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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 – a Peak District Hidden Gem

Visit Lea Gardens’ beautiful rhododendron garden and wonderful tearoom near Matlock Lea Gardens is a pretty rhododendron garden in the Derbyshire village of Lea, not far from Matlock. I first visited late in the season last year but it’s quickly become one of our favourite places to visit. It never feels crowded and is easy […]

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8 Great Places in and around the Peak District

To celebrate its 70th birthday, I’m sharing 8 fabulous places in and around the Peak District from a local’s perspective, highlighting the lovely, local, indie businesses The Peak District is famed for it’s stunning scenery, and is immensely popular with walkers and cyclists. But there’s more to it than just the great outdoors. There is […]