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February Half Term at Heights of Abraham

9th February 2019 – 24th February 2019

Heights of Abraham

In 1984 Britain's first alpine style cable car transport system was installed. Rising from the valley floor, the observation cars transport you in comfort and safety and allow stunning views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District. At the Heights of Abraham you can explore limestone caverns, adventure playgrounds and enjoy spectacular views. There is also a restaurant, visit information and shop. 

2019 promises to be an exciting year at the Heights of Abraham, with new events and special appearances throughout the season.

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February Half term Spotter Sheet

15th February 2019 – 24th February 2019

Longshaw

Get your wellies on and get out in the fresh air this half term.

Celebrate National Nest Box Week as you look for birds and find out where they live. Find out how you can help them by becoming a part of our Peak District Appeal - Woods for the Future.

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Computer Game Adventure Trail

16th February 2019 – 24th February 2019

Sudbury Hall & Museum of Childhood

Let your imagination run wild as you become a computer game character. Play your way through the Sudbury computer game around the grounds and don't forget to collect a sticker from Museum Reception when you've completed it. Winner!

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Medieval Mayhem

16th February 2019 – 24th February 2019

Bolsover Castle

Step back in time and have Medieval fun this February half-term. Listen to the stories about adventurous times past, learn some honourable fighting techniques in the sword school and make sure to take part in the other (somewhat smelly!) cheeky medieval mayhem activities. 

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We are Bess

16th February 2019 – 2nd June 2019

Hardwick Hall

Another chance to see the acclaimed exhibition 'We are Bess' which reveals a new side to Bess of Hardwick's story through the voices and experiences of modern day women.

From household names to local Derbyshire women, the portraits of 16 modern women, taken by award-winning photographer Rachel Adams, sit alongside the Tudor portraits in the Long Gallery.

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Half term Fun at Conkers

16th February 2019 – 24th February 2019

Conkers, Swadlincote

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

There will be daily craft activities from 11:00am to 4:00pm

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Half Term Happenings

20th February 2019 – 24th February 2019

Hardwick Hall

Join in the fun at Hardwick Hall this half term , with lots of craft activities.

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Ghosts in the Valley Evening

23rd February 2019 – 23rd February 2019

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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Ten little bookworms

9th March 2019 – 10th March 2019

Sudbury Hall & Museum of Childhood

Ten Little Bookworms have found cosy spots in our Museum, but can you find them all? We're celebrating World Book Day with a trail around the galleries in the Museum of Childhood. Pick up your trail sheet at reception and see how many bookworms you can find!

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Multiple Memories Railcar Gala

16th March 2019 – 17th March 2019

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Travel back to yesteryear at the EVR Railcar Gala and celebrate the unsung heroes of British Railways.  There will be a large collection of railcars that will feature, running to a special timetable.

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Mothers Day Weekend

30th March 2019 – 31st March 2019

Heights of Abraham

It's a Mothers Day weekend at the Heights, with special treats and surprises to be found this weekend. Reserve a table in the Vista restaurant and enjoy a relaxing day out for all the family (but especially mum!)

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Mothers Day Crafts

31st March 2019 – 31st March 2019

Sudbury Hall & Museum of Childhood

Come and decorate a mini photo frame!

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Spring Artisan Market

5th April 2019 – 7th April 2019

Haddon Hall

Haddon Hall will be hosting an additional Artisan Market this year, showcasing the wares of local artisans.

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Easter Adventure Quest

6th April 2019 – 28th April 2019

Bolsover Castle

Join the hunt for dragon eggs on a legendary quest this Easter holiday. Crack the clues as you and your family follow the trail through the gardens and around the Little Castle. Intrepid adventurers who track down the dragon egg will get a certificate and a sticker to prove it, and there’ll be a chocolate treat too! 

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Sweetie Jar Trail

13th April 2019 – 28th April 2019

Sudbury Hall & Museum of Childhood

Search for the larger-than-life sweets that belong in the Sudbury sweetie jar!

*Selected dates

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Model Trams

14th April 2019 – 14th April 2019

Crich Tramway Village

If you love model trams the David Gould layout will be operating in the Great Exhibition Hall and will show a range of tramcars not represented in the full scale tramcar collection.

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Family Spring Crafts

15th April 2019 – 18th April 2019

Crich Tramway Village

Bring the family and enjoy a variety of craft activities as well as riding the vintage trams!

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Easter fun at Haddon Hall

19th April 2019 – 22nd April 2019

Haddon hall

Celebrate Easter and the coming of spring at Haddon Hall with family activities including an Egg hunt, Face painting, Archery and Live Music.

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World War II Home Front

21st April 2019 – 22nd April 2019

Crich Tramway Village

Take a step back in time to the Second World War era featuring re-enactors, music, activities and vehicles from the era.

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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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Photography

Darwin Forest Country Park

Amanda McConnell is a Lifestyle Photographer who works with people who want something different and individual from their photo shoot experience.  As an experienced ‘natural light’ photographer, Amanda is working with Darwin Forest Country Park to provide couples, families and groups with the opportunity to experience a lifestyle photo session in the comfort of their lodge or in the beautiful surroundings of Darwin Forest, during their stay. When you book a photo session with Amanda, you're not just booking a photographer, but someone who takes a lot of pride in their work, who is truly passionate about what they do and who pays great attention to the small details. Amanda prides herself on creating images that you will fall in love with, that will bring you smiles everyday and that will give you a lifetime of memories you can look back on for many years to come!

Tell your story with Amanda on a lifestyle photo shoot...

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Go Active at Sandybrook

Sandybrook Country Park, Ashbourne

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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  • 1114 Independent Reviews
  • Certificate of Excellence 2018