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Swadlincote Ski & Snowboard Centre

Swadlincote Ski and Snowboarding centre is a large leisure facility & dry ski slope providing Skiing, Snowboarding, Toboggan & Sno-Tubing. The site also has a fully licensed bar and restaurant.

Gullivers Kingdom

Gullivers Kingdom is a theme park for families with children aged between 2 and 13 years of age. There are over 65 rides, attractions and a number of shows to see each day.

Go Ape - Buxton

There are 28 Go Ape locations around the country, all set in some of Britains most spectacular forests. Go Ape in Derbyshire is in Buxton and is in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, within walking distance of the historic Spa town itself. The Go Ape experience is a 2 to 3 hour Tree Top Adventure. Each site features tree top crossings, tunnels, bridges and an epic zip wire to finish.

The Heights of Abraham

The Heights of Abraham is a park on the top of Masson Hill. The park is reached by cable car that transports you in safety and comfort from the valley floor and provides stunning views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District.

The Hilltop Park is situated on the site of historic lead mining. The miners have left behind a large network of passages along with naturally formed caverns and passageways. Regular guided tours allow you to retrace the footsteps of the Miners underground, and experience the spectacular caverns they left behind.

New pathways were carved in to the hillside on circuitous routes and eventually the Victorians built the Prospect Tower. Today the paths still follow many of the original routes around the 60 acres of Woodland hillside. All were designed in such a way as to open up the spectacular views over the Derwent Valley below and the surrounding splendour of the Peak District.

Crich Tramway village

Crich Tramway Village is the home of the National Tramway Museum. Many of the buildings along the street have been rescued from towns and cities across the UK, such as the Derby Assembly Rooms facade which came to Crich after a tragic fire. The Red Lion Pub and Restaurant came all the way from Stoke and was re-built brick by brick. The street scene gives a perfect backdrop to show case the historic tram collection and also comes to life during many of our period events such as the 1940s, Edwardian and the Rock and Roll weekend or many of the visiting car clubs throughout the year.

However, the village has other activities that are very popular. Children can let off steam in the Discovery Depot a huge indoor play area with a soft tram climbing frame and ball pit and separate soft play area suitable for toddlers. There are two large picnic areas, one on the outdoor play area and one situated along the Woodland Walk where you can follow the sculpture trail and enjoy amazing views over the Derwent Valley.

Midland Railway Centre

Midland Railway - Butterley features 31/2 miles of line, Butterley Station, which is the main entrance and a large museum complex at Swanwick Junction.

Chatsworth House

One of the most popular things to do in Derbyshire is to visit Chatsworth House. Chatsworth has over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, to the family-used chapel, regal State Rooms, newly restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery.

The house is set in a beautiful landscaped 1000 acre park on the banks of the river Derwent, designed by 'Capability' Brown in the 1760s, and is one of the most beautiful and historic man-made landscapes in Britain. There are over 5 miles of walks with stunningly beautiful views to enjoy.

The garden contains a maze, a number of follies including a weeping tree, a huge cascading water feature, a rock garden, a coal tunnel, a farm yard, and an adventure playground for young children.

On our visit we captured the moment when this young man proposed to his girlfriend. After being the first to congratulate them, we exchanged addresses and later sent them copies of our photos.


Castleton is a great place to start exploring Derbyshire. This small town is within walking distance of three caves and castle Peveril ruins.

Speedwell Cavern

Peak Cavern

Pam helping with the rope making demo

 Speedwell Cavern is flooded and the water level maintained so that tours can take place by boat. Peak Cavern has a large entrance where occasional concert performances and daily rope making demonstrations take place. On this occasion my partner Pam was selected.

Walking, Cycling and Riding in Derbyshire

Derbyshire has a number of beautiful towns such as Buxton, Bakewell, Matlock, Chesterfield, Castletown and Ashbourne and includes the Peak district, England's first National Park spanning over 500 square miles and is one of the most popular areas of natural beauty in England. The area has lush green meadows, picturesque dales and rolling hills with panoramic views, and offers excellent hiking, hill walking, cycling and nature trails for everyone.

On our visit we decided to cycle around the Ladybower reservoir. It is a great route and we were rewarded by a spectacular fly past by a number of aircaft.

Walking routes          Cycle routes

Places to visit in Derbyshire

Haddon Hall - Bakewell

Calke Abbey - Derby

Peveril Castle - Hope Valley

Melbourne Hall and Gardens

Renishaw Hall and Gardens

Sudbury Hall & Gardens

Eyam Hall

Bolsover Castle

Catton Hall & Gardens

Hardwick Hall - Chesterfield

Kedleston Hall and Park - Derby

Donington Park Circuit

At Donington Park several motorsport events including BTCC, British F3, British Superbike Championship, SBK, Superleague Formula, Pickup Truck Racing have all been held at the circuit. There is a full calendar of events throughout most of the year from Feb - October. The park has been hosting music festivals since the 1980’s. The current annual festival is Live Nation’s Download Festival

Download Festival

8th - 10th June 2018

This is one of the biggest concerts around at Donington Park Castle Donington, DE74 2RP with a Who’s who line-up of artists already announced.

Things to do Derbyshire

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