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Matlock Bath Illuminations REVIEW

Over recent years, the popularity of outdoor light installations has soared (we especially enjoyed them across the two lockdown winters where we weren’t allowed inside- we are a family of winter babies and we all know how problematic an outdoor winter birthday is!). It is unsurprising given how brilliant they are: suitable for all ages, […]

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Family Day Out at Chatsworth

[AD] As part of my previous collaboration with Chatsworth Kitchen, we were gifted family tickets to Chatsworth and finally put these to good use this weekend with a lovely day out exploring the gardens, farmyard and playground as a family. I have visited Chatsworth numerous times over the years. It’s probably my favourite place on […]

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The best kids events in Derbyshire this October half term

Here’s your roundup of the spookiest events happening over the October half term school holidays in Derbyshire. Typically, the October half term in Derbyshire schools runs from Saturday 22 October 2022 to Sunday 30 October 2022 – but do check directly with your own school as holidays and INSET days do vary from school to school. […]

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Monkey Park Chesterfield

[AD] I was recently invited to lunch at Monkey Park Community Café to find out about the great work they do. As a social enterprise, the purpose of Monkey Park is to improve the local community by bringing people together and supporting their efforts to improve the local area in Brampton, Chesterfield. It’s a friendly, […]

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WIN 4 tickets to The Snowman Tour

The Snowman Tour is returning to Derbyshire this December! An award winning, magical production – and you can win tickets for you and your family at either the Derby or Buxton performances (the winner chooses). GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED – Congratulations to Joyce who won the tickets. The Snowman Tour Including Shaun The Sheep – The […]

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18 Free Derbyshire Days Out this September

Each year, heritage places across England throw open their doors and give people the chance to see hidden spaces and try new experiences for free. This year the event takes place from 9th to the 18th of September. Every single event is totally free – even at places that usually charge admission fees. From museums, […]

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Breakfast at the Devonshire Arms in Middle Handley

A review of a family breakfast out at the Devonshire Arms in Middle Handley from our guest writer, Charlotte Taylor. Although the address gives it that the Devonshire Arms in Middle Handley is in Sheffield, it is actually right at the top of the county flanked by Derbyshire the villages of Apperknowle, Eckington and Marsh […]

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Gloworm Festival 2022 – The Heatwave Edition

Introducing the first article by our Lovely Local Indie guest writer, Charlotte Taylor, a review of Gloworm festival at Thoresby Park, Nottinghamshire. Having been to a few festivals pre-child, (Glastonbury and Green Man) we had looked on admiringly at parents who were free-spirited enough to bring their children along so they could see Beyoncé’s iconic […]

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Children’s Country House at Sudbury Hall

Sudbury Hall, just off the A50 and close to Ashbourne, was shut for what seemed like a very long time whilst they renovated and expanded the museum. It’s reopened as The Children’s Country House Museum and Gardens… but was it worth the wait? We went pretty soon after it opened to find out. I initially […]

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Hardwick Hall

One of our favourite places to go locally is Hardwick Hall, a National Trust property near Chesterfield in the north of Derbyshire. It’s fabulous for a family day out. Here’s why we love it. If you’re not already in the National Trust, I whole heartedly recommend joining. There are some really lovely National Trust places […]