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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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80s Revival in The Arena at Waterside
11 July 2015
19:30 to 23:00

80s Revival in The Arena at Waterside Saturday 11th July 2015. Doors open at 7.30pm and show starts at 8.00pm! 80s Mania is Europe's Official 1980s Reunion Tribute Concert currently touring the UK, taking all 80s music fans by storm. Performing over 35 smash hits you will see Duran Duran, The Human League, Kim Wilde, Culture Club, Wham, Nena, Toni Basil, Dead or Alive, Madness, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Cyndi Lauper plus loads more pop legends authentically recreated by this 12 strong cast - live in concert! Come and see 25 of the decade's best selling stars complete with fantastic new romantic band, awesome dance troupe, amazing laser/light show and over 150 jaw dropping 80s fashion disasters! The show is performed in the covered amphitheatre with a licensed bar too! Book online or call 01283 216633 £22.50 per ticket.

Rollin Stones + Abbey Road Experience in The Arena
18 July 2015
19:30 to 23:00

Rollin Stones + Abbey Road Experience in The Arena at Waterside Saturday 18th July. Doors Open 6:00pm show starts at 6:45pm. Wings over Abbey Road - the music of the Beatles and Wings, performed by the Abbey Road Experience. Although released before 'Let it be'. 'Abbey Road' was the the Beatles final album - The biggest band in history at the very height of their success. The Rolling Stones, performed by No1 tribute act - the Rollin Stones. Ladies and gentlemen take your seats and please welcome the greatest rock n roll tribute band in the world! The show will be performed in the covered amphitheatre and there's a licensed bar too!

Book online or call 01283 216633 £23.50 per ticket.

Bring Back the Bucks in The Arena at Waterside
25 July 2015
19:30 to 23:00

Bring Back the Bucks in The Arena at Waterside An amazing night in the covered Waterside Amphitheatre on Saturday 25th July 2015!!

Doors open 7:30pm, performance at 8:00pm.

More than thirty years after they stormed charts across the globe with a string of hits Cheryl, Mike and Jay are once again set to tour the world with a 70-date World Tour to remind everyone that there is more to Cheryl, Mike and Jay - Formerly of Bucks Fizz than Making Your Mind Up! The band's original line-up was classic Eurovison, two boys, two girls - a formula established by ABBA, to whom Bucks Fizz were inevitably compared. Having performed together since 2009 when "girl next door" Cheryl Baker and "cheeky pin-up boy" Mike Nolan reunited with "The Raunchy One", Jay Aston, the trio are being joined for their "Paradise Regained Tour" by a fourth vocalist - coincidentally called Bobby. The fourth member of 1981's Eurovision winning line-up was Bobby G. Cheryl says "Having performed several gigs with our friend Stephen Fox, Mike, Jay and I realised that people expect to see four on stage when they see Fizz, so we are delighted to introduce Bobby McVay as our guest singer for the tour". She explains that Bobby and Fizz go back a long way. He was one third of 1983's UK entry to Eurovision, Sweet Dreams. Originally put together as the perfect winning act, Bucks Fizz went far beyond their original Eurovision remit and as one of the biggest selling bands of the 80's, became a global phenomenon. Making Your Mind Up became a number One hit across the world countries selling more than four million copies... The legendary skirt-ripping routine propelled them to overnight success, charting at No.1 in many countries beyond the UK with countries like Japan, New Zealand, South Africa and Australia falling to Bucks Fizz's charms. "Paradise Regained" will be their most comprehensive tour since the 80's, with more than 40 dates in the UK, Ireland, Europe and beyond... including Australia, where in spite of not being part of Eurovision territory, Bucks Fizz had a massive following. It will be the first time the band have performed there since 1986.

£24.50 per ticket Book online or call 01283 216633

The Magic of Motown in The Arena at Waterside
08 August 2015
19:30 to 23:00

THE MAGIC OF MOTOWN in The Arena at Waterside The REACH OUT 50 Years of Motown Tour Saturday 8th August

Doors open 7.30pm show starts at 8pm.

Britain's biggest Motown spectacular returns with an all-new, all-star show celebrating 50 years of the label's legendary artists in the UK.  Featuring more chart toppers than ever before, starring the music of the Four Tops, Supremes, Temptations, Jackson 5, Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Lionel Richie and more, the show marks the official arrival of Motown style, sophistication and musical brilliance to these shores. In 1965 the Tamla Motown Revue saw the Supremes, Temptations, Miracles, Stevie Wonder and Martha Reeves famously touch down in Britain for a 42-show nationwide tour. This, coupled with an accompanying appearance on TV's Ready, Steady, Go! established Motown in the UK.  The legend of the great record label lives on, live on stage: five-star performances revive more than 36 back-to-back massive Motown classics with all the dazzling dance moves, glittering costume changes and superb musicianship synonymous with the label. Book now, and reach out for the magic of Motown.

Book online or call 01283 216633 £22 per ticket

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