The school summer holidays are just around the corner, and it can be hard to keep the kids amused without breaking the bank on expensive holidays and days out. Being in such a landlocked part of the country can make finding somewhere new can be a tricky task, but it shouldn’t be with such beautiful places across Burton and South Derbyshire.
If you’re stuck for things to do this summer holiday, here’s some of Burton and South Derbyshire’s best kept secrets.
1. Fauld Crater
The RAF Fauld explosion was a military accident in November 1944 and was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history and the largest on British soil. It is believed that around 70 people died in the explosion.
Now, you can visit the site in Tutbury and learn all about the history of the site. Locals advise heading to the site of the crater to see the plaque dedicated to those who lost their lives, before going to the Cock Inn for refreshments. The pub has a lot about the history of the crater, and staff are on hand to share their knowledge with you.
However, parts of the site, just off Fauld Lane, are still owned by the Ministry of Defence and there may still be unexploded bombs around, so don’t wander too far or let children go off on their own.
2. National Forest Llama Trek
These treks in Barton offer children and adults an unforgettable experience learning about llamas and heading out on a trek with the gentle creatures.
If you’re willing to shell out a little more for the experience, you can go on a trek across the grounds of Catton Hall with the llamas and have a three-course picnic as you return to the meeting point on Lichfield Road, in Barton. For more information, visit their website.
3. Battlestead Hill
Battlestead Hill, in Tatenhill, was the site of a blood battle between the Angles and Danes. The mature woodland is beautiful all year round, especially in spring, when the woodland floor is covered with primroses, bluebells and violets.
You can walk or ride along the site, learning all about the history and taking in the stunning surroundings.
4. Kandy Factory
The Kandy Factory, based in Burton Market Hall, offers chocolate making experiences for all ages. The chocolate café offers workshops to create your own unique chocolate bars – and you might even be able to try a few bits!
Pre-booking is essential for any wanting to join in the fun, and can be done by popping into the store or visiting their website.
5. Foremark Reservoir
The reservoir in South Derbyshire is surrounded by areas of woodlands just waiting to be explored. There’s also a Jack and Jill willow sculpture and varied wildlife to see and great views of the Carvers Rocks Site.
The reservoir, located in Repton Road outside of Ticknall, also features a refreshment kiosk that opens in the summer months.
6. Moria Furnace
The Moira Furnace Museum showcases the history of one of the most important blast furnaces of the industrial revolution. The museum runs alongside Ashby Canal, and throughout summer guests can enjoy boat trips on the Joseph Wilkes narrow boat.
The site, in Furnace Lane, Moira, houses a children’s play area, ancient woodland, lime kilns and a craft village and tea room.
7. Blithfield Reservoir
Try taking the kids out for the day on the look out for all the creatures and plants about at the reservoir off Inga Thorpe Road, near Abbots Bromley.
The 754-acre reservoir is used for fishing, sailing and relaxing, and there are plenty of walks to choose from around the estate. The reservoir has a free car park and toilets available, but there is no shop or café, so make sure to bring your own picnic along.
8. Anchor Church
Anchor Church is the name given to a series of caves close to Ingleby, South Derbyshire that once formed banks of the River Trent. Records of the caves exist as far back as 1658 when it was mentioned in the Repton Church records.
It can be quite difficult to find, but once you’re there you’ll be able to take in the historic sights and explore the caves.
9. Shobnall Leisure Complex
The leisure complex, in Shobnall Road, Burton, has activities to suit all ages. From a huge play area and skate park to a sports hall, athletic pitch, tennis court and crazy golf pitches, the kids definitely won’t be bored on a day out to Shobnall Leisure Complex.
The centre also offers activities over school holidays to keep kids amused, in conjunction with East Staffordshire Borough Council. The full timetable can be viewed online.
10. Swadlincote Climbing Wall
The APEX climbing centre at Swadlincote is another great option for those looking for something to do over the summer holidays. The centre, based at Green Bank Leisure Centre, has 16 stations of different designs and difficulties for the ultimate challenge.
No experience is needed, and staff are on hand to get you strapped into the harness for 60 minutes of fun to complete challenges and race to the top.
So, there’s no excuse to be bored over the summer holidays, as there are so many things to do. Don’t forget that if it’s that fresh sea air you’re after, there are plenty of seaside resorts just a two hour drive away.