A brand new attraction to the region, the National Forest Adventure Farm in Burton Upon Trent features events throughout the year. From July 16 September 11 they will play host to one of Europes largest Maize Maze. The theme this year is based on Shaun the Sheep: visitors will go around the maze finding lots of Shauns friends while completing a quiz trail. Where: Burton Upon Trent. www.adventurefarm.co.uk Open: Daily 10am to 6pm. Admission: (Includes entry to the maze) Individual £9.75, 2 persons £17.50, 3 persons £26.25, 4 persons £35.00, 5 persons £43.75. Children under 2 enter free.
Baked Well Pottery
During term time, Monday to Friday, there is a discounted studio fee at Baked Well Pottery in Bakewell. If you want something to entertain your kids once theyre out of the school gate, bring them down to the Baked Well studio where they can paint and create for just £1. Visit www.bakedwellpotterypainting.co.uk for all the details.
Bakewell Old House Museum
Discover five hundred years of Derbyshire history at Bakewell Old House Museum, with ten beamed rooms, a rare Tudor toilet, a Victorian mill and a fantastic Tudor dressing up box so you can see what it felt like to live in Tudor times. Where: Bakewell. www.oldhousemuseum.org.uk. Open: Daily 11am to 4pm. Admission: Adults £3, children £1.50.
Beehive Farm and Playground
Have fun exploring the Beehive Farm and Playground in Rosliston where you can feed the farm animals including goats, donkey, Jess the pot-bellied pig, Percy the peacock and the free-range rabbits. Adults £2, children £1, feed buckets £1 each. Visit www.beehivefarm-woodlakes.co.uk for more information.
Blackbrook Zoological Park
Discover the magic of Pink Paradise, the wonders of Flights of Fantasy and the excitement of World of Penguins. Blackbrook has everything you need for a family day out. Where: Leek, Staffordshire. www.blackbrookzoo.co.uk. Open: Daily 10am to 5.30pm. Admission: Adults £9.05, children £5.90, concessions £7.20, family £27.
The fairytale castle on the top of the hill overlooking the Derbyshire countryside, Bolsover Castle is a great day out for all the family. Where: Bolsover. www.english-heritage.org.uk. Open: Daily 10am to 5pm. Admission: Adults £7.80, children £4.70, concessions £7, family £20.30.
The Burrows Gardens are great for a gentle stroll, a family picnic or a journey of discovery into the workings of Mother Nature. Visit on Sunday May 20 to see the beautiful plant fair. Special events and parties can also be arranged for non-open days. Where: Brailsford, Ashbourne. www.burrowsgardens.com. Open: From April 8 to September 30 the gardens are open every Sunday, Tuesday and Friday from 10.30am to 4.30pm. Admission: Adults £4, children free.
Chatsworth House and Gardens
With 105 acres of garden to explore featuring the 300-year-old cascade, streams, ponds and a maze, Chatsworth is a fantastic haven of activity for all the family. There are no keep off the grass signs at Chatsworth, so feel free to roam! The fab house provides an interesting history lesson for parents and children alike. Where: Chatsworth. www.chatsworth.org. Open: House: daily from 11am to 5.30pm. Gardens: daily from 10.30am to 6pm. Admission: For a house and garden ticket: adults £12, children £6.50, seniors £10, family £35. Online discount is available.
Get down to Chestnut Centre to see Europes largest groups of otters, owls and native wildlife. The Chestnut Conservation and Wildlife Park is set in 50 acres of landscaped grounds ready for you to explore. Where: Chapel-en-le-Frith. www.chestnutcentre.co.uk. Open: Daily 10.30am to 5.30pm. Admission: Adults £7.50, children (3-16) £5.25, seniors £6.50, family £22.75.
Ten pin bowling is a great way to spend an afternoon, and the eight lanes at Cine Bowl mean everyone can have a go. Kids party packages are also available for £10 per player to include one game, food, drink, party bag and balloons. Where: Uttoxeter. www.cinebowl.co.uk. Open: Daily. Admission: Adults: one game £6, two games £11, three games £15. Children (0-14): one game £5, two games £9, three games £12. Family deal: one hour of bowling for up to six people with two more children for £30.
Get out of the house on August Bank Holiday Monday and enjoy the activities that Conkers has to offer. Including the popular Nick Spellman and his entourage of furry, slippery and feathered friends, this is a day out for all of the family. Where: Swadlincote, Derbyshire. Open: Daily 10am to 6pm. www.visitconkers.com Admission: Adults £7.74, Children (3-15) £6.32, Children under 3 free.
Discover the limestone gorge, caves and cracks at Creswell Crags in Worksop. There is a museum, visitor centre, country park and wildlife reserve as well as Ice Age and Rock Art tours of the crags. Where: Worksop, Nottinghamshire. www.creswell-crags.org.uk. Open: Daily, 10am to 4.30pm. Admission: Entry to the site is free. Ice Age tours are £6.50 for adults, £4.50 for children and £5 for seniors. Rock Art tours are £8 for adults, £6 for children and £7 for seniors. Combined tickets available.
Crich Tramway Village
If you have an interest in trams, transport and their history, or just like looking at shiny vehicles, a visit to Crich Tramway Village could be the perfect day out for you. See what it was like to live in Crich in the 1940s and the Edwardian era. Where: Matlock. www.tramway.co.uk. Open: Daily from 10.30am to 5.30pm. Admission: Adults £12, seniors £9.50, children £7, family £35.
Explore the vast collection of archaeology, ceramics, military history and art at Derby Museum. Where: The Strand, Derby. www.derby.gov.uk Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1pm-4pm. Admission: Free.
One of Englands largest 13th century castle ruins. Please note this is an unmanned site and has no toilets. Where: Milford Road, Duffield. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Open: Daily. Check website for Christmas opening. Admission: Free.
Freshfields Donkey Village
In the peaceful Peak District lies this unique charity where children and donkeys help each other. Have afternoon tea in Annies Tea Room. Where: Peak Forest. www.donkey-village.org.uk Open: Daily 12pm to 4pm. Admission: Free, with donations appreciated.
Heights of Abraham
Hilltop park, cable cars, adventure playground and caverns. Where: Matlock Bath. www.heightsofabraham.com. Open: Daily 10am to 4.30pm. Admission: Adults £12.50, children £8.80, under 5 free.
The biggest play and party centre in Derby, Hickory Dickorys playhouse has 15,000 square feet of fun for children from babies up to 11 year olds. Where: Kingsway Park Close, Derby. www.hickorydickorys.co.uk. Open: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 6pm. Check website for Christmas opening. Admission: Off-peak £4.40 (5-11 year olds), £3.90 (1-4 year olds). Peak £4.90 (5-11 year olds), £4.40 (1-4 year olds).
Highfields Happy Hens
Highfields Happy Hens has it all: a farm shop, tearoom, farm, 60 acres, and even tractor and trailer running. Mum and dad can get fresh produce from the farm shop, grab a drink and a homemade cake in the tearoom, while the kids explore the 60 acres of farmland. Feed the chicks, lambs and calves, collect the eggs and follow the nature trail. From March 27 to May 3, the people at Highfields will be lambing their lambs, so make sure you drop in to see lovely lambs being born. Where: Etwall, Derbyshire. www.highfieldshappyhens.co.uk. Open: Farm and shop Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm. Admission: Persons over the age of 2, £4.50. Family ticket £15 two adults, two children. Tractor and trailer ride £1 per person. Animal feed 50p. Crazy Golf £1.
Created for children, designed with parents in mind, Jangala has relaxed soft areas for play, a football pitch, Wii room, fun zones and Top of the Tots every first Wednesday of the month where your little ones can dance, sing and enjoy having fun. www.jangalasoftplay.co.uk. Open Monday to Thursday from 9.30am to 5.30pm and Friday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Weekday prices: £4.40 for ages two and over, £2.20 for under twos. Weekend and holiday prices: £5.60 for ages two and over, £2.80 for under twos. Children under one and parents are free.
The spectacular mansion built in the 1760s shows off the collections of sculptures, paintings and furniture. Explore the stunning gardens, fishing pavilion and great west stable. Where: Kedleston Village. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Open: Grounds and park: daily 10am to 6pm. House: Monday to Wednesday, Saturday to Sunday 12-5pm. Admission: Adults £6.90, children £3.30, family £17. Park and garden only tickets available.
Little Monkeys play centre is a safe, comfortable place where parents can sit back and relax while the children play in safe surroundings. Activities include the adventure play frame, sports pitch, nets, ropes and beams. There is a quality café with television, newspapers and free Wi-Fi for the parents. Where: Two Dales, Matlock. www.little-monkeys.co.uk. Open: Check website for Christmas opening. Admission: Monday to Friday £4.50, Saturday to Sunday £5.50.
Matlock Bath Aquarium
Fascinating fun for all the family. Aquarium, the petrifying well, the hologram gallery, gemstone and fossil collection, thermal pool and fish for sale. Where: Matlock. www.matlockbathaquarium.co.uk Open: Daily 10am to 5.30pm. Admission: £2.40 per person, under 5 free.
After the grand reopening in July, Matlock Station provides a thrilling day out. Where: Station Road, Matlock. www.peakrail.co.uk Open: Check website for timetable. Admission: One return journey: adults £9.50, children (3-16) £5, seniors £8. Day rover tickets available.
National Forest Adventure Farm
Theres lots to do at Adventure Farm, both inside and outside, so whatever the weather decides to do, you can still have a great day out. Inside there are three levels of exciting adventure play equipment for big kids, little kids and parents! Outside you will find a funfield packed with activities including pedal go-karts, a jumping pillow, sand pit and mini assault course. Visit www.adventurefarm.co.uk for full details of events and activities.
National Space Centre
The National Space Centre is an all-weather attraction for all the family. Learn all about the world of space. Where: Exploration Drive, Leicester. Open: Daily 10am to 5pm. Closed December 19, 24-26, January 1, 9-13. Admission: Adults £13, children (5-16), concessions £11, under 5 free.
Nestled in 23 acres of pleasure gardens in the heart of Buxton. Restored at a cost of £4.5 million, these Victorian style gardens are beautiful. Enjoy on a sunny day. Where: Buxton. www.paviliongardens.co.uk Open: Daily 9.30am to 5pm. Admission: Free.
Explore the mysteries of the Peak Caverns, Speedwell and Devils Arse, with a tour of the unusual rock formations. Where: Castleton. www.peakcavern.co.uk Open: Daily 10am to 5pm. Admission: Speedwell: Adults £8.75, children (5-15) £6.75, concessions £7.75. Devils Arse: Adults £8.25, children (5-15) £6.25, concessions £7.25. Joint tickets are available.
Peak District Mining Museum and Temple Mine
At the Peak District Mining Museum you can experience the forgotten world of a Derbyshire lead miner. See the tools the miners used, the clothes they wore, the advances in technology that they witnessed and the importance of this metal in our daily lives. Crawl and climb through a maze of twisted tunnels and shafts for yourself, feeling the cramped conditions that the miners would have worked in. You can also take a trip down Temple Mine and see what the mines look like today. The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm. Temple Mine is open daily with visits between 12-2pm. Prices for museum or mine: adults £3.50, concessions £3, children £2.50, family £10. Prices for museum and mine: adults £6, concessions £5, children £4, family £15. Visit www.peakmines.co.uk for more information.
The ruins of Peveril Castle provide a great family day out. Standing high above the pretty village of Castleton, Peveril Castle is one of Englands oldest Norman fortresses. Pack your walking boots to climb up to the top of the castle to soak up the far-reaching views across Hope Valley. Where: Castleton. www.english-heritage.org.uk. Open: Daily from 10am to 5pm. Admission: Adults £4.50, concessions £4.10, children £2.70, family £11.70, prices as of April 1.
Take a journey beneath the earth with the expert guides at Pooles Cavern in Buxton. Explore the vast limestone caverns and see how crystal stalactites and stalagmites have lined the chambers over millions of years. Open daily from 9.30am to 5pm. Adults £8.50, children £5, family (2+3) £24. Visit www.poolescavern.co.uk for details.
Rosliston Forestry Centre
Set in the heart of the National Forest, Rosliston Forestry Centre is home to kestrels, owls and kingfishers as well as woodland walks and fishing lakes. You can also cycle around the many paths. Where: Burton Road, Rosliston. www.roslistonforestrycentre.co.uk. Open: Check website for specific activities. Admission: Soft play £1.50 for 30 minutes. Orienteering maps £1 each. Archery, laser combat, lase clay shooting, climbing wall, shelter building from £10.25 per person.
Steeple Grange Light Railway
Located near Wirksworth, the Steeple Grange Light Railway is built on the trackbed of the old Cromford and High Peak Railway. It now offers exciting 20-minute train rides for families through beautiful limestone scenery. Open weekends from 12-5pm. Check website for further opening times during holidays: www.steeplegrange.co.uk. Adults £3, seniors £2, children £1.50, family (2+3) £7.50.
The home of the Lords Vernon, the 17th century country house is a fascinating experience for all ages. While youre there, discover the charm of the National Trust Museum of Childhood. From September 2-16, the Toys for the Boys event will be showing train sets, Transformers, skateboards and soldiers. Girls are welcome too! Where: Ashbourne. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Open: Wednesday to Sunday 1-5pm. Hall tours 11am to 1pm. Tea shop 11am to 5pm daily. Admission: Hall only: Adults £7.09, children £3.63, family £17.81. Museum only: Adults £7.63, children £4.36, family £19.63. Joint ticket: Adults £13.18, children £7.09, family £33.45.
Swadlincote Ski Centre
Go tobogganing, sno-tubing, skiing and snowboarding at Swadlincote Ski Centre. Where: Swadlincote. www.jnlswadlincote.co.uk. Open: Monday to Friday 11am to 10pm and Saturday to Sunday 10am to 6pm. Admission: Check website for full price list.
Tucked away in the Peak Districts wild rolling hills is the Tissington Hall and Estate. The estate plays host to events including weddings and parties, but for certain special open days, members of the public are welcomed in to look around. Where: Ashbourne. www.tissington-hall.com. Open: Open for Easter week April 9-13, Well Dressing week May 21-25. Hall and gardens are open from 12-2pm on the dates listed. Admission: Hall and gardens: adults £9, concessions £8, children £4. Gardens only: adults £4, concessions £4, children £1.
Treak Cliff Cavern
The ancient underground wonderland in the heart of the Peak District National Park welcomes you. See for yourself how miners constructed the tunnels back in the 1750s. Where: Buxton Road. www.bluejohnstone.co.uk. Open: Daily from 10am. Admission: Adults £8.50, children £4.50, family £24.
Tropical Butterfly House
Catch a glimpse of the beautiful butterflies and get up close and personal to some of the free flying bats and birds. Falconry displays and parrot shows also run regularly. Where: North Anston. www.butterflyhouse.co.uk. Open: Daily 10am to dusk. Admission: Adults £7.80, children £6.80, under 3 free, family £28.
The beautiful countryside of the Peak District can be appreciated fully from White Peak. Where: Ashbourne. www.nationaltrust.org.uk. Open: Daily, dawn till dusk. Admission: Free.
The medieval manor house in Alfreton has two courtyards, a huge undercrofted hall and a defensible tower 22 metres tall. It is a monument to the late medieval period, built in the 1440s for the wealthy Ralph, Lord Cromwell. It later became the home of the Earl of Shrewsbury who imprisoned Mary Queen of Scots there in 1569, 1584 and 1585. www.english-heritage.org.uk. Entry is by pre-booked guided tour only, on the first Saturday of each month between April and September. To book call 0870 333 1181. Adults £5.50, concessions £5, children £3.30.