Clifton Park Museum (19 miles)
Clifton Park Museum
One of the most modern and user-friendly Museums in the country, the twice nominated Museum of the year features famous exhibits such as Nelson the Lion and the breath-taking Rhinoceros Vase. Plus Lion's Den children's play area.
Little Drivers Soft Play (19 miles)
Little Drivers Soft Play
is a family orientated modern colourful soft play centre with a modern play frame. It is family run and offers bespoke party packages tailored to your needs. Now with laser tag too!
Camelot Play Castle (19 miles)
Camelot Play Castle
Multi level castle themed adventure play structure with slides, ball pit, plus toddler zone party areas.
Superbowl 2000 Rotherham (19 miles)
Superbowl 2000 Rotherham
With classic tenpin bowling, arcade games and fruit machines for adults and kids, why not come and enjoy a thrilling family day out.
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery (19 miles)
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.
Tenpin Derby (19 miles)
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!
Sector 7 Laser (19 miles)
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!
Nottingham Industrial Museum (19 miles)
Nottingham Industrial Museum
A museum covering the industrial history of Nottingham from lacemaking to motorcycle manufacture. Steam day on the last Sunday of every month, plus a calendar of changing events during the year.
Wollaton Hall and Park (19 miles)
Wollaton Hall and Park
Set in over 500 acres of historic deer park, Wollaton Hall is a spectacular Tudor building home to the city's Natural History Museum. Also see the Industrial Museum, Steam Engine House, Wollaton Visitor Centre and the Yard Gallery, plus exhibitions exploring art and the environment.
Wheata Woods (19 miles)
Ancient semi natural woodland with a variety of habitats and birds to spot along numerous paths and bridleways. Archaeological features to explore including bomb craters, Romano British earthworks and medieval quarry pits.
Rotherham Leisure Complex (19 miles)
Rotherham Leisure Complex
Leisure pool with shallow entry and aqua flume water slide plus standard swimming pool and a smaller parent child pool.
Poole's Cavern (19 miles)
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.
Go Ape Buxton (19 miles)
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 Pavilion Gardens (19 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!
Hydra Kids (19 miles)
Excellent Soft Play and party venue, with 3 zones for differing age groups, each offering physical, mental, and imaginative challenges. A high standard of classic adventure soft play equipment with plenty of entertaining features.
Elvaston Castle (20 miles)
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.
Razzle Dazzle Pots Ltd (20 miles)
Razzle Dazzle Pots Ltd
A fun family venue where you and your family can come and discover your creative side. We have a spacious studio downstairs where whilst painting your pottery you can relax and have delicious cake and coffee.
Sherwood Riding School (20 miles)
Sherwood Riding School
is a Horse Riding School in Nottinghamshire. There are lots of activities for children at weekends and in the holidays such as own a pony mornings and birthday parties. You can learn in a group or on your own.
Wacky Warehouse - Story Teller (20 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Story Teller
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant. Plus outdoor play area too.
Wacky Warehouse - Sir Jack (20 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Sir Jack
Multi level indoor adventure play zone with slides and balls, climbing and tunnels, dedicated tot zone and regular craft sessions. All attached to a family restaurant.
Simply Skate (20 miles)
Public and inline skating rinks, bouncy castle for parties, cafe and a great welcoming atmosphere! Plus school holiday activities, crash courses and under 18s' Club Nights!
Lock N Load (20 miles)
Lock N Load
Indoor laser combat themed arena. Using the latest red dot scope technology you can have a go at a real life combat experience! Pay N Play every weekend, and Thursdays and Fridays during school holidays. For ages 8 to 70!
Pot N Kettle Ceramic Cafe (20 miles)
Pot N Kettle Ceramic Cafe
Great fun for all the family, find out how much fun painting ceramics can be. Ideal children's parties -no stress and we clear up the mess. Hand and Foot imprints in clay, Perfect for unique personalised gifts for Christmas, Birthdays and Christenings. Visit us today and be creative.
Treasure Island (20 miles)
Large play centre with dedicated area for babies and toddlers plus a three level play structure and sports court for older children. Great for breaking up a journey involving the M18!
Studio 62 - Paint a Pot (20 miles)
Studio 62 - Paint a Pot
A chance to get creative with the kids. “Paint a Pot” has an extensive range of pots for both adults and children to decorate in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. Saturday Kids’ Club, Toddler Sessions, and School Holiday activities available.
Floralands Farm Park (20 miles)
Floralands Farm Park
There is play equipment, a picnic area and a wide variety of animals to see and feed. As well as the Animal Farm Park, there is a Maize Maze, open from the end of July to October.
The Lost City Adventure Golf (20 miles)
The Lost City Adventure Golf
The first indoor course of its kind in the East Midlands, The Lost City will give intrepid pioneers of all ages the opportunity to test their skills at the state-of-the-art adventure golf complex. The Lost City features two 18-hole courses with dramatic interactive features such as talking Inca statues and...
Si5 Spymissions Nottingham (20 miles)
Si5 Spymissions Nottingham
is the exciting spy themed action adventure centre in Nottingham for ages 6 and above. Your Mission: to infiltrate the ship and stop the missile being launched! The mission ends with an adrenalin pumping escape: you and your friends will feel like real spies!
Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park (20 miles)
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...
Denz Indoor Playcentre (20 miles)
Denz Indoor Playcentre
Massive adventure climbing maze plus cool sky glide feature overhead, great toddler zone and optional kids' classes like musical play and kiddie art. Loads of fun!
The Nottingham Ghost Walk (20 miles)
The Nottingham Ghost Walk
A story-telling walking tour all about ghosts! Where they haunt, why they haunt, a bit of gore, some heritage and history - and you might even spot the real ghost who haunts our tours!
Nottingham Heroes and Villains Tour (20 miles)
Nottingham Heroes and Villains Tour
The City's heritage walking tour from the Nottingham Ghost Walk team! See the key sites of interest in the City, and hear intriguing tales about Robin Hood, and many other famous Nottingham characters.
Nottingham Castle (20 miles)
is a magnificent 17th Century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle, with spectacular views across the city. A vibrant museum and art gallery housing collections of silver, glass, armour and paintings, plus fifteen centuries of Nottingham history.
Tenpin Nottingham (20 miles)
is a bowling centre located in Clifton Boulevard. We have 26 modern fully computerised lanes, American and English Pool tables, Amusement Arcades all catered towards families and kids and Sector 7 Quasar. There is also the Beach Road Cafe Bar for some delicious meal and snack options.
Sector 7 Laser (20 miles)
Sector 7 Laser
How's your aim? Good? Good. How about when you're surrounded by smoke, darkness, aliens, laser pyrotechnics and all manner of 4D special effects in an immersive combat arena? Come and find out!
Curious About Nottingham (20 miles)
Curious About Nottingham
is a unique way to find out things you didn’t know about Nottingham. Two treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the kids intrigued answering clues, matching pictures, and reading stories. Buy or instantly download and explore in your own time.
Nottingham Castle Caves (20 miles)
Nottingham Castle Caves
Beneath the Castle a labyrinth of manmade caves and tunnels continue to tell the turbulent story of this historic site. Come along for a memorable tour and discover the secret passageways, King David's legendary dungeon, the Duke of Newcastle's Wine Cellar or Mortimer's Hole.
City of Caves (21 miles)
City of Caves
Discover a hidden world beneath your feet underneath the streets of Nottingham. Explore original sandstone caves with our actor led tours and meet our friendly characters Archie and Annie the Archaeologists or wander through at your own pace with our fantastic audio tour. You will be taken on an...
Quasar Nottingham (21 miles)
Painless bruiseless laser tag, the gentler way to get the thrills of shoot 'em ups in a live action role play setting.
MFA Bowl Nottingham (21 miles)
MFA Bowl Nottingham
with an amazing 48 lanes spread over 2 floors this is the UK's biggest alley and it's also backed up by 2 bars, a separate family diner and huge amusement and arcade area! Bring your pocket money!
The Adrenalin Jungle (21 miles)
The Adrenalin Jungle
The largest outdoor activity centre in Nottingham, offering Junior Archery, Assault course, Laser Tag, Sumo, and Jungle Challenge. Woodland Quad Trek, Indoor and Outdoor Karting for older kids. Children’s parties available, plus special activities during school holidays.
Galleries of Justice (21 miles)
Galleries of Justice
is home to the Villainous Sheriff of Nottingham and is the only Museum of its kind in Europe. Based at Nottingham's old county gaol the Museum portrays Nottingham's horrible history and crime and punishment through the ages in a fun and interactive environment. Many tours are actor led making the...
Stonebridge City Farm (21 miles)
Stonebridge City Farm
is an urban farm in the middle of Nottingham! Free to visit and open every day, with a number of animals both big and small; which you can feed, pet and handle; play park and picnic area; plus amenities such as cafe, shop and toilets.
National Ice Centre (21 miles)
National Ice Centre
There are a range of ice skating sessions on offer to suit all ages and abilities, from the loudest disco to quieter sessions for beginners and families, plus seals and penguins to hang on to!
Greens Windmill and Science Centre (21 miles)
Greens Windmill and Science Centre
Fascinating displays and a few hands on experiments inspired by local mathematical physicist George Green, housed in his families' working windmill. Really interesting stuff plus lots of community and family events like seasonal crafts and cooking classes.
Maltby Swimming Centre (21 miles)
Maltby Swimming Centre
Standard swimming facilities plus diving pool with 1m and 3m springboards and a 5m platform. There are lessons available plus some dry side fun too like a small kids' adventure play area.
Attenborough Nature Reserve (21 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.
Hullablloos (21 miles)
Indoor play centre based in Paces Campus, with 3 tier play frame, soft play, ball pools, slide, bridges and more! Toddler Groups held twice a week during term time. Great place for parties.
Alton Towers (21 miles)
Ranging from the world's first 14 looping roller coaster to Ice Age 4D Experience, there are many attractions for all ages including Cbeebies Land and the exciting new Enchanted Forest feature opening in April! Height restrictions 1.4m apply on many rides.
Eden Softplay (21 miles)
- is a large indoor play centre for under 10s situated in the building of Saviour’s Church, Nottingham. Our huge 4 tier play area will provide hours of fun while parents relax in the comfortable cafe area.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Ashover 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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