton Marina


Kings Mills, Park Lane, Castle Donington Derbyshire DE74 2RS Tel: 01332 853 004 Fax: 01332 853 793


New Street, Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE14 3TN Tel: 01283 515 000


Rangemore, Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE13 9RN Tel: 01283 716 467 Fax: 01283 716 594

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.

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.

A local f lavour Champneys Springs


Packington, nr Ashby de la Zouch Leicestershire LE65 1TG Tel: 01530 273 873 Fax: 01530 270 987 The UK’s first purpose built health resort offers excellent spa facilities and specialises in a wide range of luxurious treatments. Beautiful natural parkland setting, day or stay packages available. Opening Times: Please contact for details. Admission: Please contact for details.

Baan Thai Restaurant 95-96 High Street Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE14 1LJ Tel: 01283 740 099 The well flavoured Thai restaurant in Burton with a genuine Thai welcome. Enjoy the authentic Thai cuisine prepared by the expertly trained Thai chefs, served by receptive staff in enchanting surroundings. Opening Times: Lunch – Daily: 12noon – 2.30pm. Dinner – Daily: 6pm – 11pm.


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A local f lavour

Betty’s Farm and Shop


Siam Corner Thai Marina

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Betty’s Farm, Castle Way, Willington Derbyshire DE65 6BW Tel: 07917 186 393

Unit 2, Barton Marina, Barton under Needwood Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE13 8DZ Tel: 01283 716 146 Fax: 01283 711 837

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: Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm.

Beautiful Marina with 500 barges, stunning interior design functional with different features, stone crafted Thai Temple, water fountain, Mezzanine floor, sunken table area, high quality food and fresh herbs from Thailand. Opening Times: Lunch – Tues – Sat 12noon – 2.30pm, Sun (buffet) 12noon – 3pm. Dinner – Mon – Thurs 5pm – 10.30pm, Fri – Sat 5pm – 11pm, Sun (buffet) 6pm – 10.30pm.

BitterSweet Chocolates


@The Three Horseshoes Inn and Chocolate Shop 44-46 Main Street, Breedon on the Hill Derby DE73 8AN Tel: 07968 163 706 ‘Chocolate Heaven’ workshops, come and have fun learning to make fresh cream truffles and chocolates, guided by our award winning chocolatiers. Unlimited chocolate fondue. Gift vouchers available online for full or half day. Take home everything you make. Contact us for workshop dates.

Lakeside Bistro


Shortheath Water, Shortheath Road Moira, Derbyshire DE12 6BW Tel: 01283 763 777 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.

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.

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plantatree You can make a positive contribution to the environment and the Forest through our plantatree scheme.

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. Rosliston Forestry Centre

For a copy of these factsheets including details of group accommodation contact our friendly Tourist Information Centres (see page 3).

The Cattows Farm Shop and Tea Room


Cattows Farm, Swepstone Road, Heather Leicestershire LE67 2RF Tel: 01530 264 200 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: Opening Times: Please contact for details.

The Shoulder of Mutton


Chapel Street, Oakthorpe Measham DE12 7QT Tel: 01530 270 436 Friendly and traditional beamed village pub. Excellent and reasonably priced 40-seater restaurant. Well kept ales, patio area, daytime walkers welcome, meeting room available weekdays, Sunday evening folk club. Opening Times: Lunches served Tue – Sun 12noon – 2pm, evening meals served Tues – Sat 6pm – 9pm (please book).


I always wanted to.. ...compete in the Olympics

Events, fairs and festivals Ever dreamt of taking part in the Olympics? Well – if you didn’t make the 2012 British team you could always enter the Agrilympics at the National Forest Adventure Farm. Taking place on Saturday 4 August, this annual event includes the corn javelin, tossing the hale bale and welly sprint!

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.

This listing shows just the major events happening across the area throughout the year. For a full list log on to the website /events or contact the Tourist Information Centres (page 3).


Dimminsdale Snowdrops, nr Staunton Harold Reservoir, 01530 836 809


15-17 CAMRA Beer Festival, Town Hall, Burton upon Trent, 01283 542 656 17 Midlands Grand National, Uttoxeter Racecourse, 01889 562 561

April 14-13 May, Bluebell Woods, Yoxall Lodge, 01283 575 237

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 (1931 May). For more information and a festival programme visit the website www.thenationalforestwalking or contact Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre (page 3). Our friendly Tourist Information Centres can supply walks leaflets, a programme of guided walks across the area and even book accommodation for your visit.

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May 19-31 National Forest Walking Festival, 01283 222 848 19-20 Moira Canal Festival, Moira Furnace, 01530 273 956

June Throughout the summer many villages and towns have brilliant open garden events. For more information contact the Tourist Information Centres. 1-4 Ashby Arts Festival, Ashby de la Zouch, 01530 411 767 8-10 Download Festival, Castle Donington, 01332 810 048 23 Heart of the Forest Festival, Measham, 01530 270 275 23-24 Festival of Leisure, Swadlincote, 01283 595 782

July 6-8 National Forest Folk Festival, Conkers, Moira, 07881 558 158 15 Ashby Show, Heather, 01283 229 225 tbc Heather Music Festival, 01530 260 544

August 4 Agrilympics, National Forest Adventure Farm, 01283 533 933 10-12 Strawberry Fields Festival, Heather, 01530 264 200 17-19 Moira Furnace Folk Festival, Moira, 01283 224 667 18-19 Bosworth Battlefield Anniversary Weekend, 01455 290 429 26-27 National Forest Wood Fair, Beacon Hill Country Park, 01283 551 211

September 1 Festival of Fireworks, Catton Hall, 01384 402 255 10 Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, 01283 840 224 15-29 Melbourne Festival, 01283 222 848 16 National Forest 10K, 01283 551 211 tbc Ashby de la Zouch Statutes Fair, 01530 411 767


1 Burton upon Trent Statutes Fair, 01543 372 820

November & December

For details of Bonfire and Firework Spectaculars, Christmas fairs, carols by candlelight and Santa specials contact the Tourist Information Centres. The above events information was correct as at October 2011. You are advised to contact the venues directly to check dates, times and admission costs.

Captions: National Forest Wood Fair; Frightnight at the National Forest Adventure Farm.

27 Leicester Shire Promotions has teamed up with a range of exciting attractions and top hotels to bring an exclusive range of short breaks in The National Forest and Leicestershire.

Stay Play Explore

Special Short Break Deals

Visit any three of the fantastic attractions: CONKERS, Snibston, Twycross Zoo, National Space Centre and Bosworth Battlefield and enjoy overnight accommodation and breakfast at a top hotel from just £109 per family.

Stay Play Explore – Family Adventure short break Family Adventure from Stay Play Explore is just £109 and includes four-star overnight accommodation for a family of four with breakfast and a choice of three activities: cycle hire, tobogganing, outdoor pursuits, ten pin bowling or a family cinema pass.

Glorious Heritage short break Discover Glorious Heritage with this new short break. For just £109 two people can stay in one of four hotels and get tickets for three attractions. Choose from Calke Abbey, Ashby de la Zouch Castle, Bosworth Battlefield, Snibston or Afternoon Tea at Donington le Heath Classics Tea Room. For more details on these three breaks and other special offers visit or call the short break specialists at Leicester Tourist Information Centre 0844 888 5181.

Walking Weekends Take a ‘Walking Weekend’ during the biggest ever National Forest Walking Festival (19-31 May). Special rates also available to extend your stay. For details on these discounts visit the website www.thenationalforestwalking or contact Swadlincote Tourist Information Centre (page 3).

Bank Holiday Wood Fair Weekend Enjoy accommodation, breakfast and tickets to the Wood Fair (26 & 27 August) from just £99 for two. Watch the lumberjacks and chainsaw sculpting and try your hand at woodland crafts. Book online through or call Leicester Tourist Information Centre 0844 888 5181.

Book a Brewery Break Get the brewery experience while staying in luxury at the Mercure Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel. This two-night treat includes tickets to the National Brewery Centre, three-course dinner and full English breakfast for £174 per couple (just £87 per person). To find out more or to book call 0844 815 9018.

Woodland Craft and Bushcraft Breaks Try your hand at ancient woodland crafts and survival skills with Greenwood Days and Funky Monkey’s weekend woodland crafts courses or with one of our survival schools (see page 21 for details).

Fantastic Family Breaks at YHA National Forest Book a family break (2 adults, 2 children) including family day pass for Conkers and evening meal for just £59 (and all within walking distance!). Or stay at the YHA, have an evening meal and get a family pass for Alton Towers for £119. To book call 01283 229 662 and quote NF59 and NF119 respectively. Captions: The folly at Bradgate Park, National Forest Walking Festival; Woodland Ways.


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Ashby de la Zouch Ferne Cottage

Bedrooms: 1 S, 1 D, 1 T. Price per person per night from £25 – £35. 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.

Hillfield House

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. All of the accommodation featured in this guide Camping at Ingles Hill or on has been inspected by one of the rating authorities, VisitBritain or the AA. The star ratings reflect the overall quality of the experience. Please go to for a detailed explanation of the different categories and for more information on what you can expect in terms of quality standards. Gradings may change during the lifetime of this guide. Some hotels in this guide are also inspected through the chain’s approved system.

How to book You can book your accommodation in several ways: ● Through the Tourist Information Centres (TICs) who can give you more information on the quality inspection schemes: Ashby de la Zouch, 01530 411 767 Swadlincote, 01283 222 848 ● By contacting the establishment directly ● Or you can book online for many venues through, and

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★★★★ B&B 2 Station Hill, Swannington Leicestershire LE67 8RH Tel: 01530 833 395 Bedrooms: 3 D/T (En). Price per person per night from £27.50 – £40. Spacious, tastefully refurbished Oct 2011. Large garden for relaxation. In The National Forest, on the edge of Charnwood Forest. Convenient for Donington Park plus other attractions. M42, M1, Birmingham/EMA airports close.

Measham House


★★★★ B&B

Gallows Lane, Measham Derbyshire DE12 7HD Tel: 01530 270 465 Bedrooms: 2 T (En), 1 F (En). Price per person per night from £40 – £45. A very warm welcome awaits you at Measham House B&B, caravan & campsite (10 pitches from £10). A grade II Georgian farmhouse on a 600 acre working farm run by John & Di Lovett.

The Clockmaker’s House

★★★★ B&B


8 Lower Church Street, Ashby de la Zouch Leicestershire LE65 1AB Tel: 01530 417 974 Bedrooms: 1 D (En), 1 T (En), 1 F (En). Price per person per night from £34 – £45. Charming 18th Century house set in a quiet conservation area off the centre of Ashby, close to the castle. The décor reflects the quirks of this unusual former clockmaker’s home. DVD players in all rooms – DVDs free to borrow.

The Royal Hotel


★★★ Hotel

Station Road, Ashby de la Zouch Leicestershire LE65 2GP Tel: 01530 412 833 Fax: 01530 564 548 Bedrooms: 5 S (En), 19 D (En), 6 T (En), 4 F (En). Price per person per night from £30 – £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.

Burton upon Trent

Hotels & guest accommodation

Mercure Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel ★★★★ Country House Hotel – Breakfast Award


Newton Solney, Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE15 0SS Tel: 0844 815 9018 Fax: 01283 704 235 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 formerly a private residence, this beautiful hotel is located in the picturesque village of Newton Solney on the edge of The National Forest.

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★★ B&B 5 Black Horse Hill, Appleby Magna Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 7AQ Tel: 01530 271 772 Fax: 01530 270 652

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Three Queens Lodge


Budget Hotel

Kegworth & Castle Donington Priest House Hotel Donington Kegworth & Castle

Bedrooms: 4 S (En), 33 D (En), 3 T (En), 2 F (En). Price per person per night from £55 – £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: 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.

Hotels & guest accommodation

Ravenstone Guest House

Radisson Blu Hotel East Midlands Airport

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.

Bedrooms: 2 D (En), 1 T (En), 1 F (En). Price per person per night from £30. 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.


The Post House Bed & Breakfast ★★★★ B&B


Youth hostel

YHA National Forest

★★★★ Hostel


The Courtyard, 120 High Street Ibstock, Leicestershire LE67 6LJ Tel: 01530 261 610 Fax: 01530 261 610

48 Bath Lane, Moira, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 6BD Tel: 01283 229 662 Fax: 01283 226 859

Bedrooms: 2 D (En), 1 F. Price per person per night from £35 – £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.

Bedrooms: 9 D (En), 23 F (En). Price per person per night from £12 – £22. The brand new 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.


Hotels & guest accommodation

Nook Cottage B&B


★★★★ B&B – Silver Award

Abbots Bromley

Self-catering accommodation

Blithfield Lakeside Barns

★★★★ Self Catering


5 The Nook, Barrow on Trent Derbyshire DE73 7NA Tel: 01332 702 050 or 07793 057 731

St Stephen’s Hill Farm, Admaston Rugeley, Staffordshire WS15 3NQ Tel: 01889 500 234

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.

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. Most bedrooms en-suite. One with four poster bed and Jacuzzi bath.

Kegworth & Castle Donington Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel ★★★★ Hotel – 2 Rosettes

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Ashby de la Zouch

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The Dandelion Hideaway Alternative Accommodation


Packington Hill, Kegworth Derbyshire DE74 2DF Tel: 01509 672 518

Osbaston House Farm, Lount Road, Osbaston Nr Market Bosworth, Leicestershire CV13 0HR Tel: 01455 291 291 or 07811 783 535

Bedrooms: 54 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.

Number of Units: 5. Total Bedspaces: 25. Price per unit per week from £405 – £866. The ultimate glamping experience. Gorgeous country canvas cottages, nestled into the idyllic Leicestershire countryside, offer fun for families and romance for couples. Chic interiors with wood burning stove, well-equipped kitchen and roll top bath in the private bathroom.

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★★★★ Hotel Herald Way, Pegasus Business Park Derby DE74 2TU Tel: 01509 670 575 Fax: 01509 686 221


★★★★ Guest House – Breakfast Award Church Lane Farm, Ravenstone Coalville, Leicestershire LE67 2AE Tel: 01530 810 536


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★★★★ Hotel – 2 Rosettes

Kings Mills, Castle Donington Derby DE74 2RR Tel: 01332 810 649 Fax: 01332 815 334

Bridge Street, Burton upon Trent Staffordshire DE14 1SY Tel: 0845 230 1334 Fax: 0844 272 8532


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

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

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Ashby de la Zouch Lakeview Lodges

Norman's Barn

Self-catering accommodation ★★★★ Self Catering



Self-catering accommodation

Aqua Narrowboats

★★★★★ Narrowboat


Shortheath Water, Moira, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 6BW Tel: 01283 763 777

Mercia Marina, Findern Lane, Willington, Derbyshire, DE65 6DW Tel: 01283 701 041

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.

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.

★★★★ Self Catering


Ingles Hill Farm, Burton Road Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 2TE Tel: 01530 412 224

Mercia Marina Lodges

Number of Units: 2. Total Bedspaces: 9. Price per unit per week from £400 – £890. Two bespoke luxury holiday lodges on a 74 acre waterside development. Overlooking tranquil waters, our lodges can’t fail to offer the perfect relaxing break. Availability for weeks or short breaks.

Number of Units: 1. Total Bed spaces: 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.

Upper Rectory Farm Cottages New ★★★★/★ Self Catering – Gold Award

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★★★★ Holiday Park – David Bellamy Conservation Award Gold Findern Lane, Willington, Derbyshire DE65 6DW Tel: 01283 703 332

National Trust Calke Abbey Holiday Cottages ★★★ Self Catering

xSnarestone Road, Appleby Magna Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 7AJ Tel: 01827 880 448 Fax: 01827 880 523


Calke Abbey, Ticknall DE73 7LE Tel: National Trust Holiday Contact Centre 0844 800 2070 Number of units: 4. Total Bedspaces: 22. Price per unit per week from £354. 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.

Number of units: 6. Total bedspaces: 26. Price per unit per week from £320 – £1140. 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!


Self-catering accommodation

Kingfisher Holiday Park ★★★★★ Holiday Park – Rose Award Fradley Junction, Alrewas Staffordshire DE13 7DN Tel: 01283 790 407 Fax: 01283 792 919


Number of units: 6. Total Bedspaces: 24. Price per unit per week from £295 – £495. Short breaks available from £120. 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.


Self-catering accommodation

Woodland Hills Court

★★★/★ Self Catering


Ivy House Farm, Stanton by Bridge Derby DE73 7HT Tel: 01332 864 619 Number of units: 4. 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. Bus route: 61.

Please mention this guide when you book your stay. PLEASE NOTE Rates quoted were supplied by the establishments in Autumn 2011. Visitors are advised to confirm prices when booking.


Self-catering accommodation

Forest Lodges


★★★/★ Self Catering

Rosliston Forestry Centre, Burton Road Rosliston, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 8JX Tel: 01283 563 483 Fax: 01283 565 494


★★★★ Self Catering


Clifton Road, Netherseal, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 8BT Tel: 01283 761 445 or 01827 373 253

★★★★ Self Catering – Gold Award Oaklands Farm, Mount Pleasant, Sutton Road Church Broughton, Derbyshire DE65 5DE Tel: 01283 730 283 or 07543 365 412

Number of units: 3. Total Bedspaces: 18. Price per unit per week from £400 – £1000. 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.


★★★★ Self Catering

★★★★ Self Catering

Number of Units: 2. Total Bedspaces: 12. Price per unit per week from £308 – £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.

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


Burton Road, Ashby de la Zouch Leicestershire LE65 2TE Tel: 01530 412 224 Pitches: 5. Price per night from £8. 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.


Number of Units: 1. Total Bedspaces: 2. Price per unit per week from £270 – £490. 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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Ingles Hill Caravan Site Caravan Club

Sealwood Lane, Linton, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 6PA Tel: 01283 761 371


Camping & caravanning

Stanton’s Wood Caravan Site Camping & Caravanning Club

Spinney View Barn Awaiting Inspection


Poplars Farm, Yoxall Road, Newborough Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire DE13 8SU Tel: 01283 575 200 Fax: 01283 575 400


Lullington Road, Grangewood Derbyshire DE12 8BH Tel: 01827 373 236

Sealwood Cottage Vineyard Awaiting Inspection

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Newborough Cottages

Number of units: 2. Total Bedspaces: 8. Price per unit per week from £350. Luxury Scandinavian-style Pine Lodge with panoramic views across the Mease Valley. Surrounded by beautiful countryside, lovely walks and perfect for cycling. Excellent family accommodation and friendly welcome. Brochure available. Also Field Lodge, beautiful contemporary accommodation, sleeps 4.

Seal Brook Farm Cottages

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Oaklands Country Lodge

Number of Units: 6. Total Bedspaces: 48. Price per unit per week from £360 – £925. 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.

Grangefields Pine Lodge

Self-catering accommodation


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.

Botany Bay, Grangewood, Swadlincote Derbyshire DE12 8DY Tel: 01283 760 872 Number of Units: 1. Total Bedspaces: 6. Price per unit per week from £450 – £1080. Enjoying a blissfully peaceful setting in the heart of The National Forest, our contemporary converted 17th Century single storey pig barn boasts a hot tub in a private patio overlooking forest.

Swadlincote The Little Retreat

★★★ Self Catering


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.

Camping & caravanning

Beehive Woodland Lakes


★★★ Camping & Touring Park 2 pennants Rosliston, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 8HZ Tel: 01283 763 981

Pitches: 25+ hook up, 25+ plain camping. Price on application. Touring caravans, motorhomes and tents accommodated 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.


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Hotels and guest accommodation Abbots Bromley Marsh Farm, AA**** Farmhouse, 01283 840 323, from £30 pppn

Ashbourne Cross Farm, Ellastone, VB**** B&B, 01335 324 668, from £25 pppn Mona Villas, VB**** B&B, 01335 343 773, from £26 pppn

Ashby de la Zouch Champneys Springs Health Resort, 0843 316 2222 (see page 24) Ferne Cottage, VB** B&B, 01530 271 772, from £25 pppn Flagstaff Island Premier Inn, 08701 977 281, from £29 prpn

How about a spot of ‘glamping’ in one of the new luxury canvas cottages with Dandelion Hideaway – complete with gorgeous roll-top bath. These are set in stunning countryside on a working farm. Perfect for a relaxing getaway!

Hillfield House, Swannington, VB**** B&B, 01530 833 395, from £27.50 pppn Measham House, VB**** B&B, 01530 270 465, from £40 pppn Aspect Hotel Tamworth, AA*** Hotel, 01530 279 500, from £49 prpn The Clockmaker’s House, VB**** B&B, 01530 417 974, from £34 pppn The Royal Hotel, AA*** Hotel, 01530 412 833, from £30 pppn

Burton upon Trent The Delter, AA**** Guest Accommodation, 01283 535 115, from £45 prpn Express by Holiday Inn, AA Budget Hotel, 01283 504 300, from £95 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

Highlighted entries see pages 28-31 pppn – per person per night prpn – per room per night pw – per week ppipn – per pitch per night PLEASE NOTE Rates quoted were supplied by the establishments in Autumn 2011. Visitors are advised to confirm prices when booking.

Redmoor House, VB** B&B, 01283 531 977 from £25 pppn Shoulder of Mutton, Barton under Needwood, VB*** Guest Accommodation, 01283 712 568, from £65 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 Travel Lodge Burton North, VB Budget Hotel, 0871 984 6069, from £25.95 prpn Travel Lodge Burton South, VB Budget Hotel, 0871 984 6068, from £25.95 prpn Wendy’s B&B, VB****, 01283 526 994, from £70 prpn


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Hermitage Park Hotel, AA***, 01530 814 814, from £30 pppn Ravenstone Guest House, AA**** Guest House, 01530 810 536, from £30 pppn The Post House B&B, VB**** B&B, 01530 261 610, £35 pppn

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Derby The Barn Retreat at Ashe Hall, Etwall, VB*** Guest Accommodation, 07875 250 716, from £35 prpn Bonehill Farm, Mickleover, VB*** B&B, 01332 813 553, from £30 prpn The Bubble Inn, Stenson, VB**** Guest Accommodation, 01283 707 468, from £68 prpn Etap Hotel Derby, Willington, 0128 370 1816, from £25 prpn Menzies Mickleover Court Hotel, Mickleover, AA**** Hotel, 01332 821 234, from £31 pppn Nook Cottage B&B, Barrow on Trent, VB**** B&B Silver Award, 01332 702 050, from £30 pppn Smithy Farm, Twyford, VB**** Guest Accommodation, 01283 701 851, from £45 prpn

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 £35.95 prpn Donington Manor Hotel, AA*** Hotel, 01332 810 253, from £60 prpn Donington Park Travel Lodge, 0871 984 6073, from £19 prpn Express by Holiday Inn, AA*** Travel Accommodation, 01509 678 000, from £52 prpn Falcon Inn & Hotel, AA***, 01509 842 416, from £75 prpn Hilton East Midlands Airport, VB**** Hotel, 01509 674 000, from £50 prpn Kegworth House, AA***** Guest Accommodation, 01509 672 575, from £83 prpn Ladygate Guest House, VB**** Guest Accommodation Silver Award, 01332 811 565, from £40 pppn Priest House Hotel, AA**** Hotel, 2 Rosettes, 01332 810 649, from £55 pppn Queen’s Head Hotel, Belton, AA**** Restaurant with rooms, 01530 222 359, from £80 prpn Radisson Blu, East Midlands Airport, AA**** Hotel, 01509 670 575, from £44.50 pppn Scotts Corner Guest House, VB*** Guest Accommodation, 01332 811 226, from £27 pppn Thistle Hotel East Midlands Airport, 0871 376 9015, from £90 prpn

Captions: Dandelion Hideaway, Upper Rectory Farm Cottages.

Lichfield Harlaston Post Office B&B, VB**** Guesthouse, 01827 383 324, from £35 prpn Netherstowe House AA**** Guest House, 01543 254 270, from £85 prpn Oakwood Barn, Edingale, AA*** B&B, 01827 383 916, from £32.50 pppn

Markfield Fieldhead Hotel, AA***, 01530 245 454, from £75 prpn Horseshoe Cottage, VB***** Guest Accommodation silver award, 0116 235 0038, from £47.50 pppn Travel Lodge, 0871 984 6083, from £49 prpn The Wheatsheaf Inn, AA**** B&B, 01509 890 320, from £40 pppn

Melbourne The Coach House, AA**** Guest House, 01332 862 338, from £26 pppn Derby House Bed & Breakfast, Awaiting Inspection, 01332 694 565, from £50 prpn Melbourne Arms & Cuisine India, AA*** Inn, 01332 864 949, from £40 prpn The Staff of Life, Ticknall, VB**** Guest Accommodation, 01332 862 479, from £65 prpn

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 £32.50 pppn Manor Farm, Coton in the Elms, VB**** Farm, 01283 760 340, from £27.50 pppn The Mill Wheel, Hartshorne, AA**** Inn, 01283 550 335, from £56 prpn Overseale House, AA*** B&B, 01283 763 741, from £35 pppn

Tutbury Boars Head Hotel, Sudbury, AA*** Hotel, 01283 820 344, from £59.95 prpn The Lavender Patch, Hilton, VB***** Farmhouse Silver Award, 01283 732 303, from £75 prpn Tudor Rose, Hilton, VB**** Guest Accommodation, 01283 734 564, from £36 pppn

Uttoxeter Ashmore B&B, 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 Forest Hills, VB**** Guest Accommodation, 01283 820 447, from £60 prpn High View Cottage, AA**** Guest Accommodation, 01889 568 183, from £25 prpn Manor House Farm, VB**** Farmhouse Silver Award, 01889 590 415, from £29 pppn The Racecourse Premier Inn, VB Budget Hotel, 0871 527 9112, from £65 prpn Travel Lodge Uttoxeter, VB Budget Hotel, 0871 984 6114, from £45.75 prpn Windy Arbour, VB**** Guest Accommodation, 01889 591 013, from £30 pppn

Youth hostel YHA National Forest, Moira, VB **** Hostel, 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 £500 pw

Ashby de la Zouch The Dandelion Hideaway, Osbaston, VB Alternative Accom, 01455 291 291, from £405 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 £320 pw

Coalville Church View Barn, Swepstone, VB*** Gold Award, 01530 272 481, from £180 pw

Derby Aqua Narrowboats, VB***** Narrowboat, 01283 701 041, from £704 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 £195 pw Moorcourt Cottages, Upper Leigh, VB****, 01538 723 008, from £399 pw Newborough Cottages, VB****, 01283 575 200, from £800 pw The Old Smithy, Tean, VB***, 01889 507 249, from £180 pw Rowan House, Alton, VB****, 01889 591 844, from £324 pw Woodland Views, VB****, 01283 820 012, from £430 pw

Camping & caravanning Ashbourne Dishfield Farm Caravan Park, Sutton on the Hill, Caravan Club 01283 732 347 from £5 ppipn

Ashby de la Zouch Conkers Camping & Caravanning Club Site, VB*****, 01283 224 925, from £22 ppipn Ingles Hill Caravan Site, Caravan Club, 01530 412 224, from £8 ppipn

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

Measham House Farm, Caravan Club, 01530 270 465, from £10 ppipn

National Trust Calke Abbey Holiday Cottages, Ticknall, VB***, 0844 800 2070, from £354 pw

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Lichfield Kingfisher Holiday Park, Fradley Junction, VB***** Holiday Park Rose Award, 01283 790 407, from £295 pw Netherstowe House Mews, AA****, 01543 254 270, apartments from £100 prpn

Melbourne Woodland Hills Court, Stanton by Bridge, VB****, 01332 864 619, from £350

Swadlincote Forest Lodges, Rosliston, VB***/****, 01283 563 483, from £360 pw Grangefields Pine Lodge, Netherseal, VB****, 01827 373 253, from £350 pw Seal Brook Farm Cottages, Grangewood, VB****, 01827 373 236, from £308 pw Sealwood Cottage Vineyard, Linton, Awaiting Inspection, 01283 761 371, from £270 pw Spinney View Barn, Grangewood, Awaiting Inspection, 01283 760 872, from £450 pw Swainswood Leisure Park, Overseal, VB***** Holiday Park Rose Award, 01283 763 300, from £369 pw The Little Retreat, Linton, VB***, 07891 034 985, from £149 pw

Cross Farm, Rolleston on Dove, Caravan Club, 01283 812 868, from £10 ppipn Willowbrook Farm, Alrewas, Caravan Club, 01283 790 217, from £7.50 ppipn

Coalville Lower Grange Farm, Coalville, Camping and Caravanning Club, 01530 838 074, from £13 ppipn

Derby Elvaston Castle, Caravan Club, VB***, 01332 573 735, from £11 ppipn Shardlow Marina Caravan Park, AA 3 Pennant, Camping & Touring Park, 01332 792 832, from £13 ppipn

Melbourne Scaddows Farm, Ticknall, Caravan Club, 01332 694 523, from £5 ppipn Springwood Fisheries, Caravan Club only, 01332 864 331, from £10 ppipn Stanton’s Wood Caravan Site, Ticknall, Caravanning Club, 01332 862 044, from £6 ppipn

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

Uttoxeter Forestside Farm, Marchington, Caravan Club, 01283 820 353, from £12 ppipn Uttoxeter Racecourse Caravan Club Site, VB** Touring Park, 01889 564 172, from £9.80 ppipn

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Win a dream short break You could win a weekend break for two in the luxurious four-star Priest House Hotel, nestled in the picturesque setting on the banks of the River Trent and surrounded by woodland, gardens and meadows. Its watermills were mentioned in the Doomsday Book from 1086. Today, as you step inside this magical country house you will find elegant contemporary surroundings designed with minimalist simplicity. The restaurant offers a quiet refined atmosphere and a menu that follows the seasons with the very best produce from top-quality local suppliers. Find out more from: The prize includes two nights stay in an executive room, with Champagne cream tea on arrival, dinner each night in the award winning restaurant, accompanied with a bottle of house red or white wine and full English breakfast each morning. To win this fabulous prize, log on to the website The closing date for the competition is Friday 30th November 2012. Full terms and conditions available on the website.

If you would like a paper copy of this competition, please write to: National Forest Company, Bath Yard, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 6BA



Attractions Woods & wildlife



accessible Please note that this map is designed to help locate key venues across the destination and not all roads are marked.

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Autumn Woods of Yoxall Lodge Beacon Hill Country Park Bluebell Woods of Yoxall Lodge Bradgate Park & Swithland Wood Country Park 5 Leicestershire County Country Parks 6 Sence Valley Forest Park

Active leisure 7 BTCV Conservation Holidays in The National Forest 8 Forest Four Wheel Drive 9 Funky Monkey Rustic Carpentry 10 Greenwood Days 11 Hicks Lodge The National Forest Cycle Centre 12 National Forest Llama Treks 13 Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre 14 Woodland Survival Crafts 15 Woodland Ways Ltd

Glasgow Edinburgh

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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.

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Traveline Tel: 08712 002 233, Website:

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National Express Tel: 08705 808 080 Website:


By bus Information on bus and coach timetables is available from:

By rail National Rail Enquiries, Tel: 08457 48 49 50 Website: An excellent website that provides times and details of trains, buses and other public transport along with driving instructions is

Maps & guides 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 giftshop to order a 245 map.

Ashby de la Zouch Castle Ashby de la Zouch Museum Battlefield Line Railway Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre Calke Abbey Catton Hall Claymills Victorian Pumping Station Donington le Heath Manor House Grace Dieu Priory Great Central Railway Melbourne Hall and Gardens Moira Furnace National Memorial Arboretum North West Leicestershire Museums Sharpe's Pottery Museum Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood The National Brewery Centre

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Beehive Woodland Lakes CONKERS Crackpotz Ceramic Cafe Rosliston Forestry Centre Snibston The Blue Cross Rolleston Equine Welfare Centre Hilda Archer Sanctuary The National Forest Adventure Farm Treasure Trails Tropical Birdland Twycross Zoo

By the water 43 Mercia Leisure Trips 44 Mercia Marina 45 Shortheath Fishery

Treat yourself 46 Barton Marina

47 Breedon Priory Garden Centre and Shopping Complex 48 Byrkley Garden Centre 49 Champneys Springs 50 Donington Nurseries & Walled Garden 51 Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts 52 Ferrers Gallery 53 Planters at Bretby 54 The Octagon Shopping Centre

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Baan Thai Restaurant Betty’s Farm and Shop BitterSweet Chocolates Lakeside Bistro Siam Corner Thai Marina The Cattows Farm Shop and Tea Room 61 The Shoulder of Mutton



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Ferne Cottage Hillfield House Measham House The Clockmaker’s House The Royal Hotel Mercure Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel Three Queens Lodge Ravenstone Guest House The Post House B&B Nook Cottage B&B Best Western Premier Yew Lodge Hotel Priest House Hotel Radisson Blu Hotel EMA

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Youth hostel 14 YHA National Forest

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Blithfield Lakeside Barns The Dandelion Hideaway Lakeview Lodges Norman’s Barn Upper Rectory Farm Cottages Aqua Narrowboats Mercia Marina Lodges National Trust Calke Abbey Holiday Cottages Kingfisher Holiday Park Woodland Hills Court Forest Lodges Grangefields Pine Lodges Seal Brook Farm Cottages Sealwood Cottage Vineyard Spinney View Barn The Little Retreat Oaklands Country Lodges Newborough Cottages

Camping & caravanning 33 Ingles Hill Caravan Site 34 Stanton’s Wood Caravan Site 35 Beehive 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 National Forest & Beyond partners and venues, Chris Beech, Jacqui Rock, Dan Cartwright, Lesley Hextall, Martin Vaughan, Kevin Mason, Gerry O’ Brien. Design:


Š Crown copyright [2011]. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100021056.




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