Travelling around Swadlincote
For the friendliest of welcomes, Swad (as it's known to the locals) is hard to beat. With its wonderfully rich pottery, mining heritage and its great sense of community pride, this lovely town in Derbyshire is one of the most welcoming places to visit. Located in the heart of the National Forest, there is much to see and do here.
Swadlincote possesses a charming contrast between the old town and new world, with the focus on both preserving its fascinating history and embracing the new. It boasts a pottery museum, a ski and snow centre, an urban park and an excellent shopping centre. As the sun goes down, there's a cinema, real ale pubs and a variety of restaurants for a relaxing evening.
Thanks to its central location, Swadlincote boasts excellent transport links. With regular buses to Derby that include stops at Chellaston and Melbourne, travelling to Swadlincote with Arriva buses is a piece of cake.
The historically preserved High Street, with its Victorian and Edwardian shopfronts, contrasts vividly with the modern, pedestrianised town centre. Home to a contemporary shopping centre that houses over 200 outlets, Swadlincote town centre has a vibrant mix of big name stores and independent traders. There are also outdoor markets, including an award-winning Farmers Market every weekend.
A visit to Sharpe's Pottery Museum is a treat for the whole family. As well as its fascinating local history, the museum also boasts a coffee shop and play area. Or, if you’re in the mood for something a little more active, visit the 80-acre urban woodland park with its picnic and play area and climbing rock. Adrenaline junkies can visit the Snowsport Centre, for skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing and even a Sno-Tube Drop Slide.
However, if you’d rather unwind at a less frantic pace – whether that's watching a film at a multiplex cinema, sipping a pint in a real ale pub or enjoying a bite to eat at a top restaurant – Swad has it all.