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24 Hours in Derby

21st April 2016

One day only. What to do in Derby? Where to begin?  CAKE of course!!

Lush, gooey, energy packed hunk of delight – and the cake’s not bad either.  But where’s the chunkiest choice available? BAKED with their on-site bakery, or Jack Rabbits – just a hop away opposite Derby Cathedral maybe … or The Book Café and their ultra-cute Expresso take away bar if you want to munch on the run? … or Derby Museum’s café for a cultural slice of the action? … or….. oh my, this could easily turn into a day-long cake safari!


Energy levels charged, some calorie burning is definitely required, so how about a stepper with a difference? 189 steps to be precise – up Derby Cathedral tower to enjoy THE most amazing view. I can see why the peregrine falcons nest up here.

Back to ground level and a scoot around the Derby Museum and Art Gallery before lunch. This is the home to the world’s largest collection of Joseph Wright paintings – the Derby born artist whose skill of capturing light really needs to be seen to be believed. Explore the other galleries too and see if you can find the Egyptian Mummy and hippopotamus skeleton! The mind boggles!

Lunch calls for some pub grub. Again, the choice is pretty mouth-watering. British Tapas at The Exeter Arms is a favourite with a tasty line-up of scotch egg, pork pie and sausage rolls or maybe a fire-grilled burger from The Forge Bar & Gourmet Grill? OR how about a Derby Pyclet from the Pyclet Parlour in the Market Hall? A true city delicacy with scrumptious choice of toppings – the salmon and horseradish mayo is simply LUSH!

That leaves the afternoon available for shopping. The Cathedral Quarter for the traditional boutiques, deli’s, gift shops and creative crafts as well as Bennett’s Department Store  (dating back to 1734!), then the indoor modern world of intu where national high street favourites mix together with independent stores.

More coffee and cake to be consumed as required – it’s compulsory and would be rude not to. I challenge you to resist the window display at intu’s Patisserie Valerie with their ‘lovingly handmade cakes’ and afternoon tea including a fine selection of their delicious fayre.

A tad more shopping now before settling down to an early evening film. How about a luxurious leather seated experience in the Director’s Lounge at the Showcase Cinema De lux at intu, or a cultural interlude at Derby QUAD?

Popcorn permitting, there must be space for an evening meal to round of the day’s activities. Friar Gate’s restaurant scene offers door to door options of world-wide cuisine from Tapas & Tacos to fine dining delights.

But wait, what about a track session at Derby Arena’s velodrome, a Roundhouse tour at the world’s oldest remaining turning shed in the world, a factory tour at Royal Crown Derby, and all the events and festivals that the city hosts all year long? 24 hours is just not enough – unless you do several back to back, so bare all this in mind and maybe book an overnighter or two so you don’t miss a trick?