Coronavirus (covid-19) update - 4 July 2020
Focusing on the health and wellbeing of everyone is our top priority.
People who are able to access our parks are welcome to visit but we are asking that social distancing guidelines are followed at all times, staying two metres apart from others and keeping dogs on leads.
Car parks are open as are toilet facilities at Beacon Hill Country Park, Market Bosworth Country Park and Shenton Station.
Beacon Hill Cafe is operating both dine-in and takeaway services. Opening hours will differ, visitors are encouraged to check the Facebook page for the latest information.
From 4 July, play areas at Beacon Hill and Market Bosworth Country Parks will reopen. Please read our guidance before visiting a play area and bring hand sanitiser with you if you wish to use the play equipment. .
All other playgrounds, toilets, and other visitor facilities, such as the 1485 Tithe Barn remain closed at this time until further notice.
Our number one priority is to keeping people safe. To help ensure this, we are reducing our capacity in car parks, installing additional signage and increasing the presence of wardens and rangers on site. Ticket machines are regularly sanitised but we ask that you use contactless payment where possible and follow Government hygiene recommendations - using gloves for shared surfaces e.g ticket machines and regularly sanitising hands.
Our car parks will close when they are 80% full. This is to give you more space to park away from other cars. At busy times we expect this may make entering and exiting our car parks slower so we ask that you please be patient if this happens.
If you’re a regular visitor, our season tickets are automatically contactless. Find out about applying for a season ticket on the council's webpage.
Staying safe in these unprecedented times is vital and we'd encourage everyone to keep up to date with the latest government guidance at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Please be rest assured that we will continue to monitor the situation and will post any further updates on this website and our social media channels.
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to light barbecues at our parks due to the recent hot weather. Thank you for your cooperation.
Help us to keep our country parks safe and enjoyable for all visitors by respecting the Countryside Code and bylaws.
– Keep dogs under close control
– Leave gates and property as you find them
– Do not pick wild flowers or remove any other flora
– Do not swim in any of our lakes or ponds, nor let your dog(s) swim
– Do not light fires
For more information see the full Countryside Code here
Oakthorpe Picnic Site
Located in the heart of the National Forest, off the Donisthorpe to Ashby de la Zouch road, Oakthorpe Picnic Site comprises 14.8 acres (six hectares) of mixed habitats including woodland, semi improved grassland and wildflower areas. The site is home to a wide range of both flora and fauna.
There are surfaced paths suitable for all users (wheelchair users will require assistance due to inclines) and pedestrian routes into the neighbouring 98.8 acre (40 hectares) Willesley Wood, managed by the Woodland Trust.
Free car park, open daily; 9am – 4pm (Oct – Mar), 9am – 7pm (Apr – Sept). We do not permit overnight parking or camping.
Ashby Road, Donisthorpe, DE12 7QG.
Please note there is a height restriction barrier of 2m at the entrance.
If you are a regular visitor to Leicestershire County Council Country Parks you could save money with a car park Season Ticket, which is valid for all our parks. For just £60 (plus £10 deposit) you could save money and eliminate the hassle of searching for change every visit. For more information and an application form, please visit www.leicestershire.gov.uk/country-park-car-parking-season-ticket , email or contact our helpdesk on 0116 3055000.