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There's plenty going on this Easter in the Peak District.  We've put together a guide of a few of our selected highlights for families young and old.  So why not pop over to the Peak District this Easter and join in the fun?

  • There's Easter holiday fun at Calke Abbey. The Cadbury egg hunt in the meadow runs daily from 14-16 April 11 am to 3.30 pm. Pick up a map and follow the clues to the treasure at the end!  There are also nature-themed activities and lovely walks to enjoy for all the family. 
  • Why not climb the towers of St Mary's and All Saints Churches in Chesterfield?  You'll get stunning views of the Crooked Spire and the town.  The tour lasts about 40 mins and do book in advance. 
  • Loads of family fun at Conkers indoor and outdoor play and adventure in a national forest.  From 1 to 23 April there are various activities and events including a circus, Punch and Judy, sublime science, juggling, craft and ranger activities and and an Easter egg challenge.  
  • At the Tropical Butterfly, Wildlife and Falconery Centre from 1 to 23 April there's an Easter Mad about Madagasgar theme.  You can meet species close up, take part in an Easter Egg hunt (Easter Sunday and Monday), enjoy tractor trailor rides and there are Easter bunnies and chicks to meet.   

These are just a few of the Easter events going on for families in the Peak District.  We've picked a few that offer something a little bit different.  We hope that you enjoy them!  Happy Easter holidays!

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Half term is nearly here and if you are planning a trip to the Peak District with the family there's plenty to do. Here's a selection of some of our family favourites.

At Matlock Bath every Saturday there are fireworks, which begin at 9 pm.  The annual illuminations are also on running to 29 October.  This is a spectacular display not to be missed.  We suggest either arriving early as car parks get extremely busy or use the park and ride options.

Crich Tramway Village is a fabulous family day out.  Over half term the whole site will be illuminated with the starlight special.  All the family with love that.  From Mon 24 to Wed 26 October there's a Harry Potter look-a-like theme and on Thurs 27 October it is super heroes day, so come dressed as your favourite!  What's more there's a Christmas market on 29 and 30 October for early Christmas shopping ideas. 

If you want to get the Halloween vibe going there's nowhere better than Alton Towers.  A dis-used mine is being reopened at Altonville mine tours which will including chilling secrets in a very scary tour.  There's a scare maze too and after dark two scare zones open in the park.  

For a fascinating glimpse into our industrial heritage a visit to Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage site is a must. From 23 to 30 Oct each mill will have its own story to tell set in a lovely backdrop.  There's something for all the family here.

For an active family day out we highly recommend the Monsal Trail, either a traffic free walk or cycle ride (bike hire available along the route).  In keeping with the spooky theme of Halloween the tunnels along the trail offer a creepy insight into the days of the railway and kids will love the experience of the dark and wet tunnels!  Ideal for traffic free dog walks too.  

If you are already planning for half-term 2017 be quick as our holiday cottages are booking up fast!

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More and more of us are taking our pets and dogs on holiday and days out.  The family holiday should be just that, a holiday for all the family including your four-legged friend.

We've been taking our dogs to the Peak District for many years and we've found some great places for a day out with your dog.

Here's are top five.  

1. Crich Tramway Village

A great day out for all the family including your dog!  On arrival collect an old penny and use this to ride the trams with your dog all day.  There's also a woodland walk and scultpure park, but dogs do need to be on a lead.   The Old Red Lion pub is a popular stopping off point on the recreated street scene and dogs are welcome here too for a refreshing drink.  There's plenty on offer for the kids too, so this really is a great day out.

2. Treak Cliff Cavern

Treak Cliff Cavern is the only place in the world where Blue John Stone natuarly occurs.   There are fabulous chambers in the caves to see and stalactites too.  All can be explored with your dog alongside.  Dogs are welcome in the Cavern and the shop on a lead. The Cavern is located in Castleton, a lovely village worth exploring, and there are plenty of dog friendly pubs so ideal for a refresment stop.

3. Peveril Castle

Also located in Castleton are the ruins of the castle keep.  It is well worth walking up to the top for some splendid views of the Hope Valley as well as exploring the ruins including a medieval lavatory.  This is a National Trust site with an easy (but steep) path to the top and there are benches along the route.  There's a shop and interactive visitor centre with plenty of information about the Castle and its history.  Dogs are allowed on a lead.

4. Chatsworth House

Although dogs are not allowed in the house itself (please note that assistance dogs are allowed in all areas of the site) this is still worth a visit with your four-legged friend.  Dogs are allowed on leads in the gardens, maze, scultpure park and waterworks so there is plenty of great outdoor space to explore.  If you are visiting the farmyard or adventure playground there are posts to tie up your dog just outside these facilities.  Posts are also provided outside the restaurant as dogs are not allowed in, but there are plenty of outdoor seating areas in the old stables area where you can sit, relax and eat with your dog.  If you want to venture further afield there are some lovely walks just outside the Chatsworth estate.  

5. Tideswell, a dog friendly Peak District village

A hidden gem in our view and a great village to spend a morning or afternoon browsing the shops, visiting the pubs and cafes, many of which are dog friendly.  Our top picks for dog friendly cafes are Vanilla Kitchen (dogs allowed inside) with great cakes, lunches and more and The Dairy Parlour cafe (dogs allowed inside) with its' own deli too.  If you fancy a pint or glass of wine The Horse and Jockey, The George, The Anchor (10 mins outside the village) and The Red Lion (nearby in Litton) are all dog friendly.  For something a bit different we've recently tried the friendly Stella's Kitchen with Caribbean, African and Tapas style food, which allows dogs inside the restaurant.  Other things to do include a visit to the Tideswell Cathedral, the Aladin's cave that is the second hand bookshop in Tideswell, the rock shop and buying some yummy supplies at Tindalls bakery and deli.  Look out for Tideswell Well Dressing in June, the Food Festival in May and the Eroica Bike ride in June.  Finally, a great dog walk can be found at Tideswell Dale, just 10 minutes outside of Tideswell.  If there are no sheep in the surrounding areas you can let your dog off the lead and its traffic free all the way to Litton Mill.  

So what's stopping you?  Take your dog with you on a day trip or holiday to the Peak District.  There's plenty for all of you to enjoy!

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With spring and Easter just around the corner, there's plenty of things to do in the Peak District in March.

Haddon Hall gardens re-open on 25 March and these really are well-worth a visit (any time of year).  There's also a special Easter celebration and family events too.  

Chatsworth House re-opens on 19 March and there's plenty of Easter fun too! 

If you love food then the Leek Food and Drink Festival is for you.  Held on 19 March, there will be plenty to sample! 

On the foodie theme why not visit one of the many farmer's markets in the Peak District?  We love the Bakewell farmer's market held on the last Saturday in the month.  

A great family day out over Easter is the Heights of Abraham.  Take a cable car ride and enjoy lots of family activities including; Easter egg hunt, make your own daffodil, Easter animals and see the 60,000 daffodils that will burst into flower.   

And for the younger family members, Matlock Farm Park at Easter is ideal.  There's a special meet the Meerkat day, or maybe you'd like to see Mambu the gorilla, or be a pirate for the day on Easter Monday?   

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Did you know that we have produced a top ten series of things to do in the Peak District?  We've got top 10 lists for all the family.

If you have little ones in your family take a look at our top 10 of things to do for the under 5s 

Or if you have teenagers we've got a top 10 suggested list for them too.

And we haven't forgotten the adults!  Our top 10s include historical places to visit, shopping, TV and films in the Peak District, workshops and antique centres and fairs to name but a few.    

And if you are travelling with your dog we've also got a top 10 of dog friendly pubs in the Peak District as well as a top 10 of days out with your dog in the Peak District. 

If you like golf, cafes, villages, farmers shops and markets and wildlife we've also got top 10s for these too.

So there's plenty to do and see in the Peak District for all the family.  Our top 10 guides will help you choose what to do.

 

 

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Looking for some great Peak District attractions this Easter for all the family?  

Read about our top two attractions for a great day of family fun in the Peak District.

Matlock Farm Park - there are plenty of animals to see and feed including llamas, goats, turkeys, peacocks, cattle and sheep, as well as cuddly animals in the barn (chicks and bunnies), meerkat daily talks, and bottle-feeding the young lambs.  Why not watch a sheep or ferret race, go on a wallaby encounter or enjoy a short pony ride?  In addition to the animals there are playgrounds for differents ages of children and a go-carts trail.

Especially for Easter weekend on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday there are Easter egg hunts, crafts and games.

Crich Tramway Museum - step back in time and wait for the rumble of a vintage tram.  Visit the tea rooms, old fashioned sweet shop or ice cream parlour. Children can also let off steam in the Discovery Depot, borrow a back pack full of activities or enjoy fun workshops.

What's even better your four-legged friends can come along too.  Dogs are welcome in most parts of the Museum and they can even ride the trams!

So what's stopping you?  All the family can enjoy the Derbyshire Peak District this Easter weekend!

 

 

 

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