Places to visit during February Half Term

Places to visit during February Half Term

Please find below a list of places that are open during Februay Half Term for you to visit whilst on holiday. (Please visit their website for opening times & tickets)

Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath – Enjoy a cable car ride and exploring the caverns.

Peak District Mining Museum, Matlock Bath- Find out about Derbyshire’s fascinating mining history.

Deception Escape Rooms, Matlock – Great for families and groups who love problem solving.

Chatsworth Farm Park & Adventure Playground – Open from the 19th – 27th February

Matlock Farm Park – Just a few minutes drive or a 10 minute walk from Darwin Forest.

Matlock Meadows Ice Cream Parlour -  Open Fri 18th, Sat 19th & Sun 20th Feb as well as Fri 25th, Sat 26th & Sun 27th Feb!

Great British Car Journey - Over 100 British Classic cars & the opportunity to drive dad’s car!

Peak Wildlife Park, Winkhill – Meet penguins, lemurs and lots more animals.

Gulliver’s World, Rother Valley – A theme park especially for children.

Treak Cavern (Home to the famous Blue John stone) or Speedwell Cavern (Enjoy a guided Cavern tour by boat), Castleton –Weather permitting you can also walk up Mam Tor for great views. 

Hardwick Hall, near Chesterfield – National Trust property used as Malfoy Manor in Harry Potter.

Bolsover Castle, near Chesterfield – English Heritage Castle with events throughout half term.

Eyam Museum – Learn how the families sacrificed themselves during the Plague. (Closed Mon/Tues)

Cromford Mills – Where the industrial revolution began! Now a World Heritage site.

Poole’s Cavern – Natural limestone cave on the edge of Buxton.  

Local Towns & Villages

Chesterfield – Home to the Crooked Spire, market/shops and a bowling and cinema complex

Bakewell – Why not pay a visit to the Bakewell Pudding Shop!

Matlock – Independent shops, a lovely park and cliff top walks to Matlock Bath (High Tor). 

Matlock Bath – Fish & Chip Shops and Amusement Arcades – A seaside town in the country!

Buxton – Home to the Opera House, Pavilion Gardens and the famous water.

Outdoor Adventure Sports – Many companies are offering caving, climbing and abseiling over half term.  Details at

Places to walk

There are so many places to enjoy walking in the local area. We have a number of circular walks from the park and details of lots of walks in the local area at

The Trails (Monsal, High Peak and Tissington) offer flat off-road walking and cycling routes. Cycles are available to hire on these trails.

Stanage and Curbar Edge - The famous Gritstone edges offer spectacular views but are easily accessible from Curbar Gap Car Park and are family friendly walks. Postcode S32 3YR.

Ladybower & Derwent Dams – During the winter months you may be able to see the famous Derwent ‘Dambuster’ Dam overflow as well as the Ladybower plugholes in action.

Carsington Water – Enjoy walking or cycling around the reservoir. Onsite restaurant and playground.

Cromford Canal – Walk along the Canal which is part of the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site.

Lumsdale Falls – A steep ravine with steps and beautiful waterfalls (some are closed for safety) You can also visit Bentley Brook Brewery for refreshments or Lumsdale Glass.