Book a Brewery Break in The National Forest

Burton upon Trent is famous throughout the world for the production of beer, with a brewing heritage stretching back to the middle ages. Now visitors can get the brewery experience while staying in luxury at the grade II listed, 18th century Ramada Burton upon Trent Newton Park Hotel, former home of Staffordshire brewer William Worthington.


The town of Burton upon Trent and the surrounding area lie within the growing National Forest, so visitors can combine their weekend with a leafy walk around some of the Forest’s hundreds of woodlands.


The special two-night treat package includes tickets to the National Brewery Centre along with a three-course dinner for two in the oak-panelled Folly Restaurant with its vast 18th century fireplace and large windows overlooking landscaped gardens, and full English breakfast on both mornings.  The total price for the package to stay in this grand Italianate-style country manor, set in eight acres of private grounds, is £174 per couple (just £87 per person). The offer is available until the end of December.

Thousands of motorcyclists join Ride to the Wall at the National Memorial Arboretum


In a show of support for UK Armed Forces, this weekend saw many thousands of motorcyclists make a poignant pilgrimage to the Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire.

The fourth annual Ride to the Wall brought together motorcyclists from around the country and parts of Europe for this unique Remembrance event. It is estimated that up to 15,000 people were present for the service which was conducted from the steps of the Armed Forces Memorial.  Organisers say that over £100,000 will have been raised for the Arboretum, which is part of The Royal British Legion family of charities, and attracts around 300,000 visitors a year.


Joining the ride for the first time was Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson.  Despite being severely injured in a landmine incident in Afghanistan in 2006, Ben rode on the back of a Harley Davidson belonging to a member of the St Leger Chapter, Doncaster.


RTTW patron, Major General Lamont Kirkland CBE, Commander 4th Division, said: “This has become a truly national event and I’d like to thank the public who gathered on bridges and outside of their houses to support us.  We must never forget those that can no longer ride by our side.”


This year for the first time the motorcyclists departed from seven different locations for the ride to the Arboretum.  Several of the routes passed through the M6 Toll, who generously agreed to waive the charge for all RTTW motorcyclists.

Antiques Roadshow at the National Memorial Arboretum


Antiques Roadshow to feature the National Memorial Arboretum in unique “Remembrance” recording. Fans welcome to attend this special filming, but asked not to bring heirlooms. BBC One television’s ‘Antiques Roadshow’ will be recording a special edition of the programme at the National Memorial Arboretum on Thursday 1st September.

Wild about Tamworth wins grant to plant 5,000 trees

Wild about Tamworth wins grant to plant 5,000 trees

Nature lovers are celebrating after scooping a grant of over £12,000 to plant 5,000 trees across Tamworth Borough. The funds have been awarded to Wild about Tamworth, a partnership between Staffordshire Wildlife Trust and Tamworth Borough Council, from The Big Tree Plant Fund. The young trees, or whips, will be planted on Local Nature Reserves and green spaces across the Borough, as hedgerows and as groups of trees to form attractive features and create ‘corridors’ for wildlife.

Wild about Tamworth officer Lindsey Bates said: “Everyone is absolutely delighted to receive this grant and we’re really looking forward to starting to plant the first trees during the autumn and winter months."



Moira Fox and Ernest Badger, the Forest Dwellers from Conkers, will be leading the pack on Sunday September 18th as they line up at the start of the National Forest Family Fun Run. The friendly six-foot creatures will then fire the starter gun and give the youngsters a run for their money as they head off up the trails.

This 1-mile race is open to children (and animal mascots) aged from 4 to 14 years old and will take place at 9:30am before the National Forest 10K sets off from Conkers.

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