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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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Family Friendly Dining at Dunstone Hall Garden Centre

Dunstone Hall garden centre is on the outskirts of Chesterfield. We had visited once when we first moved here but found the café a bit fuddy-duddy and had never returned. Thankfully it’s just had a significant makeover. This includes a beautiful new coffee shop/bistro, complete with a lovely children’s play area. There’s extensive outside seating, […]

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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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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 […]