Visit

Whistlewood Common is situated on Melbourne Common between Melbourne and Ticknall.  The postcode for finding it is DE73 8DH.  This is not a postal address.

You can find us almost opposite the Dovesite Business Park. There is a track and the sign at the top says Melbourne Animal Farm and our entrance to Whistlewood is half way down on the right. The What3Words for this is fields.though.plotter.


Parking: We have on-field parking for larger events and workshops, but that is weather dependent.  (We’re working on getting some parking grids on the grass to add space for parking in all weathers). There is also a lay-by near Shepherds Lane.

Public access to the site does not include access to parking.  There are a couple of visitor parking spaces just to the right of our main gate and there is a pedestrian access gate.

Walking: The site is about a 25 minute walk from either Ticknall Village Hall or Melbourne town centre.

Cycling: We are approximately 11 miles from the centre of Derby, Google says it would take about an hour to cycle here.  Some of this would be on National Cycle Route 6, you could either exit this cycle path at Kings Newton or Station Road/Melbourne Road exit. Then it would be a short cycle through Melbourne to our site. Link to National Cycle Route No.6 webpage.

Public Transport: Number 2 bus service operates between Derby and Swadlincote.   These currently run every hour. Link to Arriva webpage  (What3Words abruptly.sprains.healers is the stop nearest us from direction of derby – ‘The Common’  and decreased.mint.tangling for nearest stop from Swadlincote direction – ‘opposite Bog Lane’)

The nearest train station is: Derby (please note – the no.2 bus doesn’t go directly from the train station). Taxis would probably take about 25 minutes to get here – it’s 8.5 miles from the station.

Disabled access:

There is disabled parking on site (What3Words – chimp.obviously.spicy), and our roundhouse, toilet and fire circle are all wheelchair accessible.