All aboard the Conkerchoo at Conkers, near Moira If you are looking for a venue for a great afternoon out over the Easter break then there are a plethora of venues to chose from in the Burton , South Derbyshire and North West Leicestershire area.
From the cosy indoor cinemas to outdoor pursuits such as Hicks Lodge, there is something for all the family and all ages and abilities if you fancy stretching those legs and getting some fresh air for a few hours.
Here are a few suggestions of top places you can visit in the area.
They are on the doorstep too so you won’t have to sit in the car for hours getting there.
All you need now is to gather up the family, put together a picnic and have a great time. Great afternoons out
> The attraction offers exciting indoor fun, outdoor adventure and farm animals. The farm hosts many events throughout the year including Easter activities. Until April 28, children can take part in lambing and may be capture the birthing moment. There is also a chance to meet the Easter Bunny.
Families can enjoy skiing, snowboarding, tubing and toboggan rides all day every day. There are two choices of slope, either the nursery or main slope depending on experience. There are day courses available suitable for those with limited time or wanting to experience skiing for the first time. The aim is to attain open practice standard by the end of the day, depending on your needs and aptitude. The course includes a mid morning coffee break and a hot lunch.
The stately home, owned by the National Trust, is more than just a grand property. The vast estate is also home to acres of land with hidden gems of the walled kitchen gardens. Visitors can see faded grandeur in the Orangery and enjoy a crisp winter walk around the Pleasure Grounds. Tourists can also explore HumanKind in the family apartments, a new immersive exhibition sharing new stories about six members of Calke’s household.
There are plenty of films set to come out this year, from Disney favourites Toy Story 4 and Frozen 2 to the second installment of creepy clown thriller It and Star Wars: Episode IX. Any and many cinemas offer special rates for children at certain times of the week. The Odeon in Swadlincote, Cineworld in Burton and Cinebowl in Uttoxeter all have popular films such as Captain Marvel and Dumbo. Doing at the rounds at the moment are Lego Movie 2, Captain Marvel and Dumbo.
At Mercia Marina (pictured), visitors can take a quick boat turn around the swathes of countryside, and then later top off to browse the many stores on dry land including many arts and crafts and, clothing and eateries. At Barton boasts a wide range of attractions such as its vast amount of shops and eateries. This includes the Waterfront Pub, now a popular local with a reputation for good food and a large selection of beverages. Other eating places, quality shops and a cinema quickly followed.
The arboretum is a mature woodland landscape featuring 30,000 trees and a vast collection of memorials. The 150-acre site is a living, growing tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our country. There are 300 memorials to the armed forces with an array of temporary exhibitions all year round.
Visitors can learn about the legendary Bass family and their role in the development of brewing. It also celebrates the town’s close history with brewing and how it has developed. There are tours available on the history of brewing with explanations on the roles that the steam engines and vintage vehicles on show played in the development of the industry. The William Worthington microbrewery brings the tour up to the present day – with the chance to sample some great local ales brewed on site.
Burton’s first escape room opened in February and could be a great day out for families with children aged 12 in the area. Escape Time, in High Street , has several different rooms including a prison themed room and a saloon. The rooms feature physical and mental challenges that will mean your family will have to work as a team to find a way out!
Hicks Lodge is a former coal mining site that has been totally transformed by new plantings and exciting trails. It caters for tearaway toddlers who want their first taste of cycling, as well as teenagers hoping to perfect their bike skills or families walking the dog.
The National Forest attraction includes a mix of indoor and outdoor experiences. There is 120 acres of maturing woodlands, lakes, ponds and play areas as well as the 18 stage Activity Trail challenge and Vertigo Adventure with high and low ropes, zip wire and climbing wall. As well as that, there is the 4D cinema and enchanted play zone with 80 indoor interactive exhibits in our four seasonal zones.
Claymills Pumping Station is a restored Victorian sewage pumping station in Stretton. It was designed by James Mansergh and used to pump sewage to the sewage farm at Egginton. The main pumping plant consists of four Woolf compound, rotative, beam pumping engines A fascinating site that gives you a real chance to get to grips with the steam technology that drove the Industrial Revolution. There is also a large steam driven workshop where you can “have a go”.
Vistors can explore the animal world any time of the year, with indoor and outdoor habitats, interactive experiences and fun, exciting encounters with more than 500 animals, from 125 different species. Renowned as a specialist primate zoo, it cares for a wide variety of monkeys and apes, and are the only zoo in the UK where you can see all types of great ape – gorilla, orangutan, chimpanzee and bonobo.
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