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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Ashbourne

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 1150 fun things to do in Ashbourne for you and the family to discover, including indoor and soft play areas, museums and art galleries and parks and playgrounds. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 860 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Ashbourne day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Ashbourne with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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Ashbourne Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Ashbourne
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The road to whodunit is long and tough, but with the right detectives the truth will out! Be the ones to crack the case on the Ashbourne Mystery Trea...

Peak Wildlife Park

  • Leek
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Have you ever tried to walk like a penguin? Or jump like a lemur? Well you’ll be able to practice at Peak Wildlife Park. Get up close to the animals...

Ilam Park, Dovedale and the White Peak

  • Ashbourne
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Breath in the fresh country air as you stroll through the beautiful IIam Park, Doverdale and the Peak District. Your little ones will love hopping ov...

Carsington Sports and Leisure

  • Ashbourne
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

There's a 90 minute taster on offer for families to try out stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking! No excuse not to find to you...

Carsington Water

  • Ashbourne
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Take your family to Carsington-Water - the 9th largest reservoir in the UK, and discover the beautiful nature around it. There are 3 cycling and 3 wa...

The Alton Towers Waterpark

  • Alton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Water Parks

Combine two days out in one or simply have a splashtacular time in the tropical seas of Staffordshire at The Alton Towers Waterpark. This waterpark h...

Alton Towers4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Alton
  • Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

For legendary thrill rides there isn’t really anywhere quite like Alton Towers! The UK’s favourite theme park is home to a huge choice of iconic ride...

Cotton Dell

  • Stoke on Trent
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Cotton Dell is a lovely place to get away from it all and get back to nature with the kids. Stroll along a magical stream and listen to the soothing...



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Kedleston Hall

  • Derby
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Go back in time to the 1760’s at Kedleston Hall, and discover the beautifully lavish mansion, surrounded by gorgeous gardens with plenty of places fo...

Sudbury Hall and Museum of Childhood

  • Ashbourne
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Fancy wondering round a gorgeous 17th Century country home? Then Sudbury Hall is the place for you! With a beautiful stately home to explore indoors,...

The Play Mill

  • Bonsall
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Play Mill offers other activities as well as those listed above. During term time there is Drama on Monday mornings, Dancing on Tuesday afternoon...

Jangala4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Jangala offers fantastic jungle themed adventure soft play. The decor is a bit above normal with the cool leafy theme running around every section an...

Sir Richard Arkwrights Masson Mills

  • Matlock Bath
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Sir Richard Arkwrights Masson Mills allows you to step back in time, from the moment you ‘clock in' with your entrance tickets and experience t...

National Forest Adventure Farm

  • Burton upon Trent
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Team the wildest parts of play, the cutest creatures in town and a cheeky tractor ride or two on a visit to National Forest Adventure Farm. First let...

Tree Top Tumble

  • Matlock Bath
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Tree Top Tumble Tree Top Tumble is aimed at 6 year olds and under which is located on Level 1 of the Shopping village. Kids eat free in our Derwent R...

Churnet Valley Railway

  • Froghall
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

The Churnet Valley Railway takes you on a journey back to the classic days of railway travel on a lovely rural line that passes right through beautif...

Cinebowl & iSKATE

  • Uttoxeter
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Cinebowl offers 8 lanes of bowling fun attached to this great cinema show family friendly flicks. You can use gutter guards and rolling ramps or ligh...

Cromford Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Cromford
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Ahoy there! Fancy joining a hunt for buried loot? The Cromford Treasure Hunt Trail has one all wrapped up with historic spots and a World Heritage Si...

Scropton Riding For The Disabled

  • Scropton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Scropton Riding For The Disabled is one of only a few purpose built riding centres especially for the disabled in the UK! Each week the centre provid...

Gulliver's Kingdom

  • Matlock Bath
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

For non-stop adventure, specifically aimed at children aged 2 to 13, visit Gulliver’s Kingdom in Derbyshire. There are plenty of rides to choose from...

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