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CONKERS, Adventures in the forest.

CONKERS, the award winning attraction at The Heart of the National Forest, a unique mix of indoor and outdoor experiences to keep you and your family engaged for hours.

At the Discovery Centre there are four discovery zones designed for children and adults of all ages, over 100 interactive exhibits, the Enchanted Forest Adventure Play area with scary troll, bats and spiders, the interactive forest floor and the simulated Tree Top Walk – a moving bridge through the skies. CONKERS also runs a number of activity programmes during the school holidays.

Enjoy the great outdoors and explore over 120 acres of the picturesque grounds at CONKERS including maturing woodland, lakes and gardens. There are 23 different outdoor activities including the 450 metre barefoot walk. Visitors can walk along sculpture trails or through a wonderful wildflower glade, try out the challenging eighteen stage assault course (for visitors aged 13 and over), climb to the top of the viewing platform for a treetop panorama or play in our tremendous ‘Playdale’ adventure playground. Jump on the train and take a ride between the Discovery and Waterside Centres. A great place for all the family!

There’s a fun packed programme of events from Santa’s Winter Wonderland through to live music in the covered amphitheatre and Halloween and Firework Nights!

New for 2015

The amazing new High and Low Ropes Adventure is opening in the first week of July – please note this is not included within your general admission price.

CONKERS offers a great day out at excellent value!

Education programmes linked to the National Curriculum - Learning Outside of the Classroom accredited.

Online booking and Annual Membership Passes are available.

Free car parking.

Description of Facilities

On site toilets, restaurant/cafe (seating 120), licensed, conference/function facilities, all abilities trail, gift shop, picnic area, site ranger/tour guide available (pre booking required), interactive exhibits, assault course, bike hire, events, lakeside walks, train ride, adventure play area. Group activities include ranger programmes, tours, team building, orienteering and ice-breaker sessions.

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
Disabled Parking Disabled Parking
Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
Educational Activities Educational Activities
Gift Shop Gift Shop
Licenced Licenced
Open All Year Open All Year
Picnic Area Picnic Area
Toilets Toilets
Walking Trails Walking Trails
Welcome Host Award Welcome Host Award
Wheelchair Access Wheelchair Access

Woodland key

Bus Service Bus Service
Children's Play Area Children's Play Area
Disabled Access Disabled Access
Information Information
Mapped for Orienteering Mapped for Orienteering
Parking Parking
Picnic Facilities Picnic Facilities
Refreshments Refreshments
Surfaced Paths Surfaced Paths
Toilets on Site Toilets on Site
Walking Walking

Upcoming Events

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ACDC + Thin Lizzy in The Arena at Waterside
12 September 2015
From 18:00

ACDC + Thin Lizzy in The Arena at Waterside Saturday 12th September. Doors Open at 6:00pm, starts at 6:45pm.

Live wire are a tribute to rocks greatest band ACDC, complete with the trademark cannons, a wall of marshalls and tow hours of high voltage rock and roll. Live wire take you on the rock and roll train for a night to remember. The rhythm section keep it all meticulously together giving Ashgus the freedom to mesmerise the audience with his sublime playing and infinite energy with his portrayal of the livewire Angus Young. One of the very best bands to have played at the Pokey Hole, the much acclaimed Limehouse Lizzy are officially one of the hardest working bands in the UK. Renowned for an action packed pyrothechnic fuelled explosion of a show.The show will be performed in the covered amphitheatre. There's a licensed bar too!

Book online or call 01283 216633 £23.50 per ticket

Bavarian Night Saturday 3rd October 2015 at CONKER
03 October 2015
From 19:30

Bavarian Night Saturday 3rd October 2015 Saturday 3rd October. Doors open 7.30pm show starts at 8pm. ADULTS ONLY Karl's Bavarian Brass are one of the most entertaining and exciting Bavarian Oompah bands in the UK, recreating the atmosphere of the Oktoberfest at it's best! They are an enthusiastic four-piece band that recreates the thigh-slapping magic and energy of the Hoffbrauhaus!

Book online or call 01283 216633 £16.95 per ticket

National Forest 10K
11 October 2015
10:30 to 12:30

The National Forest 10K offers a scenic off-road route, takes runners along the former railway, the Ashby Woulds Heritage Trail, to the young woodland of Donisthorpe Woodland Park. It follows part of the Ashby Canal, passing Moira Furnace to join the Conkers Circuit. Cutting through mature and young woodland planted as part of The National Forest, and skirting around Albert Village Lake, the climax is the fast downhill finish to Conkers Discovery Centre. 

CONKERS Creepy Halloween
29 October 2015 to 31 October 2015
From 18:30

CONKERS Creepy Halloween Select one or more dates: 29th , 30th, 31st October. Doors open at 6:30pm.

All your worst nightmares are set to become reality this Halloween at CONKERS Annual Ghostly encounter at our Waterside Centre. Are you prepared to come along and follow their footsteps into the haunted woods? With all the ghostly ghouls, witches and trolls; will you make it out alive? For the fainter of heart, you can take the easier walk with our younger guests - you may still be scared but spared for another day! All are welcome to the Ugly Bugs Disco and we will be holding a fancy dress competition with creepy prizes for the winners (Ages 0-3, 4-6, 7-10, 10 +, Adults). Be entertained by our fantastic colleagues Flip and Dippy with their unique Halloween show in our covered Amphitheatre. Watch a spooky movie in our Gallery!

Book online or call 01283 216633 £25.00 Family (2 adults and 2 children) £7.25 Adult £6.25 Child

Fireworks Night Saturday at CONKERS
07 November 2015
From 17:30

Fireworks Night Saturday Saturday 7th November. Doors Open at 5:30pm. For simply the best firework display in the area, join us for our annual event. Doors open at 5:30pm, Fairground amusements, Face Painting, Balloon Modelling, Glo Lights, Sparklers, Live DJ, Fully Licenced Bar, Food Venues. Firework Display at 7:30pm

Book online or call 01283 216633 £18 family (2 adults and 2 children) £6 Adult £4 Child

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Rawdon Road
DE12 6GA

01283 216633


Opening times

Conkers, Summer, 10am - 6pm
Conkers, Winter, 10am - 5pm
Conkers, 25 & 26 December, Closed


Conkers general admission:


Free car and coach parking.


Arriva Midlands North 23 and 27.


Nearest stations: Burton-on-Trent and Tamworth