Derbyshire is lucky enough to have the Peak District National Park in its midst, which puts it unfairly in pole position when it comes to having great family days out. Nature lovers and sports enthusiasts alike will enjoy the endless opportunities for cycling, hiking and horse-riding. For more adrenaline you can head to Go Ape for a treetop adventure, plummet the depths as you explore subterranean caverns or take a cable car ride and enjoy the views at The Heights of Abraham.
Pretty villages and towns are in plentiful supply; Buxton, famous for its water (help yourself from St Anne’s Well) and Georgian architecture makes for a fine day out. The Pavillion Gardens are a pleasant way to spend a day - 23 acres of ornamental grounds with a playground, lake, café and miniature railway. Bakewell, famous for its pudding (not tart!) is picturesque and packed with visitors in the summer months, flocking to the farmers’ markets and festivals that often take place.
Sweeping estates are in plentiful supply; Chatsworth House, Hardwick Hall and Haddon Hall are great places to spend a day, with cafes, playgrounds, landscaped gardens and fabulous rooms to explore.
For romantic ruins head to Bolsover Castle offering great views and even better battlements; perfect for scampering around. The grounds are huge and there’s a café for teatime treats. For more nostalgic trips into the past check out the National Tramway Museum, with a period village and mile long track that you can ride up and down to your heart’s content.
The list is endless but Derbyshire is a playground – there are plenty of family-oriented farms, wildlife centres, theme parks and adrenaline-inducing sports to ensure a day in Derbyshire is a day well spent.