Chaddesden Park (3 miles)
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.
Markeaton Park (6 miles)
Well kept parkland with play centre, light railway, splash pool, pitch and putt golf, stunning horticultural displays, a fishing lake and football pitches.
Staunton Harold Reservoir (6 miles)
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.
Attenborough Nature Reserve (6 miles)
Attenborough Nature Reserve
An award winning eco friendly visitor attraction surrounded by the Attenborough Nature Reserve, with touch table and puzzles, interactive screen activities and sensory nature trails as well as kids' clubs and special events.
Hicks Lodge National Forest Cycle Centre (12 miles)
Hicks Lodge National Forest Cycle Centre
16km (almost 10 miles) of exciting off road cycle trails, plus Forest Trails and a Gruffalo Trail for the kids between October and February. Play Area with scramble nets, climbing frames, balance courses and more.
Conkers (12 miles)
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.
Shobnall Leisure Complex (13 miles)
Burton Upon Trent
Shobnall Leisure Complex
WIth indoor and outdoor sports facilities to pre book, crazy golf and pitch n putt to drop in on, and a playground, paddling pool and skatepark to access for free, this place has loads to do for kids of all ages! Adapted Cycling Centre also on site!
Rosliston Forestry Centre (14 miles)
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.
Branston Water Park (14 miles)
Burton Upon Trent
Branston Water Park
There is a small visitor centre, children's play area and toilets on site. Look out for the great range of birds, animal and insects which inhabit their varied habitats.
Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes (14 miles)
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.
Bradgate Park (16 miles)
830 acres of enclosed Deer Park that is over 800 years old! Full of dramatic rocky outcrops and and woodland to explore. Visitor centre, 18th century folly, plus the ruins of Bradgate house to discover.
The National Memorial Arboretum (18 miles)
Burton on Trent
The National Memorial Arboretum
A living tribute to people who have fallen in duty to the country. Over 50,000 stunning trees, a variety of habitats, which are full of wildlife including skylarks, otters, brown hares and more. Daily programme of activities. Free to visit.
Bosworth Water Trust (18 miles)
Bosworth Water Trust
Experience the seaside inland on the golden sands of our man-made beach. It’s the ideal place to relax, go paddling or build sandcastles. Looking for adventure? Let the kids go wild in our pirate adventure playground or hire some boating equipment and take them out on the water.
Hall Leys Park (19 miles)
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.
Abbey Park (20 miles)
Beautiful river-split park with miniature railway, pets' corner and a large play area suitable for children of all ages, plus formal gardens, historic ruins and loads of room for traditional games. Where's that frisbee?
Pooley Country Park (21 miles)
Pooley Country Park
The first mine to generate it's own electricity is an interesting stop in the park, plus there are adventure playgrounds, orienteering trails, miners' audio guideed walks and a miners' museum! Loads!
Goldhill Adventure Playground (22 miles)
Goldhill Adventure Playground
A real adventure playground for 5 to 14 year olds, children can play freely, and have fun while being supervised. Leicester's largest inclusion programme.
Cotton Dell (23 miles)
Stoke on Trent
A pretty reserve set within a secluded river valley, with flower rich grassland and ancient woodland. Plenty of nature for the kids to enjoy, from butterflies and bees, to bare ground and boggy bits!
Beacon Park (24 miles)
Several play areas, crazy and proper golf, plus a shiny new skatepark, pond dipping, kids' mission trail and loads of sporting facilities. Oh, and a park!
Queens Park (24 miles)
Boasting boating lake, miniature railway, huge adventure playground, cricket facilities and plenty of open space for traditional family games.
Hartshill Hayes Country Park (25 miles)
Bakewell Recreation Ground (25 miles)
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.
Wolseley Centre (25 miles)
26 acres of wildlife packed grounds, full of display gardens, woodland, meadows, 3 lakes, a boardwalk and a network of accessible paths. Play trail with features such as musical sculptures and a welly splash bridge! Free to visit.
Sherwood Forest Country Park (26 miles)
Sherwood Forest Country Park
Take a walk to the mighty Major Oak, pick up a fun family nature trail, try the playground or just stand and admire the weird and wonderful shapes of the ancient oak trees, twisted by age and weathered into living sculptures.
Kingsbury Water Park (26 miles)
Kingsbury Water Park
Over 600 acres of countryside to explore with woodland, lakes and meadows. A safe place to explore on foot or bicycle with surfaced, level paths. Two adventure play areas, bird hides and miniature railway. Have a go at our Orienteering course or try fishing.
Hoar Park (26 miles)
Including such gems as Arty Party, play areas and the Children's Farm this is easily an afternoon's worth if you have the weather.
Birches Valley Forest Centre (26 miles)
Birches Valley Forest Centre
A Forest Centre with loads to offer, from adventure play to amazing bike trails. A great place for walking, horse riding, and fishing. Site of Go Ape Treetop Adventure and Go Ape Forest Segway.
Kelham Hall and Country Park (27 miles)
Kelham Hall and Country Park
is a huge stately home open to the public, surrounded by 44 acres of parkland and woods. We have both indoor and outdoor play areas, riverside walks and places to eat and drink.
Riverside Park (27 miles)
This park's vast open spaces are perfect for family fun, picnics and games as well as their regular events. Gorgeous sensory park nearby if you have younger children, too!
Cannock Chase Visitor Centre (28 miles)
Cannock Chase Visitor Centre
Great starting point for loads of walking and family cycling trails, including special routes and electric scooters for people with mobility issues. Features include an adventure playground, picnic sites, BBQ stands and bird watching area.
Chasewater Country Park (28 miles)
Chasewater Country Park
360 hectares of parkland to enjoy, with plenty to do, from a gentle stroll to wakeboarding! Rare habitats to discover and plenty of wildlife to spot. Also great for cycling and the site of the Chasewater Railway. Free to visit.
Cliffe Park (29 miles)
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.
Clumber Park (30 miles)
With 3,800 acres of parkland, gardens, woodlands and a lake, 20 miles of cycle routes and bike hire, plus a Discovery Centre, and a Woodland Play Park. Visit the Discovery Centre to see what childrens activities they are offering during the holidays. This National Trust managed Estate offers lots to do.
Sutton Park (30 miles)
Visitors can enjoy rambling, jogging, angling, nature watching, orienteering, picnicking and several play areas. The visitor centre offers displays, exhibitions and information to help plan your day.
Ecclesall Woods (31 miles)
An oasis of woodland calm in the city with pelnty of paths and bridleways to explore. Local Nature Reserve that also contains historic monuments and other heritage features.
Rother Valley Country Park (32 miles)
Rother Valley Country Park
Country Park with land and water activities for all ages and abilities. Events all year. Activity centre offering; family rowing and pedal boats, water zorbing, sailing, windsurfing, canoes, single scull rowing boats, cycle hire and archery for groups. For refreshments bring your own picnic, eat in the cafe...
Graves Park (32 miles)
Something for everyone here with ancient woodland, adventure playgrounds, numerous sports facilities, lakes and golf course. Plus a delightful Animal Farm with loads of regional breeds to come and visit. Loads!
Easton Walled Gardens (32 miles)
Easton Walled Gardens
Fantastically family friendly with permanent themed gardens and amazing displays at certain times. Loads of seating throughout plus cunning shortcuts to the tea rooms and loos mean a stress-less trip with all ages, ideal for bringing grandparents along.
Caludon Castle Park (33 miles)
Caludon Castle Park
It is a pleasant stretch of open grassland for running and frisbee-ing, with a Children's Playground.
The main feature is an imposing ruin of part of the castle, surrounded on three sides by a moat.
Rutland Water Nature Reserve (33 miles)
Rutland Water Nature Reserve
An internationally famous nature reserve covering 1,000 acres and over 20,000 waterfowl! A variety of habitats to explore and loads of wildlife to look out for, including kingfishers, ospreys, badgers and butterflies. Great calendar of events throughout the year.
Coombe Country Park (33 miles)
Coombe Country Park
We have a children's play area, climbing forest, picnic benches and barbecue areas, a bird hide, woodlands, open space for the children to play and of course plenty of ducks and swans to feed!
Highfield Adventure Playground (33 miles)
Highfield Adventure Playground
is a staffed sandy playground with big play equipment, loose parts to create with and little stuff for the littlies. There are also indoor activities like arts and crafts, pool and table tennis.
Norfolk Heritage Park (33 miles)
Norfolk Heritage Park
30 Hectares of Green Flag Award Winning Victorian Park with playgrounds for under 8s and over 8s, lots of sports pitches, and the Centre in The Park with a Cafe.
Allesley Park (33 miles)
Crazy golf, children's play area, 18 hole golf course, and plenty of open space and garden walks: all recently refurbished and well maintained.
Endcliffe Park (33 miles)
15 hectares of open space just 2 miles southwest of Sheffiled city centre, with woodland, ponds, a and river, plus a large play park to boot, making this a popular place for a family day out. Free to visit.
Phoenix Park (34 miles)
Adventure playground, sensory garden and fitness equipment are dotted about this picturesque freebie.
Sheffield Botanical Gardens (34 miles)
Sheffield Botanical Gardens
19 acres of restored Victorian garden with a stunning glass pavilion, a number of themed gardens to explore and plenty of space to play. Free to visit and open all year.
The Pavilion Gardens (34 miles)
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!
Sheldon Country Park (34 miles)
Sheldon Country Park
Old Rectory Farm has been fully restored and operates as a demonstration farm, showing city dwellers traditional methods of farming. animals kept at the farm include Jersey cattle, pigs, goats, ponies, ducks, chickens and geese. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in...
The Winter Garden (34 miles)
The Winter Garden
A stunning green world in one of the UK's biggest glasshouses of the last century! More than 2,500 plants to see and sniff, and it's free to visit too!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Play Parks and Great Outdoors near Elvaston 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
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