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  • Tayla P
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I took 2 boys - aged 6 and 11 - to Laser Tag today, and they thoroughly enjoyed it. Both came out and said how much fun it was, they wanted to do another session! All the staff were welcoming and very friendly; the place was clean, just a little cold so if you’re spectating or waiting, take a coat! But it was a fab afternoon; big thanks to Tracy, Rebekah, Sam, Adam and Jack!
    Written 11 April 2024
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  • Missjrmidnight
    Nottingham, UK17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Came here for an Open Evening with family and I can see why tickets sell out so quickly! A brilliant place; really friendly and welcoming, all the volunteers and experts are very knowledgeable and have lots of enthusiasm for what they do. Lecture and displays were very interesting. Evening was well-organised and great value for money. Excited to see the new site expansion on the horizon, will definitely come again!
    Written 16 March 2024
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  • Brian T
    London, UK6,782 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a pleasant country park in rural Nottinghamshire. It occupies the site of ancient woodlands and hill forts which can be traced back to the early 17th century, though its more recent history is linked to the site of the Sutton Colliery. The colliery’s pit shafts were sunk in 1873; it was known locally as Brierley Hill as the shafts were sunk by miners from Brierley Hill in Staffordshire; they had relocated to the area seeking employment. In the late 1970s the old colliery spoil hills were regraded and grassed, starting the transformation into the park. The colliery completely closed in 1989, and the transition to parkland was completed.

    There’s something for everyone here. There’s a couple of miles of walking paths, through meadows, grasslands and wooded areas, but after recent rain some of the paths were very muddy and slippery and required considerable care. The paths are popular with dog walkers (dogs must be kept on a lead), and with joggers and cyclists; there are a number of exercise stations on the circular route. One path will lead you to a spot where you can see the historic stately home, Hardwick Hall, in the distance.

    This was my second visit to the park; my first visit was a couple of years ago when the wildflower meadows were at their floral best. The meadowlands and fields were awash with colour from buttercups, exotic wild orchards, and many other different wildflowers. Some of my photos show the wildflowers from that visit. The different seasons will of course give you different perspectives of the park. On this visit remnants of the golds of autumn were still visible.

    There’s a small lake, Brierley Waters, where fishing is permitted. A variety of waterfowl can be found here and in the adjoining wetlands. There’s also a bird feeding area along one of the paths.

    There are some visible reminders of the park’s mining history, with a couple of old colliery winding wheels along one of the paths, a small memorial to a mining disaster that took place in 1957, and some oak sculptures of the five miners who lost their lives.

    The park actually has a designated sculpture trail, created in 1999. The trail includes a stone seat carved with poetry by Benjamin Zaphaniah, an iron wildlife arch, the 5 oak figures of miners, and a curious wooden seat with a hole in it. There’s also a couple of sculptures next to the lake. One depicts a giant seed emerging from an old and broken industrial mould, apparently symbolising rebirth. On the other side of the lake there’s three dishes resembling satellite dishes; it’s a bit bizarre and I have no idea what it means, apart from reminding you that the phone signal in the park is fairly poor.

    There’s a visitors’ centre which includes a cafe and toilet facilities, but with the pandemic crisis and England being in lockdown at the time of our visit, there’s were firmly closed. There’s an excellent adventure playground for the youngsters.

    I enjoyed visiting the park, but it shouldn’t be on the top of your list if your time in Nottinghamshire or nearby Derbyshire is limited. I suggest you visit the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest if you are only after one natural environment to explore, rather than Brierley Forest Park. The main entrance to the park is on Skegby Road in the small town of Huthwaite. Follow the brown tourist signs. There’s ample parking there.
    Written 22 November 2020
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  • Dawn B
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk my dog daily. The rabbits and rats have mixy. All dying. New buliding going on. Coincidence???
    Written 15 October 2023
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  • Dan W
    Derby, UK6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jez and the team here have some great and unusual merchandise, they are extremely helpful and flexible.

    Their inventory is weird and wonderful, we have some really special pieces for our new home and commercial displays.

    If you’re looking for something different; you’ll get it here, not to mention they can tailor things to your specific needs via the workshop and they are true ambassadors of up/re-cycling providing sustainable solutions.
    Written 23 January 2023
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  • johnhp702
    Derby, UK18,667 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Small shopping centre compared to the more modern centres and it is looking a little tired, very good parking tariff though.
    Written 29 March 2024
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  • Cathy S
    32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fantastic day was had by all... great for all ages! Would definitely recommend this place for laser tag, it's such a great layout! Karting was really good too, special thanks to Danielle for being so welcoming and kind!! And thanks to K for looking after us in the arena too. Great fun, thanks team! :D
    Written 3 February 2019
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  • Helen F
    Sutton in Ashfield, UK19 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a lovely few hours here. Plenty of equipment to use. They have got a little cafe inside doing coffee and snacks.
    Written 11 February 2020
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