Fun things to do in the Peak District

(45 Posts)
MrsJohnDeere Thu 25-Jul-13 20:18:58

With 5 and 7yo Dcs?

Based nr Matlock but planning to travel around a lot! We're house hunting and holidaying at the same time and want to check out different areas!

Dcs want to do the Height of Abraham (or whatever it is called) with the cable car, and we're seeing Horrible Histories at Chatsworth one evening, but have no other plans.

And any recommendations for nice (but child friendly) pubs or cafes would be great! Also, and good fish and chip shops (we don't have any near us at all).

NoComet Thu 25-Jul-13 23:31:36

Go early and take dry clothes, you can paddle in the cascades (staircase water feature). I never got the algae stains out DDs shorts. There is also an adventure play ground.

Brilliant place, way less stuffy than the NT.

I'm sure you know you must drive along the road past the Cat and fiddle pub, the view is amazing, even DDs say wow.

Bakewell used to be nice and have a good park, but I haven't been for a very long time.

LeGavrOrf Thu 25-Jul-13 23:34:51

I agree go to Chatsworth in the day. Not necessarily to go I the house, but the gardens are wonderful. I thought it would be stuffy but it isn't at all. Lots of children and families playing ball games and in the cascade thing. The gardens are simply beautiful and it is a lovely friendly atmosphere. Also there is a farm park thing and an adventure playground iirc. Definitely recommend Chatsworth in the day. So perhaps you could go early on the horrible histories day or go another day.

I have always wanted to go on the Heights of Aabraham. grin

LeGavrOrf Thu 25-Jul-13 23:37:19

If it absolutely pisses it down you could go to the dry ski slope at Castleford (south Yorkshire, not a million miles away) plus there is a skyline walk thingy there. Dd loved it (cost a bloody fortune though). But if the weather is good you can go on lovely walks in the peaks, it is so beautiful. I love Derbyshire. Plus such friendly people ime.

Clary Thu 25-Jul-13 23:39:51

Gullivers at Matlock Bath is great for that age if they like theme parks. I know it's seen better days in décor terms, but I have never had to queue there and my DC used to love it when they were younger.

There's loads of lovely walking of course; Dovedale and St Cloud are real honeypots but if you want to avoid crowds there are lots of other places.

If you are in the NT then Hardwick Hall has lots of holiday events on. Bolsover Castle is nice too.

janji Thu 25-Jul-13 23:46:56

Gullivers kingdom in Matlock Bath. Blue John , treat Cliff and Speedwell (underground boat) caverns in Castleton. Lovely fish and chip shop in Bakewell near the police station (they have a recently opened restaurant upstairs). The park in Matlock has a good but small kids paddle pool and motor boats. Little monkeys play centre near Darley Dale. Ice Sheffield is a great ice rink. Matlock farm park. Crich tramway village (great wood walk as well as teams; can borrow activity back packs for free and one entry fee allows you unlimited return visits for 12 months). Walk along comfort canal. Hathersage outdoor heated pool (not far from Castleton and caverns). Bolsover Castle. Hardwick Hall (fab pub called Hardwick Inn at bottom). Tomorrow is the last day of well dressing/flower festival/scarecrows displays in village of Heath (straight off M1 J29) which is 5 mins from Hardwick Hall.

janji Thu 25-Jul-13 23:47:44

Treak cliff not treat cliff! Sorry!

janji Thu 25-Jul-13 23:48:15

Trams not teams!

janji Thu 25-Jul-13 23:48:54

Cromford not comfort.

Typing is pants on my ipad; sorry!blush

LeGavrOrf Thu 25-Jul-13 23:49:25

Bloody hell Janjj now I want to go to the peaks on holiday!

Clary Thu 25-Jul-13 23:49:41

OOooh yes crich Tramway is fab!

LeGavrOrf Thu 25-Jul-13 23:50:00

I have never been to Hardwicke Hall and would love to.

janji Thu 25-Jul-13 23:50:39

Queens Park in Chesterfield quite nice; fun run on the 4th Aug if you're still around. Children receive medals30etc for taking part.

Clary Thu 25-Jul-13 23:51:42

Oh I love Hardwick tho the OP's DC might be a bit bored by the house; the gardens are lovely tho and the way it says ES on all the roofs smile

LeGavrOrf Thu 25-Jul-13 23:52:08

I love Chesterfield. I had one of the best nights out of my life there, which sounds so sad to admit, but it is such a friendly town. I also love that church steeple.

janji Thu 25-Jul-13 23:52:18

Hardwick Hall Inn is so nice as well; very 'untouched by time' and family run with big garden at rear. All local foods etc. can't you tell I live near there!! I moved away for 8 years but always knew I'd come back!

LeGavrOrf Thu 25-Jul-13 23:53:01

That's what I love about Hardwicke, the ES on the roofs. Good old Bess. I read a biography of her and she sounds utterly fantastic.

janji Thu 25-Jul-13 23:53:05

Crooked Spure in Chesterfield?! I took a class of 7 yrs olds right up and onto the open top of the steeple!!

janji Thu 25-Jul-13 23:53:15


LeGavrOrf Thu 25-Jul-13 23:53:49

I am spelling Hardwick wrong blush

LeGavrOrf Thu 25-Jul-13 23:54:35

Oh how great! Would live to go up that steeple. Was it a mistake or designed like that?

janji Thu 25-Jul-13 23:54:48

Chatsworth farmyard small but cute and lovely Chatsworth estate farm shop in nearby Pilsley.

janji Thu 25-Jul-13 23:55:34

Was planned. Had a midday supervisor helping me and she on,y made it halfway before having to be coaxed down!!

LeGavrOrf Thu 25-Jul-13 23:57:21

Haha at being coaxed down. I felt the same when I went up the London Monument, the spiral stairs scared me to death on the way down and I walked down very slowly.

Derbyshire is so beautiful, I haven't been for years and now I want to go again.

janji Thu 25-Jul-13 23:58:26

Spire was built using unseasoned timber by mistake hence it warped over time (or you can believe the myth that the devil caught it with his tail and that caused it to twist)!!?

Midland railway is also a Matlock based steam train in Matlock (near Sainsburys).

LeGavrOrf Fri 26-Jul-13 00:00:11

I never knew that about the unseasoned timber. It looks beautiful.

janji Fri 26-Jul-13 00:02:42

I'm a wealth of (useless?) info about my home county.

LeGavrOrf Fri 26-Jul-13 00:03:33

I am the same about my home county, if you ever go to north Devon I'm your man grin

janji Fri 26-Jul-13 00:06:25

Op there's a fab farm shop with small indoor and outdoor tea room who home make the biggest scones I've ever seen. Take the road out of Matlock towards Tansley and fork left after Matlock garden centre. Take the first left (it's signposted). Lovely afternoon teas and so child friendly. It's only about 10 mins from Crich too!

LeGavrOrf Fri 26-Jul-13 00:08:21


janji Fri 26-Jul-13 00:17:27

I kid you not they're the size of side plates; homemade and served with jam and cream! Only recently discovered this hidden gem myself after a friends fil fitted out the tea room. The owners live in the house in the yard. Sooo friendly and make amazing homemade cakes, hams, chutneys etc!

LeGavrOrf Fri 26-Jul-13 00:18:22

I want a scone now.

Am seriously thinking of driving to Derbyshire on Saturday now.grin

janji Fri 26-Jul-13 00:19:12

Oo just remembered, there's a cool carting place at Dunston on outskirts of Chesterfield. Think it's called Avago Carting!

janji Fri 26-Jul-13 00:21:14

Le Gav you'd love it!! We went there on Saturday and then to Crich. It was the Edwardian weekend with horse drawn trams and a Titanic exhibition. They do themed weekends every so often and kids craft sessions throughout the Summer. My 2 dc love the nighttime Halloween special!

LeGavrOrf Fri 26-Jul-13 00:24:37

Oh it all sounds lovely. It's such a lovely part of the world.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Fri 26-Jul-13 00:41:08

Ok, I am your neighbour for the weekend! Rainy =, Monkeys softplay or chucklebutties, Matlock Bath is fun - like a tacky sea side resort with no sea but get there early or it is full of bikers and busy and loud. Chatsworth is wonderful and there. is a cute farm park called matlock farm park. Bakewell os lovely, Ashbourne too. The farm shop at chatsworth is great if you want some nice but expensive nibbles. Tramway museum good, gullivers very good for that age, massive car boot sale at tansley on sunday morning if that's you thing (urgh, not for me). Wirksworth is a nice little town. Where abouts are. you house hunting? could walk along cromford Canal & have a meal at the cafe there (actually there are 2). Ritz cinema in Belper is lovely - retro vibe. oh gosh I could go on and on.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Fri 26-Jul-13 01:09:13

best fish n chips are Georges in Belper but Truckers (i think it is called that) in matlock bath are good. the matlock balti is great!

MrsJohnDeere Fri 26-Jul-13 07:34:17

Fantastic ideas, thank you everyone flowers

House-hunting all over the place - Belper, nr Ashbourne, Melbourne, Tansley, and even into Leics. Looking for lovely villages with good schools (a thread for another day smile).

Ohhelpohnoitsa Fri 26-Jul-13 10:27:33

good luckwink

chosenone Sun 28-Jul-13 09:17:37

Buxton is a bit further up but a lovely day out. Pavilion Gardens are a beautiful park with a lovely family restaurant near the gorgeous Opera House. The dome (university of Derby) is next to it and open to the public so you can go in and see theUK's largest unsupported dome. Lovely cafe too. A little red tour bus tours all the sights.
Also near to Ashbourne is Carsington Water a huge resevoir with sailing and boat hire, a couple of walks/ nature trails and a staggered play ground. It has lpts of lovely outdoor space and picnic areas.

MrsJohnDeere Sun 28-Jul-13 18:35:58

So far we have visited Chatsworth farm and playground (fantastic), Bakewell (meh, underwhelmed), Bolsover Castle (excellent), Harwick Hall grounds (good),and explored Ashbourne.

Ohhelpohnoitsa Tue 30-Jul-13 11:54:11

But have you found a house yet??

MrsJohnDeere Wed 31-Jul-13 17:15:18

2 maybes.

A full thread will follow in a few days seeking the advice and wisdom of MNetters once I am back home with proper Internet access.

Got soaked to our very cores today. Chatsworth abandoned in favour if caves.

amandaingham Sat 17-Aug-13 13:08:26

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serin Sat 17-Aug-13 14:57:10

Perevril Castle near Hope has great views and is a challenge for little legs.

Blue John mines good for rainy days.

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