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National Trust Properties

1st January 2017 – 31st December 2018

Across Derbyshire

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

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Ilam Hall

14th October 2017 – 31st December 2018

Ilam Hall

Take a walk through the wonderful grounds of Ilam hall and enjoy a drink in the tea rooms.  £1 trail sheet available daily from the shop at Ilam Park, 11 to 5.

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Speedwell Cavern

12th 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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Pooles Cavern

20th December 2017 – 31st January 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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Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

17th February 2018 – 31st December 2018

Wirksworth - Duffield

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is a 9-mile long picturesque heritage railway in Derbyshire. The services operate in both directions between Wirksworth and Duffield and are open most weekends and other dates throughout the year. Open at weekends throughout the year and selected dates. Please see the timetable.

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10th July 2018 – 27th October 2018

Ilam Hall

Have a go at orienteering at Ilam Park - the permanent course is available all year round, whatever the weather. Ideal for beginners, families, dog walkers and school groups. No booking needed, just purchase the orienteering map for £1.50 from the shop at Ilam Park and off you go!

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Matlock Bath Illuminations and Fireworks

8th September 2018 – 28th October 2018

Matlock Bath

The 2018 Illuminations season will run from Saturday 8 September to Saturday 28 October. Fireworks displays will take place on Saturday evenings at 9pm.  Matlock Bath Illuminations feature a unique parade of illuminated and decorated boats on the River Derwent every weekend throughout September and October. Each boat carries a decorated model and as darkness falls the boats disappear into the blackness below, leaving the models apparently gliding along just above the water.

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Brother Grimm Promenade Performance

29th September 2018 – 30th September 2018

Sudbury Hall & Museum of Childhood

Can you help Jakob Grimm find his missing Brother Wilhelm? That is the quest in this interactive promenade performance from The Lost Boys. So join Jakob as you try to find his missing Brother, so they can write more fairy tales together. But be careful, who knows what creatures you might meet along the way.

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Steampunk Day

6th October 2018 – 6th October 2018

Crich Tramway Village

Come along and enjoy this fun day.

Steampunk can best be described as a sub-genre of science fiction or science fantasy which incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.

Steampunks take some of the best parts of the past and make them part of a bright future.  They value and encourage creativity and have been asked to collaborate in educational and arts projects across the country.

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Half term Halloween hoot

27th October 2018 – 4th November 2018

Chatsworth House

Frighteningly good fun around every corner ... join us if you dare. Bring your little monsters along to Chatsworth for terrible treats, evil entertainment and devilish delights. 

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Chatsworth House Bonfire and Fireworks

3rd November 2018 – 4th November 2018

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House annual bonfire and dazzling fireworks display will take place on Saturday and Sunday night.

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Christmas Markets

16th November 2018 – 5th December 2018

Chatsworth House

Join in the festive spirit, with Live seasonal musical entertainment from brass bands to string quartets. Enjoy mulled cider and German beers in our bavarian beer tent. Find the perfect presents for all the family from our wide range of stalls including toiletries, clothes and things for your home. Enjoy delicious food, with gourmet burgers, hotdogs, pancakes, churros, fudge and chocolate and treats galore. See our own stunning ranges of items in the Chatsworth gift, interiors and garden shops, up in the Stables.

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Santa's Grotto

1st December 2018 – 24th December 2018

Pooles Cavern

Santa will be returning to his favourite Grotto at Poole's cavern each weekend in December, and Christmas eve too.
Bring your Christmas wishes and all the family to visit the wonderfully illuminated grotto, meet the man himself and explore the spectacular cavern.

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Available All Year Round

Clay Pigeon Shooting


There are two Clay Pigeon schools that we can recommend, one close to Darwin Forest and one close to Sandybrook Country Park. Please ask for details and make sure you book in advance.

Chatsworth Estate


Take a walk around the stunning Chatsworth Estate. The House aand Gardens reopen at Easter but you can still view the House from the grounds and visit the famous farm shop. 

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Go Active

Sandybrook Country Park

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.

  • 406 Independent Reviews
  • Certificate of Excellence 2017