Despite some gloomy days recently, there’s no doubt that summer is fast approaching – and we may find ourselves looking for things to do.
This is particularly important for those days when the weather finally starts looking up – with Derbyshire being such a beautiful place, it seems such a waste to spend our time indoors, instead of out in the countryside.
With this in mind, here are what we at StoryHub deem as the five best family outing locations you and your little ones should visit over the next few months.
1. Kedleston Hall
Kedleston Hall is a beautiful manor house, built in the 1970s and now supported by the National Trust.
This fantastic hall has a huge garden, restaurant, outdoor food van and baby-changing facilities: perfect for a family day out.
It also has accessible parking and is dog-friendly, too!
Located a ten minute drive from Derby, the hall is open 9:30am – 4:00pm every day.
Click here for more information on Kedleston Hall.
2. Calke Abbey
Located in Ticknall, this historic house prides itself as an ‘un-stately’ home due to its run-down features.
With its natural play trail and park, this location is perfect for those more adventurous kids.
It’s open from 9:30am – 5:00pm every day and its accessible baby changing facilities make it a must-go for you and your family.
Click here for more information on Calke Abbey.
3. Gulliver’s Kingdom
Gulliver’s Kingdom is a theme park located in Matlock Bath and is perfect for younger kids, with a suggested age-range of three to 13.
With 20 rides available and eight of them open to even the smallest of children (80cm), this theme park is packed full of fun for all the family.
Open 10:30am – 5:00pm, make sure you book your tickets before you go as many days are fully booked. Especially with summer approaching!
Click here for more information on Gulliver’s Kingdom.
4. Ilam Park
This beautiful 158-acre country park is located in Ilam and is part of the National Trust’s White Peak estate.
With the delicious Stableyard Cafe open from 10:00am – 4:00pm every day for light bites and hot drinks.
There are baby changing facilities available and blue badge holders park for free!
Ilam Park is open 9:00am – 8:00pm every day, but make sure you get there early if you’re setting off by car as the car park is very small and gets filled up quickly.
Click here for more information on Ilam Park.
5. Chatsworth House
With over 25 beautiful rooms to explore, Chatsworth House is a gorgeous manor owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
It is recommended to book tickets to visit this beautiful, 1600s family-friendly house to avoid disappointment on arrival as it can get very busy.
Ticket prices range from £5 – £29 per person, depending on what you want to do and whether you are a child or adult.
The house is open 10:30am – 4:30pm every day and final entry to the house is at 3:30pm.
Despite being on the pricier side, this grand home is definitely worth a visit. Click here for more information.
So, there you go! Whether you want a wander in the woods or to take the kids for a ride, these five amazing places have got you covered.