Peak District Families and Kids

Peak District Home

family friendly activities and attractions in the peak district

family and child friendly activities, attractions and events, playgrounds and family fun

  • Eyam Treasure Trail – Eyam
    A fantastically fun way to get out and explore the historic plague village of Derbyshire. Kids will get an understanding of history whilst solving the mystery of the lost treasure from days gone by. Adults get to share and help them in their learning and fun Eyam Treasure Trail
  • Matlock Farm Park – Matlock –
    Set in part of a 600 acre working farm, providing a great day out with varied activities for all the family. the park has a varied selection of animals to see including llamas, goats, peacocks and red deer to name a few Matlock Farm Park
  • Oak Lodge Farm – Foston
    Take time to soak up the scenery, experience the smells of the farm yard and really get in touch with the land that feeds us. Discover first hand what it means to be a farmer Oak Lodge Farm
  • Chucklebutties – Belper
    With the exciting playframe, separate baby area and activity sessions every weekday at 11am and 2pm, there’s always plenty to keep babies to 10 year olds entertained Chucklebutties
  • Crazy Crocodiles Indoor Play Centre – Ilkeston
    A family friendly indoor play & party centre which serves great coffee and fab food at affordable prices. Children can run off excess energy on our two teir play frame under your watchful eye. We also have a soft baby area and toddler play area for the younger ones. Crazy Crocodiles Indoor Play Centre
  • Wacky Warehouse – Plank & Leggit – Sawley
    Wacky Warehouse – Plank & Leggit. Children up to 4ft 9ins tall are welcome to try out the Wacky Indoor Playcentre with its safe modern games and equipmen, perfect for the ankle biters to let of steam of an afternoon 
    Wacky Warehouse – Plank & Leggit
  • Hickory Dickory’s Playhouse – Derby
    The provision of unparalleled indoor children’s adventure play and party centres that are spacious, high quality, stylish and as attractive to adults as they are exciting and fun to children. One of the many fun family places to visit if you’re looking for the best things to do in Derbyshire with kids Hickory Dickory’s Playhouse
  • Jangala – Derby
    Super indoor play area with dedicated toddler section, football pitch, Wii room, free WiFi and large cafe with big sofas! Jangala
  • Lunar Lift-Off – Ashbourne
    Space themed play structure with other toys and features to entertain set in age appropriate sections  Lunar Lift-Off
  • Jungle Monkey – High Peak
    Custom designed modern play system with 3m double Astro slide, nets, swing balls, clamber bridges, and all the usual favourites. Plus a separate interactive baby area. Jungle Monkey
  • Jungle Madness – Swadlincote
    Let the children enjoy themselves in the soft play area, which includes a 3 storey climbing structure with astra slide, ball pit, spiders catch, sky glide and much more. Jungle Madness
  • The Heights of Abraham – Matlock Bath
    Explore a unique Hilltop Park via a thrilling Cable Car ride. Once at the Summit enjoy going underground on tours of two Show Caverns. In the Exhibitions get to touch a dinosaur fossil and see video shows, then burn off energy on the 2 play areas
    The Heights of Abraham
  • Poole’s Cavern – Buxton
    Deep beneath the limestone hills on the edge of the historic Derbyshire spa town of Buxton. This secret underground world once echoed to the sound of a glacial river that scoured the rock for millions of years  Poole’s Cavern
  • The World Famous Blue John Cavern – Hope Valley
    The Cavern Tours are of immense educational interest showing clearly how the caverns are formed in limestone strata and how the limestone itself had much earlier been formed by the deposits on the floors of great oceans which have long since receded, as the fossilised remains of marine animals now show The World Famous Blue John Cavern
  • Elvaston Castle – Elvaston
    The first county park in England, this has been gently entertaining and thoroughly inspiring young families for forty years. Interesting walks and gorgeous architecture, an interesting half day’s worth Elvaston Castle
  • Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre – Swadlincote
    A large leisure facility and dry ski slope providing Skiing, Snowboarding, Toboggan and Sno-Tubing with a fully licensed bar and restaurant. Kids must be over 4 to take part in activities Swadlincote Ski and Snowboard Centre
  • Matlock Bath Aquarium  – Matlock Bath
    From Piranahs to Terrapins. There is a large open pool which is fed by a thermal spring and illuminated at night containing common carp, mirror carp and koi carp. The fish may be fed by visitors with fish food obtained on the premises Matlock Bath Aquarium
  • Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park – High Peak
    Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park boasts otters, 16 species of owls and other indigenous wildlife all in their natural surroundings including, buzzards, pine martens, polecats, foxes, Scottish wildcats and deer Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park
  • Hathersage Open Air Heated Pool – Hope Valley
    Uniquely warm water and swim throughout the season from March to September Hathersage Open Air Heated Pool
  • Queens Park Sports Centre – Chesterfield
    Ride the hipper dipper waterslide 185ft long (bigger than your average flume). Plus 33m pool with diving area for 1, 3 and 5m boards. One of the many fun family places to visit if you’re looking for the best things to do in Derbyshire with kids
    Queens Park Sports Centre
  • Go Ape! Buxton – Buxton
    UK’s No.1 Forest Adventure. Take to the trees and speed down zip slides. They’re part of an exciting course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and crossings; all set high above the forest floor Go Ape! Buxton
  • Carsington Water – Wirksworth
    Carsington Water Offering a wealth of outdoor activities, restaurant facilities and leisure opportunities, Carsington Water in Derbyshire is the ideal destination for you and your family.
  • Wild Park Brailsford – Derby
    Strictly for the over 10s (the older they are the more they can do, here) this offers off road quad biking and well protected paint-balling Wild Park Brailsford
  • Willow Tree Family Farm – Shirebrook
    Friendly local farm offering common animal filled visits but also courses, classes and mentoring in many related topics. Strong environmental ethos and identity. For a FULL day out best enjoyed with other components Willow Tree Family Farm
  • Crich Tramway Village – Crich
    Take a tram ride through time. Step aboard a vintage tram and travel back in time along a recreated village street complete with working pub. Explore fascinating exhibitions and watch trams being restored from the Workshop Viewing Gallery. Children’s playground, tea-rooms, shops, and Woodland Walk & Sculpture Trail Crich Tramway Village
  • Midland Railway Centre – Ripley
    It’s a day out for the whole family with model/miniature railways and a country park as well as heritage steam and diesel locomotives operating and a host of other attractions. Sometimes you can see special visitors, be it Thomas the Tank Engine, a vintage Steam or historic Diesel Loco Midland Railway Centre
  • Steeple Grange Light Railway – Irksworth
    When you visit the railway you can enjoy a unique train ride through dramatic limestone scenery Steeple Grange Light Railway
  • Conkers – Swadlincote
    Indoor and outdoor adventure the National Forest. Over 100 acres of forest to explore. A train ride linking Discovery and Waterside Centres, 450 metre barefoot walk and an adventure play zone. Inside the Discovery Centre are interactive exhibits, simulated tree top walk and the Enchanted Forest adventure play area Conkers
  • Rosliston Forestry Centre – Swadlincote
    Discover a woodland wonderland. From quiet walks to action-packed family fun, uncover nature at its best Rosliston Forestry Centre
  • Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes – Swadlincote
    In this most southerly part of rural Derbyshire, Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes offers visitors lots of fun ways to enjoy a very special corner of the New National Forest . They have over 66 acres of emerging young woodland to explore with thriving wildlife, fishing lakes and a family-friendly animal farm Beehive Farm Woodland Lakes
  • Staunton Harold Reservoir – Melbourne
    A wildlife habitat offering many outdoor and leisure activities, such as adventure playgrounds, fishing, bird watching, sailing and cycling Staunton Harold Reservoir
  • Markeaton Park – Derby
    Well kept parkland with play centre, light railway, pitch and putt golf, stunning horticultural displays, a fishing lake and football pitches Markeaton Park
  • Speedwell Cavern – Castleton
    An incredible underground journey by boat! Descend 105 steps to an underground canal. Take a boat trip to visit the cathedral like cavern and see the “Bottomless Pit” – a huge subterranean lake. Great idea if you’re looking for family days out in Derbyshire Speedwell Cavern
  • Treak Cliff Cavern  – Hope Valley
    An underground wonderland of stalactites, stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils. Home to Blue John Stone. The tour takes you to see Aladdin’s Cave, Fairyland and the Dream Cave. The most famous formation is “The Stork”. Events include an Easter Egg Hunt and at Christmas “Carols by Candlelight” Treak Cliff Cavern
  • Temple Mine – Matlock Bath
    Discover for yourself the network of tunnels that exist under your feet and wonder at the crystals glistening in the walls 
    Temple Mine
Back To Top    Peak District Home

my national parks - home