A new outdoor hub for Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey, Midlands, family bike ride

The National Trust has launched an exciting project to create a new outdoor hub at Calke Abbey, which will provide much-needed facilities for our growing number of visitors.

With over 600 acres of inspiring parkland, there's lots to explore at Calke. While lots of our visitors come to experience the 'un-stately home' and learn its unique history, many people come just to explore and enjoy the ancient parkland surrounding the house and gardens.

The new outdoor hub will offer these visitors more opportunities to get outdoors and explore more of the inspiring parkland here at Calke.

What is the outdoor hub?

The new hub will be located between the park entry point and the main site and will provide much-needed facilities for our visitors. At the heart of the hub will be a new building, offering a café, toilets and cycle hire facilities.

Step outside and there will be a new car park, footpaths, cycle routes and outdoor recreation areas, including natural play areas and nature trails. In the longer term, we’d like to introduce a multi-use room that can be used for learning and education.

The hub will offer more outdoor seating areas
Calke Abbey, Midlands, family enjoying a picnic outdoors

Why is it being built?

Our visitor numbers are increasing and this puts a lot of pressure on the house and gardens. Whilst we want everyone to enjoy everything Calke has to offer, it's our job to protect the heritage at its core.

A lot of our visitors come to explore the wider parkland and our research shows a demand for a better outdoor experience. The outdoor hub is intended to offer these visitors new ways to explore the outdoors and discover nature.

Located away from the main site, the outdoor hub will also reduce the pressure on the house and gardens, and ensure that we continue to protect Calke.

When will the hub be open?

We recently obtained planning approval for the outdoor hub project, and we're now looking ahead to delivering the first phase of the work. More information will follow as we move forward, including an estimated timescale for the work. Watch this space for updates on our progress.

The planned site for the outdoor hub is between park entry and the main site
Calke Abbey, Midlands, site for the new outdoor hub

Learn a little more...

If you’d like more information on the outdoor hub, please read our Frequently Asked Questions, which can be downloaded below. We'll regularly update the website with news about the hub. Look out for the timeline and news articles on this page.

Outdoor Hub FAQs (PDF / 0.4MB) download

Calke Abbey, Midlands, outdoor hub masterplan

View the plans for the new hub 

Have a look at the proposed plans and designs for the outdoor hub...