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First Phase 'Information and Refreshment Stop' Now Open at Conkers

Wednesday, 11th April 2007

First Phase 'Information and Refreshment Stop' Now Open at Conkers

Visitors to Conkers Discovery Centre at the heart of The National Forest can now discover the huge variety of attractions, woodlands, activities and events in the area through the new information and refreshment stop just opened.

The development is the first phase of works at Conkers as part of the National Forest’s Visitor Infrastructure Project, funded by East Midlands Tourism (EMT) through its Public Realm Challenge Fund. With information on the wealth of things to do and see across the area, as well as Walks Packs and Ordnance Survey Maps, the centre will encourage visitors to get out and explore The National Forest.

Chris Sturdy, Conkers’ General Manager, said: “We have always stocked leaflets here to promote the wider area and visitors regularly ask us for information on other places to go. With the new Information Stop, we want to encourage visitors to explore The National Forest, stay longer and return more often, as this benefits all businesses across the area. Visitors can enjoy a drink against the Forest backdrop, while reading more about the huge range of activities on offer here.”

Sophie Churchill, Chief Executive of the National Forest Company said: “We are delighted to open the first phase of this new work to promote The National Forest at Conkers. The project will help visitors make the most of the many things to see and do here. By giving more information consistently at a wide variety of attractions in and around the Forest, it will provide a ‘sense of place’, helping to promote the whole area.”

Further benches, informative signs and picnic tables will be installed at Conkers in May as part of the project, helping to put the Forest destination on the map.

Through the Visitor Infrastructure Project, new facilities will also be created at Beacon Hill Country Park, Ferrers Centre for Arts and Crafts, Sence Valley Forest Park, Snibston Discovery Park, Foremark, Staunton Harold and Thornton Reservoirs, Ashby de la Zouch Tourist Information Centre, Twycross Zoo, Rosliston Forestry Centre and the National Forest Youth Hostel.

In addition to these attractions, information points will be installed within key laybys on access routes into the Forest and the service areas MOTO Donington Park (A42/M1) and Welcome Break Leicester Forest East (M1).

The new information points will take the form of shelters, panels, benches, listening posts, touchscreen kiosks as well as bedroom browsers in accommodation venues.

With EMT’s support, the National Forest Company is working with the tourism businesses and Leicester-based award winning tourism designers, Haley Sharpe, to install the innovative information points for visitors. These will place the venue firmly in the Forest and highlight other attractions available to visitors while they are here.

The work across all venues is due to be completed by March 2008. In the meantime, visitors can find more information on the huge choice of things to do and see in the Forest or places to stay for a brilliant weekend break by contacting the National Forest Company on 01283 551211 or using this site.

Supported by East Midlands Tourism