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Fresh Ideas for Groups in The National Forest

Thursday, 4th November 2010

 This new guide is literally packed with things to see and do, events, town maps, school visits, group discounts and drivers’ perks.

So whether the group is interested in historic houses, glorious gardens or wonderful woodlands; or whether they prefer steam railways, shopping, woodland crafts or wildlife, the guide contains brilliant ideas on where to go and what to do. It also has tips for wet-weather days, where to stay, mealstops and even space for organisers to write their own notes!

Centrally located in the Midlands and easily accessible from the M1, M42/A42, A50 and the A38, The National Forest is a fantastic place for day trips or weekend breaks.

The destination combines tranquil retreats with fascinating stately homes, glorious gardens, historic castles and exciting discovery centres. And with 700 miles of paths to explore across 400 woodlands, it is the perfect setting for gentle walks, wildlife watching or quiet relaxation.

At the heart of all this is one of Britain’s boldest environmental initiatives to create a new Forest for the nation across 200 square miles and embracing parts of Leicestershire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. The new guide promotes not only The National Forest but also the area outside the Forest within the boundaries of the partner districts.

Among the attractions in the Forest & Beyond are the interactive discovery centres Conkers and Snibston; stately homes such as the National Trust gem - Calke Abbey, Melbourne Hall and Catton Hall; and historic castles including Ashby de la Zouch (seat of the ‘real’ king of England) and Tutbury, allegedly the most haunted castle in Britain.  Visitors can try their hand at traditional woodland crafts and discover the area’s rich industrial heritage with a visit to Moira Furnace, Sharpe’s Pottery or a brewery tour around Burton upon Trent’s newly opened National Brewery Centre.

To order a copy of the new guide email groups@nationalforest.org