When looking for somewhere fun and exciting to take the kids on a day trip, Derby is an excellent choice. Not only is there a huge variety of events, attractions and activities to keep the whole family entertained, but there’s absolutely brilliant transport links from all over the UK which takes away the usual nightmare of travelling with little ones (and there’s always car hire if you really can’t face the train!).
One of Derby’s many attractive points for families is that it’s quite compact, meaning once you’re there, you’re there! No worrying about fitting you all into a taxi, or paying high bus costs, or even the kids complaining that their feet hurt. Most of the main attractions are located right in the city centre, with minimal exertion required.
If you’ve got very small babies and toddlers who are perhaps a bit young to take in the sights of Derby, consider spending an hour or two at a play centre. Sure, they’re probably very similar to the ones you have back home, but they keep the kids entertained ad educated, and provide Mum and Dad with a bit of time out to enjoy a cuppa. Hickory Dickorys is free for babies, while Freddys Play Kingdom boasts the largest playing area in the midlands, so there’s plenty of choice.
Bigger kids will love to be outside when the sun is shining, especially in the summer heats. Markeaton Park, one of the largest green spaces in the city, will probably make the kids’ heads explode! Ranging from a bouncy castle and paddling pool to donkey rides and a tourist railway, both the kids and the grown ups could easily spend an entire day here marvelling at everything on offer.
For even bigger kids who stay up past dark, Derby doesn’t disappoint. Choose from Tenpin bowling at the Tenpin Derby Centre or old school skating at Rollerworld Derby. Do you have some brave pre-teens in your party? How about taking an after-dusk ghost tour around one of the most haunted cities in Britain? Just be sure to tuck the scaredy cats safely up in bed first!
If you’re looking for a bit more inspiration, check out the Visit England website (http://www.visitengland.com) or the website for Derby City Council (http://www.derby.gov.uk) which both have plenty of ideas to keep the little kids, big kids and the young at heart happy. You can also visit the Derby Tourist Information Centre located in the Assembly Rooms in the city centre.