The Long summer holidays are almost upon us!  If you are wondering about what to do with your family, on a budget and  especially if the weather is poor, then here are a few ideas of places to visit, only within half an hour’s drive of Heywood Hall.

-Picnic : Buy your ingredients from Denstone Farm shop or Denstone Stores and go for a great walk along the disused railway line either directly from Heywood Hall, or drive 10 minutes to Dimmingsdale and roam around the old carriageway drives which were used by the Earl of Shrewsbury in the 1800’s. Visit for information about walks from this lovely cafe in the heart of Dimmingsdale.

The Ramblers Retreat

-Visit the National Brewery Centre in Burton, where you can taste Marmite, the by product of brewing. There is plenty to do for children. Visit

-Take a visit to the Claymills Victorian Pumping Station a fascinating day out for all the family , Open Thursdays & Saturdays plus “Steaming Days”. Visit for further details.

Clay Mills Pumping Station






-The Kandy Factory in Burton making all things chocolate,  where you can have a real hands on experience, open 7 days during school holidays. Website:

-Peak Wildlife Park this side of Leek – a collection of exotic & endangered species with hands on experience, website:

-Churnet Valley Steam railway a delightful 10.5 mile journey along the beautiful Churnet Valley by steam train. Special events & open weekends plus certain days  of the week. Website:

Churnet Valley Steam Railway



-Amerton Farm : A great day out for the family with a tea room, bakery and farm shop, craft centre and cook shop. Farmyard visits, play barn, toy shop and a steam railway at weekends! It is also home to British Wildlife Rescue Centre , studs pottery and garden centre . Website:


Amerton Farm