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The ULTIMATE guide of what To Do with Kids in Derbyshire this Summer Holiday

Summer holiday landing page: All the most useful posts on Lovely Local Indie for entertaining the kids this summer holiday.

Keeping the kids entertained over the long summer can be a job in itself. Make life easy by bookmarking this page. I’ll keep it updated with the best family days out, family friendly dining and everything else you can think of to ensure everyone has a great summer.

Things to do in the Summer Holiday in Derbyshire 2023

Family friendly, school holiday activities to keep the kids entertained over the 2023 summer holidays in Derbyshire Schools out for summer! Keeping the kids entertained over the six weeks can feel like hard work. Banish cries of “I’m bored…” with this handy guide to some of the best things to do with kids this summer…

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11 Flower Fields in Derbyshire to Visit

Regular readers of the blog will by now know that I am an absolute sucker for an Instagram picture. Over the last five years or so, each summer I get green with envy seeing people down south frolic about in lavender fields and the like. To my delight, Derbyshire now has several fields of flowers…

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5 Free Days Out in Derbyshire

If the summer holidays are dragging and you need some days out inspiration that’s easy on the purse, here are five FREE days out in Derbyshire. Walk, paddling and a picnic at Dovedale FREE entry, National Trust members park for free or £3.50 for up to four hours or £5 for all day (correct change…

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7 Great Places for Ice Cream in Derbyshire

From ice cream farms, to ice cream parlours and gelaterias and the cutest little tea rooms, here’s the scoop on some of the best places to eat ice cream in Derbyshire. The idea, and many of the suggestions, for this post came from Charlotte who will soon be joining us as a guest writer. Keep…

9 Delightful Derbyshire Picnic Spots

Is there anything more synonymous with British summertime than a picnic? Would you like some inspiration for perfect picnic spots? I must admit, I am not very lucky with picnics. I’m more a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants/buy-something-from-the-café type. When I have bothered to prepare a picnic it invariably rains and we end up eating it in the car.…

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40 Things to Do in Derbyshire

Located in the East Midlands, Derbyshire is famous for its beautiful countryside and rich industrial heritage and there are hundreds of things to do with kids. All of these ideas are suitable for families, although all could be enjoyed by couples and people on their own. I’ve organised this list largely by type of activity,…

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20 Brilliant Derbyshire Playgrounds

A comprehensive list of the best Derbyshire playgrounds. We love a good playground. I am particularly fond of the ones where it’s easy to park and where I can combine it with getting a good coffee! Here’s my guide to the best Derbyshire playgrounds. The vast majority of these we have tried and tested ourselves.…

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Pushchair friendly walks Derbyshire

The best pushchair friendly walks Derbyshire, complete with where to park and where to get a great coffee after I don’t know about you but motherhood hit me like a ton of bricks. I loved it, but it was a huge adjustment. Suddenly just leaving the house became a massive achievement, and my world felt…

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National Trust Derbyshire

There are several impressive National Trust properties in Derbyshire. Our favourites are Calke Abbey, Kedleston Hall and Hardwick Hall. But there’s also numerous places in the Peak District, where NT members can park for free which give access to stunning walking and hiking through the national park. Here’s my guide to the best of National…

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Things to do in Derby

Derby is a much underrated city. It might not be an obvious choice for a short break but here’s why I think it’s a great weekend destination. Whether you’re looking for family friendly activities, culture and history or just places to eat and drink, there are so many great things to do in Derby. Situated…

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Thornbridge Hall Gardens REVIEW

Thornbridge Hall Gardens is currently a little known secret and Peak District hidden gem Thornbridge Hall is a grade two listed stately home nestled in 12 acres of quirky, quintessentially English gardens with stunning views of the surrounding Derbyshire countryside. Go for good, wholesome family fun. And don’t miss the hook a duck fountain! Thornbridge…

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Church Farm Anslow REVIEW

Church Farm Anslow, near Burton on Trent is just beyond the Derbyshire border in Staffordshire. It’s a family run, children’s farm where you can feed, pet and stroke various different farmyard animals. There’s some great play equipment. And also a good tearoom which also sells a small selection of gifts and cards. We went today…

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Family Friendly Cromford Canal Walk

As an added extra to my popular, Pushchair Friendly Walks blog post, which contains ideas for over twenty lovely places for a wander with a pushchair, I’ve teamed up with Boom Magazine Belper to bring you a free sample of one of their family friendly walks for little legs. The PDF below can be easily…

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15 Things to Do with Kids in Chesterfield

I’ve been meaning to write something like this for a while. Firstly because this is exactly what I would have liked to have read when I was new to the area. And then also a knackered, sleep deprived parent scrabbling round for something fun to do for my child that didn’t make me want to…

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For older kids

22 Fabulous Places in Derbyshire for Coffee and a Walk

Ditch the faceless chains. Here’s the best independent coffee shops in Derbyshire to combine with a walk This post was updated April 2023. Here are my favourite places for coffee and a walk in and around Derbyshire. Best places for coffee and a walk in the High Peak The pretty Peak District village of Hope…

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What’s On Derbyshire 2023 Events Guide

A carefully curated list of events you actually want to go to, in Derbyshire and just beyond. Here’s my guide to the best events and what’s on in Derbyshire (and if it’s really of interest, in surrounding counties) in 2023, all organised by date. There are lots of free activities, and most events (not all)…

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For adults (because we need holidays too!)

8 Stunning Beer Gardens in Derbyshire

Last year, by far and away the most popular blog post I wrote was a guide to the best places to eat and drink outdoors across Derbyshire. This summer I’ve noticed some incredible outdoor spaces opening up. Here’s my round up of the most stunning pub gardens imaginable. The term ‘beer garden’ probably doesn’t do…

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24 Places with Gorgeous Outdoor Seating in Derbyshire

Amazing outdoor seating: attractive, comfortable and often covered and/or with some heating and serving up great food, quality drinks and a wonderful ambiance. This was originally written in anticipation of 12th April 2021 and the much awaited date for the reopening of outdoor hospitality. It was last updated September 2021. Click here for the best…

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25 Lovely Places with Outdoor Seating in Chesterfield

The loveliest cafés, restaurants, pubs with and bars with outdoor seating in Chesterfield and nearby Since my outdoor seating in Derbyshire blog post has been so popular, I thought I’d write a version closer to home. Chesterfield has some real gems of independent bars, cafés and restaurants with some lovely outdoor seating. No faceless chains…

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The Best Independent Cocktail Bars in Derby and Derbyshire

Prior to me writing this article, if you googled “best cocktail bars in Derby” you basically get lists of national chain pubs. Whilst there’s a time and a place for that, I know that personally I’d rather be drinking at a great independent, with a professionally trained mixologist who serves high quality cocktails in beautifully…

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By Molly Scott

Derbyshire blogger - bringing you the best places to eat, drink, spa and stay in the wider Derbyshire area. Champion of the most fabulous independents.

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