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

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Derbyshire

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 1160 fun things to do in Derbyshire for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Swadlincote, Long Eaton, Derby and Buxton. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 883 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Derbyshire 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 Derbyshire 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!

Find your perfect day out

Wheelchair basketball players at Lea Green Centre in Matlock

Lea Green Centre

  • Matlock
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Lea Green Centre is a magical place for children! Set in the heart of Derbyshire countryside it comprises a mansion house that resembles Hogwarts, 25...

Grounds of Steeple Grange Light Railway in Wirksworth

Steeple Grange Light Railway

  • Wirksworth
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Established back in sunny 1985, the Steeple Grange Light Railway is a charming 18 inch gauge railway line built on a branch trackbed of the old Cromf...

People river rafting at Rapid Horizons Matlock

Rapid Horizons Matlock

  • Matlock
  • Outdoor
  • Water Sports

Rapid Horizons offer a day full of excitement and splashtastic fun with their friendly staff members. It's ideal for active and up-for-it types who c...

Swadlincote Snowsports Centre

Swadlincote Snowsports Centre

  • Swadlincote
  • Outdoor
  • Skiing and Snowboarding

Love winter sports? Head out to Swadlincote Snowsports Centre to enjoy everything from skiing to toboggan rides, any time of the year. Situated right...

Mother sheep and her babies at Matlock Farm Park

Matlock Farm Park

  • Matlock
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

If your day-to-day life is a little hectic (and whose isn’t?) then you’ll definitely benefit from a slice of countryside tranquillity at Matlock Farm...

Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf Nottingham

Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf Nottingham

  • Calverton
  • Outdoor
  • Crazy Golf

Love mini golf? You’ve got to try Mr Mulligan's Pirate Golf Nottingham! This 18-hole crazy golf will take you and the kids on a wild swashbuckling ad...

Carsington Water

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...

People windsurfing on lake at Carsington Sports and Leisure in Ashbourne

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...

Robin Hoods Wheelgate Park

Robin Hoods Wheelgate Park

  • Farnsfield
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

Get ready for non-stop rides, thrills and waterpark fun, right at the edge of Sherwood forest at Robin Hood’s Wheelgate Park! Explore a 30-acre theme...

Peak Adventure

Peak Adventure

  • Rowsley
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Looking for a new spot to take the kids for playtime? Try Peak Adventure - a friendly soft play centre located within the scenic Peak Shopping Villag...

Inside soft play frame at Chucklebutties in Belper

Chucklebutties5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Belper
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Chucklebutties Play and Party Centre is an Award Winning indoor soft play area with a difference: adults love it too! With views from massive windows...

Outside view of Strutts North Mill in Belper

Strutts North Mill

  • Belper
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Strutts North Mill was built in 1804 and is one of the oldest surviving examples of a ‘fire proof' industrialised building. It is recognised as...

Indoor soft play frame at Chuckles Play Centre in Chesterfield

Chuckles Play Centre5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Chesterfield
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Chuckles Play Centre is an indoor play centre with bouncy castles and ride-ons for kids aged under 12 years and with a enclosed area for toddlers und...

Some of the bowling lanes at The Genesis Family Entertainment Centre

The Genesis Family Entertainment Centre

  • Alfreton
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

The Genesis Family Entertainment Centre is a great place for families, as well as an awesome AMF Tenpin Bowling facilities and a Zorb Football Zone,...

National Forest Adventure Farm

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...

Ladybird painting on wall at The Hub at Gladstone in Clay Cross

The Hub at Gladstone

  • Clay Cross
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

The Hub at Gladstone is a historic community centre where you and your little bean can chill out with storytelling, baby massages and tasty treats fr...

Balloon models at Planet Happy in Ripley

Planet Happy

  • Ripley
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Planet Happy is a fantastic place to take the kids to play, with friendly staff, clean and bright play facilities, and a café serving refreshments. T...

Steam train at Midland Railway Centre in Ripley

Midland Railway-Butterley

  • Ripley
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Whether you intend your visit to be an hour or two or you wish to stay for a full day, here at the Midland Railway Butterley, there are plenty of thi...

Boy on interactive displays at West Shed Museum in Ripley

West Shed Museum

  • Ripley
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Visit the West Shed Museum: home to historic steam locomotives. Train enthusiasts will have plenty to get excited about, with films and hands on acti...

Bakewell Recreation Ground

  • Bakewell
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Bakewell Recreation Ground is a park covering just over 5 hectares of space and is very popular with families wanting to walk, play, cycle, picnic, f...

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