Places to visit nearby

Afternoon tea is available at Cattows Farm tea room (Photo: Pixabay)

Cattows farm shop and tea room

Located on Swepstone Road, Heather, just 10-minutes drive from the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Wood, the Cattows farm shop and team room can provide a much-needed break during your woodland excursion. The shop offers an array of award-winning jams, chutneys, milk, cheese, eggs and cakes from small specialist producers both locally and a little further afield. You can also buy a wide range of soft fruit and vegetables grown on the farm as well as Leicestershire-reared and butchered beef, lamb and pork. If you have any energy left after your walk, you can also ‘pick your own’ seasonal fruit, such as strawberries and raspberries. Their tea room is open seven days a week for main meals, light bites homemade desserts and Sunday lunch.

Normanton le Heath

The nearest village to the site is Normanton le Heath, approximately 2.4km (1½ miles) away. This very small, picturesque village has a long history and was first recorded in 1209. The Holy Trinity church was built in the 13th century and features a roof over the chancel which is said to be of the same design as that of Westminster Hall in Westminster Abbey.

Ashby de la Zouch

This small market town is 6.4km (four miles) away and has a lot to offer its visitors. The attractions include:

Coalville

Just over 11km (seven miles) from the wood, this large town has a number of attractions, including:

  • The recently refurbished Donington le Heath Manor House Museum - now known as The 1620s House and Garden - which was built around 700 years ago. Visitors can see displays of medieval life, experience living history enactments and enjoy the gardens. 
  • Mount Saint Bernard Abbey, a cistercian monastic community which is open to the public. It has a gift shop where visitors can buy a range of attractive and popular pottery made by the monks in the abbey pottery, as well as the abbey's own range of honey.
  • Thornton reservoir in the national forest just outside Coalville is located in a quiet, picturesque valley and was opened to the public in 1997. 

 For details on these and many other attractions in the area, visit TripAdvisor.

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