welcome to Rosliston Forestry Centre

A hidden gem in the heart of the National Forest offering lots of activities for great days out. From quiet walks to play areas and action-packed family fun, the Centre’s mix of woodland and meadow, ponds and play areas, offer the perfect playground for visitors of all ages and physical abilities, throughout the year.

Explore on foot or by bike through the woodland trails – the routes form a part of the 75-mile long National Forest Way. While you are here, try out your map-reading skills and follow one of the point to point orienteering courses around the site.

The Visitor Centre provides an introduction to the 154 acre site and the activities on offer, including cycle hire, a bird hide, guided walks, fishing, falconry, astronomy, Park Run, corporate days and parties. ‘Get Active in the Forest’ activities like Nordic walking and Tai Chi are also on offer.

The award winning Environmental Education Project is based on site and runs school visits, family events, parties and volunteer activities for individuals, businesses and other groups – all with an environmental theme and based on providing a fun learning experience.

With great views across the woodlands, refreshments are ready and waiting 7-days a week in the Hub Café. Thaw out those tingly fingers with a marshmallow-piled hot chocolate during the winter frosts and cool down with a creamy ice cream on those balmy sunny Summer days – not to mention the delicious cakes and meals!

Kraftiz Cardmaking and Scrapbooking is based in the Visitor Centre offering papercraft goodies for the keen crafter.

Car parking fee is applicable. Accessible parking and pathways.

The centre is also a showcase for sustainable forestry, forming part of the National Forestry England estate.

Why not stay a while? There are six beautiful Forest Lodges where you can enjoy a short break or longer holiday, at any time of the year. Each lodge is privately situated in its own secluded corner of woodland and offers a full range of self-catering holiday facilities. All lodges are also wheelchair accessible and feature facilities designed to be accessible for all.

Rosliston Forestry Centre is within easy reach of Lichfield, Tamworth and Burton upon Trent.

Plan your visit

We recommend booking activities in advance where possible or alternatively giving us a call to check availability for some of the more popular activities.
For Environmental Education activities please book here

The Hub Cafe sells delicious food and refreshments throughout the day or if you’d prefer to bring your own food, our picnic area provides ample space for you to enjoy a well earned rest.

Our Gift Shop is your starting point for ‘checking in’ for various activities but also sells a range of souvenirs and gifts to mark the occasion of your visit.

One of Rosliston’s delightful features is that we pride ourselves on making our site fully accessible and many of our outdoor activities are also fully accessible. If you have a specific disability and would like to understand more about the accessibility and suitability of a particular activity, contact The Centre for more details.

Well-behaved Dogs are welcome at Rosliston (with the exception of attending certain Special Events) provided they are kept on a lead in designated areas

Things to do

There a large number of activities to choose from which vary in pace and level of excitement but most importantly, give you the opportunity to try something new or different to the typical days out in countryside. We have activities for families looking for a great day out or more formal forest themed educational activities for school trips and clubs.

Whatever your group, we’ve got something you’ll enjoy and you can make a day of it by bringing a picnic or having a barbeque. Dogs are welcome at Rosliston, except at certain Special Events. All of our activities are inclusive for people with special needs. Ask a member of our team for further information about accessibility of particular activities

Try your hand at orienteering

Relax and walk the dog

Book a woodland lodge

Go for a forest Run

Let the kids play

Become a Volunteer

Join Our Team And Help the world.

Book a lodge

We have introduced new measures for your stay during the pandemic to ensure you have a great holiday in these trying times. From contactless check-in to accreditation of our measures by Visit England, we’re Good to Go.

Chestnut Lodge

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4 Bedrooms ~ Sleeps up to 10
Hospital Bed, Hoist and sofa bed
Rated 3*

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Cedar Lodge

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3 Bedrooms ~ Sleeps 8 + sofa bed
Dog friendly
Rated 3*

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Oak Lodge

3 Bedrooms ~ Sleeps 8 + sofa bed
Dog friendly
Rated 3*

Sycamore Lodge

3 Bedrooms ~ Sleeps up to 10
Secluded setting
Rated 3*

Rowan Lodge

2 Bedrooms ~ Sleeps 4 + sofa bed
Rated 4*

Birch Lodge

2 Bedrooms ~ Sleeps 4 + sofa bed
Rated 4*

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Relax in any of our lodges surrounded by birds and wildlife, at any time of the year.


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Burton Road, Rosliston, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 8JX
01283 563483
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