#ADayInDerby: Family

By Visit Derby

Created June 26, 2020

Last updated July 5, 2023

Create lasting family memories with our carefully curated itinerary for a delightful day in Derby. Our article is your guide to a fun-filled adventure that caters to the whole family. Immerse yourselves in a day of laughter, discovery, and quality time together as you explore the family-friendly attractions and activities that Derby has to offer. Begin your day with a visit to interactive museums and engaging exhibitions that captivate both children and adults alike. Continue the adventure with outdoor adventures in beautiful parks, where you can enjoy picnics, playgrounds, and leisurely walks. Discover the thrill of farm visits that provide hands-on experiences and educational opportunities. Treat yourselves to delicious meals at family-friendly eateries that cater to varying tastes and dietary needs. Our itinerary ensures that every moment is filled with joy and excitement for the entire family. Join us for a day of family fun in Derby and create cherished memories that will be treasured for years to come.

Made in Derby Trail

First stop on our list is the Made in Derby trail, the perfect way to accustom yourself with the city centre and get your bearings. Download the Made in Derby app and scan the stars on the trail as you go to experience the augmented reality features. It's a great opportunity for the whole family to learn more about Derby's significant contribution to history, science and the arts while making the most of the great outdoors and being active. Don't forget to meet Bess of Hardwick outside Bird's Bakery on Victoria Street!

Derby Museum & Art Gallery

As you make your way around the Market Place on the trail, head down Sadler Gate and call by Derby's local museum. The museum has fantastic exhibits for the whole family from Ancient Egyptian mummies to a fun nature section complete with a pangolin and a prehistoric hippo (found under a local pub no less)! Look out for their regular family events and special temporary exhibitions. Recent exhibitions have included a blockbuster Lego exhibition and displays of Leonardo da Vinci's renaissance drawings.

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Derby Museum & Art Gallery

The Strand, Derby

RASK

As you exit the museum, why not head opposite to RASK cafe to recharge. Grab a hot drink, slice of cake and put your feet up for five minutes before we continue our itinerary.

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RASK

Sadler Bridge Studios, Sadler Gate, Derby

Paradise Island Adventure Golf

Paradise Island offers the ultimate mini-golf challenge for all the family. Choose from two 18-hole courses set across 14,000 square feet and put your golfing skills to the test. On the Shark Bay course, explorers will tee-off on an abandoned shipwreck and navigate through sea caves and finish off in a tribal village and cannibal camp. The Mermaid Rock course takes adventurers from the docks ato a monkey temple full of vines and lush tropical plants. Monkey calls and sounds of jungle creatures will add an extra challenge for putting experts not used to hitting a ball in the middle of a rainforest. The expedition will continue through the lost lagoon and will finish in a mystical bazaar spice market full of fragrant fruits, carpets and lanterns, against a backdrop of rich sounds and smell.

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Paradise Island Adventure Golf

Level 3 West Mall, Derbion Shopping Centre, Derby

Bluebell Dairy & Tea Rooms

For our next stop we head out of the city centre to Bluebell Dairy on the outskirts of Derby. Bluebell's is a working dairy producing luxury artisan ice cream that you can eat on-site at their tea rooms. The site is an adventure with lots of animals to meet and greet along the way. Meet Bill the pot-bellied pig, Twinkle the Donkey, Merlin the Shetland Pony as well as goats, sheep, a giant rabbit, ducks and chickens! Don't forget to grab a bite to eat at the tea rooms and enjoy Bluebell's signature ice cream.

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Bluebells

Brunswood Farm, Locko Road, Derby

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Bluebell Tea Rooms

Brunswood Farm, Locko Road, Derby

Unescapable Escape Rooms

After your trip to Bluebell's, head back to the city centre and finish your trip to Derby. Why not book a session at Unescapable Escape Rooms and see if the family can escape the challenges and puzzles that await to win your freedom! If escape rooms aren't for you why not catch a family film at Showcase Cinema de Lux in the Derbion shopping centre.

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Unescapable Escape Rooms

25 Wardwick, Derby

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Showcase Cinema De Lux

Derbion, Derby

That brings to an end our family day trip. We hope you enjoyed it! If you are interested in more day trip inspiration please visit our itineraries page. There's so much to do in our great city!

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