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Pumpkin Picking Derby and Derbyshire

Pumpkin picking has seen a huge surge in popularity in recent years. Local farms have responded to this demand and there are now a decent range of pumpkin farms and pumpkin patches across Derbyshire. Unsurprising really since it’s good, seasonal, wholesome family fun. What could be better than wrapping up warm and spending some time […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Autumn in Derbyshire

I have always loved autumn. It is simply the best season! Crisp mornings, bright sunny skies, leaves turning every hue of copper and gold, wrapping up warm, sweaters, scarves and thick woolly tights. Dark nights, cosying up at home with candles and pumpkin spice everything… It’s not too hot, it’s not too cold. There’s the […]

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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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Why I Love Haddon Hall Artisan Market

The seasonal Haddon Hall artisan market is a regular feature at this stunning period property. For full transparency, a year ago I received gifted entry to Haddon’s late summer Mercatum. We enjoyed it so much that we have returned to every market since as paying customers – and I haven’t received any incentive for writing […]

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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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Peak District Weekend Breaks

The Peak District is an excellent short break destination for all sorts of reasons. Whether you’re looking for a foodie break, a romantic weekend away, a trip with family or a weekend away with the girls or your dog, there are Peak District weekend breaks to suit all tastes and interests. The first National Park […]

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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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19 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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Thornbridge Hall Gardens REVIEW – go now before the masses!

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! Very […]

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Lea Gardens REVIEW – a Peak District Hidden Gem

Visit Lea Gardens’ beautiful rhododendron garden and wonderful tearoom near Matlock Please note that the 2021 season is now over so LEA GARDENS and the TEAROOM IS CLOSED until 1st March 2022. However, 2021 season ticket holders are welcome to wander around the garden. Find out more here. Lea Gardens is a pretty rhododendron garden […]