In Towns

Town of the Month: Swadlincote

Half an hour’s drive from Derby and forty minutes’ drive from Birmingham, Swadlincote, the largest town in South Derbyshire, is home to a few things that might just surprise you…

Not least of which is its rich history in pottery, which can be appreciated when visiting the Sharpe’s Pottery Museum. This museum was once a factory, opened in 1821 by a local farmer by the name of Thomas Sharpe. Sharpe’s pottery factory enjoyed hundreds of successful years supplying ceramics to both English and American markets but is now full of interesting items which span the centuries. Sharpe’s beautiful kiln has become iconic for the town.

If you’re more of a historic house type person, just twenty minutes’ drive away is the magnificent Calke Abbey- but this stately home is a little more laid back than most. This house illustrates ‘faded grandeur’ and shows how once glorious houses can fall into disrepair. With minimal restoration, you can now walk around this once decedent house and admire its unique and rustic charm!

Both Melbourne Hall & Gardens make for another great day out near Swadlincote, especially in August where you are able to get a guided tour of the house itself. The gardens of Melbourne Hall boast gorgeous lawns, statues and lakes, as well as a nearby tea room. The gardens are open on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays during the months of April to September.

There’s also an interesting church just beside the hall which dates back to the 12th century

Family-Friendly Things to Do in Swadlincote

If you’ve got little ones with you and you’re after more of family-friendly day out near Swadlincote, a day at Conkers could be just the thing. Located in the heart of the National Forest, Conkers offers loads of great activities such as hi-ropes, canoeing, and archery- there’s even a 4D cinema.

Where to Eat in Swadlincote

If you’re wanting to enjoy a traditional Afternoon Tea in Swadlincote, why not try The Bluebell Tearoom, they even offer a ‘deluxe’ afternoon tea!

50s American Diner is just two minute drive from the centre of Swadlincote and is a real experience! Decked out in full 1950s retro décor, this all-American diner is everything you’d hope for, with burgers, onion ring stacks and giant milkshakes.

The Mill Wheel is a nice local gastro pub just outside of Swadlincote, serving delicious pizzas as well as traditional pub classics.

Places to Stay…

Click here for a list of nearby places to stay on the Visit Peak District website

Or perhaps you fancy something a little bit different…

How about staying on a nearby Aqua Narrowboat, just 20 minutes from Swadlincote!

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