Visit Trust's 'hidden gem' headquarters this summer

Friday 27th July 2018

Families can keep their young ones busy this summer by visiting and exploring Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘hidden gem’ headquarters, The Wolseley Centre.

The Trust has an action packed event schedule for the summer holidays at its Wolseley Centre home, based near Rugeley, which attracts 100,000 visits each year.

The Wolseley Centre is set in 26 acres of beautiful grounds and has been described as a ‘hidden gem’ visitor attraction in Staffordshire.

Among the events being held throughout the six week holidays are Wildfamilies events, a Get Wild Holiday club, Nature Tots and Wildlings sessions and a bumblebee trail.

It is an exciting time for the Centre, which has been the Trust’s home since 2003. The Trust celebrates its 50th anniversary next year and plans will get underway in September to redevelop Wolseley including the creation of a revamped visitor centre and ‘Kingfisher Café which will attract even more people to this hidden gem.

The work will be completed by Easter 2019 in time for the busy spring and summer period.

The brand new Kingfisher Café is the first time The Wolseley Centre has had a café – and will offer stunning views across Swan Lake and beyond to the River Trent. It will also include an outside terrace for people to sit and enjoy the venue.

The café, which will be open daily, will offer a wide selection of sandwiches, light lunches, healthy children’s meals and hot and cold drinks, plus a wide range of cakes, bakes and snacks.

Mark Dixon, Project Manager, said: “We’re very much looking forward to the dream of revamping our visitor centre and creating our new café becoming a reality.

“We feel the plans will really enhance and are very much an exciting upgrade on what is already a great centre and will make people want to stay with us during their visits that bit longer.

“The plans will mean there will be some slight disruption on the site while the works are taking place, however the centre will remain open throughout the development.

“Next year is our 50th anniversary so the redevelopment coincides with what is a very exciting time for the Trust.”

As part of the plans, the Trust has also submitted a planning application to create a purpose-built environmental education facility at The Wolseley Centre. The new building will feature cutting-edge environmental design which will be a perfect space for thousands of children and families each year to learn about nature in harmony with the natural landscape in which it will be located.

To see the events taking place at The Wolseley Centre this summer visit www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk/whats-on