Brocks Hill Visitor Centre
There is something for everyone at Brocks Hill Visitor Centre
located within Brocks Hill Country Park.
There are also plenty of reasons to return time and time
There is a café, small shop, Exhibition Hall, toilets and free
The centre is fully accessible and there are hard surfaced paths
suitable for prams and wheel chairs.
Cutting edge environmental design
The centre was designed in conjunction with De Montfort
University, and is packed with examples of the latest sustainable
From the front entrance the building isn't particularly
exciting; that's because the walls are insulated with earth piled
in a grass verge up to small windows (to minimise heat loss), what
remains is a very large roof space (used to harvest the rain
water). It is only when you are inside that you appreciate the real
size of the building.
In contrast the back of the building is covered in large, double
glazed windows to maximise the natural light and heat from the sun.
What little space is left is used to house photovoltaic panels to
Electricity is also supplied by a 20kw wind turbine further up
the hill, and during the winter the building can be heated using
our waste-wood (biomass) boiler.
What you cannot see hidden below the centre is the onsite
treatment of waste water.
School parties are welcome at Brocks Hill and with prior
arrangement tours and classroom workshops are available.
The country park has plenty to keep a school group entertained
for a morning and/or afternoon.
If you can get the children past the extensive outdoor play
area, you can walk up through the meadows and woodland in search of
local wildlife, or head down to the pond to see what's lurking
There's no excuse for children arriving back late as there is
also a human sundial next to the centre!
As you would expect the centre is open to the public all year
round, and is just a 10 minute drive from the M1 - making Brocks
Hill an ideal family day out as well as a learning centre.
For more information visit http://www.oadby-wigston.gov.uk/pages/brocks_hill_visitor_centre_and_country_park.