Tell us the truth, have you ever had this problem? When everyone has their idea of fun, it can be challenging to keep the family entertained. However, in Derbyshire, there are plenty of options for kids and adults alike. Plus, the city is a great place to get everyone together to make tons of family memories. With National Trust properties and top shopping spots to museums and cinemas, check out what makes Derby the perfect place to visit with the family.
Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill
The Museum of Making is one of the city’s newest additions. This spot showcases the region’s history of making and innovation and is situated in the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are over 30,000 collections that are beautifully displayed, plus a Rolls Royce Trent engine creates quite the spectacle as it hangs above you in the new Civic Hall. That is a must-visit spot, and kids will love the interactive elements and immersive experience it brings.
Pretty Ice Cream Tea Rooms, Bluebells is what you’ll find just outside the city centre. Here you can delve into a world of flavour with artisan ice cream on the menu. Alongside having a delicious sweet treat, the farm provides an exciting place for kids to meet the animals. Plus, you can burn off some energy on a 45-minute farm walk or in the Play Area. Bluebells are open every day during the school holidays, so it’s the perfect spot to take the kids for some affordable entertainment.
Annie’s Burger Shack
Are you getting hungry while on your city adventures? Annie’s Burger Shack is one of the top places to eat in Derby. This restaurant offers you a hearty slice of American food, including favourites such as pancakes, waffles, and of course, a whole menu of burgers. Kids have a dedicated menu with yummy mains and a range of sides. You can also enjoy this eatery if you’re a vegetarian.
Located in the heart of the city centre is a top spot for indoor fun; the Injoy adventure park is a state-of-the-art experience and features one of the UK’s first interactive zones. You’ll find everything from climbing walls and drop slides to soft play and laser tag games. If you want to be creative, there are also art and cooking classes. While the kids let off some steam, the family restaurants provide a place to relax and enjoy a bite to eat.
Famous Trains Model Railway
Kids are often fascinated with trains, so this is the perfect place to see them in action, well, on a small scale! This model railway is charity-run and highlights the history of how railways operate. It’s also located in Markeaton Park, which is Derby’s most visited park. Here you can see the ground or have fun at the East Midlands Countryside
The activities mentioned above are just a tiny sample of what you can do with your family in the city of Derbyshire. That means there are more activities that you can find and read about when you get there.