Book a Stay Play Explore Family Fun short break from £149

Terms & Conditions

All 2017 bookings must be made online through this website.  If you can't see a room available on the day you wish to book, give us a call on 0116 225 4000 and we'll try our best to increase the number of rooms available.

Bookings are non-refundable under any circumstances within 7 days prior to your stay date or at any point if any redemptions have been made from your eTicket. Amendments to bookings cannot be made within 7 days prior to your stay date. For cancellations made up to 7 days before your accommodation date you will receive a refund of your package price minus a £5.00 administration charge.

1. Your ticket is valid from the date of your accommodation and entitles the bearer for ENTRY ONLY into 3 out of the 10 participating attractions: Conkers, National Space Centre, Stonehurst Family Farm, Twinlakes Park and Twycross Zoo, Conkers Outdoor Activities, Bosworth Water Park, King Richard III Visitor Centre, Swadlincote Ski Centre, Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre.

2. All tickets are valid from the date of your accommodation until 31st December 2017 and MUST be redeemed by this date.

3. Each attraction may only be visited once, with one e-ticket scanned by each venue visited to gain entry.

4. Stay Play Explore tickets are not valid on the following occasions at attractions:

Conkers Family Attraction - Not valid during Winter Wonderland dates (see Conkers website) for dates. Ranger-led activities at Conkers - Pre-booking is essential, telephone Conkers Education Department on 01289 213731. Conkers is an LOTC credited site. Closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Does not include the new high and low ropes course which has an extra charge. Please check for terms and conditions.
Address: Rawdon Road (B586), Moira, Nr Ashby de la Zouch, Derbyshire Sat nav: DE12 6GA Tel: 01283 216633

Stonehurst Family Farm - Open 9.30am - 5.00pm daily, all year round except 25th December to 2nd January.
Address: Bond Lane, Mountsorrel, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE12 7AA Tel: 01509 413216

National Space Centre - Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day (please check website before visiting for any closed dates throughout the year, as the Centre very occasionally hosts private filming and career events. Cannot be used for evening or Premium events, which include Science of the Time Lords and Return of the Garrison in 2017 (check website for details on these). This ticket cannot be used for FREE Annual Pass upgrade and must be transferred to a Day Pass on site (no fast track). See website for details of events and Christmas opening times: Closed some Mondays.
Address: Exploration Drive, Leicester  Sat nav: LE4 5NS Tel: 0116 261 0261

Twinlakes Park- not valid for XTREME SCREAM PARK, BONFIRE FESTIVAL and BREAKFAST WITH CHARACTERS. Small additional cost applies for Santa’s Grotto and skating rink. Park will be closed 25th-26th December 2017.
Address: Melton Spinney Road, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire Sat nav: LE14 4SB  Tel: 01664 567777

Twycross Zoo - The zoo is closed on Christmas Day. This ticket cannot be used towards upgrade to annual membership scheme or in conjunction with any other promotion or special offer. The ticket also cannot be used for evening events planned at the zoo on 15/07/17 and 02/09/17, the zoo remains open as normal during the day on both of these days.
Address: Burton Road, Atherstone, Warwickshire Sat nav: CV9 3PX Tel: 0844 474 1777

Bosworth Water Park -Includes a round of crazy golf and half an hour’s pedalo hire. The ticket also includes free parking for one car. Valid at Bosworth Water Park 7 days a week from 9am until 5pm from 1st April until 31st October. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on the lead in the cafe and reception areas. Pre-booking is not needed but enquire with the park if concerned about weather conditions and the availably of pedalos. 
Address: Wellesborough Road, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton, Warwickshire Sat nav: CV13 6PD Tel:01455 291876

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre - Includes a group activity, which may be with other members of the public, chosen from our Adventure Club programme. Adventure Club runs a range of activities on weekdays, evenings and weekends, with up to 12 spaces available on each one. Advanced booing is essential – Bookings are transferable within 48 hours’ notice at the discretion of LOPC management. All participants must have a complete online consent form prior to activity. Age restrictions apply. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Easter Sunday, along with occasional other dates throughout the year.
Address: Loughborough Road, Leicester Sat nav: LE4 5PN Tel: 0116 268 1426

Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre – ½ hour sno-tubing and 2 toboggan rides per person. Open 11am to 9pm on weekdays and 10am to 6pm at weekends. For the toboggan children between 4-7 years must be accompanied by an adult (aged 16+) and children ages 8 and over must ride on their own. No under 4s allowed. Call 01283 217200 to book. Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.
Address: Sir Herbert Wragg Way, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE11 8LP Tel: 01283 217200

King Richard III Visitor Centre - • King Richard III Visitor Centre – The visitor centre requires no pre booking. See for latest information and to check opening hours before visiting.
Address: 4A St. Martin's, Leicester, Sat nav: LE1 5DB Tel: 0300 300 0900


Check individual attraction websites for opening/closing dates and times and additional T&Cs before your visit.

5. Tickets cannot be used in conjunction with any other third party offer. Tickets cannot be sold, exchanged or refunded. There is no cash alternative. The value of this ticket is 0.00001p.

6. Family ticket constitutes 2 adults and 2 children (aged 3-16 years). Additional child tickets are available.

7. This offer is subject to change without notice. 

Promoter: Leicester Shire Promotions, 7-9 Every Street, Town Hall Square, Leicester LE1 6AG Tel: 0116 225 4000 during office hours Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Family Fun Short Break 2017

2 adults and 2 children - £149*

The Stay Play Explore Family short break is a fantastic break that families of all ages are sure to enjoy.

For just £149* a family of 2 adults and 2 children can visit any 3 of these 10 exciting attractions and enjoy overnight accommodation including breakfast at a choice of 4 star family friendly hotels.

Larger families can buy one additional child ticket for £20, simply add the total number of children in your party to the booking form and your short break cost will be calculated. Additional nights incur an additional cost of £3 per night for extra children.

* During Bank Holiday weekends there is a premium rate of £159 charged for this break for 2 adults and 2 children.  If you are booking a break over a Bank Holiday, use the drop-down box to find availability and prices at these times.

An online payment fee of £3 applies to all bookings

Booking couldn’t be easier; just select your short break now, pick your hotel and date of stay, pay and print your tickets today!

Choose three family attractions from this exciting list of places to visit:


The UK's Largest 360° Planetarium at National Space Centre

Children in space outfits

The award winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience and a must for every budding astronaut!

Home to the UK's largest 360° planetarium, the centre offers visitors the chance to take a journey through the Solar System and beyond. Each show combines the latest video technologies, sound and computer animation to immerse you in a full dome cinema experience.

With six interactive galleries, world unique 3D SIM ride and iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, there really is something for everyone to enjoy!

Indoor and Outdoor Activities at Conkers

Children having fun

A full day of adventure in the heart of the National Forest, Conkers is a unique mix of indoor and outdoor experiences. Explore 120 acres of maturing woodland, the 450 metre sensual barefoot walk, the Conkerchoo train, woodside and lakeside trails, amazing adventure play to keep the kids entertained for hours, an exhilarating assault course, ranger activities and a covered amphitheatre.

In the Discovery and Waterside Centres try over 100 interactive exhibits, the indoor Enchanted Forest Adventure play area with scary trolls or the simulated tree top canopy walk and bat caves. There’s plenty to keep all the family entertained, all day long!

Meet over 500 Animals at Twycross Zoo

Josie Small, Twycross Zoo

At Twycross Zoo you can meet over 500 animals from almost 150 species, including some of the most endangered on our planet.

Renowned as a specialist primate zoo, Twycross has a wide variety of monkeys and apes including the UK’s only group of bonobos.

It is also home to the critically endangered Amur leopard and many family favourites such as elephants, meerkats and penguins.

Family Fun at Twinlakes Theme Park

Childrens fun park

Twinlakes Theme Park has endless adventures and fun with family rides, attractions, birds and animals all set in 100 acres of glorious countryside.

Indoor action-packed play zones will entertain the family if the weather isn’t great but when the sun’s shining, then the immense, unique water splash park and Dragon Falls Log Flume are a perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon! Ride the galloping steeds of knights-Joust-About-Ride or take a screaming spin on the Jesters Revenge which is surprisingly scary. Don’t leave before the family discover the heights of King Arthur’s Swings in front of the great castle.

Get Hands-On with the Animals at Stonehurst Family Farm

Stonehurst Farm is a proper working family farm where you can meet and feed the friendly animals, collect freshly laid eggs, swing in the straw barn, enjoy tractor rides, pony rides, hold baby animals, explore our nature trail and see what you can catch 'pond dipping'. All this and two super playgrounds, a delightful tea shop, farm shop and a fantastic motor museum!

Your Stay Play Explore ticket entitles you to entry into the farm and a bag of animal feed each.

Tobogganing and Sno-tubing at Swadlincote Ski Centre

Swadlincote Ski Centre combo: ½ hour Sno-Tubing and 2 toboggan rides per person.

Sno-tubes are large inflatable rings that can be spun and linked together as they slide down the hill. It’s safe, fast, furious & fun for children and adults alike.

Ride the Cresta Run, our awesome toboggan ride. The car takes you up to the top of the hill and then you are in control. The toboggan run is 500m of fun fun fun!

Adventure at Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre

Leicester Outdoor Pursuits Centre offers 15 acres of land and water based adventure in the heart of the city.

Test your aim on one of the ranges with Archery or Air Rifle Shooting, go paddling on the River Soar or try your hand at one of the various activities on the High Ropes course. Offer is for a single Adventure Club session per family. Activities from 5+years. To book on to activities use the QR code on your ticket. Pre-booking is essential.

For a full list and timings please check the Adventure Club page on the website.

Crazy Golf & Pedalos at Bosworth Water Park

Bosworth Water Park is a 50 acre leisure park packed full of exciting things for all the family.

Offering a range of fun water sports on the 20 acres of water including boating, fishing and windsurfing. Hire a pedalo, walk the dog or let the kid’s burn off some energy in the Pirate Adventure play area. 

Your Stay Play Explore ticket includes a round of crazy golf and half an hour’s pedalo hire on one of the brand new pedalos. The ticket also includes free parking for one car. Open 7 days a week from April until October.

Ranger-led Activities at Conkers

Conkers Outdoors - choose one ranger-led activity at Conkers in the heart of the National Forest.

Bush craft teaches basic survival skills such as fire lighting, shelter building and cooking in the wild. Orienteering challenges families to find the clues around the 120 acre woodland site using the maps provided.

Or discover woodland skills and crafts through a variety of games whilst learning survival skills.

Become a Forensic Scientist at King Richard III Visitor Centre

Follow one of the greatest archaeological detective stories in Leicester's history, the award winning King Richard III Visitor Centre is located on the car park where King Richard III’s remains were discovered in 2012.

The Centre delves into the story of King Richard III, using great storytelling, beautiful design and 21st century technology to tell the fascinating and moving story of the king’s life and death.


This short break is subject to availability. Please check in advance of your visit for individual attraction opening dates, times and exclusions. If you have a query, why not take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions page?

Your attraction e-tickets will be available to download and print once booking of your short break has been completed. Tickets are valid from the day of your stay until the end of 2017. If you don't have time to enjoy all three fun activities during your short break, why not come back at a later date?

if you are especially keen to visit a particular attraction on a specific day you should telephone the attraction directly before making your Stay Play Explore booking to ensure that it will be possible to visit on the date you require.

* During Bank Holiday weekends there is a premium rate of £159 charged for this break for 2 adults and 2 children. If you are booking a break over a Bank Holiday, use the drop-down box to find availability and prices at these times.

If you can't find available rooms for the date you want to Stay Play Explore, please call 0116 225 4000 and the friendly Stay Play Explore team will assist.

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Cancellations & Amendments to Bookings

Bookings are non-refundable under any circumstances within 7 days prior to your stay date or at any point if any redemptions have been made from your eTicket. For cancellations made up to 7 days before your accommodation date you will receive a refund of your package price minus a £5.00 administration charge.

If you wish to change the short break package currently booked, change the date of a short break, cancel the booking or change the hotel, Leicester Shire Promotions will try to accommodate you. However, each change requested will incur a £5.00 processing charge. All changes are subject to approval and availability of the hotel providers in question. Any card transaction fees incurred at the time of booking will not be refunded.  Please note you cannot make any changes within 7 days prior to your stay date.

To reduce/increase the amount of nights connected to a short break, change the short break currently booked or change the hotel provider of the short break, please refer to the alterations sections on our FAQs page.

For cancellations please contact Leicester Shire Promotions directly on 0116 225 4000.

For the above reasons you may wish to take out cancellation insurance, which is inexpensive and can be obtained from any good broker.