Award-winning visitor attraction, Conkers, welcomes all to the ‘Warrens’ – a new underground adventure experience with 70 metres of tunnels for young explorers.CONKERS is adding to its experiences with a labyrinth of tunnels for children and families to explore. The adventure begins to all who enter the tunnels, winding below the surface of the earth. There are sound and light pods along route as you map out your own path through play, enjoyment and exploration.
With support from The National Forest Trust and with special thanks to Veolia Environmental Trust as the head sponsor for the project, with additional support supplied by Next plc and the Maud Elkington Charitable Trust. CONKERS plans for this new attraction to be a big hit with the schools and learning groups.
Mike Ballantyne says:
'I am Mike Ballantyne, Project Director of the National Forest Charitable Trust since 1998. My role being to transform the derelict mine and slag heaps of the former Rawdon and Marquis Collieries and Bath Pit into a visitor attraction for people to enjoy adventures whilst learning a little about the environment and the creation of the National Forest.
Deep underground are the remnants of the tunnels used by miners for over 100 years.
We are now creating new tunnels in the CONKERS landscape but this time they form part of our new Warren’s project - a partially underground experience replicating the tunnels and communal areas of a “rabbit warren”. Overall the mound and tunnels cover an area 65m in diameter and provide space for some 50 plus visitors at any time. The tunnels will be illuminated and self-draining providing an excellent added adventure to the experiences already present with Conkers.
The main funder of the Warren is the Veolia Environmental Trust. Funding has also been provided by Next plc and the Maud Elkington Charitable Trust'