The Wolseley Centre

The Wolseley Centre

A hidden oasis

Staffordshire Wildlife Trust’s HQ, The Wolseley Centre, is one of the county’s hidden gems and it's completely free to visit – so why not make a date in your diary to come and see us this month? The Visitor Centre underwent a revamp that launched in May 2019 featuring a new-look gift shop, introduction of a cafe that overlooks swan lake, improved facilities and later on in the year, the opening of a state of the art learning pod. Find out more about our redevelopment here 

What's here?

  • A friendly and welcoming visitor centre and gift shop that sells nature-inspired books, toys, homeware, clothing, cards, bird food and feeders.
  • May 2019 saw the Trust launching a lakeside cafe  (find out more here). Food is served from 10am-4pm. The cafe uses locally sourced ingredients and offers freshly made home cooked foods such as pizzas, jacket potatoes and paninis plus much more. A slice of delicious cake is a must! We even have a Little Kingfishers menu for kids. 
  •  26 acres of beautiful grounds to explore, which are full of interesting features and wildlife-friendly display gardens
  • A network of accessible footpaths weave around the grounds - ideal for pushchairs, wheelchairs and little feet! Feed the ducks or take a picnic beside our three lakes or search for colourful dragonflies and the bright blue flash of kingfishers as you stroll alongside the river
  • Walk along the boardwalk and enjoy views over tranquil pools and across the River Trent and beyond
  • Youngster visitors will love our play trail - which includes a welly splash bridge, musical sculptures, rocks, logs and trees to climb on and a giant web swing! 
  • Look for the many natural sculptures and willow creations around the grounds in the leafy undergrowth, and there are plenty of benches if you want to sit and enjoy the tranquillity
  • Stop off in the sensory garden, packed with plants that stimulate your sense of smell, taste, touch, sight and sound, or pick up ideas for attracting wildlife to your plot in the wildlife garden. 

26 acres to explore

Welcoming Visitor Centre & Gift Shop

Boardwalk

Play Trail

Opening times 

Visitor Centre is open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
10am to 5pm Saturday & Sunday Bank Holiday Monday opening hours: 10am-4pm for the site

Cafe is open Wednesday to Sunday 10am-4pm (although we will be closed on Sunday June 8th due to IronMan), closing on Mondays and Tuesdays

Toilets

There are toilets in the visitor centre. There is an accessible toilet and baby changing facilities which can be used from a seated position.

Contact

Tel: 01889 880100

Email: info@staffs-wildlife.org.uk

Parking

There is a large car park. A donation for car parking is much appreciated and will go towards the Trust's work protecting wildlife around the county. The car park is closed at 4.15pm on weekdays and at weekends, but visitors are free to park outside the gates and explore the grounds on foot. Access is required at all times so please do not block the gates.

Getting there

The Wolseley Centre is easy to find on the A51 near Rugeley. Look for the brown tourist signs.

Postcode: ST17 0WT

From Stafford: follow the A513 east towards Rugeley for 6 miles until you reach Wolseley Bridge. At the double roundabout cross the first, and turn left at the second into the Wolseley Garden Centre entrance. The driveway entrance to The Wolseley Centre is immediately on the right next to the small building

From Rugeley: take the A51 west for two miles. At the roundabout turn right into the Wolseley Garden Centre entrance. The driveway entrance to The Wolseley Centre is immediately on the right next to the small building

From Stoke-on-Trent: take the A34 south and then A51 south from Stone. Head south for 12 miles until you reach Wolseley Bridge. At the double roundabout take the left hand filter lane and then turn left at the second roundabout into the Wolseley Garden Centre entrance. The driveway entrance to The Wolseley Centre is immediately on the right next to the small building.

Bus: The Wolseley Centre is on bus route 825 between Stafford and Rugeley, runs twice an hour

Dogs 

Dogs are welcome to the centre but must be kept on a lead at all times 

Conferences

 

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Birthday parties

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Events

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Other facilities and services

Conference facilities: There are two rooms available for hire at the Wolseley Centre for meetings, conferences and other functions. Find out more.

Birthday Parties: Fancy a birthday party with a wild twist? You can celebrate your special day at the Wolseley Centre and take part in a host of exciting outdoor activities, such as a pirate treasure hunt or teddy bear's picnic. Find out more.

Events: There is a packed programme of events and activities at the Wolseley Centre, including Wildlings, Wildplay and Nature Tots for children and guided walks and bushcraft sessions for adults. See our What's On page for details.  

The Wolseley Centre

Credit: Susan Freeman

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Explore the grounds at Wolseley

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Wild Wolseley

There is lots of wildlife to spot at Wolseley that call our centre home. Having such diverse wildlife on site makes The Wolseley Centre even more special and keeps people coming again and again in the hope they might see something new. Wolseley is known for its resident Kingfisher, a flash of colour flies by if you are able to catch a glimpse of this stunning creature . Other site wildlife highlights can be seen below but of course there are lots more to look out for! 

Kingfisher Wolseley

Wildlife to spot at Wolseley