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Rosliston Forestry Centre


Rosliston Forestry Centre was the first visitor centre in The National Forest, created on 90 ha of former farmland in the Mease Lowlands.  It is owned jointly by South Derbyshire District Council and Forest Enterprise.

The centre provides a good range of facilities and events programme.  Three waymarked trails, including an all-abilities track, take you around the site to view new woodland, an existing wood, flight ponds and meadows.  The centre's classroom is well used by schools and a part-time education officer is employed by South Derbyshire District Council on the site. Group visits can be arranged through the education officer.  A bird hide offers the chance to watch the wide variety of native birds which visit and breed on the site, including some of the UK's declining species, such as linnets and skylarks.

Woodland Walks, indoor and outdoor play, cycle hire, fishing, gift shop, ABC Crafts and restaurant - there's something for everyone at Rosliston Forestry Centre.  There are education programmes, birds of prey, archery, woodland laser and laser clay shooting (pre-booking neccesary).

Description of Facilities

On site toilets, restaurant/cafe (seating 65), licensed, open evenings on request, all abilities trail, gift shop, picnic area, site ranger/tour guide available (pre booking required - £20 per hour), indoor and outdoor play areas. Group activities include birds of prey, cycle hire, crazy golf, environmental education, laser games, laser clay, archery and orienteering.

Disabled Facilities:

Designated disabled toilets and parking.

Loads to see and do key

Accepts Credit Cards Accepts Credit Cards
Baby Changing Facilities Baby Changing Facilities
Car Parking Car Parking
Children Welcome Children Welcome
Children's Play Area Children's Play Area
Coach Parking Coach Parking
Conference Facilities Conference Facilities
Cycle Hire Cycle Hire
Cycle Trails Cycle Trails
Disabled Parking Disabled Parking
Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
Dogs Allowed Dogs Allowed
Educational Activities Educational Activities
Fishing Fishing
Gift Shop Gift Shop
Information Centre Information Centre
Licenced Licenced
Licensed for Weddings Licensed for Weddings
Open All Year Open All Year
Picnic Area Picnic Area
Toilets Toilets
Walking Trails Walking Trails
Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access

Woodland key

Bus Service Bus Service
Children's Play Area Children's Play Area
Disabled Access Disabled Access
Information Information
Parking Parking
Picnic Facilities Picnic Facilities
Refreshments Refreshments
Toilets on Site Toilets on Site
Walking Walking

Cycling information

Cycling trails as well as cycle hire, cafe, toilets, shower and other facilities on this site make it good for families.  Tarmac paths and grass.  Site on a slope - so some uphill cycling necessary.

Upcoming Events

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Tree Walk
01 January 2000 to 09 August 2015
10:00 to 11:00

Come along and join the Forestry Commission for a walk around Rosliston Forestry Centre whilst learning about the wide variety of trees on site. Meet at 9.45am for a 10am start in the foyer. 2 miles, no stiles. Price: £1 per person Phone: 01283 563483 Web:

Butterfly Walk
04 July 2015
14:00 to 15:00

Join our local enthusiast Peter Brewster on a butterfly safari around the site. Meet at 1.45pm for a 2pm start in the foyer. 2 miles, no stiles. Led by Get Active in the Forest. Price: £1 Phone: 01283 563483 Web:

Book Folding Workshop
05 July 2015
10:00 to 13:00

Learn the art of book folding for bespoke home decor or a unique gift. Therapeutic, enjoyable and addictive. All equipment provided for use in the workshop. Price: £15 per person. Email:, Web:

Tree Walk
22 July 2015
10:00 to 11:00

Come along and join the Forestry Commission for a walk around Rosliston Forestry Centre whilst learning about the wide variety of tree's on site. Meet at 9.45am for 10am start in the main foyer. 2 miles, no stiles. Price: £1 per person Phone: 01283 563483 Web:

Laser Combat Session in the Woods
24 July 2015
14:00 to 16:00

EVERY WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY between 24th July and 4th September. Go wild in the woods! Purchase a ticket in the barn shop and make your way to the combat wood to play your game! Price: £2.50 per person for a 10 min game. Phone: 01283 563483, Website:

Archery Drop In Session
24 July 2015 to 04 September 2015
14:00 to 16:00

EVERY MONDAY AND FRIDAY from 24th July to 4th September. Come and try your shooting skills. Purchase a ticket in the shop and make your way to the archery paddock anytime between 2 and 4pm. Please contact for further details. Price: £2.50 per person for 6 arrows. Phone: 01283 563483

Trimcraft - Sue Burrows
25 July 2015
09:30 to 13:00

Guest designer Sue Burrows from Trimcraft, a 3 project workshop using paper craft and card making with Kraftiz at Rosliston Forestry Centre. Price: £15 Phone: 01283 480272 / 07971 268943 Web: Email:

Mr Stink
26 July 2015
From 16:00

An outdoor show packed with fun, humour and a heart-warming message, Heartbreak Productions' adaptation of David Walliams fantastic story of Mr Stink is suitable for the whole family to enjoy. Doors open 3pm (come early and bring a picnic), Performance commences 4pm. Tickets available from Swadlincote TIC and Rosliston Forestry Centre. Price: £8.00, Phone: 01283 563483 (Rosliston Forestry Centre), 01283 222848 (Swadlincote TIC), Web:

Out and Active Holiday Club
27 July 2015 to 31 July 2015
09:00 to 17:00

Fully supervised fun packed days for kids. Outdoor activities may include archery, laser games and climbing wall. Booking essential. Places limited so book early to avoid disappointment. Price: £20 per child per day. Ages 8+. Phone: 01283 563483, Web:

Wildlife Watch Activities: Pond Dipping
04 August 2015
14:00 to 15:30

Start any time between 2pm and 3.30pm. Join us by the pond/lake. Find out what creatures live there! We provide all the equipment, but please be prepared to share within family groups. Activities suitable for ages 4-12 years. Price: 2.50 per child, Phone: 01283 535039, Email:, Web:


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Burton Road
DE12 8JX

01283 563483

01283 563494

Rosliston Forestry Centre Map and Route

Access for all - Rosliston

Opening times

All year, daily


Rosliston Forestry Centre:
Adult: Free

Car Park Charge Applies:

Annual Parking Pass:


Car and coach parking. Surfaced car park, six bays for disabled users adjacent to the visitor centre. Parking charges apply, but free for blue badge holders.


Midland Classic 22 Mon-Sat from Burton upon Trent to Swadlincote