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Bank Holiday and Easter Deals and Activities in The National Forest

Wednesday, 6th April 2011

Champneys Springs is offering a special Easter Weekend deal.  Visitors who book a long weekend package can stay the third night for free.  The offer is available throughout the whole of April including the Easter weekend.

In the Easter Holidays there will be regular drop-in activity sessions for families at Rosliston Forestry Centre.  Between 2-4pm visitors can try out the following activities:    

  • Laser Combat on 13th, 14th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th April.
  • Archery on 11th, 15th, 18th, 22nd and 29th April
  • Wildlife Watch on 12th, 19th and 26th April.

Other activities taking place at this popular centre include a Science Discovery Day on 16th April from 11am to 4pm. Visitors can try fun science experiments, make music, help create the 2011 veggie patch, learn about radio and even make a bat box. There will be a Bluebell Walk on 17th April (meeting at 1.45pm), and every day from 18th to 21st April the Out & Active Holiday Club will be running its fun-packed days for children aged 8 –14yrs (booking is essential).  Rosliston Forestry Centre’s annual Easter Egg Hunt is on 25th April (register before 1pm) and on 27th and 28th Bikeablility will be at Rosliston teaching cycling proficiency for the 21st century, designed to give skills and confidence to cyclists on today's roads. 

For information on these activities including prices for sessions visit the or call 01283 563483 (except for the drop-in wildlife watch session, which is 01283 535039). 

CONKERS at the heart of The National Forest, will be hosting some brilliant activities during Easter, the bank holidays and the May half term week. 

Nick Spellman and his entourage of furry, slippery and feathered friends, will be entertaining children and adults alike in his shows at Conkers amphitheatre on 19th, 22nd, 25th, 28th April; 2nd and 30th May and Wednesday 1st June. There will be plate spinning, stilt walking and juggling in The Circus Workshops on 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th and 30th April and 1st of May.

The Dream Ponies will be offering short rides throughout the holidays suitable for smaller visitors!  They will be trotting to Conkers on 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th and 29th April; 2nd and 30th May and 1st June.  The ever-popular Forest Dwellers will take centre stage on 21st, 26th and 29th April.  There will also be ranger craft activities throughout the holidays including the Easter Egg Challenge from the 18th to 25th April and May Day celebrations on 2nd May when CONKERS’ rangers will be making maypoles as a craft activity throughout the day.

To celebrate the Royal Wedding CONKERS will be hosting a street party on Friday 29th April with various activities including the adorable Dream Ponies.

Moira Furnace Museum will be running Guided Tours and barge trips along the Ashby Canal throughout Easter, the Bank Holidays and the Royal Wedding. For further information visit the websitewww.moirafurnace.orgor call 01283 224 667.

There will be Easter Bingo on 18th April from 19:30 at the Shoulder of Mutton in Oakthorpe to raise money for Trekking for Treetops. For more information call 07753 700940 or 07956 243141.

April is a fantastic time to visit Calke Abbey as it is lambing time.  Visitors can see the young lambs close up and meet the wardens as they care for the flock.  Children will love the Easter Trail, which leads to an Easter prize. These run from 22nd to 24th April at Calke Abbey and around the gardens of Sudbury Hall from 22nd to 25th April and are sponsored by Cadbury’s.

There will be fine crafts and quality goods to buy, demonstrations and free children’s entertainment at Calke Abbey’s Craft Show from 30th April to 2nd May

Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre has Kids Easter Fun Activity Days from 18th to 29th April. These include skiing or snowboard lessons, ‘Cresta Run’ tobogganing, Sno-Tubing, lunch, certificate and badge. Pre-booking is essential for these popular sessions.  Ski Days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Board Days are Tuesday and Thursday.

The centre will also be hosting an Easter Extravaganza from 22nd to 25th April where visitors can have a half hour ski or snowboard taster lesson for just £5, toboggan for just £1 per ride, Sno-Tubing for £2 per 15 minute session or ski or snowboard open practice just £5 per hour.

The popular colliery tours at Snibston Discovery Museum led by a former Leicestershire miner will run every weekend in April and daily during May half term. There will also be the chance to see and smell Snibston's stationary steam engines as they come to life on 16th and 27th April. 

Budding actors will learn acting skills and get the chance to perform on the stage of the historic Century Theatre in the Children's Drama Workshops on 20th and 21st April.  Pre-booking is essential for this.  And Easter would not be complete without Snibston’s Easter egg hunt challenge from 22nd to 25th April.

While at Snibston, it is worth visiting the Fashion Gallery, and in particular the temporary exhibition - Getting Hitched, which runs only until 15th May.  This shows outfits people have worn over the last 200 years to celebrate their marriages and civil partnerships with a backdrop of royal commemorative textiles from 1930s onwards.

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre will be running an Easter Battlefield Treasure Hunt with a chance for young entrants to win a free crème egg from 24th to 25th April. Running at the same time (23rd to 25th April) will be a Wounds, Weapons and Warfare Weekend where characters from history come alive! For more information visit the websitewww.bosworthbattlefield.comor call 01455 290 429.

Visitors can see engines in full steam at Claymills Victorian Pumping Station’s Easter Steaming weekend from 24th to 25th April and the Bank Holiday 29th to 30th May. There have been very few changes to the engines and machinery since the pumping station was opened so it retains its essential character as a masterpiece of Victorian industrial achievement. 

And don’t forget the National Forest Walking Festival takes place from 21st May to 1st June, including the second May bank holiday.  A perfect reason to take a longer break in The National Forest.

But as well as these holiday activities, The National Forest has a wealth of things to do and see throughout the whole year.  For more information on attractions, activities, events and places to stay in and around The National Forest, visit the

The National Forest spans more than 200 square miles across parts of Leicestershire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire and is one of England’s most ambitious environmental projects – to create a new Forest for the nation.  Already more than seven and a half million trees have been planted in The National Forest, which offers more than 700 miles of paths to explore in over 400 woodlands.  The gentle undulating landscape is perfect for walking, cycling and horse-riding.  And through the creation of new habitats, The National Forest is an ideal location for bird and wildlife watching.   


Bosworth Battlefield – Tel: 01455 290 429,

Calke Abbey – Tel: 01332 863 822,

Champneys Springs – Tel: 0843 316 2222,

Claymills – Tel: 01283 509 929,

Conkers – Tel: 01283 216 633,

Moira Furnace Museum – Tel: 01283 224 667,

Rosliston Forestry CentreWildlife Watch events Tel: 01283 535 039, Drop-in activity sessions Tel: 01283 563 483,

Shoulder of Mutton – Tel: 01530 270436

Snibston – Tel: 01530 278 444,

Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre – Tel: 01283 217 200,

Sudbury Hall and the Museum of Childhood – Tel: 01283 585305,

Twycross Zoo – Tel: 01827 880 250,