What's On

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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The Dog : A Celebration at Chatsworth

23rd March 2019 – 6th October 2019

Chatsworth House

An exhibition celebrating man and woman's best friend

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Easter at Chatsworth

30th March 2019 – 28th April 2019

Chatsworth House

There’s lots to see and do all across the garden and farmyard throughout the Easter school holidays. 

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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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Polish your own Blue John stone

8th April 2019 – 28th April 2019

Treak Cliff Cavern

This is an activity which is available throughout the school holidays when people of all ages can select, prepare and polish a slice of Blue John Stone to take home.

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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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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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Spring into Easter

20th April 2019 – 21st April 2019

Cromford Mills

It’s spring at the Mill and the flowers are blooming! Get involved in the Easter weekend activities including a guest visit from Woodie’s Wings.

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Easter Weekend

20th April 2019 – 21st April 2019

Treak Cliff Cavern

Keep a look out for the Easter Bunny over the Easter weekend.

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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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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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This Certificate of Excellence is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor – the world's largest travel site.

  • 1114 Independent Reviews
  • Certificate of Excellence 2018