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Family Festivities at Markeaton Park


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Sat 2 & Sun 3, Sat 9 & Sun 10, Sat 16 & Sun 17 Dec 11am - 4pm

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Markeaton Park welcomes all the family to come along for the first three weekends in December to enjoy Family Festivities in the Craft Village.

Enjoy festive food from The Orangery café, ride the Giant Ferris Wheel and fairground rides, visit Santa Land, enjoy carols, brass bands, wreath making, and much more.... Each weekend is themed, giving you a reason to come back! Some activities and rides will have charges, but there are also FREE activities to enjoy.

Craft Weekend

Sat 2 & Sun 3 Dec

Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec

Music Weekend

Workshop Weekend

Are you looking for that extra special Christmas gift, that’s unique and locally made? Come along and browse at the Friends of Markeaton Park Craft Fair.

From brass bands to choirs, you’ll be filled with festive enjoyment, tapping your feet and singing around the Christmas tree.

Throughout the weekend there will be workshops and demonstrations for everyone to get involved, from mosaics, Christmas stockings, wreaths and much more.

Sat 16 & Sun 17 Dec

See page 6 for full programme and how to book

FREE ACTIVITIES ELF TRAIL Markeaton welcomes festive visitors to the park. Elves have taken up residency in hidden locations around the park for you to find them. Get your free Elf trail, available from the Christmas tree in the Craft Village. Share your family pictures on your Elf adventure on Derby Parks Facebook page. Post your Elf trail entries into the North Pole Post Box, located in the Craft Village. SEARCH FOR DECORATED STONES IN MARKEATON PAK Take a walk around Markeaton Park looking for the colourfully decorated stones and rocks and upload your images to the Derby Parks and Derbyshire Rocks Facebook pages. Remember, keep safe, place and find your rocks in accessible locations and go hunting with an adult. Enjoy!

MUNDY PLAY CENTRE PLAY AREA Let off some Christmas excitement on the climbing frames, swings, slides and the pirate ship. Other attractions are available at a small charge including crazy golf and electric cars.

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REINDEER TRAIL Try to spot Santa’s nine reindeer playing hide and seek within the walls of the Craft Village.

FAMILY WALK Markeaton Park has many footpaths around the park that allow access for everyone to enjoy a winter walk. Visit for a route map.


CHRISTMAS FAIRGROUND Some activities have charges

FAIRGROUND RIDES Including a 35m high observation ferris wheel, festive carousel, family rides, hook a duck and for the thrill seekers Tango and Speed Ride. All rides require tokens available from the token booth. 1 tokens £1.20 or 10 tokens £10 SANTA LAND £7.99 for 2 hours entry in Santa Land, complete with children’s rides and a voucher for a ride on the carousel in the craft village, and an opportunity to wave at Santa. Adults £2. Advance booking is advised, call 01332 799997 (between 3-6pm)



The Christmas Fairground is open longer hours than Family Festivities. Overall opening hours: 2-3, 8-10, 15-17 Dec 11am to 9pm. 18 Dec – 2 Jan, 12noon to 9pm (closed Christmas Day)


Every weekend our Craft Village units have something for you to enjoy, whether you want to browse or take part in an activity. Some activities may have charges SEW’N’JO Bookable workshops: Christmas stockings – Sat 2 & Sun 3 Dec Christmas bunting – Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec Christmas table runners – Sat 16 & Sun 17 Dec 3 hour workshops, suitable for 8 years and older. £25 per person includes all materials and refreshments To book visit or call 01332 255800 JUMPING CLAY Drop in to the mini make a robin or reindeer workshops for a special price of £2 over the festive season. 12pm - 3:30pm Bookable workshops: Cake topper/mantle piece decoration (10+ years) Sat 2 & Sun 10, 10:30am - noon. Sun 16 3:30pm - 5pm. Cake dutchess/sugar paste cake topper (16+ years) Sun 3 Sat 9, Sun 17, 10:30am - noon. £12 per person, all materials and equipment provided To book visit STUDIO IN THE PARK A gift shop for outdoor toys, painted furniture and more. Bookable Workshops: Pine cone christmas decoration Sat 2, Sat 9 & Sat 16 Dec 11am - 12:30pm £10 per person Wreath making Sat 2, Sat 9 & Sat 16 Dec 1pm - 3pm £15 - £25 per person To book call Sheila on 01332 298274 / 07920 515254 or email PAINT A POT Looking for a unique present? Just drop in to make your own Christmas special keepsake. £5 - £12 per item. ORIGINAL MONKEY Personise a unique wooden tree decoration, or why not buy a Santa footprint template, a magic key or a Christmas Eve box. All other units will be open for a browse: COCOA TABBY LILAC JOINERY MATTHEW MORRIS FURNITURE THE BIZ


SAT 2 & SUN 3 DEC, 11AM - 4PM FRIENDS OF MARKEATON PARK CRAFT FAIR Sat 2 & Sun 3 Dec Are you looking for that extra special Christmas gift, that’s unique and locally made? Come along and browse the many stalls. DERBY MODEL BOAT CLUB Sat 2 Dec Enjoy the festive illuminated model boat displays outside the Craft Village on the duck pond. DERBY HOSPITAL JINGLE JOG Sun 3 Dec A 5km run around Markeaton Park, dressed as Santa! The fun run is for adults, children and dogs alike. You can walk, jog or run, it’s up to you! There is also a children’s 1.5km fun run. Registration fee is £10. To join visit


SAT 9 & SUN 10 DEC, 11AM - 4PM From brass bands to choirs, you will be filled with festive enjoyment, tapping your feet and singing around the Christmas tree. DUNCAN PASS PRINTING Sat 9 Dec Duncan Pass is an award winning print maker. Duncan will share his knowledge and skills in print workshops where you can drop in and make a print. Free.

EVERY WEEKEND PARKRUN Sat 2, Sat 8 & Sat 16, 9am to 10am FREE event, just turn up and run! JUNIOR PARKRUN Sun 10 & Sun 17, 9am to 10am FREE event, come along in your festive outfit! /markeaton


SAT 16 & SUN 17 DEC, 11AM - 4PM WREATH MAKING WITH FRIENDS OF MARKEATON PARK Tue 12 Dec 10am - 11.30am & Sat 16 Dec 1.30pm – 3pm £20 per person each session. To book visit or call 01332 255800 THE SMALLPRINT COMPANY Sat 16 & Sun 17 Have a go at personalising your own keepsake using a vintage type press, great inky fun for everyone. Free. WILLOW WEAVING DEMONSTRATIONS Sat 16 & Sun 17 Emma Parkins is a professional willow sculptor, specialising in animals and creatures which have character. Come along and view her demonstrations. COMMUNITY MOSAIC WORKSHOP Sat 16 & Sun 17 Adult Learning Services will be running craft workshops to make a mosaic. The mosaics will be left at Markeaton Park, to take pride of place in a permanent display in the Craft Village. Free. THE INVISIBLE FRIENDS CHOIR Sat 16 & Sun 17 Dec, 2pm The choir is made up of young people aged 9 to 30 and each member has an invisible illness or disability or cares for someone who has one. They will share their love of music and raise awareness of invisible illnesses. COMMUNITY TEXTILE BANNER Sun 17 Adult Learning Services will be inviting families to take part in their workshop to create a community banner to be displayed permanently in Markeaton Park Craft Village. Free SENSE OF PLACE Sun 17, 2pm to 3.30pm Join Adult Learning Services in a Sense of Place walk around Markeaton Park where we sense the past and sense the present. Book in advance due to limited space call 01332 717900 or email CHRISTMAS RECYCLING Sun 17 Dec The Recycling team will be demonstrating how to create reusable Christmas crafts, including gift bags. Programme subject to change please visit All activities take place in the Craft Village unless otherwise stated. Activity charges may apply

Stop off for a refreshment break at The Orangery, overlooking Markeaton Park’s formal gardens. A range of food and drink is available including warmed mulled wine and mince pies, amongst other festive treats. Opening Hours Mon - Fri 10am - 3pm | Sat - Sun 9am - 5pm

Family Festivities in the Craft Village

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If you will be in the car park until after dark please use car park A as it has lighting and car park B doesn’t.

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Access to car park A is off Markeaton roundabout on the A38 heading north. Use DE22 3BE for sat navs. Access to car park B is off Markeaton Lane. Use DE22 4NH for sat navs.

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We have two pay & display car parks each with disabled parking.

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Family Festivities at Markeaton Park  

Join us at Markeaton Park for festive rides and food, choirs, brass bands, Christmas activities and much more! Family Festivities will be r...