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Family Days Out in Derbyshire
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Gullivers Kingdom
Matlock Bath
Gullivers Kingdom A family theme park designed to cater for families with children between the age of two and thirteen. All its rides and attractions are designed to offer the whole family a full day out of fun and excitement.
Matlock Bath Aquarium
Matlock Bath
Matlock Bath Aquarium From Terrapins to Piranhas! There is a large open pool which is fed by a thermal spring and illuminated at night containing common carp, mirror carp and koi carp. The fish may be fed by visitors with fish food obtained on the premises. Plus one of the largest public displays of Holograms in Europe!
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park
High Peak
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
Bakewell
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
Matlock
Matlock Farm Park is set in part of a 600 acre working farm, providing a varied selection of animals to see including llamas, goats, peacocks and red deer. Kids will also enjoy the adventure playground and the go kart track!
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery
Buxton
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery Discover the geology, archaeology and history of the Peak District through seven time zones, experience the Wonders of the Peak Time Tunnel and step into a Victorian scientists study in the Buxton Museum.
Hathersage Open Air Heated Pool
Hope Valley
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
Chesterfield
Queens Park Sports Centre Ride the hipper dipper waterslide 185ft long (bigger than your average flume). Plus 33m pool with diving area for 1, 3 and 5m boards. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Derbyshire with kids
Chucklebutties
Belper
Chucklebutties With the exciting playframe, separate baby area and activity sessions every weekday at 11am and 2pm, there's always plenty to keep babies to 10 year olds entertained!
Crazy Crocodiles Indoor Play Centre
Ilkeston
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
Sawley
Wacky Warehouse - Plank & Leggit Children up to 4ft 9ins tall are welcome to try out the Wacky Indoor Playcentre with its safe modern games and equipmen, perfect for the ankle biters to let of steam of an afternoon.
The Play Mill
Bonsall
The Play Mill is an indoor play centre for children under 9yrs 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 3™s and various sized sit and ride toys.
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse
Derby
Hickory Dickory's Playhouse The provision of unparalleled indoor children's adventure play and party centres that are spacious, high quality, stylish and as attractive to adults as they are exciting and fun to children. One of the many fun family places to visit if you're looking for the best things to do in Derbyshire with kids
The Jungle
Chesterfield
The Jungle - has a three level soft play centre, mini football pitch, with HUUUUGGE slides and plenty of party rooms.
Planet Happy
Ripley
Planet Happy offers a multi level multi colour adventure climbing maze full of classic soft play features plus a designated toddler area, kids' activity sessions and classes.
Jangala
Derby
Jangala offer multi level modern indoor adventure play with dedicated toddler section, football pitch, Wii room, free WiFi and large cafe with big sofas!
Little Rascals
Buxton
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
Ashbourne
Lunar Lift-Off Space themed play structure with other toys and features to entertain set in age appropriate sections. Also do Lunar Tag!
Jungle Monkey
High Peak
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
Swadlincote
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
Derby
Tubby Bears Playzone features a three level play frame for older kids plus matted toddler area and toys.
Chuckles Play Centre
Chesterfield
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.
Rooney and Moos Play Centre
Glossop
Rooney and Moos Play Centre 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.
Fuzzy Eds Fun House at The Hobby Horse
Chesterfield
Fuzzy Eds Fun House at The Hobby Horse This separate play space next to the Hobby Horse pub offers a play structure, games and play equipment for children under 4ft 9 inches tall and has dedicated Tots Time for preschool children and babies too.
Fun Factory - Castlewood Brewers Fayre
Alfreton
Fun Factory - Castlewood Brewers Fayre This Fun Factory attached to The Castlewood Brewers Fayre 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.
Noahs Ark Soft Play Centre
Swadlincote
Noahs Ark Soft Play Centre Indoor play centre with a 3 storey play frame and separate preschool area plus party room, cafe and book corner.
Freddys Play Kingdom
Derby
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
Dronfield
Wacky Warehouse - Chequers - the usual Wacky setup, have a sit down and a well deserved nice cup of tea, while the kids run round like loons in the great indoor play centre - lovely!!
Poole's Cavern
Buxton
Poole's Cavern found deep beneath the limestone hills on the edge of the historic Derbyshire spa town of Buxton. This secret underground world once echoed to the sound of a glacial river that scoured the rock for millions of years.
Peak Cavern
Castleton
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
Castleton
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
Hope Valley
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".
Temple Mine
Matlock Bath
Temple Mine Discover for yourself the network of tunnels that exist under your feet and wonder at the crystals glistening in the walls.
The Heights of Abraham
Matlock Bath
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
Elvaston
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.
Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre
Swadlincote
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
Derby
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. Our professional DJs play the best games for all the family, some games...
Tree Tops Activity Centre
Riddings
Tree Tops Activity Centre Multi level treehouse themed adventure soft play with all the bright and clean fun features you'd expect, plus toddler area, jungle themed party room and bookable sports court.
Go Ape Buxton
Buxton
Go Ape Buxton Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor.
Carsington Water
Wirksworth
Carsington Water Offering a wealth of outdoor activities, restaurant facilities and leisure opportunities, this is the ideal destination for the active family.
Wild Park Brailsford
Derby
Wild Park Brailsford Strictly for the over 8s (the older they are the more they can do, here) this offers off road quad biking, laser tag and well protected paint-balling.
Peak Llamas
Great Hucklow
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 - not too fast, not too slow and with the added bonus of carrying your excess baggage!
Gullivers SpyZone
Matlock Baths
Gullivers SpyZone Base-camp for budding secret agents offering fun, adventure and action packed challenges on a unique journey of discovery and surprise!
Gullivers NerfZone
Matlock Baths
Gullivers NerfZone Indoor attraction where kids can enjoy NERF blaster fun in a purpose built environment.
Chesterfield Bowl
Chesterfield
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
Derby
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!
1st Bowl Ilkeston
Ilkeston
1st Bowl Ilkeston Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
The Genesis Family Entertainment Centre
Alfreton
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.
Eyam Treasure Trail
Eyam
Eyam Treasure Trail A fantastically fun way to get out and explore the historic plague village of Derbyshire. Kids will get an understanding of history whilst solving the mystery of the lost treasure from days gone by. Adults get to share and help them in their learning and fun.
Crich Tramway Village
Crich
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
Ripley
Midland Railway Centre It’s a day out for the whole family with model/miniature railways and 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
Wirksworth
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
Matlock
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
Swadlincote
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.
Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes
Swadlincote
Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes In this most southerly part of rural Derbyshire, Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes offers visitors lots of fun ways to enjoy a very special corner of the New National Forest . They have over 66 acres of emerging young woodland to explore with thriving wildlife, fishing lakes and a family-friendly animal farm.
Staunton Harold Reservoir
Melbourne
Staunton Harold Reservoir A wildlife habitat offering many outdoor and leisure activities, such as adventure playgrounds, fishing, bird watching, sailing and cycling.
Markeaton Park
Derby
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
Chesterfield
Queens Park Boasting boating lake, miniature railway, huge adventure playground, cricket facilities and plenty of open space for traditional family games.
The Pavilion Gardens
Buxton
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
Derby
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
Bakewell
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
Dronfield
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
Glossop
Manor Park This popular Glossop Park has a large childrens play area and a miniature railway plus lots of sporting opportunities.
Conkers
Swadlincote
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.
Baked Well Pottery Painting
Bakewell
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
Dronfield
The Painted Teapot The Painted Teapot is the perfect day out to fuel your creative juices. We are an amazing venue for a family fun filled afternoon out and perfect for all ages from aged 1 to 100. Our fabulous staff will be on hand to help you with hints, tips and inspiration for you to create your masterpiece, which will be...
Paint a Pot
Derby
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, so enjoy a full day out. Just drop in, no need to book.
Eland Lodge Equestrian
Ashbourne
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.
Hargate Hill Equestrian Centre
Glossop
Hargate Hill Equestrian Centre is a riding school offering lots of horse riding opportunities. On pony days you spend the day learning to look after our ponies and have fun with your riding. You can also celebrate your birthday here at our cafe with a riding party for all of your friends.
Scropton Riding For The Disabled
Scropton
Scropton Riding For The Disabled BHS approved all weather facility specialising in riding opportunities for the disabled, plus RDA and able bodied lessons.

Thanks for all the great things to do in Derbyshire with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.

Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed

So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Derbyshire can enjoy the great day out as well.



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