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Things To Do & Days Out in Derbyshire
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Gullivers Kingdom A family theme park designed to cater for families with children between the age of 2 and 13. Discover roller-coasters, indoor play areas, shows and unique attractions.
Matlock Bath Aquarium offer a weird and exciting mix of public aquarium plus thermal carp pool, creepy petrifying well, shiny gemstone and fossil display, vintage chinaware collection, regional history exhibition and one of the largest public displays of Holograms in Europe!
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park From the giant otter to polecats and free-roaming deer, there's something for all the family at the Chestnut Centre. In beautiful grounds of the Derbyshire Peak district, with a stream running through the valley, home to four species of otter, owls, pine martens, foxes, Scottish wildcats, sika and...
Chatsworth Farmyard and Playground The famous garden contains spectacular waterworks, picnic and play areas. The farmyard and adventure playground welcomes young visitors and families and has special activities throughout the season.
Matlock Farm Park is set in part of a 600 acre working farm, providing a varied selection of animals to see plus new mascot Mr Doodle Doo to meet! Kids will also enjoy the adventure playground and the go kart track!
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery Discover the geology, archaeology and history of the Peak District through seven time zones, and experience the Wonders of the Peak Time Tunnel in this great museum and gallery that is free to visit.
Peak District Lead Mining Museum Discover the history of lead mining in the Peak District and how it has shaped the landscape since Roman times. Interactive exhibits and climbing tunnels for the kids. Lots or relics to see, plus hundreds of rock and mineral specimens.
Strutts North Mill Discover how the town of Belper was turned into the world’s first factory community in this great mill and museum that is free to visit for under 16s. Family friendly hands on activities and exhibits.
Hathersage Open Air Heated Pool Uniquely warm water for family swimming throughout the season from March to September. Playground and tennis facilities available.
Queens Park Sports Centre Queen's Park Sports Centre has an 80 station fitness suite, 8-court multi-functional sports hall suitable for a large range of activities such as; badminton, table tennis, five-a-side football, bowls and indoor cricket, as well as facilities for hosting sports events or for private hire. There are two...
Chucklebutties - is an Award Winning indoor soft play area with a difference: adults love it too! With views from massive windows overlooking the beautiful Derwent and Belper River Gardens, adults can sit in comfort and relax while the children play!
Crazy Crocodiles Indoor Play Centre is a family friendly indoor play and party centre which serves great coffee and fab food at affordable prices. Children can run off excess energy on our two tier play frame under your watchful eye. We also have a soft baby area and toddler play area for the younger ones.
Wacky Warehouse - Plank & Leggit Children up to 4ft 9ins tall are welcome to run themselves ragged on the bright and modern play equipment, perfect for the ankle biters to grab some fun exercise! Safe area set aside for babies and toddlers.
The Play Mill is an indoor play centre for children under 8yrs or 4ft tall. We have a climbing frame with a twin lane bumpy slide, a huge sandpit with sit on diggers and sand toys, an enclosed padded area for the under 3s and various sized sit and ride toys.
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse Locally unparalleled indoor children's adventure play with spacious, high quality, stylish fun that'll bring you back repeatedly! Featuring enormous slides, powerful ball cannons, trampolines and award winning menu.
The Jungle A spacious indoor play facility with slides, tunnels and squashy assault course style features spread over several large floors. Their toddler zone is pretty good too and they also offer a toddler session with extra activities. Smalls rule ok!
Planet Happy Play centre offering a multi level, multi colour adventure climbing maze full of classic soft play features, plus a designated toddler area, kids' activity sessions and classes. A number of party packages available.
Jangala offer multi level modern indoor adventure play with dedicated toddler section, football pitch, Wii room, free WiFi and large cafe with big sofas! Just what the doctor ordered!
Little Rascals Indoor soft play centre and party venue. We offer dedicated play areas for babies, toddlers and juniors aged 0 to 10 years. Our parties have been designed specifically with children and their parents in mind. Children play for 1 hour 20 mins and are then given 40 minutes to enjoy their food.
Lunar Lift-Off Cool multi level space themed adventure play structure with rockets, observation pods and alien landscapes, plus additional toys including role-play equipment, train table and book corner. Laser Tag held on Friday nights too: inside the play frame!
Jungle Monkey Custom designed modern play system with 3m double Astro slide, nets, swing balls, clamber bridges, and all the usual favourites. Plus a separate interactive baby area.
Jungle Madness Let the children enjoy themselves in the soft play area, which includes a 3 storey climbing structure with astra slide, ball pit, spiders catch, sky glide and much more.
Tubby Bears Playzone offers a 3 level adventure climbing maze full of cool features and physical play fun for older kids plus matted toddler area and toys for the small folk. And parties, of course!
Chuckles Play Centre Indoor play centre with bouncy castles and ride-ons for kids aged under 10 years and with a separate enclosed area for toddlers under 2 years. Plus disco room!
Whistle Stop Play Cafe Play centre with a 3 level play structure suitable for ages 6 months to 12 years with 3 slides, a ball pool with ball juggler and ball shower, a small football area, cannon and rope bridges and a separate padded toddler area with a baby sensory ball pool.
Fun Factory - Castlewood Brewers Fayre This Fun Factory attached to a family friendly pub is a multi-level play space with adventure equipment, ball ponds and a toddler zone and can also be booked out for childrens parties.
Freddys Play Kingdom is a family run indoor play centre with children in mind, with a particularly large play area for smaller toddlers and babies who are unable to play on the ropes and slides. Along with 4 party rooms and lots of party options to help your little one have the best day!
Wacky Warehouse - Chequers offering their recognised standard of indoor play with main and infant frames, craft sessions and free wifi.
Tree Top Tumble Indoor play area for ages 6 years and under, includes Soft play area, mini race track with go karts, children’s rides, wendy house, toys, television and dvds. Only £1 per child, unlimited play.
Poole's Cavern Discover an amazing hidden world of crystals, history and legend deep underground at Buxton's Poole's Cavern. Family friendly guided tours through the vast underground chambers, the home of cave dwellers. Also explore the beautiful woodland trails of Buxton Country Park.
Peak Cavern The spectacular entrance is the largest to any cave in Britain. See rope making, the remains of an underground village and find out why it is called "The Devil's Arse"! Guided tours suitable for all ages. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in...
Speedwell Cavern An incredible underground journey by boat! Descend 105 steps to an underground canal. Take a boat trip to visit the cathedral like cavern and see the 'Bottomless Pit', a huge subterranean lake!
Treak Cliff Cavern An underground wonderland of stalactites, stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils. Home to Blue John Stone. The tour takes you to see Aladdin's Cave, Fairyland and the Dream Cave. The most famous formation is "The Stork". Events include an Easter Egg Hunt and at Christmas "Carols by Candlelight".
Creswell Crags is a limestone gorge honeycombed with caves full of archeological treasures, now accompanied by a £7m Ice Age Exhibition Centre! Great idea for family days out in Nottinghamshire.
Temple Mine Explore the crawl through mock up tunnels in the museum then head over the road and under the ground for a guided tour of the real thing! Fun, educational and immersive this pair of matched attractions will fill your day nicely and stick in the mind.
The Heights of Abraham Explore a unique Hilltop Park via a thrilling Cable Car ride. Once at the Summit enjoy going underground on tours of two Show Caverns. In the Exhibitions get to touch a dinosaur fossil and see video shows, then burn off energy on the 2 play areas!
Elvaston Castle The first county park in England, this has been gently entertaining and thoroughly inspiring young families for forty years. Interesting walks and gorgeous architecture, an interesting half day's worth.
Sir Richard Arkwrights Masson Mills Experience the atmosphere of a working 18th century cotton mill. Self guided and fully guided tours available, plus half day experiences. Full of authentic working textile machinery and the largest bobbin collection in the world!
The Donnington Grand Prix Collection Visit the largest showcase of Grand Prix racing cars in the world, with over 130 exhibits. Trophy room, Motorbikes, plus the largest collection of McLarens and Williams F1 cars on display outside of a factory.
Kedleston Hall There are an extensive collection of paintings, sculptures and original furnishings to explore, including the treasures in the Eastern Museum. Enjoy the grounds with your hounds or take the smalls to look at the flowers, but it's all exploration no play: fair warning!
Chatsworth House Grand house, splendid gardens and a working farm, all of which can be explored with a variety of buggy and trailer tours showing you the highlights of grounds and helping you get around! Loads of animal handling activities and more!
Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre A large leisure facility and dry ski slope providing Skiing, Snowboarding, Toboggan and Sno-Tubing with a fully licensed bar and restaurant. Kids must be over 4 to take part in activities.
Rollerworld of Derby The biggest maple floored rink in the UK with capacity for up to 499 - with Family Nights and Learn to Skate sessions. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Derbyshire with kids.
Ashbourne Recreation Ground offers a fun recreation ground that has 2 sports pavilions, a cricket pitch, 2 football pitches, junior football and rugby pitches, plus a bowling green and a great children’s play area which includes a new set of interactive splash pads! Free to visit, too!
Lea Green Centre is an outdoor activity centre with accommodation located in a 25 acre countryside site in the heart of Derbyshire. Join us for outdoor activities, indoor soft play and accessible activities for children with additional needs.
Sandybrook Go Active is chock-full of activities the whole family can take part in!
Go Ape Buxton The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
The Climbing Unit An indoor climbing experience for all ages. With children welcome anytime for miniature climbs and regular children’s sessions there’s always something to do. A dedicated group room includes roped climbing, keeping youngsters entertained for hours. Booking is essential.
Rapid Horizons A family friendly place offering river Rafting and Tubing for kids aged 14 and above, plus , kayaking (including tandem), for kids aged 6 and older, along the river Derwent. Tours led by qualified staff.
Nerf Zone is an indoor attraction for children aged 6 and over. Sharpen your aim in the target range and then put your skills to the test in our battle arena.
Carsington Sports and Leisure Try stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking in taster sessions, with proper tuition or out on your own for the semi pros! Plus comprehensive cycle hire and tracks along with orienteering and summer holiday events. Cool!
Chesterfield Bowl 16 lane bowling centre - including glow in the dark bowling at selected times at weekends. Kids love bowling, well worth a go if you haven't tried it.
Tenpin Derby is a bowling centre located in the Foresters Leisure Park near Osmaston Park. We have 26 modern fully computerised lanes, American Pool tables, Amusement Arcades all catered towards families and kids. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options!
MFA Bowl Ilkeston Kids love bowling, and if they are under 7 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. There are 16 lanes and good disabled access. Great family fun!
The Genesis Family Entertainment Centre As well as AMF Tenpin Bowling facilities they also have their themed Atlantis Indoor soft play centre for kids, a Sports Hall for local groups and individuals to hire and Community rooms.
The Eyam Treasure Trail Explore Eyam with a self guided Treasure Trail. Suitable for all ages can you and the kids follow the Trail and answer the sneaky clues to this themed Treasure Hunt walk?
Matlock Bath Treasure Trail Discover the delights of Matlock Bath as you solve this self-guided mystery themed Trail. Follow the Trail, Solve the Clues, See the Sights!
Curious About The Matlocks Discover Matlock Bath and Matlock in a different way: our two unique treasure hunt style walks will keep everyone amused and entertained. Answer clues, match pictures, and read stories which tell you more. Buy online then get Curious About The Matlocks in your own time.
The Bakewell Treasure Trail A great way to get the whole family out exploring Bakewell as you follow the Trail, solve the clues and see the sights on this self-guided treasure hunt walk.
Crich Tramway Village Step aboard a vintage tram and travel back in time along a recreated village street complete with working pub. Explore fascinating exhibitions and watch trams being restored from the Workshop Viewing Gallery. Children's playground, tea rooms, shops, and Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail.
Midland Railway Centre It’s a day out for the whole family with model and miniature railways plus a country park as well as heritage steam and diesel locomotives operating and a host of other attractions. Sometimes you can see special visitors, be it Thomas the Tank Engine, a vintage Steam or historic Diesel Loco.
Steeple Grange Light Railway When you visit the railway you can enjoy a unique train ride through dramatic limestone scenery, discover fossils and wild flowers, learn about the railway and stare at the vintage rolling stock!
Peak Rail Welcomes you to journey back to a bygone age and experience the thrill of steam and diesel on their preserved railway.
Rosliston Forestry Centre Discover a woodland wonderland full of natural wildlife. From quiet walks to action packed family fun with laser tag and adventure play, uncover nature at its best. Free to visit, charges for some activities.
Staunton Harold Reservoir A wildlife habitat offering many outdoor and leisure activities, such as a couple of good adventure playgrounds, fishing, bird watching, sailing and cycling, plus Visitor Centre, Ranger’s Office, toilets, and seasonal refreshment kiosk. Open all year and free to visit.
Markeaton Park Well kept parkland with play centre, light railway, splash pool, pitch and putt golf, stunning horticultural displays, a fishing lake and football pitches.
Queens Park Boasting boating lake, miniature railway, huge adventure playground, cricket facilities and plenty of open space for traditional family games.
The Pavilion Gardens Here we pride ourselves in providing a fun, family friendly environment. Whether you fancy a ride on the miniature train, spending the day playing on our toddler park or adventure playground, even if it’s just feeding the ducks whilst enjoying an ice cream!
Chaddesden Park Adventure playground plus BMX, football and cricket facilities. And a great new interactive water play area with loads of fun features now runs May through September.
Bakewell Recreation Ground Located in just over 5 hectares of space, this park has a modern and recently upgraded play area including splash pads for water based fun in the summer plus football pitches, croquet lawns, a cricket square, a multi-use games area, and a pavilion.
Cliffe Park Popular with families this park has plenty of space and a large play area with traditional equipment plus an enclosed sand pit area, table tennis table, crazy golf and an internet cafe.
Manor Park This popular Glossop Park has a large childrens play area and a miniature railway plus lots of sporting opportunities.
Conkers Adventures in the forest. Explore over 120 acres including the 13 piece assault course, adventure play area, barefoot walk and train linking the Discovery and Waterside Centres. Indoors discover the Enchanted Forest Adventure Play Zone, over 100 interactive exhibits, cafes and gift shop.
Hall Leys Park A great park in the heart of Matlock with bowling greens, children’s boating lake, interactive play area, miniature railway and a skateboard park. There are also tennis courts and a putting green. Free to visit.
Baked Well Pottery Painting This is the perfect place to relax, create and enjoy painting your own ceramic item. An ideal activity for children, adults, birthday parties, rainy days and sunny days. Choose from over 120 ceramic items and a selection of 30 colours to create a master piece or a simple handprint.
The Painted Teapot is the perfect day out to fuel your creative juices. An amazing venue for a family fun filled afternoon out and perfect for all ages from aged 1 to 100. The fabulous staff will be on hand to help you with hints, tips and inspiration for you to create your masterpiece, which will be glazed and fired ready to...
Paint a Pot Discover how much fun painting ceramics can be. Choose from a fantastic range of tableware, figurines and wall plaques: over 150 different pieces. Set in Derby’s premier park, Markeaton. Just drop in, no need to book.
Peak Llamas Llama trekking in the Peak District is the ideal way to spend a day out with a difference. These graceful animals are the perfect walking companion, and they can carry your bags for you too!
Eland Lodge Equestrian BHS approved facility best suited to intermediate riders, offering menage plus 3km of on site hacking covering all terrains including walk through streams! No lessons.
Hargate Hill Equestrian Centre is a riding school offering lots of horse riding opportunities for over 4s. On pony days you spend the day learning to look after our ponies and have fun. You can also celebrate your birthday here at our cafe with a riding party for all of your friends!
Scropton Riding For The Disabled BHS approved all weather facility specialising in riding opportunities for the disabled, plus RDA and able bodied lessons.
Sector 7 Laser Pleasingly plot driven combat gaming, with zero contact and infra red guns, housed in a large and atmospheric arena boasting 4D effects of all kinds and a whole lot of aliens to zap!