4th January 2017 – 31st December 2018
We have some fantastic National Properties throughout Derbyshire with many open throughout the Year. Hardwick Hall and Ilam are popular properties nearby.
20th December 2017 – 28th February 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.
20th 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.
1st January 2018 – 1st January 2019
Go Active provides a range of fun activities that all the family will enjoy. To reserve your space please contact Evolution Health and Fitness Centre by telephoning 01629 736222. Timetables can be found on our website.
1st February 2018 – 30th November 2018
Have a fun filled day at the Peak Widlife Park. Lots of animal experiences for the family to enjoy.
17th February 2018 – 31st December 2018
Matlock or Rowsley Station
Peak Rail welcomes you to journey back to a bygone age and experience the thrill of steam and diesel on our preserved railway, operating between Rowsley South and Matlock Platform 2 for a distance of 4 miles and open to the public throughout the year. Open for half term: 17, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25 February and weekends throughout the year.
10th May 2018 – 15th September 2018
Well Dressings take place in villages around the Derbyshire Dales and the delicate pictures made from natural materials are a delight to see.
11th May 2018 – 13th May 2018
Chatsworth Country Park
The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials is three days of thrilling equestrian sport, combined with entertainment for all the family in the beautiful surroundings of the Chatsworth Park. Join them to enjoy world class competition, from elegant dressage, to exciting show jumping and thrilling cross country. You can also get involved in an array of entertainment and activities for the whole family, or browse their shopping village with trade stands offering country wear and crafts.
12th May 2018 – 20th May 2018
Enjoy the Chesterfield Area on foot combining a walk with a boat trip along the Chesterfield Canal, or discover George Stephenson’s connection with Chesterfield. If you’re looking for a challenge, try the Chesterfield Round Walk, a 34 mile trek through the countryside that surrounds the town. Or brave the Beast of Bolsover on a 20 mile circular hike. If that sounds all too much take an evening stroll of 5 or 6 miles, a short walk around the town or a family ramble of 2 or 3 miles.
6th June 2018 – 10th June 2018
The first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is the must see event of 2018. A show that breaks boundaries and blends tradition with unexpected, innovative design.
16th June 2018 – 17th June 2018
The Eroica Britannia vintage bicycle event, known as the most handsome bike event in the world is coming from Tuscany, Italy to the Peak District and taking form as a 3 day festival and bike ride.
The ride has 3 routes to choose from all offering stunning scenery, iconic locations and amazing food stops offering local produce and drinks.
23rd June 2018 – 24th June 2018
Dogs Unleashed is the ultimutt doggy day out with an aray of entertainemt and stalls aimed at your four legged friend!
Available All Year Round
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.
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!
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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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- 944 Independent Reviews
- Certificate of Excellence 2017
Jewel of Matlock6 April 2018
The park is one of the best we have stayed at. Lodges are spacious, very clean and well looked after. Read Full Review
A Wonderful Haven1 April 2018
It was our first visit for a short break and we immediately fell in love with the park. Our lodge was awesome, spotlessly... Read Full Review
Family Break26 March 2018
Just returned from Darwin forest.. Can't speak highly of this place. Looks brand new, all facilities look in great condition... Read Full Review
Excellent4 March 2018
What a wonderful weekend spent in such a beautiful location. Highly recommend this area as a place worth visiting. Read Full Review