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Middleton is a 2 bedroom self catering holiday accommodation that sleeps 4 and is located in Ashbourne, Central England. This property does not allow pets. Local to Bradbourne, Brassington, Carsington, Atlow, Thorpe
"Fine cottages and facilities – in a county of unspoilt landscapes, deep dales and winding rivers . . ."
This fine courtyard of old stone barns was part of a working farm, but has now been sensitively converted to offer sixteen beautifully furnished and well-equipped cottages, eight of which are featured here. Ible ref QVE, Middleton ref QUX and Wisels ref QUW are all next door to one another. Boasting a wealth of original features, they enjoy shared use of a rich choice of leisure facilities, including a superb indoor heated swimming pool in an adjacent purpose-designed building. With a shallow area for children, the pool has its own changing rooms and a sauna, and there is a separate games room. Brackendale Spa offers luxurious treatments. There are two conference/dining rooms to accommodate large groups, and a separate laundry room with automatic washing machine and tumble dryer. Close to the cottages are patio and barbecue areas. All set in 3 acres of shared grounds, offering a children’s play area and plenty of space in which to relax.
This is an ideal setting for a Peak District holiday. Knockerdown Farm is conveniently situated on the road between Ashbourne and Matlock, within walking distance of beautiful Carsington Water, a superb windsurfing and sailing centre, which has an area devoted to wildlife and nature conservancy. Throughout the year they have special fun days for children of all ages. At the water sports centre guests can hire (with tuition) kayaks, windsurfers, Canadian canoes and bicycles. Professional fly fishing is available to enable guests to try their hand at fishing this popular, well-stocked reservoir. Fine walking country is virtually on the doorstep, and the renowned Tissington and Middleton cycle trails are both close by (with bikes available to hire). The principal centres of the Derbyshire Dales are nearby - Wirksworth, the market town of Ashbourne, attractive Bakewell (of pudding fame) and Matlock: all are fascinating ancient towns. Matlock Bath (6 miles) is popular as an inland resort, standing on the River Derwent amid lovely scenery, and offering boating, angling, bowls, tennis and cricket. The young (and the young at heart) will enjoy a day out at the National Tramway Museum - where visitors may enjoy the fun experience of trams from around the world! Magnificent Chatsworth House (16 miles) boasts a famous collection of art treasures as well as beautiful gardens. Haddon Hall (13 miles) is England’s most complete and authentic medieval house dating back to the 14th century. It is set in lovely countryside overlooking the River Wye, near Bakewell, which houses one of the National Park’s information centres. One of Britain’s premier theme parks, Alton Towers, within easy reach is amongst appealing countryside close to the picturesque village of Alton, offers a fun-packed day out for all the family. There are several country inns within walking distance. Shop 5 miles, pub 100 yards.
Entrance into beamed, open-plan living/dining room with kitchen area. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.
Note: Wisels Cottage ref QUW, Ible Cottage ref QVE and Middleton Cottage ref QUX are next door to one another
SUPERB FACILITIES - AVAILABLE ALL YEAR
The Olde Gate Inn is situated deep in the hills of the Peak District with views of nothing but countryside from this 17th century pub. It has a separate restaurant serving lots of home cooked favourites.
Darely Mill is an elegant and contemporary restaurant with a fabulous decked terrace that overlooks the River Derwent. Seasonal menus for both lunch and evening meals on offer.
Bateman's Restaurant, owned by chef John Roberts who is also a member of the Master Chefs of Great Britain, offers you a number of dining choices from Bar & Restaurant to beautifully decorated 1st floor restaurant with countryside views.
Restaurant Zest is a converted warehouse which opened in 1998, still retaining its original character, and is set out on two stylishly designed floors. Regularly changing seasonal menus are on offer with lots of eclectic and fresh ideas.
The Old Post Restaurant, voted in the top 10 of UK restaurants 2003, prides itself on its freshly prepared, cooked to order menu. (Credit/Debit cards are not accepted)
Award winning Master Chef looks forward to welcoming you to his restaurant with a difference... It has only one table! You are guaranteed quality and excellence in the 'Best Restaurant of the Year 2005'.
The Risley Park; a fabulous bar and restaurant with tasty home cooked meals and extensive drinks menu on offer. The Risley also has a function room available.
The Burnt Gate is a 13 year established, award winning county pub and restaurant catering for an office lunch, Sunday lunch with the family or just a good pint in a relaxing atmosphere.
Bella Italia offers authentic Italian dishes with what they call 'The Bella Touch'. Full menu plus specials available along with a typical Italian welcome and atmosphere.
Fabulous modern venue with new British classic cuisine, cooked from fresh local produce. This is contemporary dining in a country setting.
The Organ Grinder is a warm and inviting pub that extends a friendly welcome to all. On a chilly day you can enjoy the warmth of the open roaring fire and on those warm days you can make the most of the beer garden with its nice selection of shrubs and plants. They serve a good selection of cask ales, keg beers and ciders as well as having an impressive wine list, so there is something to cater to all. If you are feeling hungry then why not enjoy one of the delicious pork pies, scotch eggs or sausage rolls they offer, supplied by a local butcher. It is a lively and bustling bar but, there is a quiet are with a comfortable sofa and a large bookshelf and a choice of daily papers. The staff are friendly and helpful in advising you on their selection of drinks. The Organ Grinder often has live music, it is the ideal venue for a great night out, it is what a pub should be.
Beautifully restored Grade II listed building creating a wonderful ambiance for fine dining. Indulge your appetite for award winning Indian cuisine.
Focusing on serving uncomplicated dishes made from the freshest produce, The Yellow Broom has been established since the 1930s and is a renowned meeting place for all.
Carsington Water is a great visitors attraction and has been for many years since being open by the queen in 1992. The visitors centre shows you the importance of water in our daily lives, with interactive activities for the kids. Also see the Kugal Stone - a 1 tonne ball of granite revolving on a thing layer of water... it can be moved with a touch of your hand! There is a restuarant onsite, and plenty of outdoor activities such as walking, cycling, sailing and windsurfing.
Gulliver's theme parks are for the whole family to enjoy, catering for those with children aged 2 - 13 years old. The park has lots of themed rides and no park would be complete without its very own resident characters.
One of the Peak District's oldest and most popular days out where beauty meets human achievement. It first opened its gates back in 1780 and is still a popular destination for the whole family today.
Plenty to keep the family occupied here, from the Petrifying Wells to the Aquarium containing a selection of British and freshwater fish, even the fantastic Malawi Cichilds.
The Crich Tramway village is high up in the heart of Derbyshire overlooking Derwent Valley and open all year to the public. The village is also home to the National Tramway Museum.
Let your kiddies play and play while you enjoy a well earned break in the quality café overlooking the lovely Derwent River. More suitable for younger children, with a wide choice of slides and activity areas to choose from.
This 600 acre working farm provides an entertaining day out for the family with various selections of animals, specially designed playgrounds and a go-kart track.
At Alton Towers, you'll be spoilt for choice, there is so much to do: the water park, fabulous golf course and luxurious spa and at the theme park alone there's lots of rides, suitable for all ages as well as shows and costumed actors. (guide dogs welcome)
A wildlife park set in the Staffordshire Moorlands, Blackbrook has a varied collection of some of the most rare and endangered species to be found in the world.
Catering for families with younger children, this farmyard has a variety of animals and their young to view and its very own woodland adventure playground.
Coopers Square offer a wide array of favourite high street stores. Café restaurants within the complex offer a relaxing break.
Visit this famous 700 year old open market, which is the hub of the town, complemented by the new shopping centres, retail parks and department stores.
Set up since 1993, this famous ghost walk leads you around the oldest parts of Nottingham, up to the Castle where the streets are 1000 years old. You will hear all about the ghosts and ghouls who haunt the city, where they lurk and how they met their untimely ends!
Explore the tunnels and caves that lie beneath Nottingham City; enter into the depths of the original Anglo-Saxon tunnels, if you dare!
Waterworld Stoke is a modern, purpose built, all season and all weathers tropical aqua park. Attracting over 400,000 visitors per year, it is the largest venue of its kind within the UK.
An award winning attraction for all the family in the heart of the National Forest. With a mixture of indoor and outdoor activities, you can keep the family entertained for hours.
Set in 60 acres of stunning woodland, 140 monkeys live and roam about. You'll find a monkey sat on the bench next to you or nipping across the road in front of you!
Wheelgate Park truly has something for everyone with attractions ranging from thrilling rides, energising activities, and stimulating challenges. Fascinating historical exhibits and animal attractions.
A fun park for all the family to enjoy in the beautiful surroundings of Sherwood Forest, home of the legendary Robin Hood.
The Tropical Butterfly House offers a unique opportunity to get closer to some of the world's most beautiful and unique living things! This is a must-see for animal-lovers in South Yorkshire. The facility is home to a wide range of creatures, even more than just elegant butterflies. Stop by and explore the Meerkat Mansion, Small Animal House, Farm Barn, Birds of Prey area, Prairie Dog Camp, Butterfly House and much more!
Awesome Walls Climbing Centre is located in the enormous engine house at Pear Mill. It is the biggest climbing centre in England and offers an impressive amount of superior, top-roping and bouldering to cater to all climbers. The centre is split into three individual areas that include the Main Engine House, the Tall Wall and the bouldering area. The main area is the Engine House and this is where most of the climbing surfaces are as well as the chill ledge that overlooks the lead climbing arena. The climbing area here contains a collection of angles from slabs to overhangs around the perimeter walls. Located in the centre is the amazing "The Awesome Fin" it has four lead lines and seventeen top rope lines together with an abseil platform on top. Also found here are the 'Big Slabs' they are two 13m slab walls that are on opposite sides of the engine house. The "Tall Wall" is what is says, it extends to 23.5 metres and has 21 lines to climb on. The bouldering area contains 400sqm of bouldering. Staff are friendly, helpful and very professional, as well as being encouraging if it is your first time at this activity, and give plenty of advise and guidance. Anyone can get involved in this activity regardless of fitness level. All equipment can be hired here so you don't need to take anything along. The Cafe is a great place to stop after an exerted climb or to spectate if you are not climbing, they have a good selection of beverages and snacks available. The centre is open daily, Monday to Friday 10.00am to 10.00pm and Saturday and Sunday 10.00am to 8.00pm. Prices are very reasonable and they offer specials so worth checking the website for details. Awesome Walls Climbing Centre offers a fun and thrilling activity in a safe environment and is a great place to come to learn a new skill and is real value for money, it is an awesome place to come for people of all ages.
Part of the High Peak trail near Wirkswirth is this fabulous 17.5 mile, traffic free track with an extra link to the Tissington Trail.
North of the town centre on the Tissington Trail you can find this old disused railway line for 13.5 miles of traffic free riding and beautiful scenery.
Here you can find over 30 miles of traffic free cycling through magnificent limestone scenery, situated at the junction of the High Peak and Tissington Trails.
Cycle through the 9 miles of fantastic river valleys and along converted railway lines called the Manifold Track. Located in the main village behind the Crown Hotel.
In the Derwent Valley just off the A57 you can cycle beside the historic Derwent and Ladybower reservoirs through fabulous woodland scenery.
This reserve was once clay pits making material for bricks, now it forms a number of shallow ponds that provide homes for a variety of wildlife.
North Wingfield is a narrow strip of grassland with the River Rother running through it and abundant wildlfe to spot, particularly in the summer months.
With a new habitat created in 2005, a great variety of wildlife has been attracted to this area to mingle with the existing inhabitants. Further improvement work to enlarge the reserve due for 2012.
With one of the oldest lead mines in Derbyshire, it's well worth a walk around this wild Pennine moorland renowned for its rare wildlife, bird breeding and spectacular views.
Hillbridge is one of the largest reserves in the area with quite a few species of woodland bird taking up residence here, some, sadly, quite rare to see.
Journey along the canal towpaths which are in truly excellent condition and are perfect for walkers too.
Don't miss the chance to see the gorgeous landscape that surrounds the Sett Valley Trail. This 2.5 acre recreational path serves as a guide for walkers, joggers, cyclists and hikers as they embark on a serene journey that is good for the mind as well as the body. The trail runs along a former railway line, offering a glimpse of lush countryside.
In Hayfield village is a 2.5 mile trail with plenty of additional access to hills via bridleways, ideal to get up high and see those spectacular views.
Enjoy the scenic views on this medium walk around the Quarry in the National Forest. There are a lot of stiles to go through and it can be muddy in places.
A sailing club which is a recognised RYA teaching centre offering shorebased, powerboat and sailing courses for adults and children alike.
Ashbourne's fabulous 18 hole golf course is ideally situated at the Gateway to the Peak District. Also on offer is the new licensed bar and extensive catering options.
Ridgewood Equestrian Centre offers a wide range of activities such as learning to ride, looking after your horse, competitions and trekking.
Wild Park Leisure offers paintballing and quad biking, so whether you are crawling through undergrowth or racing over hills ... adrenaline is what you get!
Ten pin bowling, soft play areas and fun for all the family to enjoy are all on offer at the Genesis Centre as well as conference suites.
The Derby Aero Club was formed in 1987 and grew to be one of the biggest in the country. With its own airfield, it offers all range of lessons, aircraft hire and trail lessons.
Barlow fisheries is situated on the edge of the Peak District in 50 acres of secluded valley. Open from dawn to dusk all year round offering relaxing fishing and various fishing tuition.
Learn to fly a glider or simply take a flight with one of the qualified pilots who are on duty all year round. The club also has simulators available to test your nerve before flight.
Qualified instructors with Peak Activities are ready to lead you into the caves that lie beneath the Peak District National Park.
Enjoy a swim in the heated outdoor swimming pool situated in stunning surroundings. It's located next to the activity centre, so after a hard day spent climbing, abseiling, mountain biking or cave orienteering, enjoy a relaxing swim.
A lovely spring-fed lake at just over 2 acres, situated in the River Dane Valley. At the heart of the Peek District this beautiful area is a perfect place to go fishing. The fish themselves are a wide variety of breeds, including Rainbow, Brown, Triploid and Blue.
Beauchief Golf Course is a beautiful 5,258 yard, Par 67 course that offers excellent challenge and tranquil scenery. Hone your skills on the green while enjoying fresh air and a lush, natural environment. This idyllic activity is found in the gorgeous Peak District hills. Don't forget to linger by the 4th hole to see one of the best views offered by Beauchief!
26 bowling lanes of fun! The perfect place for a party or get together with friends. Compete to see how many strikes you can get!
Ice skating is cool no matter what your age or ability. So where better to try it out than the National Ice Centre where ice sessions and lessons are available.
Macclesfield Golf Club is a long established club that has been extending a warm welcome to both members and guests for more than 100 years. The club enjoys a prominent position on the hillside where you get some wonderful views of the surrounding Cheshire countryside, particularly from the 7th tee. It is an 18 hole par 71, parkland golf course that is continuously being maintained and updated to adhere to its high standards. The course is challenging not least owing to the undulating hills but there are a number of obstacles including blind holes and deep bunkers and is therefore a good test for any golfer. The fairways are well presented and the greens are fast enough. The staff throughout from the pro shop to the clubhouse are really friendly and very professional and make you feel very welcome. The clubhouse is inviting and comfortable and the perfect place to meet after a round of golf, they have a good varied menu, the food is freshly cooked and really tasty, the service was very good and prices were very reasonable too. Macclesfield Golf Club is a great course with very high standards and very welcoming, the green fees are great value and views are lovely on the course, it is a friendly and welcoming club and definitely worth visiting if you are in the area.
Ice Sheffield is the place for winter sport enthusiasts! Public ice skating and activities are available as well as lessons for those who want to learn how to skate, play hockey and much more. Those who want a little more adrenaline with their entertainment should check out Aerial Extreme, an urban high ropes course that includes 24 insane obstacles!
Delta Force is one of the most exciting and invigorating activities available in Staffordshire. Face off and show your might on the field of battle while navigating natural and manmade obstacles and land features. A variety of tools and equipment is available, including pyrotechnics like smoke grenades, paint grenades and MK5 Thunderflashes.
Learn to paraglide with Parapente, established since 1987 making it one of the oldest launch schools in the Peak District and with the most experienced instructor in the country.
20 lanes of ten-pin-tastic foolery. Kids love bowling but it's fun for the whole family. Ramps are available for the young bowler, or for those who need a little extra help!
Set in the beautiful forest of Cannock Chase, this gem of a trekking centre is a great place for a ride. Whether you are a keen beginner or an experienced rider there is something for all abilities. Soak up the stunning scenery and keep an eye out for some of the local wildlife.
Hazel Grove Golf Club is located at High Lane in Stockport, amongst beautiful surroundings and has a reputation as being one of the best courses in Cheshire. It is an 18 hole private parkland golf course, that is well designed, pretty flat and with some fabulous views. The course is beautifully maintained and the greens are in superb condition, lovely and flat and kept to a high standard. The Fairways are tight and are fast running. The course offers challenges to all level of golf player, there are a number of obstacles to make play difficult including, several natural water hazards, trees and long rough. The clubhouse has a welcoming atmosphere, excellent facilities, and lovely views out over the course, catering options are excellent, the menu is very good, lots of choice and the food is tasty, generous portions and good value for money. It is a friendly and welcoming course and all visitors are warmly greeted. Staff are amicable, helpful and above all most professional. Hazel Grove Golf Club offers a great game of golf throughout the year, the course is always in good shape, it is a very welcoming club and the green fees are very reasonable, should be tried out if you are in the area.
An 18 hole attractive parkland course providing a challenging test for both average and low handicap golfers. Par 72 course offers golfers an enjoyable day with extensive views. There is also a driving range where you can brush up on your game.
F1K Indoor Go karting Loughborough is a fast adrenaline fuelled motorsport experience that is suitable for all from 8 years and over. Safety, professionalism and value for money can be found at this all weather indoor venue.
Ecclesall Woods offers 140 hectares of semi-natural woodland located in South Yorkshire. Everyone will find a reason to enjoy this verdant region. Get a vigorous workout by wandering the area or take it slow and enjoy the opportunity to spot wildlife, birds and beautiful plant life. There are also historic and archaeological features found in this gorgeous nature reserve.
Nature lovers, photographers and others will not want to miss the chance to explore Cannock Chase. This pristine region is rich in wildlife and plant life. It is the last surviving lowland heathland in the Midlands. A management plan has been put into place to meet the demands of the area's natural and economic needs so it remains beautiful for future visitors.
158 acres cared for by the National Trust with lots of grassland - ideal for some peace and quiet in beautiful surroundings. Ilam Hall, built between 1821 and 1827 also sits in the grounds but is not open to the public.
An impressive collection of various plantlife, including rhododendrons and azaleas kalmias. Plants acquired from all over the globe can be found here. The site itself is on the remains of an old millstone quarry covering 4 acres or so of woodland. Explore at leisure, this enchanting location and marvel at the many species of bird to be found in the area.
These unique gardens, situated where the River Derwent is at its most tranquil, are the perfect setting for a relaxing afternoon in the sun or a boat trip up the river. The gardens have also appeared in numerous film and TV Productions.
Get away from city life in the open parkland at Markeaton Park. With all age groups in mind, there is a multitude of entertainment from the craft village to crazy golf and even a miniature steam train.
A short walk from the city centre you will find Darley Abbey Park, a popular escape from the hustle of the city offering peace, quiet and fine views of Derby. The River Derwent flows through the park providing a natural path to walk along one side.
Offering something for everyone to enjoy, the Chatsworth estate, Britain's best loved stately home, offers famous works of art, spectacular fountains, food and drink and many miles of walks in the countryside. This fantastic house with its wonderful gardens is an absolute must see.
A stunning area of wooded parkland, hills, lakes, trails and even more wildlife in this park that stretches over 600 acres of varied landscape. There is a sculpture trail and 18 miles of footpaths, some of which are wheelchair friendly.
Queens Park opened in 1893 and with the help of a lottery grant and has been recently restored to its former glory. There is a cricket ground, boating lake, miniature railway and a play area for young children. A local brass band can be heard around the park on Sundays in summer.
National Trust owned Hardwick Hall displays the enormous wealth and authority of its original owner, Bess of Hardwick, and will be hosting various events throughout the year to commemorate the 400 years since her death. (Dogs allowed in park)
The Pavilion Gardens sport 23 acres of fabulous recently landscaped gardens, situated in the centre of Buxton on the banks of the River Wye. A great range of food and drink is also available at the Garden Restaurant.
An 80 acre woodland in South Derbyshire with many paths from which to explore this pretty area. Take the children to the play area or have a go on the climbing rock. This park also plays a role in local art and heritage and has recently had 40,000 new trees planted.
Graves Park is a beautiful stretch of green that offers many recreational opportunities for visitors. Enjoy a relaxing stroll along the grass and trees or bring the family to the 22 acre animal farm. Deer, chickens, ducks, pigs, goats, donkeys, sheep, Highland cattle, chinchillas, rabbits and much more make there home on this beautiful farm property.
A 650 acre park on the northern fringes of Nottingham, which has an incredible variety of wildlife habitats, mill lakes, meadows and oak woodland to enjoy.
Central Forest Park is a beautiful green space in the heart of the city. It provides facilities for walking, cycling, dog walking, informal sports and skateboarding.
Found just two miles from the Sheffield city centre, Endcliffe Park is an idyllic place to enjoy an afternoon outdoors. This beautiful area offers plenty of green space with lovely sights and lush scenery. The entire park encompasses 15 hectares and includes many appealing conveniences.Stop by and check out the children's playground, cafe, riverside walk, woodlands and much more!
Sheffield Botanical Gardens were established in the early 1830s. The project, which was founded by the Sheffield Botanical and Horticultural Society, included beautiful plant displays and a highly fashionable arrangement. The site thrived until suffering financial hardships over the years. Today it's a lush place to explore that is well-cared for by the Sheffield Botanical Gardens Trust.
Weston Park offers gorgeous views and true English character. This royal landmark features lush, manicured gardens, stunning architecture and a long history. The House and Stables provide space for meetings and corporate events as well as weddings, private parties and other important personal gatherings. Even if you aren't planing a large scale celebration, you can still stop by the Granary Grill for a savoury meal.
If you are searching for a peaceful place for a picnic, Crookes Park is one of the best places around! This stunning greenscape features lush growth and the sparkling waters of a nearby lake. Have a seat and relax while enjoying the fresh air and lovely scenery. Everywhere you go provides the best view!
The Winter Garden is an impressive facility that is also among the largest temperate glasshouses constructed in the United Kingdom in the last century. Visitors can explore a massive collection of more than 2,500 plants brought in from all over the globe. The enormous interior is big enough to house 5,000 domestic sized greenhouses.
Whether you are a seasoned gardener or someone just discovering their green thumb, the Plant Pot has something you will love! This traditional nursery offers a wide range of healthy plants, including vibrant flowers, juicy vegetables, herbs and so much more. Shoppers can also pick up gardening accessories, seeds, compost and gifts then stop by the on-site coffee shop for a quick bite to eat.
The Rivelin Valley Nature Trail offers a beautiful place to enjoy Mother Nature and get plenty of fresh air and exercise! This verdant path winds through gorgeous woodlands that gives visitors the freedom to explore while they stretch their legs. Bring a camera because you never know what kind of bird and animal life you might encounter!
Grangewood spans over 100 acres of broad-leaved and conifer woodland offering horse riding trails, fishing lakes and peaceful country walks.
An important historic site, with impressive Italian gardens and stunning scenery. Originally created for the Duke of Sutherland, these charming gardens have maintained their initial layout, however the ongoing restoration project has taken a refreshing look at the gardens and the plantlife there. With the help of award winning garden designers; Tom Stuart-Smith and Piet Oudolf, a more contemporary look is being created. Stroll around these unique gardens and unwind in their tranquil atmosphere.
The Five Weirs Walk is a gorgeous walking path that spans 8 km from the Sheffield city centre to Meadowhall. The journey traces the path of the River Don and includes a variety of peaceful views. Many enjoy this beautiful path each year, including cyclists, walkers, anglers, nature lovers and canoeists.
On this estate, it begins with a walled garden for fruit and veg. See and feel history come to life as you watch servants preparing food, brewing ale and scrubbing whites back at the servants' quarters.
Situated on the banks of the River Dane, north east of the town centre, the park contains numerous benches, some providing views along the River Dane. The ideal place to sit and soak up the atmosphere.
Escape the hustle and bustle of day to day life as you explore this lovely park, set deep at the heart of the Nottinghamshire countryside. Encompassing over 8km of paths, landscaped areas and grassland, this is the perfect place to explore on foot or by bike. Take a picnic and play some sport.
The Forest Centre provides the ideal base for a host of recreational and educational activities. There is also a visitor centre, forest shop with hot and cold food, cycle hire and a children's play area.
The Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre is the perfect place for animal lovers. Get closer to nature in a safe, comfortable environment. This family-friendly attraction is home to an array of living things, including birds of prey, cats, raccoons, reptiles, invertebrates and primates. An kids activity pack is available for a small fee so little ones can get even more out of their visit.
Victoria Park is the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon. The landmark opened in 1908 as the Victoria Park Pleasure Grounds. It currently spans just under 5 acres of lush property and is the largest formal park in the borough. There are a number of unique features within the park, including the County War Memorial, Alderman Mottram shelter and the Splash Pad.
Clumber Park is home to the longest avenue of lime trees in Europe and Clumber Chapel — a Gothic cathedral in miniature. Enjoy some of the most pleasurable walking around, including idyllic lakeside strolls. Or hire a bike and explore this great park with friends. It's also the perfect setting for a picnic and that family game of cricket or football during the summer months.
Peak Village Shopping precinct with Exsports, Ponden Mill, Cotton Traders and Massarella's Restaurant to complete your day.
A cinema with 8 lanes of bowling fun attached — a great idea for a day out with the family or for a rainy afternoon. All the latest films, check website for up to date listings.
Showing a full programme of up to date films (check website for times) plus Met Opera HD live events. Free and disabled parking available and the centre is wheelchair friendly.
Chesterfield, home of the famous crooked spire. An old market town blended with a modern shopping centre — it boasts a medieval market and lantern parade.
Originally called the Civic Theatre, in 1982 its name was changed to Pomegranate. Hosting both professional and amateur performances, at full capacity the theatre can seat more than 500 people.
Opened in 1923 as the Picture House, The Winding Wheel, home of the Odeon cinema was closed in 1981. It has now been refurbished and reopened as a conference and entertainment venue for concerts, lectures and dances.
An afternoon on a steam train is always a great idea for a family day out in Staffordshire — especially if the kids are completely hooked on our good friend Thomas the Tank Engine. (Recommended that wheelchair users board the train at Kingsley & Froghall Station as it has a higher platform)
Nestling amongst the stunning scenery of the Peak District, Leek is a historic market town with a reputation for unusual shops, antiques and good food.
Recently restored to its former glory, The Buxton Opera House is well worth a visit for the fantastic auditorium and ceiling paintings alone. It also hosts a varied programme of events including musical concerts.
Relax and experience the nostalgia of this unique heritage railway, winding you gently on a 5.5 mile round steam journey over ever changing gradients and through beautiful picturesque North Staffordshire countryside.
Surrounded by beautiful countryside, and enjoying extensive views, Bolsover is well known for its castle and pleasant shopping area.
Hope Valley is a wide valley running east?west and attracts cyclists, pony trekkers and rock climbers from all over the country. Mam Tor 'Shivering Mountain' lies at the head of the valley, which is also home to Peveril Castle and Ladybower Reservoir.
The Palace Theatre is a year short of celebrating its 100th anniversary so will be holding lots of exciting events with that in mind. Keep an eye on the website for further information.
If you are ready for a challenge, then stop by the vibrant Climbing Works! This unique attraction offers the best indoor climbing experience. Bouldering is a great way to test your skills and physical fitness. This exciting facility offers an adult area and a separate Mini Works designed just for young climbers.
Few heritage towns can boast such a wealth of interesting sites and buildings concentrated in such a small area as Burslem Town centre. Many buildings date from the 18th and 19th centuries.
Greentop Circus is a school that provides opportunities for those seeking professional training as entertainers. Adult classes and workshops are offered and cover everything from aerial performance to acrobalance and point and line work. Activities for children are also offered and include holiday events, trapeze, free running, acrobatics and advanced lessons.
The Crucible Theatre is an important landmark because it was constructed during a time when the the city of Sheffield had lost all of its major theatres. With only one small venue still in business, the area was in dire need of another entertainment option. The Crucible was opened in 1971. Many well-known and beloved actors have performed on stage at the Crucible, including Ian McKellen and Edward Petherbridge.
Right in the heart of Sheffield and open 7 days a week, with lots of high street names and designer brands.
Mecca Bingo is a fun way to enjoy a classic game! If you love the thrill that comes with playing to win, Mecca has a lot to offer. Sign up and take advantage of deals for new players. A wide range of bingo rooms are available, ranging from 80 Ball Bingo, Dancing Queen, Lucky 7 and Sunset Strip to Joker Jackpot, Britain's Got Talent Bingo and many more!
Sheffield Theatre offers high quality entertainment presented live on the stage. Beautiful costumes, skilled actors and amazing scenery help create a unique experience for every production. Visitors can enjoy something from almost any popular genre. Past shows include favourites like My Fair Lady, The Full Monty, Thriller Live and many more!
Demon Wheelers offers fun activities for groups of all ages! From corporate events and team building exercises to family outings and themed nights, there's much to do. Demon Wheelers offers one of the most diverse entertainment options around, with everything from motorized and shooting activities to inflatables, indoor activities and laser tag!
Treacle Market is a fantastic local market that operates on the last Sunday of every month from 10.00am to 3.00pm, and is home to more than 140 stalls. It is located located in Macclesfield Market Place, Butter Market and surrounding streets and has been named one of the best Farmers Markets around. You will find here a fantastic and diverse choice of superb locally produced beers, juices and delicious provisions. In addition you will be able to find lots of high quality unique, interesting and unusual items including artworks, antiques, books, vintage home wares, jewellery and crafts from local makers. It is a lovely lively and bustling market with a real community feel and offers the perfect place to meet with friends, browse around and stop for a coffee and listen to the live music. There are many food vendors selling a diverse range of dishes from all over the world, the smells are fantastic and the food is home cooked and delicious, it a foodie heaven. Treacle Market is a lovely market, lots to explore and experience and a great atmosphere, if you are in the area, get a shopping basket head there and immerse yourself in the atmosphere, you won't be disappointed.
With the support of local organisations and councils, the Millenium Walkway at New Mills is accessible and ready to serve visitors! This unique projectcompletes the connection of a path that runs below the town. The walkway was recognised with the British Construction Industry award in 2000 and continues to impress all who travel it.
For more than 17 years, Midland Karting has been offering an exciting, adrenaline-filled experience for travellers and locals. Prove your skills on the track while having a great time with the whole family! This all-ages activity includes top notch equipment, two challenging kart tracks and much more! Services are available for groups, businesses and organisations.
Torrs Hydro is an exciting new endeavour that strives to regenerate the local community while preserving environmental resources. This vital landmark provides electricity to the local community using earth-friendly methods. The facility has produced more than 700,000 kWh since September of 2008. Open days are held four times throughout the year.
Chocolate Alchemy is a haven for chocolate lovers, offering the finest in Belgian, hand-crafted chocolates. They have a superb selection of chocolates that are all freshly made. The shop has the most divine aromas and a lovely friendly and inviting atmosphere. The cafe is modern and bright and serves delicious coffee as well as their infamous hot chocolate and fantastic shakes and you must try their free samples of chocolates, they also serve light snacks and the most scrumptious chocolate cake, and the service is excellent. In addition they operate chocolate workshops where you can learn how to make chocolate, try a selection of chocolates from all over the world as well as making some truffles and chocolates that you can take home and impress friends and family with. The staff here are passionate about there craft and will happily talk to you about all things chocolate. Chocolate Alchemy is the perfect place to stop for a relaxing drink and delicious treat, if you are in the town it should not be missed.
Ideally situated on the Cheshire/Staffordshire border, the centre houses over 35 outlets and there are regular live events and entertainment held in its unique hall as well.
High Lea Park is a beautiful recreational space in New Mills. This area offers gorgeous scenery with lush woodlands and vibrant gardens. The newest additional includes an orchard. Families can let their little ones romp on the playground. The park also hosts a number of exciting events throughout the year, including a fireworks display, bonfire and the One World Festival.
Whether you love books, records, CDs or comics, High Street Books in New Mills is the perfect place to start shopping. This unique retail experience offers the diverse selection that only an independent second hand book store can supply. After more than three decades in business, High Street Books has something for every reading or listening preference.
The Ancient High House is a beautiful building and one of the best Tudor structures in the entire country. It is also the largest timber framed town house in all of England. King Charles I stayed there on his way to Shrewsbury, often entertaining royal guests. Travellers can admire breathtaking architecture while exploring a historic landmark.
The Climbing Station is conveniently located in the centre of the town and is open daily. They cater to all ages and abilities from beginners through to experts. The centre offers more than 800 square metres of top bouldering surface, that incorporates probably every possible angle you can conceive. There are varying climbs, in fact there are more than 300 individually built creations that have been designed by top climbers, there are traverse and route-length problems. You can learn to climb, boulder or use roped climbing under the watchful eye of the highly skilled and professional instructors. Safety is paramount here and before engaging in any activity you are given full instructions on the equipment and the activity. All areas are covered with industry standard crash pads for your protection. The staff are friendly, engaging, enthusiastic and patient. There is a small gym area also available for use with pullup bars, crusher holds and breastmakers. There is a lovely cafe where you can enjoy some delicious refreshments and light snacks in the warm and inviting atmosphere, you can also take in all the action of the walls from here. The Climbing station is a fabulous venue for all the family where you can get fit and have fun in a safe and controlled area, the prices are very reasonable too.
For centuries, travellers by stagecoach and narrow boat have broken their journeys to enjoy all that Stafford has to offer.
Etherow County Park is located in the centre of the Etherow/Goyt Valley in the stunning Southport countryside and covers 240 acres, and is a local nature reserve. It was one of the first country parks in Britain and is a vibrant area of woodland and riverside with lots of walks in addition to being a haven for wildlife with more than 200 species of plants here and in excess of a hundred species of bird have been sighted here. The park is well maintained and very clean, the wardens do a great job. There is lots to see and do with self guided walks and trails, picnic areas, lake, impressive waterfall, pond dipping area, Sssi nature reserve and bird-hide, model boat area and model boat club, and much more. Children will love exploring, running around the wide open spaces and building dens in the woodland. The area is pretty flat so suitable for everyone and there are lots of benches scattered around the lake where you can sit and enjoy the lovely scenery. The Visitor Centre sells bags of food for ducks, you can get maps of the area and the numerous walking trails, also you can arrange a guided walk with one of the wardens who will share the history of the park and tell you all about the local wildlife, flora and fauna. The waterfront cafe is cosy and welcoming and serves a nice selection of beverages and snacks at reasonable prices. Etherow Country Park is very popular as it offers a peaceful oasis away from the bustle of the town, it offers pleasant walks and lots of scenery and has something for everyone as well as being a cheap day out, a lovely park.
Vida Beauty Clinic offers a luxurious experience that will leave you feeling completely pampered. The business operates inside the Hawkesyard Hall in Armitage, enhancing the experience with handsome architecture. Book a session for body treatments, ear piercing, facials, makeup, hands and feet treatments, waxing, dermaroller treatment or schedule a pregnancy package for expectant mothers.
Beacon Hill Country Park extends to more than 135 hectares and is located in Charnwood Forest in north-west Leicestershire, the area is comprised of a mixture of woodland, grassland, wildflower meadows and neighbouring farmland. Beacon Hill stands at 248m and is the second highest point in Leicestershire and is the site of a Bronze Age hill fort, the summit offers fabulous panoramic views of the stunning countryside. As well as all of different walking routes there is a 4.8km multiuse track that goes around the park, it is open to pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders. The walkways throughout the park are clearly marked and cater to all abilities. In addition there is a wooden boardwalk that winds through crooked rhododendron bushes where you need to look out for the concealed sculptures that make for a magical experience. The Natural Play Area is home to a log train as well as a hazel maze. Throughout the park there are a number of large wooden sculptures to be found, as well as plenty of wildlife with cattle, sheep and alpacas roaming about. You can also enjoy barbecues and picnics amongst these lovely surroundings and enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the area. Younger visitors can now enjoy the new play area that is situated close to the lower car park, as well as all the open spaces to run around and lots of places to build dens. There is a small charge to use the car parks and they are open daily. Beacon Hill Country Park is a delightful area to visit where you can enjoy the great outdoors in this magnificent countryside.
Wild Things Soft Play Centre is located in Bramhall, Stockport and is easily accessible with a large private car park. It provides a safe and secure environment where young visitors can run around, explore, interact and play whilst being supervised. Cafe Orinoco is welcoming and comfortable and allows you to six and relax with a coffee whilst the children play. They have a good selection of beverages, snacks and hot and cold dishes that are freshly made and home cooked and reasonably priced. In addition they have free Wi-Fi. Prices are very reasonable and offer real value for money. Staff are very nice, friendly, helpful and approachable. The whole centre is well maintained and very clean. They are open daily, Monday to Fridays 9.00am to 17.30pm, and Saturday and Sundays 9.00am to 4.30pm. Wild Things Soft Play Centre is probably more suited to younger children who will enjoy the excellent play frame and the space to run around in. .
Central SUP have three locations in the Tamworth and Nottingham areas of the Midlands. They offer the opportunity to try your hand at stand up paddle boarding, a fast growing fun and energetic sport. They specialise in training as well as lessons for those new to this sport, it is open to all ages and is suited to most people as long as you can stand up. They have all the equipment needed to make the most out of your experience. This area of the Midlands offers the best opportunities to paddleboard with all the lakes, rivers and canals around. Instructors are friendly, qualified, professional and encouraging in getting you up and going. They operate on most nights throughout the summer months and every weekend. Central SUP is an accredited school that promotes and encourages the sport of stand up paddle boarding as a fun and exciting activity that most people can get involved with, a great way to get fit whilst enjoying the waters and surrounding countryside, a brilliant outdoor activity, in a lovely location.
The Trust's first acquisition in the Peak District, acquired in 1906 and still used today, it forms a part of the Winster village's secret garden event.
The Derwent Valley Mills became a World Heritage site in 2001. Stretching 15 miles down the river, the site contains a series of historic mill complexes and is the host of the 2008 World Heritage Site discovery festival.
Peak Rail invites travellers to take a journey back in time. Go on an adventure aboard a diesel or steam train! The railway is preserved to maintain an authentic experience. Lines currently operate between Matlock and Rowsley South. A buffet car is available so passengers can enjoy alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as light snacks during the trip.
Set in 820 acres of open parkland with lakes and waymarked walks, the masterpiece that is 18th century Kedleston Hall offers a museum, landscaped gardens and a costumed housekeeper.
A grand Elizabethan manor house joined to a 13th medieval hall. The hall, now called The Old Manor was owned by the Fitzherbert family and features some unusual architectural features, including 17th century Flemish glass alongside a medieval fireplace and a rare king post. During the Civil War, the house was badly damaged and fell into ruins soon after the death of Sir John Fitzherbert in 1649. After being rebuilt in 1680 it has been well preserved ever since and is now owned by the National Trust.
With a collection of history from the Bakewell area, the museum is a fascinating building originating from the 1500s under Henry VIII.
Visit this lovely house, dating from the late 1600s which includes the Museum of Childhood. This great, interactive museum is fun for all ages as you cast a nostalgic look backwards to your own childhoods. This marvelous house was also one of the locations for the BBC's Pride and Prejudice and features one of the most impressive long galleries in the country. (Wheelchair access to the museum, but not to the Hall)
Be sure to visit the wonder that is Chesterfield's Crooked Spire Church, a place of worship for 800 years. Take in the beauty and the history of the building.
Eyam Hall is the ideal spot for weddings, receptions, conferences. Converted farm buildings have been turned into a craft centre and a licensed restaurant. It is open throughout the year.
Amerton Railway is a charming two foot gauge line that winds through the gorgeous countryside of Staffordshire.This important local attraction also includes "Isabel," the W.G. Bagnall Saddle tank that was made 115 years ago. Autumn and winter themed events are hosted each year, including the Monster Train and Santa Specials.
Tideswell Church is an immediately recognisable and notable church here in the heart of the Peak District National Park. It is warmly referred to as the Cathedral of the Peak although it is in fact a church, it has earned the name owing to its size and astounding architecture, it is a Grade I listed building and one of the foremost famous buildings in Derbyshire, it has a long and diverse history. It has served as a place of worship since 1398 and still continues to this day to hold regular services. It is a warm and inviting congregation and they welcome visitors to their church, to enjoy a service or admire the beauty of the building. It was built in the late Gothic style with the chancel and tower being in a perpendicular style, and has been well maintained and restored over the years. The church has many notable features of interest particularly the stone table tombs, there are also brasses, incredible intricate wooden carvings, leaded stained glass windows and unfinished organ. Outside are lovely kitchen gardens and the bells ring every fifteen minutes and make a lovely sound. The Church building is open daily from 9.00am to 6.00pm so you can call in at anytime to visit, there is no charge to enter but, they do rely on donations to upkeep this beautiful building. There are guides available to buy that gives an in-depth history of the Church. Guided tours of the Church can be arranged where you will receive a full history of the church and information on the local community, contact details are on the website. On special occasions the tower is open, it is difficult to access and climb the stairs but is worth the effort. The Church has a welcoming and inviting atmosphere with a real sense of calm and offers the perfect place for reflection. Tideswell Church is a remarkable historic building with so much to see both inside and outside, it has a really relaxing atmosphere and you feel a sense of peace as you wander around, a real gem and definitely worth a visit if you are in the Dales.
A great family day out, with the fantasy entertainment house for children and the grand castle with its wonderful collection of art work to admire for the parents. The Venus Garden is also worth a visit with impressive statues and a lovely fountain.
Come and discover the house where time has stood still and see huge collection of hidden treasures. Explore the walled gardens and unique Auricula Theatre, enjoy the play area and take a walk round the park.
Beauchief Abbey was established in 1176 under the Welbeck Abbey. The beautiful building features many classic architectural elements and currently still serves the local community. People gather for worship or to expand their religious knowledge at the abbey. The church is currently part of the Church of England hand is completely organised by the congregation.
The Bishops' House is a handsome example of traditional timbre framed homes in Sheffield, England. This inviting house is found at the top of Meersbrook Park, nestled among tranquil fields. Explore a building that was constructed in the 15th century! The landmark can also be hired for use as an event venue.
Drop-in activities for children every Tuesday to Friday during the school holidays. Have a go at making a mask, fridge magnet, a badge and much more. Also houses the world's greatest collection of Staffordshire ceramics.
The Sheffield General Cemetery is an important piece of the area's history. This landmark was originally opened in 1836. It continued to except new burials until 1978. More than 87,000 people rest in the cemetery. A tremendous conservation effort is underway by the Sheffield General Cemetery Trust to preserve this local treasure.
Nottingham Castle is a magnificent 17th century mansion, with spectacular views across the city. The Exhibition galleries play host to a lively programme of events and exhibitions.
The solemn Cholera Monument was given to Sheffield in 1930 as a gift from the Duke of Norfolk. The 3 hectare space serves as the burial ground for many of the more than 400 people who died during the cholera outbreak of 1832. The monument stands in their memory. Once the site was presented to the city, a few additions were incorporated including toilets, an old men's hut and a bowling green.
The award-winning Peace Gardens can be found on Pinstone Street close to the Winter Garden. This beautiful urban landmark is part of the Heart of the City project which focuses on cultural regeneration in Sheffield. Travellers can explore a central walk area and follow the Gold Route which leads to the Sheffield Railway Station.
The Cathedral Church of St. Marie can be found in Sheffield, England. This religious landmark has seen many years of local history pass. Services are still offered at the church, including mass and prayer groups. Travellers can join in regular worship or stop by to enjoy a concert or any of the other events on the church calendar.
Sheffield's Town Hall is a breathtaking landmark that officially opened in 1897. Construction came much later in the area's history than other Town Halls of the same period because the Council was more concerned with taking care of social issues than spending resources on a structure.The building was later expanded upon and is currently an impressive testament to beauty and prestige of the city it serves.
Sheffield's Weston Park Museum is a fascinating landmark that offers a detailed look at the area's rich history. A wide range of exhibits are on display. The permanent collection includes the Arctic World, What on Earth!, Treasures and Sheffield Life and Times exhibits. Events are hosted throughout the year so each visit is unique!
The Cathedral Church of St. Peter and St. Paul offers a tranquil place to worship and celebrate God. The building was constructed on land that has long been used for religious purposes.The 9th century Sheffield Cross once stood there and is now found in the British Museum. Come and join the local community by participating in events and services or stop by to admire the breathtaking stained glass windows.
The National Memorial Arboretum honours those who served and continue to serve the nation. 50,000 trees were planted on the grounds, covering a spacious 150 acres of lush landscape. Over 200 memorials have been dedicated, making the Arboretum a literal living tribute. Some of the growth is relatively young and continues to be nurtured as a symbol of the undying memory and appreciation for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The Fire and Police Museum in Sheffield is packed with unique exhibits that showcase the equipment and vehicles used by these two vital emergency services. Visitors of all ages will love getting up close to police cars, fire trucks and so much more! This is the largest volunteer-run museum of its kind in the United Kingdom.
The Proud Sheffield Manor Lodge overlooks the Don Valley. The nearby landscape is breathtaking and contains much history for those who want to learn more about the area.Learn about the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots and how Sheffield survived the devastating assault of the Blitz. Workshops, holiday events and much more are offered throughout the year.
The Silk Museum is found in an old Art School. Visitors will get the opportunity to step back in time in this age old production, you will travel along the Silk Road and unearth the history of Macclesfield's Silk Industry from its modest beginnings through to the growth and prosperity of the Silk Mills. This skill will be brought to life and the brilliance of the people who steered the growth of Macclesfield is delved into. There are lots of hands on exhibits, displays and wonderful collections. You will learn how this luxurious fabric is made, from its humble beginnings as a cocoon to a wonderful fabric that frequently graces catwalks and is a revered fabric worldwide. The museum is divided into four sections and it is at the Paradise Mill that you get to see first hand the an early 20th century silk mill and hear all about the industry as well as seeing a weaving demonstration. The guides are really fantastic, friendly, knowledgeable and are engaging in telling the history of silk and the mills. The Silk Museum is a fascinating and interesting museum that tells the story of silk in a concise and informative way, you will learn so much during your time here. The Museum is open daily and there is a charge for entry but it is not expensive for the quality you receive.
The Fulwood Old Chapel is a quaint building that is used as a place of worship by Unitarians. Located in Sheffield, this handsome building was constructed between 1728 and 1729. It was originally utilised as a meeting place for English Dissenters. The single-storey building is made of thick stone walls and may be the burial place of the first daughter of social reformer Samuel Plimsoll.
The Lyceum Theatre was constructed in 1897. The design was based around the proscenium arch. Today it is the only theatre still standing outside of London that was designed by famous architect W.G.R. Sprague. Along with a rich history, the Lyceum also presents an appealing list of performances that include opera, contemporary dance and locally produced programmes.
The Blue Shed is a contemporary production space in Sheffield. The organisation strives to improve the community while adhering to its core values. The venue hosts a wide range of programmes and exhibits, including live performance art, music and a variety of other mediums. The spaces are highly adaptable so every visit is a unique experience.
Shugborough is a working historic estate that offers many exciting opportunities for visitors. The mansion, farm, servants quarters, tearoom and walled garden are accessible seasonally. The property hosts events during certain times of the year, including the festive Shugborough Christmas Fair. Stroll through gorgeous gardens, admire elegant monuments and see the island arboretum garden.
The New Mills Heritage and Information Centre welcomes visitors to learn more about the history and heritage of this charming region. Trail guides, maps and walking books are available for the ambitious traveller as well as gifts and souvenirs. Sample light refreshments while learning about the significance and culture of New Mills!
St. Chad's is Staffordshire's oldest building. The working church offers Anglo-Catholic traditions and many fascinating Norman carvings. Travellers can participate in events and festivals, including the Green Man Festival. The church also provides a "time walk" which is an exciting light and sound show that discusses the history of Stafford and St. Chad's.
As featured on television, this multi award winning museum has lots to offer. Engine enthusiasts worldwide flock to view its fascinating displays.
Located at the heart of historic Lichfield, the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum and Bookshop is a fascinating place for history buffs and travellers. Johnson, who is most famous for his Dictionary of the English Language. He lived at the house on Market Square until he was 27 years old. Stop by and learn more by exploring reconstructed rooms, exhibits and audio-visual media.
A great strategic site identified by the Normans was first utilised as a site for a castle in 1100 AD. The timber fortress was built by Robert of Stafford and has been a major local landmark for over 900 years.
The John Taylor Bellfoundry Museum narrates the story of the Bellfoundry from its inception back in the 13th Century through the ages. Located over two floors of this working museum are a large selection of exhibits and memorabilia that cover the story of one of the oldest manufacturing industries throughout the world. Generally the museums opening hours are from 10.00am to 12.00 noon and from 2.00pm to 4.00pm however, if a tour is taking place it will be closed, so best to phone in advance to confirm when it is open, there is a small charge to visit the museum. You will find lots to see here from a room full of bells that are all from varying ages and founders, there are wooden mallets available to try out the bells and hear the different sounds they make. You can watch a DVD of the whole process of bell making. At certain times and from the safety of the viewing platform you can see bells or other casting taking place on the foundry floor. You can also take in the tuning shop where to get to see the bells being tuned. There is a small shop that sells souvenirs and unique bell themed gifts.The staff are lovely throughout, friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about the work done here. The John Bellfoundry Museum is a great experience, it demonstrates the art of craftsmanship at its finest through the bells it manufactures and exports around the world.
This is one of Britain's oldest places of Christian worship and the burial place of Anglo Saxon missionary, St Chad. Set in fantastic grounds, from which you can appreciate the spectacular architecture of this cathedral.
The Great Central Railway is the sole double track, main line heritage railway to be found in the UK and is dated back to 1898. In addition it is the only place in the world where full size steam engines can be seen passing each other, it gives a true feel of this golden era of steam travel. The trains operate each weekend throughout the year, on bank holidays and on specific week days during the summer months. They also offer a five course meal onboard the train service from Loughborough and Leicester, the perfect option for a special night out or event, you can savour the luxury, charm and sophistication of the Great Central Pullman. If you always dreamed of being or know someone who wanted to be a train driver this can come to fruition with a Drive a Locomotive Experience. Throughout the year the Great Central Railway holds a number of special events, a list of these can be obtained from the website. The stations are complete with period features, vintage waiting rooms and kiosks and give a reflection of the grandeur of the time, in addition there is a small museum and shop at Loughborough station. The staff throughout are so friendly, informative and passionate about the railway and will gladly answer any questions you might have. The Great Central Railway gives a unique and memorable visit whatever experience you choose you won't be disappointed.
Chadkirk Chapel Museum is located in the heart of the Chadkirk Country Estate and Local Nature Reserve. This beautiful restored grade II listed 18th century chapel has a long history and is thought to have connections with a 7th century missionary, St Chad. It is now home to a specially commissioned life-sized statue of St Chad found close to the altar and there are colourful carved wooden panels that illustrate scenes from the life of the Saint. Although a simple chapel there are some nice architectural features. The chapel has a a lovely sense of peace and tranquillity and offers a place of reflection. There is an audio visual presentation on the history of the site. The estate offers lovely walks through the lovely woodland and along the Peak Forest Canal. If you follow the wooden rabbit trail you will get a wealth of information about the chapel and the estate. The grounds and chapel are open throughout the year and there is no charge for entry. You can stop in the chapel for refreshments. The chapel is also used during the year for concerts and other community events. Chadkirk Chapel Museum is a beautiful and atmospheric chapel and the surrounding grounds are equally lovely, the perfect place for a relaxed stroll where you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
A dominant castle with a traditional motte and bailey design, this wonderful structure is definitely worth a visit. Steeped in history and well preserved it was sold at auction in 1897 and bought by the Tamworth Corporation to commemorate Victoria's Diamond Jubilee.
Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum is a Methodist Heritage site whose purpose is to preserve and educate people on Methodism, they are situated in a beautiful setting. The movement dates back to the start of the 19th century and they were prominent in encouraging education and starting the trade union movement, their beliefs quickly spread throughout the country as well as overseas. On display in this intimate museum are a diverse collection of artefacts , they also have a vast library, permanent and temporary exhibits. There is much to see here from exploring the graveyard, see the working children's monument and Hugh Bourne's grave. The chapel offers peace and tranquillity and a place of reflection and also is home to a number of silk banners relating to the movement. They operate a programme of special events during the year that incorporates talks, study days as well as family activities, details can be obtained from the website. You can get tea or coffee here and are welcome to take along a picnic, otherwise it will be necessary to go to a local establishment for food. The Museum Shop is small but has a good selection of goods including books, toys and games. There is no admission charge for entry but they do rely on donations, and are open from April through to October, outside of these months you can visit but by appointment only. Staff are very friendly, helpful and attentive. Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum is a delightful and fascinating place, it offers a real glimpse into the harsh lives of Victorian working people and the impact the Methodist movement had on the quality of their lives, lots of historical interest that is pitched at just the right level, a real gem of a museum definitely worth a visit.