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Shugborough Outdoor Education Centre is offering lots of Easter fun for all the family

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 18, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

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One of the UK's most beautiful outdoor education centres is opening its doors to families over Easter to give children and parents a chance to spend time together taking part in a range of healthy, fun activities.

Shugborough outdoor education centre, which has attracted considerable new investment under the Staffordshire County Council and Capita joint venture, Entrust, is offering kids the chance to BMX track, tackle a climbing wall, learn archery or get back to nature with a lesson in bush craft.

The morning and afternoon sessions, available this fortnight (April 14 until April 25) are being run by experienced instructors and are open to children from the age of five, parents or accompanying adults. Instructors at the sites have some of the highest recognised qualifications in the country, ranging from the coveted APIOL award to PGLs in multi-activity and watersports. From rock faces to rivers the coaches at Shugborough inspire, motivate and ensure the safety of children and families.

Parents and carers wishing to make the most of it can also stay overnight in one of newly installed yurt villages. The yurts are situated on site, close to activities, furnished with futons and wood-burning stoves.

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The Shugborough Outdoor Education centre is set on the River Trent, near Cannock Chase and is part of the Shugborough Estate, now owned by the National Trust but once home to the Earl of Lichfield. Its full range of activities take advantage of the river and include canoeing and kayaking. It's a great place to walk and explore and is home to some of the country's prettiest bike trails.

Chris Dillon, head of service for outdoor education centres at Entrust, said: "Though traditionally used for school trips, we wanted to open the facilities up to families wanting to spend time with each other, and in the beautiful outdoors, during the school holidays. So, in addition to the dormitory accommodation used by schools we have invested in a 'yurt village' and added a range of new facilities, including BMX bike trails. We hope they will appeal to families from across the region wanting to spend some quality time together this Easter."

Families wishing to spend time at Shugborough this Easter should contact 01785 277 932 or email enquiries@entrust-ed.co.uk.

Sessions are £10 per person for two activities, from a choice of archery, bushcraft, wall climbing or BMXing. Each morning or afternoon session will last for two hours and families wishing to stay overnight can book yurts sleeping up to three people for £60 or up to five for £80. www.shugborough.org.uk.

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