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12 Best Places to See Bluebells in Derbyshire

The best time to see bluebells in Derbyshire is usually mid to late April and in to May. I love seeing a carpet of blue, and it feels all the more special given that it’s such a short season. Bluebells are native to the UK and one of the most loved British flowers. The UK’s […]

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Where Kids Eat for Free in Derby and Derbyshire this Easter Holiday

Lots of us are looking to make savings. And eating out with kids can be a bit of an adventure at the best of times, so a well-priced children’s menu is always a bonus. Here’s a round up of the best places to eat out with children – and where kids can eat free in […]

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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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Rutland Arms Bakewell REVIEW

The Rutland Arms Bakewell is a 19th century coaching inn located in the centre of Bakewell. The hotel has thirty two bedrooms and has recently enjoyed a complete refurbishment. It’s beautifully stylish, successfully marrying contemporary comfort with an impressive history. We stayed last night to celebrate my husband’s birthday. Why stay at the Rutland Arms […]

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Host Coffee Clay Cross REVIEW

Just under six months ago, Host Coffee opened in Clay Cross. It has been an exciting addition to the North East Derbyshire historic mining town, situated between Chesterfield and Alfreton. In the short time its been open Host has gained a loyal following for its speciality coffees, epic cakes and delicious brunch menu. Inside, Host […]

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The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley REVIEW

Described as one of the most charming Peak District pubs, The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley near Bakewell is nestled in the heart of the Chatsworth Estate. A fine example of a traditional country inn and upmarket pub, the food is locally sourced, much of it from the Estate. We went last night for an impromptu […]

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The Dragon Willington REVIEW

The Dragon Willington is a charming 150 year old pub situated in the village of Willington. Striking just the right balance between traditional country pub and contemporary décor and delicious food, The Dragon is one of the most popular pubs in South Derbyshire. Right before the start of the pandemic, we enjoyed a lovely night […]

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Top 20 Derbyshire Restaurants – The Ultimate Edit

I love eating out, and do it as often as I can. I’ve been eating out around Derbyshire for over two decades, and blogging about it for the last couple. Here are my all-time favourite Derbyshire restaurants. No faceless chains, just lovely, local, independents. All tried, tested and recommended by yours truly. The best Derbyshire […]

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Best Places for Pancakes in Derbyshire

This year, Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Day falls on Tuesday 1st March. Whilst it’s traditional to make pancakes at home (originally to use up eggs and fats to eliminate any temptations over Lent), personally I like any excuse to eat out! Here are some of the best places for pancakes in Derby and Derbyshire. Lots […]