A Grand Day Out in Derbyshire & The Peak District 2019

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Derbyshire & A Grand Day Out in

The Peak District 2019

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BOLSOVER DISTRICT Gateway to the Peak District Ideally situated at the heart of the country, nestling between the Peak District and Sherwood Forest, it offers a superb blend of spectacular scenery, historical features and quaint market towns. VISIT Bolsover Castle, Creswell Crags, Hardwick Hall, VISIT… Stainsby Mill. We are home to some of the region’s top tourist attractions. DI SCOVER the many traditional and independent DISCOVER…

shops and markets in our quaint and unique towns and villages and pick up a bargain or visit East Midlands Designer Outlet with over 65 stores, cafés and restaurants.

PLORE the district on foot, bike or car. We have EX EXPLORE…

miles of trails and paths for you to explore our beautiful rolling countryside, industrial heritage and wildlife.

RE LAX with a picnic in the splendid setting of Poulter RELAX… or Pleasley Country Parks, or in one of the many traditional countryside and village inns with a real ale, fresh orange juice and home cooked food.



Set high on a hilltop with breathtaking views, visit Bolsover Castle to see its lavish rooms in the Little Castle, delight in the views from the wall walk, visit the exhibition in the Riding House or explore the extensive grounds.

Described as ‘more glass than wall’ Hardwick Hall is one of the finest Elizabethan houses in the country. Large glazed windows adorn the hall and inside the three floors take you on something of a magical mystery tour with elaborate rooms designed to wow. Outside you can explore the park, discovering breathtaking views or take a gentle stroll around the perfectly manicured and magnificent gardens.

For lunch visit the large café at the Castle or one of the many tea rooms or hostelries in the town. Wander into the town and browse around the many independent shops before heading down the hill to the Peter Filder and Carr Vale Nature Reserve, where you can take a gentle stroll around the trails and walkways and see a range of birds, wildlife and dragonflies.


Stop off for a spot of lunch at the 15th century Hardwick Inn before taking a short drive to the East Midlands Designer Outlet at Jct 28, M1. Shopaholics will be in for a treat with over 65 stores offering designer brands all with up to at least 60% off and numerous restaurants and cafés to rest those weary legs.

Home of the Ice Age Hunter, Creswell Crags is a fascinating story of life during the last Ice Age between 50,000 and 10,000 years ago. Marvel at the stone tools and remains of animals found in the caves by archaeologists in the visitor centre exhibition. Then walk through the meadow and see the limestone gorge, honeycombed with caves and smaller fissures, all set around a central lake. Stop off for a late lunch in the Visitor Centre café or take a picnic to Whitwell Woods, said to be the largest in Europe. Set in 420 acres, this lovely wood offers plenty of wide trails that are suitable for walking or cycling. With loads of wildlife and walks ranging from 7.5 to 2 miles with flat paths, you can meander around the network of trails enjoying the 20+ species of tree and the flora and fauna that adorn the woodland floor.

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Derbyshire & The Peak District

With a huge range of ideas, destinations and attractions to discover, no matter what your taste or age, you will be spoilt for choice. From beautiful landscapes and stunning views to Stately Homes and Gardens, Steam Rides to Museums the Derbyshire boasts a rich variety and selection for you. There is something for everyone no matter how old or young you are. So be inspired, plan your next adventure and discover what the Derbyshire has to offer. We hope you enjoy reading through the magazine and that it gives you some inspiration for those family days out! Published by ProDigital Media AEM Media House 21 Northcote Avenue Manchester M22 9AJ

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Amber Valley

Amber Valley, set in attractive countryside in the heart of Derbyshire, hosts a wide selection of superb attractions and delightful historic towns. Belper is recognised as one of one of the best Market Towns in the country, full of character and culture, offering independent shops and several award-winning cafes, restaurants and deli’s, providing a wide range of eateries and speciality foods to tempt your taste buds. Local foods, straight from the producer can also be found at the lively Farmers Market on the second Saturday of each month. For evening entertainment, the town offers a relaxed atmosphere with restaurants, real ale and an art deco cinema.

market town of Belper. Family themed activities take place during the summer months, visit the website for dates. Sited within an area renowned for its industrial history, the mills are celebrated and designated as a UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. For those wanting a freestyle experience, discover the beauty of the National Heritage Corridor® by walking the Derwent Valley Heritage Way and you will experience magnificent scenery, heritage and wildlife. Capture nostalgia at the Midland Railway – Butterley offering a tremendous railway experience as you travel on restored locomotives and experience a wonderful seven-mile journey through Country Park. Get up close to the narrow gauge trains and engine workshops and enjoy special events throughout the year.

Play or take a stroll through the beautiful River Gardens or hire a boat to take upstream throughout the summer, stop and listen at the bandstand or take in the Step back in time at Crich Tramway Village and enjoy historic town and wander around the historic street of the excitement as vintage trams transport you through mill workers cottages at Long Row and The Clusters. a period townscape with views high above the Derwent Valley that take your breath away. Ride on the At Strutt’s North Mill, home of the Derwent Valley beautifully restored trams all day or play in the Visitor Centre, you can gain a fascinating insight into woodland walk area. industrial and social history and its associations to the WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET


Situated within a woodland area just outside the village of Lea and close to Matlock in Derbyshire is Lea Gardens. The Garden covers approximately three and a half acres with access paths which allow visitors to see the 500 or more varieties of rhododendrons, azaleas and other plants. Treat yourself at the very popular tea shop and look at the variety of plants for sale At Heage Windmill discover the only working stone-towered, multi-sailed windmill in England. Climb this unique tower, listen to the cogs turning and sails whirling as you watch stone ground flour being produced. Rich in history and heritage the National Trust’s superb Kedleston Hall is a gem of the finest work of Scottish architect Robert Adam. This stunning property offers beautiful paintings, sculpture and fine furniture. Set in 800 acres of landscaped parkland, with lakes and cascades and well known as film and television location.

Meander through the green flag award winning Heanor Memorial Park which was created to remember the brave soldiers who fought so gallantly in the Second World War. The park has been providing the public with town centre recreational space for over 63 years and has the recent addition of a fantastic new splash pad and semi mature trees. The neighbouring Shipley Country Park offers 700 acres of space to enjoy, cycle and take in the wildlife with meadows, fishing lake, play areas and café. Tramper mobility scooters are available to hire from the Visitor Centre, offering freedom for those with more limited mobility.

For those who enjoy the retail experience, Amber Valley offers a wide range of “real factory shops” where you can pick up a bargain. Leading manufacturing outlets offer a huge variety of products including the Denby Pottery Welcome to the green flag award winning Crossley Park Village and Visitor Centre featuring factory shopping a little oasis in the centre of Ripley. The park has been and a craft room visit to see how the pottery is made and open to the public for over a hundred years. There is an handle the clay as you make your own memento. abundance of beautiful mature trees which surround the bandstand. The play area boasts both play equipment, Take a look at www.visitambervalley.com for further and during the summer months, the interactive water idea of how to spend a Great Day Out in Derbyshire. play facility.

Please see website for opening dates and events.

A great day out for all of the family with lots to see and do. Heritage train rides transport you to a bygone era. Explore two railway museums, the demonstration signal box, a Victorian railwayman’s church and much more. Plus there are narrow gauge, miniature and model railways, shops, buffets, children’s playground and country park. Free parking.

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HADDON HALL Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1LA.

Tours of the Hall and Gardens • Estate Walks Live Musical Performances Delicious Afternoon Teas and Seasonal Menus Artisan Markets • Plant Fair • Gifts Galore Visit www.haddonhall.co.uk for more details | info@haddonhall.co.uk | 01629812855

Haddon Hall, one of England’s most elegant and timeless stately homes, reopens its doors on April 12th to once again welcome the general public, giving visitors the chance to immerse themselves in 900 years of history, art and craftsmanship, along with the opportunity to stroll around the magnificent cascading Tudor gardens, enjoying uninterrupted views of the Peak District. Haddon has become the choice location for many film-makers, playing host to no less than three versions of ‘Jane Eyre’, it became Prince Humperdinck’s Castle in cult movie The Princess Bride and was also used in ‘Elizabeth’, ‘Pride & Prejudice’, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’, BBC series ‘Gunpowder’ and most recently ‘Mary Queen of Scots’, with stars such as Dame Judi Dench, Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Liv Tyler and Margot Robbie all filming at Haddon Hall over the last few decades. Haddon Hall hosts a number of events throughout the year, promising something for everyone, including free guided tours of the Hall and gardens, music recitals, exhibitions and plenty of family friendly activity. Haddon is a magical place for children to learn and explore, with children entering for free. Families can enjoy picnics, archery in the Chapel Fields on various dates throughout the year, Sir John Savile’s Household, which allows guests to step back into Medieval times, and new for 2019, October halfterm will see Haddon transformed for ‘Wizard School’, not to mention the magic Christmas brings to the hall throughout December. For more information or to book tickets online, visit www.haddonhall.co.uk. Haddon Hall, The Estate Office, Bakewell, DE45 1LA. 01629 812855 WWW.AGRANDDAYOUT.NET


Crich Tramway Village offers one of Derbyshire’s great family or group days out and a step back in time. Vintage trams run along a period street, climbing a mile and a half of track that provides breathtaking views of the surrounding Derbyshire countryside. Experience the fascinating Woodland Walk & Sculpture Trail, which winds its way back to the village, or remain on the tram and be dropped off outside The Red Lion Pub and Tearooms, before visiting the fascinating Exhibitions and Workshop Viewing Gallery. There are also picnic areas and indoor and outdoor play areas to keep the children entertained. The Great Exhibition Hall features a Century of Trams, from horse drawn to the electric era. In addition, a new exhibition, ‘Michael Holroyd Smith – Electrifying the Future’ explores the life and work of ‘History Maker’ Michael Holroyd Smith, with hands on exhibits, digital interactives and previously unseen items from the archive. Holroyd Smith was a pioneering inventor of the late 19th and early 20th century who changed the course of tramway history in the UK and had far reaching influence in the engineering world. Smaller exhibitions include: 16th March – 9th June 2019: A selection of work from ‘Quinn’ by photographer / artist Lottie Davies, curated by WM Hunt and part of the FORMAT19 – FOREVER / NOW in partnership with QUAD. 21st June 2019 – November 2020: The Mobile Post Box – Mail 12


by Tram. This exhibition reveals how, in the early 20th Century, tramcars became mobile post boxes, carrying and delivering letters and parcels. It explores some of the challenges that had to be overcome in order to provide this service. Included in the exhibition is a fascinating display of the different items that could and couldn’t be delivered using the tramway postal services, as well as the post boxes the tramcars carried. Discover how tramcars have been represented on postage stamps through the years and have a go at designing your own tram-themed stamp. For a spot of retail therapy, The Forge Gift Shop offers mementoes of your visit and the traditional sweet shop enables you to by your old favourites by the quarter. Details about our special events throughout the season can be found on our website. Pre-booked groups of ten or more receive discounted rates. Coach drivers receive free admission and a refreshment voucher. An Access Tram for wheelchair users runs twice a day on request, and there is disabled access to all of the facilities. Crich Tramway Village re-opens on Saturday 16th March 2019. Please check the opening times on the website. For more details Tel: 01773 854321 or visit www.tramway.co.uk



A great day out for all the family

• Exhibitions • Woodland walk • Sculpture trail • Indoor and outdoor playgrounds • Family activities • Cafe • Refreshments • Shops

Come along and be transported back in time with our authentic village street. Experience the gentle rumble of trams passing by while you soak up the atmosphere. Whatever the weather, enjoy a fabulous day out packed with excitement, adventure, unlimited electric tram rides and a little learning along the way.


Crich Tramway Village, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5DP Tel: 01773 854 321 Email: enquiry@tramway.co.uk * excludes the World War II / 1940s events. Please see website for full details. www.facebook.com/ CrichTramwayVillage




Spend your day at Renishaw Hall & Gardens

• acres of award winning gardens to explore • tours of 400 year old Hall, home to the Sitwell family • Café at Renishaw Hall & outdoor courtyard dining • on site Sitwell Museum • historic vineyard tours and wine tasting • visitor centre and plant sales

Open Wednesday to Sunday & BH Monday

visit www.renishaw-hall.co.uk or call 01246 432310

Contemporary dining from the beautiful location of Renishaw Hall & Gardens • seasonal menu featuring local produce • daily selection of homemade cakes • stylish surroundings within the historic Stables Courtyard • fully licenced • private and group dining available in adjacent Rex Whistler Suite Open Wednesday to Sunday & BH Monday from Mar 27 2019

visit www.renishaw-hall.co.uk or call 01246 432310


The Peak District

Discover a world of contrasting natural beauty, with moors and dales, rivers, springs and caverns and at the heart of it all, there are loads of things to do in the Peak District National Park and Derbyshire. The area is known and loved by many for its breath-taking views, bustling market towns and pretty villages, historic houses, famous attractions and hundreds of traditional events, such as the unique Derbyshire custom of Well Dressing. From the high, moorland plateaus in the north, to the steep-sided, deep dales and rolling green hills in the south of the area, the Peak District & Derbyshire has just about any landscape you can imagine in Britain, making it one of the finest areas in the country to go walking. Couple the fantastic scenery with amazing local Food & Drink, the Peak District will sure enough become one of your favourite destinations! As for events, well, we know how to throw a party! Fabulously vintage, award-winning Eroica Britannia is very quickly gaining a reputation as one of the ‘must visit’ events of the year with its shabby chic look, party atmosphere and of course excellent cycle ride through the stunning Peak District. What more could you ask for? During the summer you’ll catch a country fair on nearly any weekend, from Hope Show, Bakewell Show and Chatsworth Country Fair. And in the Autumn, enjoy glistening displays and family fun at the Matlock Bath Illuminations. Our attractions are pretty top-notch too! Dangle over a ravine in a cable car as you ascend to The Heights of Abraham, hop on-board an old-style tram at Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, get up close and personal with nature at Peak Wildlife Park or scare yourself silly on white-knuckle ride at Alton Towers Resort!






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South Derbyshire

South Derbyshire is at the heart of The National Forest, where 200 square miles have been transformed by the planting of millions of trees.

You might think you have walked into a Jane Austin novel as you stroll through the formal grounds at Melbourne Hall and Gardens, laid out by Royal gardeners over 20 years from 1699. There is a fine 300ft The National Forest offers a host of events and activities, long yew tunnel and a beautiful wrought-iron Birdcage including walking, cycling, horse riding, llama Arbour by the famous ironsmith Robert Bakewell. The trekking and woodland crafts. Within its bounds you’ll gardens open April to September and the house during find beautiful country parks, swathes of young and August. The tearooms and visitor centre open mature woodland, stunning wildflower meadows and throughout the year. sparkling lakes. Located at the eastern end of the Trent and Mersey There are plenty of places to stay in and around the Canal, Shardlow is one of only two surviving inland National Forest - come and discover what the UK’s most canal ports in the country. Now a popular destination accessible woodland destination has to offer. for pleasure boats and walkers, the village is home to the Shardlow Heritage Centre as well as numerous pubs The Forest’s rolling countryside and picturesque and restaurants. villages are home to historic stately homes, pretty tea shops, bustling marinas, award-winning country pubs Sharpe’s Pottery Museum lets you discover the once and fascinating museums. Many are linked by the new prolific pottery industry of South Derbyshire, from National Forest Way long distance walking trail. bricks and toilets to elaborate art pottery. Visit the Here’s a glimpse of what there is to discover and enjoy. iconic kiln hovel at the centre, the Toilet Story exhibition and The National Forest gallery. The Calke Abbey is probably the strangest country house museum hosts regular talks, events and exhibitions. It you will ever visit. Home to an eccentric and reclusive also houses the Swadlincote Tourist Information family who assembled their bizarre collections, Calke is Centre, where you can find out more about what’s on the house where time stood still. Now presented by the offer in South Derbyshire and the National Forest – National Trust as a vivid example of a great house in 01283 222 848 or tic@sharpespotterymuseum.org.uk decline, it’s a must see. Surrounded by ancient woodland up to 1,000 years old, it’s great for walks and picnics too.

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Step on to our steam and heritage diesel trains from yesteryear and travel through the beautiful rural countryside.  Station Café at Wirksworth Station  Miniature Railway, Gift Shops and more… Wirksworth Station, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, DE4 4FB

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Chesterfield is famous for the unique ‘Crooked Spire’ of its Parish Church. Come and find out if the rhyme about it is true – Whichever way you turn your eye, it always seems to stand awry. Climb the Tower and discover some of the legends that surround it. The most popular story is that the Spire was so amazed to hear of a virgin being married in the Church that it twisted round to see this wonder for itself. It’s said that, should the same thing happen again, the Spire will straighten up. The truth probably lies in the weight of the lead tiles that cover the wooden structure – all 32 tons of them! But find out more in the town’s museum where the star attraction is the medieval builders’ wheel used to build the church. Shop till you drop at Chesterfield’s famous open air market where traders have been selling their wares since at least 1165. Today you can buy almost anything, from pots to potatoes, books to brooches, clothes to candles, it’s just a case of finding it among the stalls. Our regular trading days are Monday, Friday and Saturday or visit the popular Flea market every Thursday. The Artisan Market takes place on the last Sunday of the month where there will be traders selling high quality, authentic and local goods. Head to one of our special events such as the Street Food and Grooves Festival in May, Medieval Fun Day in July, Motor Fest in August, the ancient Derbyshire custom of Well Dressing in September, 1940s Market in

October or Christmas Lights Switch On in November. May 2019 also sees the launch of the Vegan Knights Market set to be held at intervals throughout the year. For more information on all our upcoming events see www.visitchesterfield.info/events Follow the story of Chesterfield at Chesterfield Museum, from its first days as a Roman fort to the birth of the market town and the growth of industry which brought railway pioneer George Stephenson to Chesterfield. Come and meet George on special event days this year. Other events include hands on exhibitions, storytelling and behind the scenes tours. Enjoy a play at the Pomegranate Theatre or a concert, dance or comedy show at the Winding Wheel. See the website www.chesterfieldtheatres.co.uk for information on what’s coming up and to book. The Theatre has a programme of live broadcasts and new films, but you also have the choice of the 10 screen Cineworld cinema. If you’re feeling more active try the Chesterfield Bowl, or the new Queen’s Park Sports Centre. In Chesterfield you’ll find all the facilities of a town that’s just 4 miles away from the Peak District. If there is anything else you need to know before visiting Chesterfield see our website www.visitchesterfield.info or contact Chesterfield Visitor Information Centre on 01246 345777



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Erewash Museum Erewash Museum is a social history Museum with exhibitions and displays reflecting the history of the Erewash Borough. Home for the Museum is a late Georgian house with Victorian extensions. It was both a family home and school accommodation before becoming a museum in the 1980`s.Many original features remain and visitors can enjoy the gardens unrivalled views across the Erewash Valley, and our Victorian style tea room. A varied events programme runs throughout the year with something to suit everyone. We also run a series of temporary exhibitions in our gallery. www.erewashmuseum.org High street, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, DE7 5JA 0115 9071141

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Visit our unique collection of Joseph Wright paintings at Derby Museum & Art Gallery, or encounter objects of hope, fear and love from our co-produced World Collection. Drop in to Pickford’s House Museum for a taste of Georgian life, or take part in one of our many hands-on events in the run up to the opening of the new Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill in 2020. Explore, create, discover something new. Whatever your interest, there’s something for everyone and, best of all, it’s FREE to visit. www.derbymuseums.org | 01332 641901 | info@derbymuseums.org

Discover the Wonders of the Peak

Exhibitions | Family Friendly | Shop | Events

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Our Bluebell Story

The Brown Family have been milking their herd of Holstein Friesian cows at Brunswood Farm, Locko Park, Derby since 1953.

The creamy milk was carried from the dairy, across the yard to the production area in covered buckets. The food miles were all of 20 metres!

In 2007 and as a result of falling milk prices, the family looked at ways that the farm could be preserved for future generations, ensuring also that the cows could continue to produce their wonderfully creamy milk. The question was what should the Brown’s do???

From the outset, we spent a lot of time developing our flavours and using only the finest ingredients. We carefully tried out over 20 different vanillas and over 30 different chocolates until we found our ultimate goal. Our aim was to use local or British produce wherever possible for our very special, very British Ice Cream!

The answer came in a light bulb moment one tea time around the farmhouse kitchen table when the family were tasting one of the many poor quality mass produced ice creams available at the time. As they loved ice cream so much, why shouldn’t the family make and sell their own? Italian gelato at the time was by far the best ice cream available on the market, but what a good idea to make a creamy luxury artisan ice cream, made in the same way as the Italians, but with a British twist. Rosemary Brown had often made her own ice cream from the milk from the cows on the farm (milked by Husband Geoff and Son Oliver) so this was a perfectly natural step up! The new enterprise was started in December 2008 after an RDPE grant had helped to convert half the redundant buildings in the farmyard into a tiny production area (situated in the shed where Grandpa Brown had once hand milked his very first Bluebell the cow).

That was our starting point, the rest of our story is full of Royal visits, Great Taste Awards, International Awards when we beat the Italians at Ice Cream making in their own land, a tale of Prime Ministers and Chancellors, National awards and of course, plenty of great taste and fun!!! We are so passionate about Bluebells Ice Cream!!! Nowadays, we have 26 flavours of Ice Creams and Sorbet to try in our beautiful Ice Cream Tea Rooms, or available to purchase from one of our handpicked stockists around the region. On the farm, visitors can also enjoy meeting our animals in our Animal Patch, before letting the Children loose to play in our Play Area – so near to Derby, but so very much in the Country!

Bluebell Dairy, Prunswood Farm Locko Road, Derby, DE21 7AR Tel (01332) 673924 www.bluebelldairy.co.uk

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