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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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Wildlife Watch: Preparing for Spring
31 March 2015
14:00 to 15:30

Family Activities. Drop In session. Come to the classroom any time and start between 2.00pm and 3.30pm. Make an origami pot. Sow some seeds which will grow into beautiful wild flowers to help bees, butterflies and birds. Tel: 01283 535039; Email:; Web:; Price: £2.50 per child.

Wildlife Watch: Picture Trail
07 April 2015
14:00 to 15:00

Family Activities. Come to the classroom any time between 2pm and 3pm to collect your copy of the picture trail challenge. Explore the site to find where these pictures have been taken and what they are. Tel: 01283 535039; Email:; Web:; Price: £2.50 per group/set of resources used.

Rosliston Astronomy Group
24 April 2015
From 19:30

Talk on the night sky at night, recent advances in astronomy, and observing and photographing the night sky. We also offer public observing sessions. Tel: 07966 882157 Email: Web: Price: £3 for adults, £1.50 for children under 16.

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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.


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