The holidays might be coming to an end, but there’s still plenty going on in The National Forest.
See a true English village garden
Indulge in a bout of nosiness – all totally legitimate – by having a thoroughly English afternoon and wandering around the beautifully kept gardens of Repton Village. On August 28 have a mooch in some stunningly cultivated greenery, and even pick up some tea and homemade cake at 10 Chestnut Way.Take the children to a country fair
Also over the bank holiday weekend is Beacon Hill’s Countryside Show with a packed line up of children’s fun activities, live demonstrations, wildlife conservation to learn about, and a craft marquee for producing imaginative art. Sit back and take everything in whilst listening to the live music and tasting the locally produced food.
Pick your own fruit
It’s foraging season in September so relive childhood days spent searching for juicy blackcurrants and gooseberries and make your way to Cattows Farm. There are 10 acres full of traditionally grown strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and redcurrants too – so now there’s no excuse for not making a homemade crumble!Watch theatre at dusk
The ancient grandeur of Ashby de la Zouch castle is the setting for Shakespeare’s best loved romantic comedy, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ on 16 August. Watch the open air performance in the grounds of the Grade 1 listed building and bring your own pimms for the interlude, how refined!
Rosliston Forestry Centre is also hosting some outdoor entertainment, with their very own version of the Last Night of The Proms (Swadlincote style with Newhall Band) on 10 September. Come with your deckchairs and picnic and singalong to a lot of well-known British anthems.
Creative needlework for children
The beautiful Arts & Craft Stoneywell property is running a nature inspired needlepoint course on 13 August exclusively for 8-11 year olds. After a tour of the house and ideas gathered from the colourful gardens, you’ll be creating motifs and designs for a take-home piece, all very William Morris-esque.
Go on a night time guided walk
Bring a torch to join in on a wildlife walk around Elvaston Castle Country Park on 1 September. There’s a
whole world of night-time creatures to be discovered on the 2 mile route, from bats found with special detectors and moths caught in special traps.
In the daytime, follow a ranger around Calke Abbey as they highlight all the seasonal nuts, berries and seeds produced on the estate.
Enjoy a festival of fireworks
If you can’t wait until New Year’s Eve to watch the London fireworks, then go to Catton Estate on 3 September. The annual pyrotechnic bonanza combines spectacular pops, crackles, fizzes and sky booms with music whilst you sip on your tea and eat biscuits.