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National Trust Properties

4th January 2017 – 1st December 2017


We have some fantastic National Properties throughout Derbyshire with many open throughout the Year

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Matlock Farm Park

13th January 2017 – 31st December 2017

Matlock Farm Park

There is plenty to do for children, with lots of animals to see and feed, as well as smaller cuddly animals to pet in our barn. Learn more about our meerkats through our daily talks, short pony rides are on most days and you can have a free bet on our ferret races! We have a variety of play equipment, go-carts, a lovely café and a shop to browse. We also have a riding school and trekking centre, offering riding to all abilities.

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Snowdrops at Hopton Hall

1st February 2017 – 5th March 2017

Hopton Hall

The current Hall can trace its roots back to the 1400's when it boasted an estate of 3,700 acres, some of which now stands under the Carsington Reservoir. Since 1996, Spencer has gradually cleared and restored the woodland and its walks. This has produced wonderful displays of Snowdrops and Aconites.

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Medieval Events at Bolsover Castle

3rd February 2017 – 31st December 2017

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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Half Term at the Heights of Abraham

11th February 2017 – 26th February 2017

Matlock Bath

Since first opening its gates to visitors in 1780's the Heights of Abraham has become one of the Peak District's most popular destinations. In 1984 Britain's first alpine style cable car transport system was installed. Rising from the valley floor, the observation cars transport you in comfort and safety and allow stunning views of the Derwent Valley and surrounding Peak District. Once at the top explore the caves, visit the exhibitions, enjoy a fantastic meal and have fun in the adventure playgrounds.

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Chatsworth Farmyard and Playground

11th February 2017 – 25th February 2017

Chatsworth House

The fantastic Chatsworth Farmyard and Adventure playground will be open during half term. 

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Royal Shrovetide Football

28th February 2017 – 1st March 2017


Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football is a game played in the Derbyshire town of Ashbourne on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Unlike a conventional football match the game is played over two eight hour periods with goals are 3 miles apart!

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Dovedale Duck race and family day

16th April 2017 – 16th April 2017


On Easter Sunday, the annual Duck Race and family fun day takes place at Dovedale stepping stones. You can purchase racing ducks on the day for a £1 donation.  

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Bakewell Food Festival

29th April 2017 – 30th April 2017


The Bakewell Food Festival is once more celebrating the wealth of excellent local produce that the Peak District and this beautiful market town have to offer. As well as the multi-award winning farmers market, the town’s historic streets will host more than their usual splendid offerings of food fayre and Great British Bake Off's 'Star Baker', Howard Middleton will be doing cookery demonstartions. 

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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.

  • 788 Independent Reviews
  • Certificate of Excellence 2016