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Escape to CONKERS: Derby’s hidden gem in The National Forest

by | May 5, 2023 | Explore Derby

If you are planning a trip to Derby and in search of a distinctive blend of indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family, look no further than CONKERS. Situated in The Heart of The National Forest, this award-winning attraction offers a multitude of engaging options regardless of the weather.

Indoor adventures abound with four discovery zones to explore. Kids will be enchanted by the Enchanted Forest Adventure Play area, while thrill-seekers can experience a simulated Tree Top Walk complete with a moving bridge, offering a journey through the skies to the captivating caves beyond. But that’s not all! If you prefer the great outdoors, CONKERS provides a wonderful opportunity to unwind amidst 120 acres of picturesque woodland, gardens, and lakes. Plus, the new Conkerchoo II train conveniently connects the Discovery and Waterside Centres.

For those with an adventurous spirit, CONKERS offers the exhilarating 450-meter Barefoot Walk, as well as an 18-stage assault course for the ultimate challenge. Scale the sky viewing tower for breathtaking treetop panoramas or unleash your inner child at the Playdale adventure playground. And coming soon this Easter, prepare for an exciting 4D cinema experience!

CONKERS also organizes various activity programs during school holidays, ensuring there’s always something special to enjoy. For an extra thrill, you can try the new Aerial Adventure featuring high and low ropes, a climbing wall, a thrilling 110-meter zip wire, and the heart-pumping power fan descender. Please note that additional charges apply for the Aerial Adventure.

Make sure not to miss out on the jam-packed lineup of events at CONKERS, ranging from Santa’s Winter Wonderland to live music performances in the covered amphitheatre. And for those seeking a spooktacular experience, Halloween and Firework Nights are not to be missed! To stay up to date with the latest happenings, check out their comprehensive What’s on section at www.visitconkers.com/events/all-events/. CONKERS is located at Rawdon Road, near Swadlincote in South Derbyshire, with the postcode DE12 6GA.

Operating hours are as follows:
Winter: 10am – 5pm
Summer: 10am – 6pm
Closed on December 25th and 26th.

Best of all, CONKERS is just a short 36-minute drive from The Stuart Hotel. The 4-star hotel in Derby is within easy reach of Derby train station – just a 5-minute walk away and is conveniently positioned on the bustling London Road (A6). Book your stay: www.aghotels.co.uk/the-stuart-hotel/

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