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The Forest Centre

The Forest Centre

The Forest Centre and Millennium Country Park is a great place for adults and children alike.  Just minutes from Junction 13 of the M1, the park covers 250 hectares (over 550 acres) with lakes, wetlands, meadows and young woodlands.  There are 8km of surfaced paths around the park that are safe for cycling, walking and 4km of horse trails.  There is a wetland nature reserve with a peaceful trail that takes you through woodlands, past reed beds and to bird hides.  There is a entrance fee to access the wetland reserve but by becoming a friend of Marston Vale you can visit the wetland reserve as often as you like for free.

The Forest Centre is a spectacular modern visitor centre at the heart of the park with a large car park and excellent access for disabled visitors.  There is the Lakeside Café and bar where you can enjoy a meal or quick snack, a coffee or a drink – with ample seating inside and out.  With an bran new adventure play area for the kids, a sensory wildlife garden and plenty of room to kick a ball or fly a kite, this is a popular place to relax – and entry and parking are free (except for the wetland trail).  We have a very popular gift shop and regularly have local artists work for sale.  The Forest Centre is also a popular conference centre and is a great place for parties, receptions and BBQs.

There are regular family and children's events that are held at the Forest Centre, these are updated on our web site (www.marstonvale.org)

Opening Hours:

Monday - Sunday: 8:00 am-6:00 pm


  • Bar / licensed
  • Parking
  • Restaurant / Cafe
  • Shop
  • Toilets


  • Disabled access
  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Entrance flat / without steps
  • Guide dogs permitted
  • Hearing loop system