This Section gives details on:-
The concessionary scheme for visitors with disabilities to drive or be driven along the main carriageway through Bradgate Park on Thursday afternoons and Saturdy mornings between April and October
The facility that is available for coach parties of elderly and/or disabled visitors to drive through Bradgate Park
Some of the ways in which visitors can help Protect the Country Park and ensure everyone has an enjoyable visit.
Advice if someone should be bitten by a Tick or Adder
The interesting background to the War Memorial that stands in the north west part of the Park, on the ridge of high land to the south of Old John Tower.
Vehicles are not normally permitted to drive into Bradgate Park. However, the Bradgate Park Trust operates and concessionary scheme for those people who are unable to visit Bradgate Park on foot.
The Bradgate Park Trust issues Permits which enable holders to drive or be driven along the main carriageway through Bradgate Park, during the main visitor season.
The Scheme operates as follows:
Summer: Drive Through Scheme
Operates between 1st April till 31st October
Every Saturday morning – 9.00am till 11.45am
(last admission 11.00am)
Every Thursday afternoon – 2.30pm till 7.00pm
(last admission 6.30pm)
Winter: Drive Through Scheme
Operates between 1st November till 31st March
First Saturday of each month only — 10.00am till 12.00 noon
Only Cars and minibuses are admitted under this scheme. Such vehicles must display a l Bradgate Park Trust Permit. Also, on a one-off basis until a Bradgate Park Trust Permit is obtained, access will be allowed for a vehicle displaying a Blue Badge.
Vehicles must enter and leave the Park by the Newtown Linford entrance.
Parking is available for Permit Holders at The Ruins of Bradgate House, and at the Deer Barn Tea Room/Visitor Centre/Toilets in the centre of Park.
Parking is not permitted on or alongside the carriageway in the Park.
When driving through groups of pedestrians, cars must be driven at walking pace. When the road is clear an absolute maximum speed limit of 15 m.p.h. must be observed.
Pedestrians must be given precedence at all times.
WHO QUALIFIES FOR A PERMIT?
Bradgate Park Trust permits are only issued to registered Blue Badge holders or if the application is supported by a medical certificate.
Eligible persons should write to the Bradgate Park Trust at the Estate Office quoting serial number, expiry date and issuing authority of Blue Badge.
Alternatively is you are not a Blue Badge holder, written application should be supported by a Medical Certificate from Doctor confirming medical circumstances and stating that it would be appropriate, because of a disability or illness, for a permit to be issued.
Telephone Enquiries : Leicester (0116) 234 1850 and ask for Lynda Taylor.
Permits are renewable annually. Permit holders are contacted each year in the spring and invited to renew the Permit for the new visitor season.
There is no charge for the issue of the Bradgate Park Trust Permit. However, the Trust is a Registered Charity and requests all participants to make an annual donation in recognition of the facilities provided and to help cover the costs of running the Scheme and having a dedicated member of staff on duty at the Newtown Linford entrance.
Vehicles are not normally permitted to drive into Bradgate Park. A special exception can usually be made available, to enable a coach carrying a group of disabled or elderly people, to drive along the carriageway through the centre of Bradgate Park.
This Special Facility is only available during April – October (Inclusive)
Any weekday morning or afternoon (except Thursday afternoons) (subject to making prior written arrangements with the Estate Office). Coach Trips cannot be accommodated at weekends or Bank Holiday periods.
Only Mini-Coaches, Ambulances for the Disabled or Coaches (up to 52 seater) are permitted.
Note: Continental-type or double-decker Coaches are not permitted, (due to height restrictions under the trees along the carriageway and width of gateways).
A member of the Bradgate Country Park staff meets the party at the main Newtown Linford entrance to the Park and will then accompany the Coach along the Carriageway, past the Ruins of Bradgate House, through to the Deer Barn Buildings (centre of Park).
The member of staff will, during the journey, give a short talk covering aspects of the History, Natural History and Geology of the Park, the Grey family, and the Country Park generally.
Note: Occupants are not permitted to alight during the journey through the Park but the coach is allowed to pull up at the various points of interest. The coach must drive slowly.
At the Deer Barn Buildings the coach will stop. Visitors can alight to use the toilets and visit the Deer Barn Tea Room and Bradgate Park Visitor Centre. (See separate information for Tea Room and Visitor Centre opening times)
Return Journey. The coach will turn round at the Deer Barn and, when the group is ready to leave the Park, drive back along the same route to exit at Newtown Linford. The member of staff will not accompany the coach on the return journey.
Mini Coach – £45.00 (inclusive of VAT)
Coach – £65.00(inclusive of VAT)
Ambulance for the Disabled – £35.00(inclusive of VAT)
To enquire about Booking a Coach Trip, telephone the Bradgate Park Estate Office on Leicester (0116) 234 1850 and ask for Lynda Taylor.