This is a list of your most commonly asked questions, if you don't find the answer you are looking for please feel free to contact us.
Yes. All facilities are available all year round. Reception is open 8.30am to 8pm each day. Evolution Health and Fitness is open from 7am to 9pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 8pm Saturday and Sunday. Little Monkeys indoor playcentre and the Explorers Cafe opens from 10am to 6pm each day. The Activity Den is open from 8am to 10pm (excluding soft play which closes at 6.30pm).
We are very proud to have won the following awards in 2016:
- Visit England Quality Assessment 2016. Awarded 5 Star Gold.
- Visit England Awards for Excellence 2016. Awarded Silver in the Holiday Parks Category.
- Derbyshire Times Business of the Year.
- Derbyshire Times - Best Customer Service.
- Trip Advisor 2016. Certificate of Excellence.
- David Bellamy Awards 2016. GOLD.
Darwin Forest is still owned and operated by the Grayson family with their award winning team but it is now a UK partner of the iconic European brand, Landal GreenParks. Landal GreenParks is renowned for its levels of customer service at its holiday parks within Europe and we are very proud to be chosen as the first Landal GreenPark in the UK, a sister company of Hoseasons.
What to expect from a Darwin Forest and Landal GreenParks holiday:
Hostmanship: Fantastic Customer Service, Going the extra mile as standard, Branded uniforms and items.
Nature: Fun outdoor activities, Eco-awareness, Get back to nature with stunning surroundings.
Local: Locally produced items for sale, On park local experts, An abundance of local attractions.
Family: Shared activities, Ideal for small groups or larger parties, Things to do for all ages and abilities.
Our team are looking forward to welcoming you to the Peak District National Park and helping you to make the most of your holiday.
Your lodge will be ready from 4pm on the day of arrival but you are welcome to arrive earlier and use the facilities onsite. You can find out more about the facilities on our website. Your lodge should be vacated by 10am on the day of departure but again you are welcome to stay onsite. The Glade lodges benefit from an early 2pm check-in and a late 11am check-out.
At Darwin Forest, we have been battling away with the mobile phone companies to improve coverage for many years. As things stand coverage is poor across the park - the best possibility for a signal is close to the entrance. There are public payphones and free Wi-Fi is provided in each lodge, Reception and the main facility buildings. We recommend that you use What's App, Messenger or email to keep in touch whilst you are staying on the park. Many people use What's App to make calls or use Wi-Fi Calling if your device is set up to use this facility.
We are happy to provide free Wi-Fi and we have a capacity that is considered sufficient to cater for reasonable use by our guests. However, please be considerate of other guests and avoid excessive use including the rapid downloading of movies.
All lodges have Wi-Fi access which should provide a suitable connection for every lodge, given that we are in a rural and woodland location. This is a complimentary service to provide basic internet browsing for leisure purposes. This is normally a reliable service but being a free shared connection across the park, we can’t guarantee the levels of service, availability, quality or bandwidth etc for individual lodges.
High bandwidth applications such as movies, downloads etc are restricted to maintain the overall quality of the service provided. You may not get as fast a connection as you get at home as many people may be sharing the connection simultaneously. The service should be good enough for general internet browsing.
Please note that our Wi-Fi distribution system requires a user to register. This is completed via a device’s web browser and as such has proven to work well with computers, tablet and mobile phones. Certain devices including internet enabled games consoles do not facilitate a Wi-Fi connection in this recognised manner and are therefore not compatible with the park’s Wi-Fi network.
The majority of the Wi-Fi connection problems our guests experience relate to the setup of the individual’s devices, rather than the quality of the Wi-Fi connection we provide. Please contact reception if you experience significant problems and one of our maintenance team will try and assist you.
Use of the swimming pool and the small soft play area in the Activity Den are complimentary, but additional charges are made for other facilities as follows:
Little Monkeys Play Centre £4.50 Mon-Fri & £5.50 weekends per child (£3.50 for guests staying on the park), spa/sauna/steam £3.75 per session, gymnasium £3.75 per session (or £6 for gym and spa), mini-golf £2 adults & £1.50 children, tennis court £4 per hour, short tennis £2/hour, bikes £7 half day and £12 all day. We also have a range of activities available at an additional charge.
Yes, we strongly recommend that you book a table in advance. Please note that if you are part of a large group you must book tables at the restaurant in advance to ensure that you can be catered for together and to avoid disappointment.
Please also be aware that all our food is freshly cooked to order using locally sourced fresh ingredients and there may be a wait whilst our chefs are preparing your meal.
To reserve a table at the Foresters please telephone 01629 736225.
Our activities are extremely popular so we would recommend that you book in advance by telephoning Evolution on 01629 736222. You can see the current timetable of activities at https://www.darwinforest.co.uk/activities
Yes, we work with a number of fantastic local attractions to sell discounted tickets to our guests. These include Chatsworth House, Haddon Hall, Heights of Abraham, Gulliver's Kingdom, Alton Towers and Crich Tramway Museum.
Yes. All lodges have two car parking spaces. Additional vehicles should be left in the main car park.
On the 'Lodges' page, a description of each bath/shower room configuration is given. Most baths have showers over them to provide greater flexibility.
All bed linen and towels are provided, with the exception of linen for cots. Beds are made up for your arrival. You may wish to provide additional towels for use in the swimming pool or if you have a Spa lodge. We provide washing-up liquid and a dish-washing cloth (as well as dishwasher tablets where appropriate). Irons and hairdryers are also provided. A selection of the latest films can be rented on DVD.
Just one pet is normally allowed to stay in a lodge, although two small ones may be allowed by arrangement. Some lodges are kept pet free. Please check before you book. Pets are charged at £30 per short break and £45 per week.
Yes, cots and high chairs can be hired for £9 per short break and £12 per week. You are required to bring your own cot bedding.
Plastic cups and cutlery are available in the Glade and Meadow lodges. However, we are happy to provide plastic cups on request to other lodges. Please ask reception.
There is plenty of woodland in which to walk dogs, but please keep them on a lead at all times and clean up any fouling. Special bins are provided by the woodland walk.
Darwin Forest has its own Woodland Store where you can select from a wide range of essential groceries and gift lines. The Woodland Store stocks a range of local produce including milk from the local dairy, meat from the local award winning butchers and freshly baked bread.
There is also a Sainsburys in Matlock, a Tesco and Aldi in Alfreton and a Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsburys and Aldi in Chesterfield. Please contact Reception for your lodge number should you wish to have your groceries delivered. Please state your lodge number and the name the booking was made under on the delivery details. If you are booking a delivery for the day of arrival please specify a delivery time of between 4pm and 8pm.
Our Accessibility Statement can be downloaded here. Please contact us if you have any additional requirements or questions relating to the suitability of the lodge, our facilities or park before you book.
Your balance is due 10 weeks before arrival. You can pay over the phone by debit or credit card by telephoning 01629 732428. Alternatively you can pay by cheque. Please quote your reference number on all correspondence. Darwin Forest Country Park, Darley Moor, Two Dales, Matlock, DE4 5PL.
All 3 and 4 bedroom lodges include a washing maachine. All lodges in the Meadow and the Glade also include a washing machine. Irons and ironing boards are provided for guests in all lodges. There is also a small laundry for guests to use.
Yes, BBQs are available to hire from Reception for a £10 refundable deposit.
Unfortunately there is no public transport to Darwin Forest and we advise that you will need a car to get around the Peak District. The nearest train and bus stations are in Matlock and Chesterfield.
All vacancies can be found at www.darwinforest.co.uk/jobs
There are several airports surrounding the Peak District. The two larger airports are Manchester (45 miles away/Approx 85 minutes drive) and Birmingham (65 miles away/Approx 75 minutes drive). The area is also served by East Midlands Airport (40 miles away/Approx 55 minutes drive) and Doncaster Robin Hood Airport (40 miles away/Approx 60 minutes drive).
The nearest ferry terminal to Europe is at Hull (90 miles away/Approx 100 minutes drive).
You can find our terms and conditions here.
You can find out more about our Cancellation Guarantee Plan here.
See what our guests think about us on Trip Advisor
This Certificate of Excellence is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor – the world's largest travel site.
- 944 Independent Reviews
- Certificate of Excellence 2017
The Glade26 September 2017
These lodges are something else, pretty much perfect, fabulous inside and out. Genuine 5 star finish. The setting is beautiful... Read Full Review
Tranquility26 September 2017
Such a beautiful place, so quiet and relaxing. Staff and accommodation was outstanding. Everything we needed was on site.... Read Full Review
Exceptional Break20 September 2017
We recently stayed at Darwin Forest and enjoyed every minute. The lodge was clean, spacious and had everything we needed. Read Full Review
Better than Centre Parcs11 September 2017
Where to begin? Firstly up until 2 weeks ago I was a HUGE Centre Parcs fan. Not anymore! Read Full Review
Mr Little Elf