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Polish your own Blue John stone

1st October 2019 – 31st January 2020

Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton

From October 1st 2019 to January 31st 2020, visitors can polish and take home their very own Blue John Christmas tree decoration or window hanger.

Our skilled craftspeople will guide you through the processes of creating your own unique Blue John ornament in our new visitor workshop area.

Prices for this activity start at £10 per hanger / decoration.

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Snowdrop Walk

1st February 2020 – 1st March 2020

Hopton Hall, Wirksworth

Visit Hopton Hall’s beautiful Snowdrop Walk, wander through the woodlands and marvel at the first signs of Derbyshire spring

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Half Term Fun in the Farmyard & Playground

15th February 2020 – 23rd February 2020

Chatsworth House Farmyard

Our farmyard and playground will be open for the February school break, so give your young ones a chance to let off some steam during their half-term holiday.

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Get Hands on with History - Mini Musketeers

15th February 2020 – 23rd February 2020

Bolsover Castle

Get set for a truly historic half-term this February and find out what life was like for 17th Century musketeers. Whether it is practising musket drill, gunpowder making or learning what life was like for a soldier, there is lots to discover. 

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Watch a Bird - Spotter Sheet

15th February 2020 – 1st March 2020


Can you tell a nuthatch from a chaffinch? Find out about our native birds on a walk with a spotter sheet to help you along the way.

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Half term Adventures at Conkers

15th February 2020 – 23rd February 2020

Conkers, Swadlincote

Adventures at CONKERS over half term will keep the family engage for hours.   

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Build a Bird Box

17th February 2020 – 21st February 2020

Kedleston Hall

Join us to celebrate National Nest Box week and build your own bird box to create homes for wild birds in your garden.

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Kids with Cameras

18th February 2020 – 18th February 2020

Calke Abbey

Come and join the photography team on a kid's camera walk and have some fun looking for different views to photograph. Pick up some handy tips and tricks along the way.

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The life & times of Bess of Hardwick

20th February 2020 – 20th February 2020

Chesterfield Museum

Meet 'Bess of Hardwick' and find out all about her amazing life.

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Ghosts in the Valley Evening

22nd February 2020 – 22nd February 2020

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Starting your journey at Duffield, ride on one of the Ecclesbourne Valley railway heritage trains and take in the sights and sounds of the valley by night. As you pause at the stations along the line, professional ghost hunters Haunted Heritage will tell the historical stories of the area and see if there is any paranormal activity present. Will anything be found?

This unusual evening can be enjoyed by believers and sceptics alike but is not recommended for persons under 16 years of age.

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Artisan Market

23rd February 2020 – 23rd February 2020


Whether it is something for dinner, a gift for a friend, a treat for someone special or simply stocking up on essentials that you can’t get elsewhere – Chesterfield Artisan Market is the place to visit. No matter what the weather rain or shine, the market will enliven your spirit, and combined with a scout around the shops and a wonder around this beautiful town; it’s a great day out!

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Royal Shrovetide Football

25th February 2020 – 26th February 2020


Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football is a game played in the Derbyshire town of Ashbourne on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Unlike a conventional football match the game is played over two eight hour periods with goals are 3 miles apart!

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Available All Year Round

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Near Matlock

Fancy a go at Clay shooting whilst on Holiday? Just 5 miles from Darwin Forest is Joe Nevillle's Shooting Ground, coach to the Great Britain Shooting team. The shooting ground caters for individuals and groups. Please ask reception for details and make sure you book in advance.

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Wild Park Derbyshire


Wild Park Derbyshire is a family run Paintballing, Laser Tag , Quad Biking Trekking and Archery venue. 

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Deception Escape Rooms


Do you have what it takes to defeat Deception? Choose from 4 different game experiences and see if you can escape.... 

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