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National Trust Properties

1st January 2017 – 31st December 2018

Across Derbyshire

We have some fantastic National Properties throughout Derbyshire with many open throughout the Year

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Ilam Hall

14th October 2017 – 31st December 2018

Ilam Hall

Take a walk through the wonderful grounds of Ilam hall and enjoy a drink in the tea rooms.  £1 trail sheet available daily from the shop at Ilam Park, 11 to 5.

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Speedwell Cavern

12th December 2017 – 1st February 2019


Take an incredible Underground Journey by Boat. Enter the inner world of the underground cave system in the heart of the Peak District National Park and absorb the atmosphere as a watery silence echoes all around you.

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Pooles Cavern

20th December 2017 – 31st January 2019


Take a  journey beneath the earth with expert guides, explore the vast limestone caverns see how crystal stalactites have lined the chambers over millions of years. Stroll though beautiful woodland trails to a panoramic Peak District hilltop viewpoint.

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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

17th February 2018 – 31st December 2018

Wirksworth - Duffield

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is a 9-mile long picturesque heritage railway in Derbyshire. The services operate in both directions between Wirksworth and Duffield and are open most weekends and other dates throughout the year. Open at weekends throughout the year and selected dates. Please see the timetable.

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Well Dressings

6th May 2018 – 16th September 2018

Derbyshire Villages

Colour your world with the ancient art of Well Dressing, unique to the Peak District and Derbyshire.  Town and village communities come together to create living art installations from natural materials between May and September.

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10th July 2018 – 27th October 2018

Ilam Hall

Have a go at orienteering at Ilam Park - the permanent course is available all year round, whatever the weather. Ideal for beginners, families, dog walkers and school groups. No booking needed, just purchase the orienteering map for £1.50 from the shop at Ilam Park and off you go!

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Wild Wednesdays

11th July 2018 – 29th August 2018

Carsington Water

Each Wednesday at Carsington Water we will have wild play activities, crafts and trails for families to join in with together. With a different theme and related activities each week you will be sure to learn and discover a lot together.

From pond dipping to making mini dens, sweep netting to cooking on the camp fire, there is plenty to keep the kids outdoors, interested and wild all summer.

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Punch & Judy

21st July 2018 – 2nd September 2018

Heights Of Abraham

Richard Coombs returns for his 13th Year to perform the Punch and Judy Show at the Heights. Shows are every day at 11.30 am 1.30pm and 3.30pm from Saturday 21st July to Sunday 2nd September inclusive.

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Summer Play Trail

21st July 2018 – 9th September 2018

Ilam Hall

Explore, play and enjoy the great outdoors with a self led trail at Ilam Park this summer. Suitable for families of all ages, you'll be able to build a den, play pooh sticks, spot sheep and balance on logs along the way.

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Sussed out for Summer !

21st July 2018 – 2nd September 2018

Sudbury Hall & Museum of Childhood

Looking for something to keep the little ones entertained this summer holidays? Well at Sudbury they've got it sussed out for you!  Join them for a summer of crafts, trails and outdoor activities. With a different theme each week there will always be something different to do.

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A Wild Walk - The Golden Thief

22nd August 2018 – 22nd August 2018


Join the Babbling Vagabonds as they sweep you on a magical storytelling journey around the woods and rocks of Longshaw. You may never see Longshaw the same way again...

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1950's Weekend

25th August 2018 – 27th August 2018

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Sample what life was like in the 1950s with displays, music, steam trains and more to entertain you. There will be a pre-bookable Murder Mystery Evening Land Cruise on the Saturday evening.

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The Reluctant Dragon

27th August 2018 – 27th August 2018

Sudbury Hall & Museum of Childhood

Everyone knows St George has to do battle with the dragon, but what happens when the dragon simply won't fight St George?  In this delightful new adaptation by Michael Whitmore, Quantum Theatre presents Kenneth Grahame's The Reluctant Dragon, an enchanting tale of bravery, friendship and derring-do for all the family

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The Chatsworth Country Fair

31st August 2018 – 2nd September 2018

Chatsworth Country Park

For a true taste of the very best the countryside has to offer, there's nowhere quite like the annual Country Fair here at Chatsworth. Come and sample some superb local produce, find some exquisite crafts and spend a weekend enjoying a whole host of family activities, displays and performances. Massed pipe and military bands, demonstrations and parades, hot air balloons, parachuting and over 300 varied trade stands and rural crafts make this a memorable event with something for everyone. Many of England's heritage of Country Sports and pastimes are on show including Armed service displays, horse shoeing, Ferret racing, archery and sheep dog trials.

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Summer Finale

1st September 2018 – 1st September 2018


To celebrate another magical summer season at Gullivers there will be a spectacular event that both adults & children will love ! The day will be filled with superhero fun, look out for…Superhero Skills, Superhero Olympics, Special shows and entertainment.

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Available All Year Round

Clay Pigeon Shooting


There are two Clay Pigeon schools that we can recommend, one close to Darwin Forest and one close to Sandybrook Country Park. Please ask for details and make sure you book in advance.

Chatsworth Estate


Take a walk around the stunning Chatsworth Estate. The House aand Gardens reopen at Easter but you can still view the House from the grounds and visit the famous farm shop. 

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Go Active

Sandybrook Country Park

Go Active provides a range of fun activities that the whole family will enjoy and take place at our sister site Sandybrook Country Park near Ashbourne. Activities such as archery, fencing and Body Zorbs, in addition to fun and creative activities designed for 3-7 year olds, are delivered by our qualified instructors who will ensure you not only learn a great new skill but also have a fantastic time. 

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This Certificate of Excellence is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor – the world's largest travel site.

  • 406 Independent Reviews
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017