Places to Visit
Places to visit near to Heywood Hall
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A fun packed day for children and adults.
The gardens are spectacular and a quiet retreat from the action on the rides. Perfect, if you’re not as keen as your friends or family on roller coasters.
Much investment has been made over the past few months to make it a world-wide attraction.
10 miles of restored railway along the beautiful Churnet Valley, known as Little Switzerland
The new-look gardens have matured into some of the finest in Britain.
Alan Titchmarsh called them “one of the UK’s must-see gardens“. Home to a fabulous collection of wire fairy sculptures.
This also includes the Monkey Forest A great day out for the family where friendly monkeys wander free.
An amazing Victorian Garden created by Darwin’s contemporary, James Bateman.
A wonderful collections of plants.
Museum of Childhood. Discover two contrasting experiences sitting side by side.
Sudbury Hall, the country home of the Lord Vernon, offers the delight of 17th-century craftsmanship.
The Museum of Childhood is a delight for all ages with something for everyone.
Watch your children discover something new, or relive nostalgic memories by exploring the childhoods of times gone by.
They also used designs from William Morris who lived nearby. Some of his designs can also be seen in the local churches in Leek.
Uttoxeter (10 minute drive)
A market town with small shops, supermarkets: Waitrose, Tesco, Lidl, Asda, Iceland. Market day Wednesdays 10 till1 pm Ashbourne 10 minutes drive, on the edge of the Peak district. A pretty market town with antique shops, artisan cafes and boutiques. Market days on Thursdays and Saturdays.
There’s also a Makers’ Market on the 4th Saturday of each month.
Canal Boat Hire
Hire a Canal Boat for the day near Leek on the Caldon Canal. “Joshua” is a 35foot day boat will take up to 10 people.
Alton Towers Bus
From 18th May 2019 you will be able to book a bus to take you to Alton Towers from just around the corner.
The new X41 service will operate daily with prices from just £3 one way.
Download the flyer for full information.
Top Tips & FAQ
Escape to the fantabulous world of Alton Towers – there’s so much going on, the fun never stops! Home to Britain’s most-loved theme park with great kids attractions, white-knuckle roller coaster rides, special events and much, much more. The theme park is open for the main season between March and November.
Alton Towers theme park is the UK’s number 1 short break destination and Britain’s Greatest Escape. The Resort offers one of the world leading theme parks with ground breaking rollercoasters and endless family fun, a wacky waterpark with gallons of fun, a luxurious spa for the ultimate in relaxation and zany entertainment in our Extraordinary Golf.
There really is too much to squeeze into one day at Alton Towers theme park. The fun doesn’t stop there. Experience Sharkbait Reef by SEA LIFE to embark on a mission of discovery by joining Captain Black and his crew beneath the wreckage of the galleon in Mutiny Bay, and visit Cloud Cuckoo Land Theatre for the NEW Ice Age The 4D Experience Alton Towers has Europe’s first inverted roller coaster, Nemesis, and the world’s first vertical drop roller coaster in the frightening Oblivion, Experience the ultimate rollercoaster, TH13TEEN, the world’s first free fall drop coaster.
Experience theme park thrills and white-knuckle spills like never before! Alton Tower´s theme park roller coaster thrill rides will get your adrenalin pumping while you spin in the air, make you face your fears whilst hanging above a vertical drop, and fly above the ground with G-forces greater than a space shuttle launch! If you like thrill rides, you´re in for a treat! These roller coaster thrill rides will leave you weak at the knees with breathless excitement! Only the bravest thrill-seekers should dare to ride our fantastic new roller coaster rides at Alton Towers Theme Park Resort. Spins, turns, flips and even rides that have you ‘flying’ close to the ground, there’s a thrill ride for everyone at Alton Towers Resort!
For up to date information on which rides are open and live queuing times, click here.
If you want scary rides, then you’ve come to the right place! Whether you’re spinning down the scary river rapids on Congo River, or speeding on a runaway cart in Katanga Canyon, these scary rides will have you holding on for dear life and laughing out loud! Have fun on these scary rides in a safe and secure environment that the whole family can enjoy. Experience adrenalin-pumping action like never before at Alton Towers Resort! These Scary thrill rides will take the whole family from scary pirate coves and spooky walks, to Alton Towers curses and Sonic Spinball thrills! Laugh and scare your way round Alton Towers Resort, and have the time of your life on our scary rides!
Alton Towers Resort is home to the very first CBeebies Land. Home to a range of unique themed rides, attractions and live entertainment, CBeebies Land will be a completely immersive experience for children and young families to create new experiences and inspire learning through play.
Teach your kids to drive at the Peugeot Driving School, glide through the air on a giant toadstool, and experience Charlie’s journey on the Charlie and the Chocolate factory ride. All these kids rides, attractions, roller coasters and more are only available at Alton Towers Resort!
What is Alton Towers address?
Alton Towers is located at Farley Lane, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
What are Alton Towers opening times?
Opening times vary, so it’s best to check here
Where can I find an Alton Towers map?
Have a click on this link and you’ll see the most up-to-date map there is
What is Alton Towers postcode?
Their postcode is ST10 4DB. If you’re using sat nav don’t be surprised if you find you’re travelling down some very rural roads. The theme park is on the side of a fabulous area called The Churnet Valley.
Tell me about Alton Towers Weather
The theme park is in Staffordshire – the middle of England. As such the weather can be changeable. Follow this link to get the latest forecast
- Check out the park map on your way in and plan out your day to insure you will have time to do everything you would like to.
- Use the electronic queue boards which tell you how long queues are around the park, this will save you time walking to a ride and finding out there’s a 2 hour queue which you don’t want to do.
- Take your time when walking around the park, there’s no need to rush, spend time looking at the surroundings.
- Interact with the staff, smile and say hello to them, it all adds to the magic of the day!
- Use the park’s queue cutting systems; Fastrack, Parent Queue Share and Single Rider Queues.
- If you would like a Fastrack ticket to cut the queues, you will need to purchase one on entry to the park or early on at one of the Sales and Information booths, as they soon run out.
- If there is a large queue for a ride (1 hour +) early on in the day, then don’t go on, the queue may be shorter near the end of the day.
- Arrange a meet up place with your friends, so if anyone gets lost you’ll all find each other. The recommended meet-up point is the foot of Towers Street by Storybook Land.
- Plan when you’re going to eat- you don’t want to ride Submission just after your lunch!
- If you have a long journey home then don’t go on one of the wet rides at the end of the day, you’ll only end up sitting in the car, wet through.
- Abide by park rules, smoke in the designated smoking areas, use the litter bins and put chewing gum in the special ones.The the more Alton Towers have to spend on cleaning up after you, the less they’ll invest in the future.
- Tie up your shoes so they don’t fall off on the rides. And wear comfortable footwear.
- The signs in the queue lines telling you how long you will be queuing for are not always 100% accurate.
- If there is a long queue for the Skyride, you may want to walk to where you want to go. It could be quicker. And there’s never been a better time to walk then now with the Haunted Hollow to follow.
- When you go to eat. Be warned the place’s get busy between 11am to 1pm.
- Get your car park token at the start of the day. This will avoid you queuing when you leave the park.
- Do not throw away your ticket, because it is proof that you have paid if suspicion arises.
- At the start of the day go to the far side of the park, maybe Dark Forest or X Sector, then work your way back to the entrance, this should reduce your queue times, maybe go on the bigger rides whilst everyone else is having lunch.
- Buy drinks from restaurants and food-outlets, not vending machines, and always ask for no ice, it costs less and you get more. Alternatively use the parks coke-refill service, where you can pay at the start of the day and get free refills from selected food-outlet in the park.
- Make use of the priority parking near to the entrance – parking here costs more but it saves having to ride the monorail to get into the park.
- Buy gifts and merchandise near the end of the day to avoid carrying it around, or to avoid queues later on in the day use the collection service. Buy your gift or on-ride photo and tell the shop assistant that you want to collect your item when you leave. As you leave the park go to the pick up point in Towers Trading.
- Look out for the on-ride photographs and make sure you smile :-) Also take advantage of having your on ride photos taken to the photo pick up point in Towers Trading where you can collect your picture when you go home. This saves you carrying your photo around with you.
- If you have children that like to wander off then go to guest services and get a wristband which you can put your name and mobile number on. If your child is found unattended they will be taken to the Lost Children Centre in the windmill at the farm, where staff will phone you.
Facilities and Services:
- A separate space is available for walkers to dry clothing and footwear, so clothes can dry overnight
- We provide an outside water supply for hosing off muddy footwear etc
- A first Aid kit is available
Here’s a collection of local walks around the Staffordshire Moorlands.
For a great 3.5hr local walk, try Denstone Village and up to Alton
Alternatively try the walk around the nearby village of Ellastone, on the way to Ashbourne.
We also have a special walk available at reception if you would like to ask Alison or Joseph. It does involve a little bit of road walking at the beginning.
Treasure Trails are a hugely popular way of exploring the sights in the area. Find a trail in Alton or Rocester villages.
Facilities and Services:
- A separate space is available for cyclists to dry clothing and footwear, so clothes can dry overnight
- We provide an outside water supply for cleaning bikes etc
- First Aid kit available
- Pre-ordering & delivery of grocery items prior to arrival, for cyclists without a car, can be arranged through Tesco’s in Uttoxeter
- Lockable undercover area for safe overnight storage of bicycles and panniers, with an unobstructed entrance
- Emergency cycle and puncture repair kit, available on site
Cycling around Denstone
We are blessed with a disused railway line that runs right past Heywood hall.
For a fantastic, level route, jump on your bike and cycle all the way to Oakamoor. Stop at the Ramblers Retreat for a late breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea, then cycle back. A great way to spend the day.
Alternatively meander off the railway line and cycle your way around the countryside, taking in the pretty views of the Churnet Valley.
- The nearest cycle hire outlets:
- Cycle repair/spares shops:
Holme Farm Equestrian Centre
The Equestrian Centre offers riding lessons and hacking either privately or as a group. They have their own land where they adventure out at a pace to suit the riders.
Holme Farm Equestrian Centre,
Derby DE65 5PL
Where to Eat
You’ll Be Spoilt For Choice.
We recommend the following Pubs
The Tavern which is within walking distance of Heywood Hall Tel 01889 590847
The Duncombe Arms, Ellastone is 5 minutes drive towards Ashbourne Tel 01335 324275
The Rose and Crown, Mayfield is 10 minutes drive towards Ashbourne Tel 01435 872200
The White Hart, Alton. A community run pub warm & friendly. Limited but delicious lunches and light meals Tel 01538 703384
The Blacksmith’s arms, Alton is 6 minutes drive towards Alton Towers Tel 01538 702111
Mr Woo Restaurant in Uttoxeter 10 minutes drive, Chinese eat in or takeaway Tel 01889 565676
The Ramblers retreat, open for morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.
This is near Oakamoor along the disused railway line, about 1 hours walk. Tel 01538 702530.
The-lighthouse-restaurant.co.uk In Boylestone, near Ashbourne, a real treat and worth the 15 minute drive 01335 330658
The Dapple Grey: Town Centre Uttoxeter ST14 8AZ 01889 562117 (Good for families )
Alton Bridge Hotel Station Road Alton St10 4BX 01538 703088
Fish & Chips: Cod’s Corner 444 High Street Uttoxeter ST14 7HT 01889 564282
Indian : Indian Spice, 83 High Street Uttoxeter, St14 7JJ 01889 569992
Divine Punjabi, 25 Market Place Uttoxeter ST14 8HL 01889 568020
Recommended in the good food guide.
The Rocester Tandoori Indian Restaurant and Takeaway 01889 590169
Indiana Kebabs and Pizza, Rocester, Takeaway or delivery 01889 564440
Within walking distance. Great for Breakfast, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea.
And a beautiful farm shop stocking high quality meat, sausages and poultry, cheese, fruit and vegetables.
There is also a wonderful selection of dry goods and present ideas. Tel 01889 590050
Will deliver freshly prepared meals for you to heat up and enjoy in the comfort of your suite.
Prices available on the website. Please allow 24 hours notice.
Treatments available at Heywood Hall
Are you looking for a professional hairdresser and beauty salon? A few paces just opposite Heywood hall we are so lucky to have 2 very professional salons right next door to each other.
- Ruby Isabelle Hair 01889 591519
- Prep beauty 01889 590204
Should you wish to receive more information please contact us.
Make Your Own Chocolates
If you prefer to indulge your sense of taste, how about spending the morning making chocolates!
About 30 minutes from Heywood Hall why not try a Chocolate Heaven Workshop (for groups of minimum 8) where you can enjoy a day making chocolates guided by award winning chocolatiers.
Sessions last about 3 hours.
Please visit the website The Bittersweet Chocolate Co. for more information.
Historic homes in our area
Sudbury Hall 18 minutes
Sudbury Hall, the country home of the Lords Vernon, offers a delight of 17th-century craftsmanship, featuring exquisite plasterwork, wood carvings and classical story-based murals. Be amazed by the grandeur of the Great Staircase, Long Gallery and the captivating story which the house tells, brought to life by their knowledgeable volunteers and guides.
Haddon Hall 40 minutes
Described by Simon Jenkins in “1000 Best Houses” as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages”. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, parts of the house date from the 12th Century, sitting like a jewel in its Elizabethan terraced gardens, and overlooking the River Wye.
Chatsworth 50 mins
You can admire the splendour of the Chatsworth House, explore the garden, meet the animals in the farmyard, enjoy an afternoon tea and shopping in the stables or take a trip to the award winning Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop in Pilsley.
In addition they have a busy events programme including the annual International Horse Trials, Country Fair and Christmas market, as well as a brand new event for 2015, Chatsworth Festival – Art Out Loud. They are hosting many exciting exhibitions throughout the year from contemporary sculpture in the garden to Old Master Drawings in the house. There’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy at Chatsworth this year.
Kedleston Hall 36 mins
Spectacular 18th-century mansion with Adam interiors and parkland.
Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular Neo-classical mansion framed by historic parkland.
Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston is a stunning example of the work of architect Robert Adam.
Calke Abbey 38 mins
With peeling paintwork and overgrown courtyards, Calke Abbey tells the story of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. The house and stables are little restored, with many abandoned areas vividly portraying a period in the 20th century when numerous country houses did not survive to tell their story.
On Cannock Chase, now owned by the National Trust. The estate belonged to Lord Lichfield and has a working museum, servants quarters, a farm, mill and a train, as well as craft workshops.
Set in 900 acres of parkland. Breath-taking!
Steeped in history, they’ve been home to the Midlands Grand National since 1969 and host meetings all year round.
Why not come up for a round of golf and afterwards you can enjoy a few drinks sitting on the benches enjoying the beautiful view of Staffordshire.
Uttoxeter Golf Course is undoubtedly one of the country’s best kept secrets. With its small greens and tight lines, the course is a fine test of golf for the low handicapper whilst providing the high handicapped player with a variety of options at each hole.Excellent putting surfaces and manicured fairways, uniform rough and extensive views across the Dove Valley to the rolling hills of Staffordshire and Derbyshire all collude to intensify the sheer joy of just being there.
The fly fishing on offer from ABAS is some of the best available in the UK. From fishing small streams like the Manifold for big wild brown trout to utilising modern nymph angling techniques for grayling on the lowland Dove, Derbyshire really does offer the fly angler everything they could ask for. This breadth of exciting and engaging challenges is open through the year to anglers as the grayling fishing during the autumn and winter is of very high quality.
Because of the quality and accessibility of the river fishing in Derbyshire the ABAS operates exclusively on running water for wild fish. If you are an experienced game angler but have never fished rivers before then ABAS provides you with a great opportunity to step in to the world of wild game angling – be warned though you may never go back to still water!
Our home beat is a stunning stretch of the river Dove at Rocester, close to Denstone near the town of Uttoxeter. This stretch is part of a small and exclusive fly fishing only syndicate and one that sees very little angling pressure. During the whole season the hatches of Iron Blue duns, Blue Winged Olives and Sedges here are both prolific and consistent, as are the evening spinner falls and as such the dry fly fishing here is a match for any other freestone river in the UK. The water really comes alive for the Mayfly hatch from the third week of May until nearly the end of June and sometimes even beyond. As a more lowland area of Derbyshire this stretch of the river lends itself perfectly to anglers looking to hone their skills as the water is small enough to be intimate without ever feeling awkward or intimidating.
Andy will pick you up from Heywood Hall and take you for your fishing experience.
Contact Andy for prices and more information .
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Doveridge Clay Sports is one of the very few Premier Plus Shooting Grounds in the country which offers a wide variety of all clay shooting disciplines. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before, our in depth clay lessons will ensure you have all the skills to develop into a confident shooter.
On your shooting lessons you will meet one of our expert instructors, who will take you to one of our clay shooting stands and then here you will be taught how to hold, load and hit clay targets. Our expert instructors are on hand to help you step of the way, and if you’re worried about recoil, don’t be! Our dedicated teachers are highly experienced in making your lesson stress free and enjoyable.
Paintballing, Quad Bikes, 4x4 and more!
Wild Park is a centre of excellence for great Quad Biking ! We are an “Extreme” Quad Bike trekking centre, whether you are an experienced Quad Bike Off roader or a Quad Bike first timer Wild Park is the place for you. There is no other venue like us in the UK.
They also offer paintballing, laser tag and archery
Ashcroft Park and National Paintball Games provide the very best in UK Corporate Events, Country Pursuits & Outdoor Team Building Activities in Staffordshire, Derbyshire and the Midlands.
Go Ape & Other Aerial Walkways
Go Ape: Awarded Silver in the Best Small Visitor Attraction category in Enjoy Staffordshire Awards 2014
Based at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, you’re in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Their Tree Top Adventure takes Cannock Chase’s breathtaking scenery, a smattering of tree-top high wires, crossings and wind-in-your-face zip wires. It’s a proven recipe that never fails.
Their tree based High Ropes Adventure Course, set within the tranquil 725 acre grounds of Trentham Estate is a truly spectacular journey. Aerial Extreme is ideally suited for everyone, and can cater for groups and birthday parties.
Carsington Water 26 mins
RYA Sailing Training Centre, Windsurfing, Kayaking
Anglers Club. 11 miles of bank, trout fly fishing & 35 powered boats
Rudyard lake 38 mins
Newly opened wildlife park featuring an amazing variety of animals
45 minutes drive. Over 500 animals, 150 species, daily talks about animals, and events organised during school holidays.
Tel: 0844 4741777or visit www.twycrosszoo.org
Amerton Farm : Ideal for younger ones with cows, Pigs, Horses & Ponies, Sheep, Alpacas, Chickens and Ducks which are all housed in a purpose built area.
There is also a cafe and shop selling local produce. 20 minutes drive from Heywood Hall.
It’s first motorcycle race took place on Whit Monday 1931 on the narrow lanes of the Donington Hall Estate. 1933 the track was widened, made permanent and became a venue for Grand Prix car racing.
The second world war put an end to all racing at the circuit in 1939, after being requisitioned by the Ministry of Defence to be used as a military vehicle depot.
Darley Moor Motorcycle road racing club
Meetings throughout the season
A huge advantage to the village of Denstone is its location for fast access to major road networks including M1, M6, M42, and M40.
These are reached via the modern A50 dual carriageway, only 4 miles distant and is the main link to the M6 in the west and M1 in the east. Only about 35 minutes to each. The A50 also links to the A38 dual carriageway route to Birmingham.
The nearest rail station is only a 12 minute drive.
For as little as £7.50 and a 26 minute ride, you can spend a day in Derby Westfield or the even larger shopping destination of Nottingham, from £8.60.
From Stafford there is a fast mainline rail service to London ( 1 hour 25 minutes).
London from Uttoxeter Station is 2 hours 16 minutes.
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Ancestry in Denstone
Discover your family connections!
Here in Denstone there is wealth of history to discover. There are many unusual historical places, some of which may even have a connection to your family.
Staffordshire County Council has a Start Your Search website to help you. Just remember to bring with you proof of identity and address, when visiting the records office.
There are record offices at Stafford, Stoke and Lichfield, plus the William Salt Library.
Staffordshire views are a collection of William Salt’s original collection
Staffordshire Past Track gives a brief history of places within Staffordshire and has pictures of buildings no longer standing.
The Nicholson institute in Leek offers free access to Ancestry.com
Local villages which are featured on Staffordshire Past Track near to Denstone are
Ellastone, Mayfield, Uttoxeter, Quixhill, Oakamoor, Rocester and Stramshall
Denstone, Heywood Hall and some local history
Heywood Hall is an imposing substantial Victorian family home. The largest house in the village, with over 8,000 square feet of accommodation covering 2/3rds of an acre.
It has been the family home of Alison & Joseph Petitjean and their two boys for the past six years.
It was built in 1885 as the residence of the Provost, for the local Woodard Independent Schools, the closest of which, Denstone College, is a short walk along College Road.
The builder of Heywood hall, George Percival Heywood, was also one of the original patrons of Denstone College, gifting the land and funds to complete the magnificent Gothic buildings which include Denstone College, the Church, Vicarage, the Curates House, School Room and Old School building which still dominate the village today.
Denstone and Damsons?
Did you know that Denstone is widely known for its delicious damsons. In May the blossom is spectacular. The fruit was sent to Lancashire for use in dyeing materials. It also makes wonderful jam.
Although there are records of Denstone going back to Norman Times, it was not until the arrival of Sir Thomas Percival Heywood in 1840 that the village was really established. Prior to this time, Denstone was an agricultural area bounded by the river Churnet and consisting of sparsely populated, scattered Hamlets.
The Heywoods were a wealthy banking family from Manchester and Sir Thomas had a wish to become squire of his own village and Parish. To this end he employed one of the finest architects of the day, George Edmund Street, a leader in Victorian Gothic Revival, to build Denstone Church. The Church was completed in 1862 and Sir Thomas then had the original village school built in 1870, the Provost’s house, now Heywood Hall in 1885, and the Church Room in 1890. The school is now a private dwelling, and the Church room has recently been renovated and is now a private house.
The fountain was erected in in 1900 in memory of Sir Thomas as part of the village water supply piped from a nearby spring.
Sir Thomas was instrumental in founding Denstone College, which opened in 1873. The major housing developments in Denstone have taken place in the last 50 years. Denstone has been transformed from a small village of about 50 dwellings, firmly based on agriculture, to a thriving community today with 250 dwellings within the village and another 100 approximately in the hamlets of Stubwood, Quixhill and Prestwood, which are part of the Parish.
Swimming, Skating, Cinema, Bowling and More
Cinema, Ice Skating and bowling at ST14 8AZ tel 01889 566644 www.cinebowl.co.uk . Look for special offer vouchers if you book in advance.
A state of the art swimming pool and leisure centre opened by Adam Peaty Olympic Gold medalist from Uttoxeter in 2015 . Timetables can be found on the website http://www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/uttoxeter-leisure-centre or telephone 01283 508160
Cost per swimming session, approx £4.05 per adult
For young ones when it is raining, 10 minutes drive away
Churnet Valley Railway: Only 20 minutes drive and a beautiful steam train ride through the Churnet Valley, themed weekends are very popular, ideal for all the family. https://www.churnetvalleyrailway.co.uk/
Foxfield Steam Railway at Blythe bridge, http://www.foxfieldrailway.co.uk/ You can take a main line train from Uttoxeter to Blythe Bridge
Just in Case
Stoke Hospital 22 miles