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National Trust Properties

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.

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Go Active

1st January 2018 – 1st January 2019

Darwin Forest

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. 

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Peak Rail - Saturday & Sunday

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. 

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Well Dressings

10th May 2018 – 15th September 2018

Derbyshire Dales

Well Dressings take place in villages around the Derbyshire Dales and the delicate pictures made from natural materials are a delight to see.

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Medieval Events at Bolsover Castle

6th July 2018 – 30th September 2018

Bolsover Castle

Perched on a ridge high above the Vale of Scarsdale, on the site of a medieval fortress, Bolsover Castle is an extraordinary 17th-century aristocratic retreat and runs events for all the family to enjoy at weekends and during school holidays.   

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Wild Wednesdays

11th July 2018 – 29th August 2018

Carsington Water

Each Wednesday at Carsington Water we will have wild play activities, crafts and trails for families to join in with together. With a different theme and related activities each week you will be sure to learn and discover a lot together.

From pond dipping to making mini dens, sweep netting to cooking on the camp fire, there is plenty to keep the kids outdoors, interested and wild all summer.

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Summer at Chatsworth

21st July 2018 – 30th August 2018

Chatsworth House

Celebrate summer at Chatsworth with family fun in the house, garden, farmyard and playground. Just remember to find time for an ice-cream...

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Punch & Judy

21st July 2018 – 2nd September 2018

Heights Of Abraham

Richard Coombs returns for his 13th Year to perform the Punch and Judy Show at the Heights. Shows are every day at 11.30 am 1.30pm and 3.30pm from Saturday 21st July to Sunday 2nd September inclusive.

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Summer Activities

28th July 2018 – 1st September 2018

Hardwick Hall

On selected dates throughout the summer you will be able to join in with the bee, butterfly and dragonfly inspired craft activities in the stableyard.  Alternate dates you will be able to enjoy a summer of sport with a range of traditional and modern sports in the North Orchard.

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Summer Activities

30th July 2018 – 1st September 2018

Crich Tramway Village

If you are visiting during the school holidays, there will be a range of craft activities for children to get involved in between 12.00pm and 3.30pm.  They will need to be accompanied by an adult and there is a small charge to cover the cost of materials.

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A Wild Walk - The Golden Thief

22nd August 2018 – 22nd August 2018


Join the Babbling Vagabonds as they sweep you on a magical storytelling journey around the woods and rocks of Longshaw. You may never see Longshaw the same way again...

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1950's Weekend

25th August 2018 – 27th August 2018

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Sample what life was like in the 1950s with displays, music, steam trains and more to entertain you. There will be a pre-bookable Murder Mystery Evening Land Cruise on the Saturday evening.

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Movies in the Park

25th August 2018 – 25th August 2018

Hally Leys Park, Matlock

There will be entertainment, movie showing, fun fair and many more activities. 

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The Chatsworth Country Fair

31st August 2018 – 2nd September 2018

Chatsworth House

For a true taste of the very best the countryside has to offer, there's nowhere quite like the annual Country Fair here at Chatsworth. Come and sample some superb local produce, find some exquisite crafts and spend a weekend enjoying a whole host of family activities, displays and performances. Massed pipe and military bands, demonstrations and parades, hot air balloons, parachuting and over 300 varied trade stands and rural crafts make this a memorable event with something for everyone. Many of England's heritage of Country Sports and pastimes are on show including Armed service displays, horse shoeing, Ferret racing, archery and sheep dog trials.

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Summer Finale

1st September 2018 – 1st September 2018


To celebrate another magical summer season at Gullivers there will be a spectacular event that both adults & children will love ! The day will be filled with superhero fun, look out for…Superhero Skills, Superhero Olympics, Special shows and entertainment.

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Bonfire Night

10th November 2018 – 10th November 2018

Darwin Forest

Park guests can join us at Darwin Forest for our annual bonfire and fireworks spectacular. Please note this is a ticketed event for Park Guests ONLY.

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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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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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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