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A Bumper Load Of Easter Fun in The National Forest

Tuesday, 20th February 2007

A whole host of Easter events are taking place across The National Forest.

Multi-talented Nick Spellman from Children’s ITV is back at Conkers this Easter!  This top children's entertainer combines magic, illusion, comedy, slick routines and a razor sharp wit!  Shows are included in the admission price to Conkers and will take place on 3rd, 6th, 9th and 12th of April.  There will also be an exciting Easter egg hunt, brilliant entertainment and activities held by the Conkers ranger team throughout the Easter holidays.  Based upon life in a British woodland and with more than one hundred indoor and outdoor activities themed around Forest life and the environment, families enjoy hours of fun at this lively discovery centre.

Calke Abbey will be brought to life on Tuesday 3 April and Wednesday 11 April when staff will be dressed as the characters who lived and worked at Calke Abbey in the 18th century.  No additional charges apply with the cost the same as a normal House ticket for Calke Abbey.

Visitors to Calke Abbey’s stunning gardens can follow Peter Rabbit’s clues that lead to an Easter prize on the special Easter Trails on Good Friday 6 April and Easter Saturday 7 April.  The cost is £1.50 per child plus Garden admission.

Easter Saturday 7 April will see a ‘Grand Day Out’ at Snibston Discovery Park in Coalville.  Coinciding with World Health Day the event will include an organic market, outdoor activities and information on living a healthy life.  There will also be Easter Crafts and an Easter Egg Hunt at Snibston over the Easter weekend.   Normal admission will apply.

Donington le Heath Manor House will be holding an Easter crafts day on Wednesday 4 April and Rosliston Forestry Centre will be holding its annual Easter egg hunt on Monday April 9th between 1pm and 2pm.  Visitors will be hunting the 154-acre site for clues to solve the Easter Egg puzzle and win an egg-citing prize.

Coors Visitor Centre in Burton upon Trent is holding an Easter Weekend from 7 until 9 April, which will include working heritage steam vehicles including steam driven fun fair rides; lots of family activities, plus the famous Coors Shire Horses. The centre is open each day between 10am and 5pm.  Normal admission prices apply. 

A great Easter Treasure Hunt is in store for children at Beacon Hill Country Park , near Woodhouse Eaves.  Solve secret clues with the rangers to win an Easter prize.  The event takes place on Sunday 8 April, the cost is £2.50 per ticket and pre-booking is required.

Throughout the whole of Derbyshire’s Easter half term, Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre will be hosting Easter Activity Sessions.  These combine skiing or snowboarding with Sno-Tubing, Tobogganing, meal, certificate and a badge for every child!  People are advised to pre-book for these popular sessions.

As well as these special Easter activities, The National Forest contains a wealth of things to do and see throughout the whole year:  visit the website at . For more information on attractions, activities, events and places to stay in and around The National Forest, the 2007 visitor guides to the Forest and Beyond are bursting with great ideas.  These are available from Tourist Information Centres or from the National Forest Company.

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 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.