Places to visit near Brocton
The Shughborough Estate
Journey through the historic grounds of the Shugborough Estate in Staffordshire and experience the nation’s best ‘upstairs downstairs’ experience.
Set in 900 acres of stunning parkland and riverside gardens with elegant mansion house, working Victorian servant’s quarters, Georgian farm and a restored walled garden, which are brought to life by costumed living history characters who share their lives and powerful stories from the past with visitors.
Within the stunning parkland, you can also explore beautiful gardens, magnificent monuments and wander through the island arboretum garden.
The attraction also features a land train ride, play park, restaurant and tea rooms, craft workshops, gift shop and offers a fantastic full day out for everyone.
A wonderful programme of special events, themed weekends and special activities are also on offer throughout the year.
For admission dates/times, please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/shugborough
Shughborough is just 4 miles from Stafford and is signposted from J13 of the M6. The main entrance is located at Milford Common on the A513. For Sat Nav users, the postcode is ST17 0XB
The Wolseley Centre
Set in 26 acres of former landscape gardents, The Wolseley Centre was once the ancestral home of the Wolseley family.
Now managed with wildlife in mind, The Wolseley Centre has everything for a really great day out.
The site has a number of easily accessible walks taking in the three lakes, riverside and many other habitats.
An impressive range of birds inhabit the site as well as aquatic mammals and reptiles.
There is a great selection of trees, with one that dates back to the 1770s!
The Visitor Centre includes a shop, information room, environmental education facilities ideal for teachers and schools and conference facilities for businesses to hire.
For information, telephone: 01889 880100 or visit www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk
Open Monday – Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm, weekends and Bank Holidays from 10:00am – 4:00pm. Admission is FREE.
The Wolseley Centre is located at Wolseley Bridge, Stafford ST17 0WT
Cannock Chase Visitors Centre
The Visitors Centre and Cafe at Marquis Drive is the starting point for numerous self-guided walking and family cycling trails, including routes for people with disabilities. Electric scooters are available, free of charge, for people with mobility problems.
There is an adventure playgroup, picnic sites, BBQ stands, bird watching area and a recently reconstructed Great War Hut (limited opening). The shop sells maps and souvenirs. There are toilets, including disable provision.
The Chase has internationally important heathlands and woodlands, a rich industrial history and longstanding connections with the military.
Staffordshire County Council Countryside Service organises a full programme of walks and events across the County, details of these are published in a free leaflet which is available from Cannock Chase Visitor Centre and all other centres of the Chase.
For information, telephone 01543 876741 or visit www.enjoystaffordshire.com/cannock-cannock-chase-visitor-centre
Opening Times for 2017 – Summer 10:00am – 5:30pm and Winter 10:00am – 4:00pm
Cannock Chase Visitors Centre is located at Marquis Drive, Hednesford, Near Cannock, WS12 4PW
Birches Valley Forest Centre
If you are looking for fun, thrills and excitement, then start your adventure here. Activities including the Route to Health Sculpture Trail, adventure play area, Go Ape high ropes course and arguably the premier mountain biking destination in the West Midlands. Cannock Chase Forest offers miles of exhilarating mountain bike trails to suit all ages and abilities (including the now famous ‘Follow the Dog’ trail and the new ‘Monkey Trail’) which all start from Birches Valley.
For those looking for a more relaxing experience, the Forest Centre is also close to the magnificent Fairoak fishing pools and has good access onto the Chase Heritage Trail. The award winning education team on site run a wide range of events throughout the year, as well as cater for a wide range of organised groups. Seasonal highlights include live outdoor concerts in the summer as part of the Forestry Commissions Forest Tours and the Real Christmas Tree Experience during December.
Whilst on site, why not enjoy freshly made food and high quality coffee in the cafe, hire a range of bikes from Swinnerton Cycle Centre (more than just a bike centre), or brave the new Go Ape high ropes adventure course.
Plentiful parking available, but remember Cannock Chase is a working forest, please comply with all operational signs.
High quality rest rooms and a friendly welcome are always available on site.
Birches Valley Forest Centre is located at Birches Valley, Lady Hill, Rugeley WS15 2UQ