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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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Pooles Cavern

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.

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Speedwell Cavern

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.

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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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Family Fun at Peak Wildlife Park

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. 

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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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Chatsworth International Horse Trials

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.

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Chesterfield Walking Festival

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.

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RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

6th June 2018 – 10th June 2018

Chatsworth House

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.

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Eroica Britannia

16th June 2018 – 17th June 2018

Peak District

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.

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Dogs Unleashed

23rd June 2018 – 24th June 2018

Bakewell Showground

Dogs Unleashed is the ultimutt doggy day out with an aray of entertainemt and stalls aimed at your four legged friend!

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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