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6 Pretty Places in Derbyshire for Jane Austen Fans

Jane Austen once wrote there is “no finer county in England than Derbyshire”. I wholeheartedly agree! Here’s some staycation or day trip ideas for Jane Austen fans, including all the key spots where Pride and Prejudice filmed. Bakewell Pride and Prejudice is very much based in Derbyshire. Austen is thought to have based fictional Lambton […]

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What’s On in Derbyshire – Events Guide

Here’s my guide to the best events and what’s on in Derbyshire (and if it’s really of interest, in surrounding counties), all organised by date. All information provided in good faith but please do check directly with organisers before making a special journey. Some events require pre-booking. If you’re looking for things to do rather […]

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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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Things to do this Easter in Derbyshire

Here’s my round up of the best Easter activities in Derby and Derbyshire for Easter 2022. Keep the kids entertained in the Easter holidays. From egg hunts to craft sessions, there’s hopefully something for everyone here. Note that all of the trails will potentially be muddy so suitable clothing and footwear is advised. Most activities […]

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Behind the Scenes in Melbourne Derbyshire

[AD] I was recently involved in a day of filming in and around Melbourne in South Derbyshire. I grew up nearby and have always had a soft spot for Melbourne. This picturesque market town in the heart of the National Forest has so much going for it, but like many places, has suffered from a […]

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Springtime in Derbyshire

A Guide to What’s Great in Derbyshire this Spring It might technically still be winter, but I absolutely adore the changing seasons. There is nothing like seeing the first signs of spring popping up in the garden, giving hope that warmer months are coming. Here are some of the loveliest things to do in Derbyshire […]

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9 Lovely Places to see Snowdrops in Derbyshire

For many of us, snowdrops are the first floral sign of spring. It brings me so much joy to see their green shoots and then the delicate white flowers each year. A very welcome sign that winter is gradually making way for warmer months. Here are some of the best places to see snowdrops in […]

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6 Free Things to do in Derbyshire this January

When it feels a very long way until payday, most of us are looking for free or cheap activities. The vast majority of these are outside – so wrap up warm. Here’s my edit of fabulous free things to do in Derbyshire. The trick to having a really cheap day out is to take a […]

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Beat Chrimbo Limbo Boredom – 5 Things to do in Derbyshire in between Christmas and New Year

Chrimbo Limbo (or Twixmas if you insist) is that funny old time in between Christmas and New Year when the days all merge into one. Personally, I now love it and am more than happy to lurch from one festive meal of leftovers to the next, combinations becoming increasingly odd as the best before dates […]

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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 […]