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NEWS RELEASE No: 1601423 JULY 2013

Hicks Lodge hosts fantastic family fun day

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Young lad holds owl copyright Caroline Hart

Families flocked to Hicks Lodge and enjoyed activities featuring wheels, wings, hooves and paws at their Open Day on Sunday 21st July.

The Hicks Lodge Open Day set out to demonstrate that this National Forest Cycle Centre has more to offer than just bikes. So as well as Dr Bike with his unusual cycles, visitors enjoyed meeting the ‘Professor’ barn owl, watching the fun dog show, taking part in the Butterfly Conservation nature walk, riding in the Ride 4 Life horse trek and checking out dog sledding from the National Forest Mushing Team.

There were also some of the Hicks Lodge volunteers on hand so that people could find out what they do and how local people can get involved.

Sallie Corfield of the Forestry Commission said:

“It was fantastic to see so many people at the event. The site is frequently used for lots of different activities, so it was great to bring these all together on one day to showcase everything on offer. People probably know us for the delicious cake in our café or as a place to hire a bike for a ride on our trails, but there’s much more to Hicks Lodge than that!”

To find out more about what is on offer at Hicks Lodge visit and

For anyone interested in joining the Hicks Lodge volunteer group to help with the maintenance of the site and to make new friends, contact

Notes to Editor

1. Hicks Lodge is a former coal mining site that is now managed by the Forestry Commission. It has been totally transformed by new plantings and by creating exciting trails for everyone to enjoy. From tearaway toddlers getting their first taste of cycling to young teens perfecting their skills, or families walking the dog. There’s also an adventure play area, café and on site cycle hire.

2. Hicks Lodge is located off the A42, just outside Ashby de la Zouch. Sat nav LE65 2UP.

3. Media Contact: Laura Freer, Marketing and Communications Manager 07733 300176