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.
Studio 62 - Paint a Pot (20 miles)
Studio 62 - Paint a Pot
Paint a pot and photography studio based on the outskirts of Parkgate retail world with an extensive range of pots for both adults and children and a fun and relaxing atmosphere.
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.
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...
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
A large kids play area and a smaller one for the toddlers. A good indoor playcentre in Nottinghamshire.
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 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.
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. Tour includes a cave visit (subject to availability). Was Robin Hood a Hero or a Villain?
Curious About Nottingham (20 miles)
Curious About Nottingham
is a unique experience: two treasure hunt style walks of discovery to keep the whole family intrigued and amused. Keep the kids happy answering clues and matching pictures, whilst reading stories about this famous ‘City of Legends’. Buy the booklet from our website 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.
Bridlesmithgate Caves (20 miles)
Man-made caves used as a butcher's, a salting chamber and an apothecary's shop with a domed store cave and an ice house.
Tenpin Nottingham (21 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.
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.
1st Bowl Nottingham (21 miles)
1st Bowl Nottingham
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. Great family fun!
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...
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...
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
Ice skating is a cool experience whatever your age or ability and where better to give it a go than at the National Ice Centre: the UK's centre for excellence for ice sports. There are a range of ice skating sessions on offer to suit all ages and abilities, from the loudest disco to quieter sessions for...
Greens Windmill and Science Centre (21 miles)
Greens Windmill and Science Centre
Test your brain power with the hands-on experiments in the Science Centre which explore electricity, magnetism and light, ideal for young children - attached to a working windmill which produces great flour?!
Maltby Swimming Centre (21 miles)
Maltby Swimming Centre
Standard swimming facilities plus diving pool with 1m and 3m springboards and a 5m platform.
Attenborough Nature Reserve (21 miles)
Attenborough Nature Reserve
An award winning eco-friendly visitor attraction surrounded by the tranquil waters of the beautiful Attenborough Nature Reserve.
Hullaballoos Indoor Play Centre (21 miles)
Hullaballoos Indoor Play Centre
Indoor play centre with 3 tier play frame, soft play, ball pools, slide, and bridges. Hullaballoos caters for toddlers, infants and juniors to have fun!
Hullablloos (21 miles)
- Sheffield's premier kids indoor play centre with soft play areas, ball pools, slides, bridges and much more.
Alton Towers (21 miles)
Ranging from the world's first 14 looping roller coaster to Ice Age 4D Experience. Many attractions for all ages plus the new Cbeebies Land is now open! Height restrictions 1.4m apply on many rides)
The Alton Towers Waterpark (21 miles)
The Alton Towers Waterpark
Boasting hundreds of fantastic interactive water features, from lazy rivers and crazy cannons to the sensational speed of the Master Blaster water rollercoaster, this Caribbean lagoon offers gallons of excitement for kids of all ages, and is open all year round.
Jangala (21 miles)
offer multi level modern indoor adventure play with dedicated toddler section, football pitch, Wii room, free WiFi and large cafe with big sofas!
Wacky Warehouse - Marquis (22 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Marquis
Kids up to 4ft9 welcome to rampage through the multi level adventure play zone, with a smaller safe play zone for the smaller folk. Crafts sessions and parties too.
Wacky Warehouse - Plank & Leggit (22 miles)
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.
Run Riot (22 miles)
Now known as Bumper's Back Yard: indoor playcentre for children aged between 2 and 10 years old. There are slides, ladders, aerial walkways, spinners, trolley ride, maze, ball pools and an area is set aside for the under 5s.
Scropton Riding For The Disabled (23 miles)
Playmania (23 miles)
is a multi level adventure play area with a huge selection of slides, plus tunnels, ball pits and other classic play features, plus 3 party rooms, including a disco room.
Elsecar Heritage Centre (23 miles)
Elsecar Heritage Centre
Heritage centre with a range of craft workshops, tea-rooms, special events for children, school holiday activities, Playmania indoor activity and party zone centre, Steam Railway, Collection of old fire engines and Elsecar Park as well!
Southwell Minster (23 miles)
with its majestic Norman nave and glorious 13th century chapter house, this is a great little stop to get the kids' imaginations going. An excellent audio tour is available.
Leaps and Bounds (23 miles)
Leaps and Bounds
A fun, clean safe and friendly indoor soft play and party centre for children aged 0 to 9 years old. We also have an on-site café offering good quality freshly prepared food and drinks.
Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood (23 miles)
Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood
Explore the delights of 17th-century craftsmanship, featuring exquisite plasterwork, wood carvings and classical story-based murals. Then be a chimney sweep, a scullion or a Victorian pupil, and be captivated by archive film, interactives and displays.
Wacky Warehouse - Ferry Boat Inn (23 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Ferry Boat Inn
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant situated in a lovely spot on the Rive Trent.
The Goose Playzone (23 miles)
The Goose Playzone
Soft play at the Goose, part of the Eating Inn group and offers a three level play frame plus family friendly dining and a garden area.
Avago Karting Swinton (23 miles)
Avago Karting Swinton
This is an Indoor circuit with an overall length of 300 metres. They have junior and cadet driving options for younger karters and a thrilling track which includes a bridge and flyover! For over 8s.
Wacky Warehouse - Manor Farm (23 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Manor Farm
Loads of features for fun exercise laid out across several levels with a separate spot for the smalls. plus Tot Club and Arts and Crafts sessions.
Kidsquadz (24 miles)
Quad biking fun for all the family, quad parties, family sessions, quad ramble adventures and inflatable quad track hire. Bike sizes to suit from 6 years and up.
Churnet Valley Railway (24 miles)
Churnet Valley Railway
A ride on a steam train is always a great idea for a family day out in Staffordshire, and there are special children's events during some of the school holidays.
This year we shall be featuring "Wallace and Gromit" and also "Peppa Pig and George"
Conisbrough Castle (24 miles)
Kids love castles, and even though it is mostly ruins, Conisbrough Castle has a 90ft-high great white circular keep with six buttresses is the oldest surving of its type in England. CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT until April 2014.
Great Central Railway Nottingham (24 miles)
Great Central Railway Nottingham
offers 10 miles of heritage railway running through the beautiful scenery of South Nottinghamshire and North-West Leicestershire. We are also home to static displays, a large Miniature Railway, Model Railways, Road Transport Collection and Play Area, with a Cafe and Gift Shop as well.
Pirate Pete Playden (24 miles)
Burton On Trent
Wacky Warehouse - Mill House (24 miles)
Wacky Warehouse - Mill House
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant.
Idle Valley (24 miles)
Adventure playground, nature trails, accessible paths, sculpture trail and nature viewing platform. Plus excellent Discovery Packs for hire from the friendly visitor centre including a pond dipping kit and binoculars!
Rudyard Lake Steam Railway (24 miles)
Rudyard Lake Steam Railway
The lake railway uses miniature narrow gauge steam engines on its trains to give a scenic 3 mile return trip along the side of Rudyard Lake.
Special family events at Bank holidays, children's parties and Santa trains in December. See website for details
Fun Factory - The Meadows Brewers Fayre (24 miles)
Fun Factory - The Meadows Brewers Fayre
This Fun Factory attached to The Meadows 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.
Cinebowl (24 miles)
offers 8 lanes of bowling fun attached to this great cinema show family friendly flicks. Great idea for a cold and wet afternoon for a family day out in Staffordshire.
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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