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Celebrate National Hobby Month in the Forest

Posted on Tuesday 3rd January

Calke Cooking Demo

National Hobby Month arrives every January just as we kick start the New Year.  For many, finding a new hobby is part of their new year ritual. This January we have collated a small snapshot of what is on offer in The National Forest to help you find your feet, and try your hand at something new


Get fit with a gym membership

Looking for a new venue to get fit this January? Meadowside Leisure Centre offers a wide range of flexible membership options so you can find the package that best suits your goals and needs. There’s no contract, no admin fee, single and joint membership options plus monthly or annual payment schemes.

All memberships include use of Meadowside and Uttoxeter Leisure Centres. Get a Premier Membership and get access to the fitness suite and to all fitness classes. Get Premier Plus and get access to the pool too!


Brush up on a new skill
They might have shed all their leaves but now is a great time to brush up on your tree identification skills. Join a member of the Countryside team at Calke Abbey and learn your birch from your beech by bud and bark alone. Learn something new as the rangers reveal fascinating facts about Calke’s trees and get closer to nature this January.

Meet at the ticket office for this two-hour walk. We recommend wearing sturdy footwear and warm clothing for this crisp winter walk.

Date: Thurs 5 Jan, 2pm


Stretch your legs in the outdoors

One of the best new hobbies to try, and probably one of the easiest leisure activities to be involved in, is walking. You don’t have to travel very far to find a wonderful walk and with The National Forest right on your doorstep, you’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting a walk in one of the Forest’s wonderful woodlands! However, for panoramic views of heath and grassland, we’d recommend stage one of the National Forest Way walk, Beacon Hill Country Park to Bradgate Park.

Climb to the 245m summit of Beacon Hill – the second highest point in Leicestershire- for breathtakingly beautiful views of our wonderful Forest, dotted with sheep, cattle and alpaca, you’re bound to spot some nature along the way.


Improve your culinary skills at cookery school

Calke Cooking DemoLooking to improve your culinary skills this year? Then this is not one to be missed.

Join the team at Calke Abbey for a fabulous cookery demonstration as they show you how to whip up the perfect fish dish. The Calke chefs will share their tips and tricks for how to prepare and cook your fish to perfection.

Learn something new this year and impress your dinner guests with your expert cooking skills. Tickets are £20 per person and booking is essential, so make sure to book your ‘plaice’ now!

Date: Tues 10 Jan, 10:45am


Become a bushcraft Brainiac

Bushcraft ActivityEver wondered how you would react if you had to survive in the wild? Woodland Survival Crafts provide educational courses for schools, businesses, individuals and outdoor professionals.

Try your hand at a range of bushcraft survival techniques such as; shelter construction, direction finding, wild floods, string making and many more.

Woodland Survival Crafts offer an array of courses for you try your hand at and find your inner Bear Grylls!


Conquer your fears at Conkers

Conkers High Ropes ActivityThis one is for those with a fear they are ready to conquer. Conkers offers a new aerial experience for a mental and physical challenge.

For 2017, why not set a target of the hi ropes adventure, surrounded by climbing nets and high level walkways, the course is around 30 feet high and dares you to challenge yourself. Participants will be monitored and clipped on to the safe roller system.

Or if your little ones are not quite ready for the hi ropes, then the lo ropes course is there to build confidence on an adventure which can be up to 10 feet high.


What new hobby will you be trying this January? Let us know by using the #forestlife and @NatForestCo on Twitter or tag us in on Facebook.