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Spinning Llama Yarn at The International Group Travel and Leisure Show

Friday, 8th August 2008

Spinning Llama Yarn at The International Group Travel and Leisure Show

The National Forest & Beyond is one of the few places in the country where groups can really ‘experience’ the Forest and have a go at ancient woodland crafts such as willow weaving, pole lathe turning and dry stone walling; traditional arts and crafts like weaving, textiles or painting; and even bushcraft skills.  There are also more unusual experiences on offer such as llama trekking, tank driving and off-roading in four-wheel drive vehicles.

Especially for the show, Skylark Holidays which offers special interest holidays in weaving, spinning, painting, wine tasting and photography has got together with National Forest Llama Treks to do a spinning demonstration with fleece from the local llamas.  With the help of a small wooden knitter's loom and a spinning wheel, visitors will be able to see traditional textile skills in action.

And there will be Special Show Offers on the stand for experiences like these in The National Forest & Beyond.

As well as these Forest ‘experiences’, The National Forest has a huge number of historic places of interest such as Calke Abbey, Catton Hall and Bradgate Park-former home of the nine day queen Lady Jane Grey; historic castles including Ashby de la Zouch, seat of the ‘real’ king of England and Tutbury, allegedly the most haunted castle in Britain; fascinating industrial heritage attractions including Moira Furnace and Sharpe’s Pottery.  It is criss-crossed with peaceful woodland paths to explore – whether by foot or by bike.  And of course, Burton upon Trent – famous for brewing, has brewery tours around the historic Marston’s Brewery.

The National Forest & Beyond Group Visits Guide available from the stand contains details on the wealth of attractions across the area along with recommended itineraries for a great day out.

The itineraries provide suggestions for a morning visit, a lunch stop and an afternoon excursion to cater for all age groups and interests.  So whether the group is interested in historic houses and glorious gardens, a day in wonderful woodlands, messing about on the water or exploring the roots to the past, the guide contains ideas on where to go and what to do.  Major events in The National Forest & Beyond are listed, as well as accommodation venues that cater for groups and places to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner.

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.

Penny Wilkinson from The National Forest Company said: “The National Forest & Beyond, with its rich mixture of Forest experiences, culture and history, rolling hills and peaceful woodlands and exciting discovery centres offers so much for groups!”

Pick up a copy of group visits guide from The National Forest & Beyond stand (No. 710).  Alternatively, phone the National Forest Company on 01283 551 211 or email

Contact information

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Carol Rowntree Jones

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Media Relations Officer

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01283 551 211

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