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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 Family Activities
16 February 2016
14:00 to 16:00

Winter Survival - with SDDC Environmental Education Team, join the team for a guided walk to discover how plants and animasl survive the Winter. Wrap up warm and enjoy the fresh Winter air, meet at 2pm for a 2.15pm start.


Winter Wonderland Walk, at Rosliston Forestry Centre
20 February 2016
14:00 to 15:00

Enjoy a brisk walk around Rosliston Forestry Centre, and take in the beautiful scenery on display on a Winter's day. Afterwards, warm up with a hot chocolate in the Bull's Head pub in Rosliston village.

 

Meet at 1.45pm for 2pm start in Rosliston Forestry Centre 2 miles no stiles. £2.50 per person (includes hot chocolate)

Price £2.50

Tel. 01283 563483 Email tor@roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk Web: roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk

 


Ballroom and Sequence Dancing
02 March 2016
17:15 to 18:15

You are welcome to come along and have-a-go, with a partner or on your own, suitable for all abilities and taking place on every Wednesday in March, further information from Karen Cresswell.


Rosliston Astronomy Group
18 March 2016
From 19:30

Group of enthusiastic amateur astronomers. New members welcome. You do not need to own a telescope but please bring your telescope or binoculars with you if you have them. Wrap up well against cold to be ready to go outside to observe night sky after the meeting. Even if the sky is cloudy, each meeting contains a wide variety of material on all aspects of astronomy, observing, photographing and sketching the night sky.

Price £3 per adult (£1.50 under age of 16) for RAG members per meeting to help cover expenses (non-members can attend for up to three meetings before joining at same entrance fee). This charge includes a free cup of tea or coffee. The Forestry Centre also has a small charge for parking.

Time 7.30pm - 10.30pm with public observing afterwards if sky is clear.

Tel 07966 882157 Email andrew@thornett.net Web www.roslistonastronomy.org.uk


Easter Egg Hunt
28 March 2016
09:00 to 13:00

Have fun follow our quiz around the site and hunt for the clues. Everyone will receive an egg and the overall winner will receive a larger prize also!!


Out & Active Holiday Club
04 April 2016 to 08 April 2016
09:00 to 17:00

Fully supervised fun-packed days for the kids. Fantastic range of outdoor activities may include archery, laser games and bushcraft.

£20 per child per day.

Ages 8+.

Booking essential 01283 563483


Wildlife Watch Family Activities: Springwatch at Rosliston
05 April 2016
From 14:00

Come to the classroom between 2pm and 3pm. Explore the site looking for spring birds, beasts and flowers. Bring your camera to photograph what you find, then return to the classroom (by 3.30pm) for help with identification.

£2.50 per group/set of equipment borrowed.

Price £2.50 per group, Tel 01283 535039, Email rosliston@south-derbys.gov.uk Web www.south-derbys.gov.uk/environmentaleducation


Ballroom and Sequence Dancing
06 April 2016
17:15 to 18:15

You are welcome to come along and have-a-go, with a partner or on your own, suitable for all abilities and taking place on every Wednesday in April, further information from Karen Cresswell.


Walk & Warm
23 April 2016
13:00 to 14:00

Join us on a walk around Rosliston Forestry Centre, stopping off for a warming bowl of soup in the Bull's Head in Rosliston village.

Meet at 12.45pm for 1.00pm start in the foyer at Rosliston Forestry Centre.


Rosliston Astronomy Group
29 April 2016
From 19:30

Group of enthusiastic amateur astronomers. New members welcome. You do not need to own a telescope but please bring your telescope or binoculars with you if you have them. Wrap up well against cold to be ready to go outside to observe night sky after the meeting. Even if the sky is cloudy, each meeting contains a wide variety of material on all aspects of astronomy, observing, photographing and sketching the night sky.

Price £3 per adult (£1.50 under age of 16) for RAG members per meeting to help cover expenses (non-members can attend for up to three meetings before joining at same entrance fee). This charge includes a free cup of tea or coffee. The Forestry Centre also has a small charge for parking.

Time 7.30pm - 10.30pm with public observing afterwards if sky is clear.

Tel 07966 882157 Email andrew@thornett.net Web www.roslistonastronomy.org.uk


Dawn Chorus Walk at Rosliston Forestry Centre
30 April 2016
From 05:00

Meet 5am at Rosliston Forestry Centre Foyer. Join us for a leisurely walk with bird expert Dave Scattergood to discover the wonders of the dawn chorus.

Booking essential.

Price £8.00 per person includes hot snack and drink

Tel 01283 535039 Email rosliston@south-derbys.gov.uk Web www.south-derbys.gov.uk/environmentaleducation


Bluebell Walk at Rosliston
08 May 2016
11:00 to 12:00

Join our annual pilgrimage to the nearby 'hidden' bluebell wood. Bring your camera.

Please note there are a few stiles en route. Meet at 10.45am for an 11.00am start


Rosliston Astronomy Group
20 May 2016
From 19:30

Group of enthusiastic amateur astronomers. New members welcome. You do not need to own a telescope but please bring your telescope or binoculars with you if you have them. Wrap up well against cold to be ready to go outside to observe night sky after the meeting. Even if the sky is cloudy, each meeting contains a wide variety of material on all aspects of astronomy, observing, photographing and sketching the night sky.

Price £3 per adult (£1.50 under age of 16) for RAG members per meeting to help cover expenses (non-members can attend for up to three meetings before joining at same entrance fee). This charge includes a free cup of tea or coffee. The Forestry Centre also has a small charge for parking.

Time 7.30pm - 10.30pm with public observing afterwards if sky is clear.

Tel 07966 882157 Email andrew@thornett.net Web www.roslistonastronomy.org.uk


When Swad had 'an Empire'
26 May 2016
10:30 to 11:30

Join us for this fascinating walk, looking at the History of Swadlincote up to 100 years ago.

Enjoy anecdotes and stories of places and characters of Swadlincote. Taking in the Empire cinema, the Rink dance hall, Salts Brothers, the tall chimneys and many more.

Meet at 10.15am for 10.30am start at Sharpe's Pottery Museum courtyard.


Wildlife Watch - Herbal Essences
31 May 2016
From 14:00

Throughout the ages, herbs have been used for healing, cooking, beauty products and much more.

Come to the classroom between 2pm and 3.30pm then explore the garden to discover how to add tasty additions to your diet, fascinating historical facts, strange medicinal uses, myths and magic.

Price £2.50 per group

Tel 01283 535039


Ballroom and Sequence Dancing
01 June 2016
17:15 to 18:15

You are welcome to come along and have-a-go, with a partner or on your own, suitable for all abilities and taking place on every Wednesday in June, further information from Karen Cresswell.


Bird Walk
11 June 2016
10:00 to 11:00

Learn a little about Rosliston Forestry Centre's feathered friends as you walk with expert Brian George.

Meet at 9:45am for 10:00am start in Rosliston Forestry Centre Foyer.


Dance in the Forest
13 June 2016
From 18:30

This popular annual showcase of school and community dance is now in its sixth year.

Price: Adult £5, Concessions/Child £3 (2yrs & under free)

Tel: 01283 222848 Email tic@sharpespotterymuseum.org.uk www.roslistonforetrycentre.co.uk


Rosliston Astronomy Group
24 June 2016
From 19:30

Group of enthusiastic amateur astronomers. New members welcome. You do not need to own a telescope but please bring your telescope or binoculars with you if you have them. Wrap up well against cold to be ready to go outside to observe night sky after the meeting. Even if the sky is cloudy, each meeting contains a wide variety of material on all aspects of astronomy, observing, photographing and sketching the night sky.

Price £3 per adult (£1.50 under age of 16) for RAG members per meeting to help cover expenses (non-members can attend for up to three meetings before joining at same entrance fee). This charge includes a free cup of tea or coffee. The Forestry Centre also has a small charge for parking.

Time 7.30pm - 10.30pm with public observing afterwards if sky is clear.

Tel 07966 882157 Email andrew@thornett.net Web www.roslistonastronomy.org.uk


Hilton Habitats (in partnership with Derbyshire Wildlife Trust)
26 June 2016
10:00 to 11:00

Hilton's open water pools and grasslands form a wonderful nature reserve in the old gravel pits.  Join Derbyshire Wildlife Trust for an introduction to this varied site.

Meet at Willow Pit Lane entrance at 9:45am for a 10:00 start. Wear stout footwear and bring your binoculars.

No toilets on site. No dogs please. Walk will last approx 1hr.


Butterfly Walk
09 July 2016
02:00 to 03:00

Join our local enthusiast, Peter Brewster on a butterfly safari around the site.

Meet at 1.45pm for 2.00pm start in Rosliston Forestry Centre Foyer

2 miles, no stiles.


Out & Active Holiday Club
08 August 2016 to 12 August 2016
09:00 to 17:00

Fully supervised fun-packed days for the kids. Fantastic range of outdoor activities may include archery, laser games and bushcraft.

£20 per child per day.

Ages 8+.

Booking essential 01283 563483


Family Bushcraft Evening
10 August 2016
17:30 to 21:30

Come and learn how to survive in the wild!

£10 per adult, £7.50 per child.

Ages 7+(children must be accompanied by a paying adult)

Booking essential 01283 563483


Teddy Bears Picnic Cycle
16 August 2016
10:30 to 12:30

FREE event when using own bike. Cycle around the centre and then finish with a picnic!! Call 01283 563483 for further details.


Junior Bushcraft Day
17 August 2016
10:00 to 16:00

Come and learn how to survive in the wild! £20 per child.

Ages 8+

Booking essential 01283 563483


Out & Active Holiday Club
22 August 2016 to 26 August 2016
09:00 to 17:00

Fully supervised fun-packed days for the kids. Fantastic range of outdoor activities may include archery, laser games and bushcraft.

£20 per child per day.

Ages 8+.

Booking essential 01283 563483


Last Night of the Proms
10 September 2016
From 17:30

Enjoy an evening of popular songs and light classical music, sing-a-longs and lots of flag waving! in our Glade in the Forest performance arena.

Further information available nearer to the date 01283 563483


Halloween Walks
28 October 2016

More information to follow. Call 01283 563483


Santa Fun Run
03 December 2016
From 10:00

Join in with our festive walk around the site. More information to follow...... 01283 563483




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Burton Road
Rosliston
Swadlincote
Derbyshire
DE12 8JX

01283 563483

01283 563494

http://www.roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk/

Rosliston Forestry Centre Map and Route

Access for all - Rosliston

Opening times

All year, daily

Admissions

Rosliston Forestry Centre:
Adult: Free

Car Park Charge Applies:
Adult:

Annual Parking Pass:
Adult:

Parking

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.

Buses

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