20 Best Things To Do In Derby Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Derby

Check out all the cool things to do in Derby  - they’re guaranteed to keep the family happy and exploring all year round! 

Fancy a family day out at a gorgeous mansion with even more gorgeous gardens? Take you little ones out to Kedleston Hall, a brilliant Edwardian house with lots of walking trails to explore.. If you don’t mind going out of the city and discovering the nearby area, Calke Abbey is a beautiful property to visit.

Fancy venturing a bit further? A family day out at The Heights of Abraham is perfect for a day trip from Derby. It’s one of Peak District’s most popular destinations, featuring stunning views, underground caverns and a cable car! Crich Tramway Village is also worth a visit if you don’t mind driving out of the city. 

Back to Derby, why not take the kids to Bluebell Dairy? Featuring over 26 flavours of ice cream, farm animals, play barn, go karts and lots more, it’s one of the top things to do in Derby. It’s also one of the best ice cream farms in the UK

For an easy-going day out at the park, we’d recommend Markeaton Park and Chaddesden Park (which also has great water features in the summer). For indoor adventures, try trampolining at Oxygen Freejumping Derby, laser tag at Megazone Derby or have a go at indoor climbing at Alter Rock Indoor Climbing and Activity Centre.

Make sure you get all the fun things to do in Derby on your schedule - check out the list of the Derbyshire school holiday dates to help you with that.

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Family looking at paintings in Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Arts and Crafts

For a dose of culture, bring your brood along to The Derby Museum and Art Gallery. Take a trip through history, first by stopping off in Ancient Egyp...

Kids playing laser tag at Megazone Derby

Megazone Derby

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Megazone Derby is the multi-level playing arena in which futuristic laser tag is played by warriors of all ages! There are smoke swirls and spooky mu...

Toy theatre gallery at Pickford's House in Derby

Pickford's House

  • Derby
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Pickford’s House is a window to the past for kids, full of historic objects and interactive activities, all in the heart of Derby. As part of Derby M...

Bowling balls at Hollywood Bowl, Derby

Hollywood Bowl Derby

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

Bowl until you drop - or rather until you fancy chomping on a burger or playing a few rounds of air hockey - all at Hollywood Bowl Derby. Amateurs or...

Cinema screen at Showcase Cinema

Showcase Cinema de Lux Derby

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Take the whole family along at Showcase Cinema de Lux Derby, where there's an epic 12 screens showing the best new films, straight from Hollywood. Th...

Indoor soft play frame and cafe area at Tubby Bears Playzone in Derby

Tubby Bears Playzone5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Tubby Bears Playzone features a wicked triple level adventure play frame designed for older kids which features nigh on all the modern classics from...

Cafe bar at Rollerworld of Derby

Rollerworld of Derby

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

Situated on Mansfield Road, just outside the heart of Derby city centre, Rollerworld boasts the biggest maple floored rink in the UK and also boast t...

People rock climbing at The Climbing Unit in Derby

The Climbing Unit

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

The Climbing Unit is the ultimate indoor climbing experience for anyone of any age or ability. Any competent adult climber can bring a child down any...

ODEON Cinema room

ODEON Derby

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

From the latest Pixar outing to classic black and whites, there’s always something fantastic to goggle at on the big screen at ODEON Derby. With 10 s...

Young kids looking excited as they're strapped into gear and ready to climb at Alter Indoor Climbing and Activity Centre

Alter Rock Indoor Climbing and Activity Centre

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Climb, swing and crawl at Alter Rock Indoor Climbing and Activity Centre. Let your kids get active for this day out where you can join in too. Take o...

Entrance to Markeaton Park in Derby

Markeaton Park

  • Derby
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Markeaton Park is a family friendly open space with lots going on! A large free play area is ideal to help blow the cobwebs away and there’s a high r...

Hickory Dickory's Playhouse

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Hickory Dickory's Playhouse is frankly a treat for the lot of you! Well organised, well-spaced, well designed and well located, even dad's going to a...

Finished crafts at Paint a Pot in Derby

Paint a Pot

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Paint a Pot is based in the craft village at the heart of Markeaton Park, Derby. We have a wide range of blank pottery shapes for you to decorate. Gr...

Kids playing at Oxygen Freejumping Derby

Oxygen Freejumping Derby5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Mix together 150 interconnected trampolines, two basketball courts, performance trampolines and one huge airbag, and what do you get? Oxygen Freejump...

Kids on splash pad at Chaddesden Park in Derby

Chaddesden Park

  • Derby
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The shallow brook and interactive summer water play area, which has recently replaced the paddling pool at Chaddesden Park are favourite family spots...

Cinema screen at Showcase Cinema

Showcase Derby Foresters Park

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Watch all the best films at Showcase Derby Foresters Park, where there's a whopping 11 screens showing all those blockbusters that the whole family w...

Dad helping son to bowl at Tenpin

Tenpin & Sector 7 Derby

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

This is bowling but not as you know it, with lasers, aliens and all sorts of crazy elements. Take bowling to the next level at Tenpin Derby. There ar...

Soft play area at Freddys Play Kingdom in Derby

Freddys Play Kingdom

  • Derby
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Freddy's is a soft play centre that has a particularly large play area for smaller toddlers and babies who are unable to play on the ropes and slides...

Visitors in the garden at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire

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...

Sheep at Bluebell Dairy in Derby

Bluebell Dairy

  • Derby
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Happy cows give tasty milk and from there comes absolutely amazing ice cream! At Bluebell Dairy you can choose from over 26 flavours of homemade ice...

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