Have you heard of the Rosliston Forestry Centre? If not, then you should definitely continue reading.
Situated in South Derbyshire in the heart of the National Forest Rosliston Forestry Centre offers many activities for all the family to enjoy.
Plenty of choice on offer when it comes to activities. There’s something for everyone. And from all the positive feedback left on TripAdvisor it’s definitely worth giving it a try!
Archery – Get a group together of between 10-16 and book a session of Archery
Astronomy – check in advance to see if the Astronomy session is going to be held – usually Friday Evenings.
Cycling – Cover some ground by riding your own bike around the forest or hire one from the centre.
Falconry – You’ll need to book in advance but you can choose a session/course which lasts for just an hour. Or learn something about birds of prey with the 1/2 and full-day courses.
Fishing – Get yourself a permit and just chillout and fish at the Greenheart Lake.
Laser Games – The kids just love this (and you can book for birthday parties too – see below). You’ll need to book in advance so do check the events page on the Rosliston Forestry Centre website.
Orienteering – You don’t need to book this as it’s available all year round. There are 3 routes to choose from depending on the distance you want to walk and they are all suitable for wheelchair users. (Costs a £1 for the map)
Play Area – For the little ones, there’s Crazy Golf, a Bouncy Castle and a Soft Play Area. Rates are reasonable too!
Tai Chi – relax and enjoy the Tai Chi sessions which are suitable for beginners. Held every Tuesday at the Centre, 15:00 to 16:30 and costs only £3.75 per each.
Walking – Choose to take a walk around Rosliston under your own steam or join one of the guided walks available. There are also Nordic Walking sessions held on Monday (evenings) and Thursday (mornings). Suggest you ring first to check for times and availability.
Stay In A Lodge
Right in the heart of the forest, you can enjoy a long weekend or maybe stay for longer in one of the lodges available at Rosliston Forestry Centre. Each comes with its own bit of private area and a barbeque. Giving you the chance to unwind in a natural environment.
The Glade In The Forest
During the summer months, there are special events laid on. There’s a stage at The Glade and a grassy arena.
The entertainment has a focus on family and child-friendly shows. There’s plenty of parking space and if you’ve booked for an event the normal parking charge is usually built into the ticket price which makes things easier when you arrive.
Also, there are w/c facilities and it’s all geared up for wheelchair accessibility should you need it. In fact, if you call in advance you can book a mobility scooter to get around on. The Glade is also the area which can be reserved for weddings and other events – see below.
Weddings And Events
How about a wedding in the forest? Alternatively, you could have your wedding at the church or registry office and then hold the reception in the forest.
‘The Glade’ is the perfect place to stage wedding events. Further to this, you could also stay a few nights by booking the lodges for yourselves and guests. There are 6 lodges in total.
Take a visit to The Glade and see what you think. If you’re still not sure you could attend one of the weddings to get a sense of the occasion. All you need to do is give them a call to discuss the details. Do take a look at the website first there you’ll find more information.
The facilities and programmes provided by the Rosliston Forestry Centre are simply outstanding. There are all kinds of educational programmes laid on or you can have a chat with one of the team to come up with something tailored to suit your needs.
It really is worth taking a look at the educational pages on the centre’s website.
Stay aware of the latest COVID-19 information and always call the owners before setting out.