Spring in the Forest

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26th May 2017

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Spring in the Forest

May Day Bank Holiday in the Forest

Staying in the heart of the enchanting National Forest this break offers so many opportunities for fun and friendship, not to mention great value for single parents,  in fantastic eco-accommodation, with a world of outdoor pursuits right on the doorstep.

The National Forest is a  walker’s and cyclist’s paradise, and there’s plenty for all ages to enjoy in this unique location. There are fun, active days out on the doorstep including llama trekking, Snibston Discovery Park, Twycross Zoo, the National Memorial Arboretum,  the Museum of Brewing at Burton and birds of prey, archery and laser clay shooting at Rosliston Forestry Centre and Conkers indoor-outdoor adventure centre.

This beautiful area is part of an ambitious project to plant miles of new forest right in the centre of England. Enjoy the outdoors with the popular 5.7km Ashby Trail or following one of the many cycle paths. Rosliston Forestry Centre has lots of educational activities and outdoor events as well as Conkers.

Look forward to spending your days keeping up with the kids, and your evenings making, what could turn out to be lifelong friendships in the cosy bar.


How to find the location by train, sat nav etc

A great  central location  in Swadlincote, Derbyshire. The  postcode for sat navs is DE12 6BD.  To check directions by public transport, we recommend using the website or click on the little Google map to the right. The nearest coach station is Woodville, 1.99 miles away.


This is a 3-night holiday from Friday 26th May to Monday 29th May 2017, during the Spring Bank Holiday half term.

Family Ages

This holiday is suitable for all ages with so much to do and see in the local area. Private and shared rooms are available but shared rooms are not idea for under 4’s unless you are sharing with friends.

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Our home-from-home on this trip is truly unique. We’re staying in a 4-star hostel that was specially designed to be eco-friendly and help its guests minimise their impact on the environment. As well as its impressive green credentials, our accommodation is also comfortable, cosy and equipped with everything we’ll need for a fun-packed weekend away.

Facilities include free WiFi in communal areas, a games room, lounge, BBQ area, a bike shed and plenty of space to sit and play outside. There is also a bar and a restaurant serving imaginative, locally-sourced food.

We have private and shared rooms available, each with its own bathroom – please note, shared rooms are not suitable for children under the age of 4.

Board Basis

This is a 3 night self-catering trip, so no meals will be included in the price. However, our accommodation has fully equipped self-catering facilities,  there is also the option to purchase breakfast and evening meals at an extra cost from the accommodation. A couple of communal meals will be arranged throughout the holiday, starting with a ‘Meet & Greet’ buffet on the first evening (everyone brings something for the table).

You have the option of private or shared rooms (private for your family only, shared would be sharing with another family). The shared rooms accommodate 2 families and are a great way of making new friends. Please note, these are not suitable for children aged under 4 unless you are sharing with friends.

Further details will be provided closer to the event, please look out for emails after booking and advise if you do not receive information.

What's Included

The cost includes self catering accommodation in private or shared rooms.The property is exclusive to Single With Kids and the break is accompanied by a Single With Kids’ coordinator who arranges events and get-togethers throughout the event, you choose which you’d like to take part in.

Things to do

If you love to get some fresh air and get your pulse racing, you’ll be thrilled with the wide range of outdoor activities available on our Spring Bank Holiday forest escape. We’re staying right next door to the Conkers play and adventure centre, which is always a great day out for all the family. Also in the area are Rosliston Forestry Centre, which is a fab mix of woodland and meadow, ponds and play areas – also offering activities including archery, laser clay shooting and birds of prey; the National Memorial Arboretum and the fantastic National Forest Farm Park with indoor and outdoor activities for all ages.  There’s even a local llama trekking centre nearby!

Hire a bicycle and hit the Ashby Trail, which runs from Measham to Spring Cottage, or if you fancy something more leisurely – take a walk amongst the picturesque scenery nearby and head back for a BBQ and a drink in the bar to round off a picture-perfect day.

As with all of our Single With Kids’ holidays, the holiday will be hosted by a coordinator, who will arrange daily events and get togethers for the group

Trip Size

This is a larger trip of around 50-70 people – providing a fun way to spend the Bank Holiday and a great way to get to know lots of single parent families.


Prices & Booking

A great value trip, the price includes 3 nights self catering accommodation in either private or shared rooms. The accommodation will be exclusive to our group.
Shared or private rooms are available, please note the shared rooms are not suitable for children under 4 unless you are sharing with a friends.

The group will be accompanied by a Single With Kids’ coordinator who will arrange group events during the break.

The prices are per person for the 3 nights. Shared rooms will be allocated based on parent gender.

The group will be accompanied by a Single With Kids’ coordinator who will arrange group events during the break.


We have shared rooms for 2/3 person families – Dad and child/ren

Members' Prices

DatesNo. of NightsShared Room (per person)Private Room (per person)
Fri 26th - Mon 29th May 2017
3 nights£80£99
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Our Rewards Club has some great benefits for members, including a 15% saving off the cost of your Single With Kids holidays and breaks, click on the Rewards Club symbol at the top of this page to read about the benefits of joining.

Don’t worry if you don’t want to join yet, you can still book as a non member, simply follow the link in the table below.

Non-Members' Prices

DatesNo. of NightsShared Room (per person)Private Room (per person)
Fri 26th - Mon 29th May 2017
3 nights£95£115
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Find out what our single parents thought about this holiday;

Lisa & Lily 10 and Eleanor 10 - (National Forest Oct 2016)

" This is only our second trip with SWK. This time it was with a larger group of people, so we didn't know how it could compare to the last one, but we really enjoyed it. The group size was really good, just a shame we didn't have longer together. The kids liked making new friends & we loved the relaxed atmosphere of the trip & hostel. The hostel staff were helpful and even lent me a hairdryer when mine broke. Kate was friendly and welcoming and made things fun for the kids. We've booked another trip already! "

Emma & Benidict 8 and Libby 5 - (National Forest Oct 2016)

" Being able to let the kids run around and have some freedom "

Cath & Kiera 10 - (National Forest Oct 2016)

" Great fun for adults and kids lovely group atmosphere great co-ordinator, staff at ymca were lovely "

Sue & Alex 14 - (National Forest Oct 2016)

" A good chance to make new friends and relax. The hostel felt very safe. "

Donna & Amaar 12 - (National Forest Oct 2016)

" Great location with lots to do around area. Nice YHA, Being in the National Forest and in walking distance to Conkers "

Gill & Louis 9 - (National Forest Oct 2016)

" Loved the national forest break, good fun for adults and kids. "

Kelly & Fiona 5 and Daniel 2 - (National Forest Oct 2016)

" Nice and relaxed and supportive "

Sharon & Jack 15, Daisy 8 - (National Forest)

" Had a fantastic time, both myself and the kids loved it. The kids even the eldest one (Jack 14) loved the Easter activities especially the Easter egg hunt and the sweet hunt!!! We all enjoyed the trip to Conkers and extended our last day by visiting Twycross zoo. Very tired kids and mum!! Both co- ordinators were very helpful and friendly, instantly felt part of the group when I arrived. The activities they had arranged were fun and appealed to all ages – which was a hard job when the age range was 2-14. We had a great time and would love to come back. Met loads of lovely parents and children and made some good friends. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. Would have liked the karaoke on both days, but understand it’s not to everyone’s taste. Great, great holiday – keep doing what you are already doing – hope to see you all soon. "

Karen & Vincent 3, Thomas 1 - (National Forest)

" This exceeded my expectations. The accommodation was amazing as was the food. The group was super friendly and the activities that Linda and Linda organised brought people together in a gentle but non pushy way. The SWK holidays are an amazing idea. Thank you – you have revolutioned my idea of holidays for the foreseeable future… "

Jane & Alice 5, Sophie 3 - (National Forest)

" This was our first SWK holiday. We had the most fantastic welcome from the two Linda’s who worked tirelessly throughout the holiday. Everyone gelled so well and the children had the most amazing time. On Sun/Mon groups of us went out and about so there was no pressure to participate if you didn’t want to. Conkers was a superb attraction to visit. "