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School Summer Holidays

23 July - 4 September

Here's our guide to what's on in Derby to keep the kids entertained in the summer holidays:

Ice Cream Getaway 17 June - 18 Sep

Ice Cream Getaway 17 June - 18 Sep

Don't Miss, Family Fun

A wild camping experience on the dairy farm with an ice cream twist!... read more

Forest for the Future - 27 Jun - 27 Aug

The Market Place will be transformed into a woodland wonderland bringing a new, vibrant space for alfresco dining and outdoor events... read more

Let's Play at Calke Abbey - 9 Jul - 4 Sep

Let's Play at Calke Abbey - 9 Jul - 4 Sep

Family Fun, School Holidays

The Garden of Imagination returns to the Walled Kitchen Garden from Sat 9 July to Sun 4 September for another fun filled adventure, where ch... read more

Punch and Judy Summer Spectacular - 16 July - 4 Sep

Another chance to see this spectacular new show, created to celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.... read more

Farmarama - 16 Jul - 5 Sep

Farmarama - 16 Jul - 5 Sep

Family Fun, School Holidays

Join us for a Festival of Fun this summer at the National Forest Adventure Farm.... read more

Wild Walk Adventure Shack - 20 - 24 July

Wild Walk Adventure Shack - 20 - 24 July

Family Fun, School Holidays, Theatre

Oddsocks Theatre bring you a new adaptation of Hamlet The Comedy for Summer 2022.... read more

A Jurassic Day Out - 23 Jul

A Jurassic Day Out - 23 Jul

Family Fun, School Holidays

Where to find us

Join us in the Market Place on 23rd July for A Jurassic Day Out in Cathedral Quarter!... read more

Yarn Bombing - 23 - 24 July

Yarn Bombing - 23 - 24 July

Family Fun, School Holidays

Join in and get creative as we yarn bomb – simple woolly activities in which everyone can get involved!... read more

Summer Market - 23 - 24 July

The Summer Market will be taking place in the grounds of the gorgeous Melbourne Hall Gardens on Sat 23rd and Sun 24th July.... read more

Dino Trail - 23 Jul - 4 Sep

Dino Trail - 23 Jul - 4 Sep

Family Fun, School Holidays

This summer journey around the Museum and Art Gallery on the lookout for dinosaurs!... read more

Alvaston Park Community Fun Day - 24 Jul

Come and join Alvaston Park Friends for an action packed community event where there is something for the whole family to enjoy!... read more

England Women vs South Africa - IT20 - 25 Jul

England return to The Incora County Ground to face South Africa in thrilling T20 action.... read more

Crafty Tuesday: Build a Toy Theatre - 26 Jul

Crafty Tuesday: Build a Toy Theatre - 26 Jul

Family Fun, School Holidays

Crafty Tuesdays is our weekly crafty holiday session where each week you can learn a new crafting skill. Make yourself at home in this spec... read more

The Very Hungry Caterpillar - 26 - 28 Jul

Dive into Eric Carle’s bright and colourful world as his beloved stories are transformed from page to stage using a menagerie of 75 lo... read more

Art Hub: Ancient Patterns - 27 Jul

At Art Hub we explore different creative techniques and processes – there is always something new to try in this artist-led session.... read more

Superhero Picnic - 27 - 28 Jul

Superhero Picnic - 27 - 28 Jul

Family Fun, School Holidays

Where to find us

All you need to do to take part in the fun is dress up like a superhero and bring a picnic!... read more

Archery at Kedleston Hall - 27 Jul - 31 Aug

Archery at Kedleston Hall - 27 Jul - 31 Aug

Don't Miss, Family Fun, School Holidays

Have a go at archery this summer at Kedleston Hall. Ideal for families and complete beginners. Delivered by Derbyshire Archery Club. Free ac... read more

On Gallery Makes (July) - 28 Jul

On Gallery Makes (July) - 28 Jul

Family Fun, School Holidays

Be inspired by the weird and wonderful objects in our galleries and try your hand at making something yourself in this relaxed drop-n sessio... read more

Pickford’s Plot: Mini Beast Safari - 28 Jul

Pickford’s Plot: Mini Beast Safari - 28 Jul

Family Fun, School Holidays

Join in with our nature focused sessions in Pickford’s garden.... read more

Family Friday: Festival of British Archaeology - 29 Jul

In this session the whole family is welcome to play, make and have fun together.... read more

The Full Monty - 29 July

Markeaton Park Outdoor Cinema 2022 presents The Full Monty. Grab your friends and some popcorn and settle down to a unique cinema experience... read more

Rag Rugging - 30 Jul

Come and have a go at the art of rug ragging, where we use unwanted fabric to create cosy, colourful rugs.... read more

Mamma Mia (PG) - 30 July

Mamma Mia (PG) - 30 July

School Holidays, Theatre

Markeaton Park Outdoor Cinema 2022 presents Mama Mia. Grab your friends and some popcorn and settle down to a unique cinema experience with ... read more

Grease (PG) - 31 July

Grease (PG) - 31 July

Don't Miss, School Holidays

Markeaton Park Outdoor Cinema 2022 presents Grease. Grab your friends and some popcorn and settle down to a unique cinema experience with a ... read more

The Big 1 - 31 Jul

The Big 1 - 31 Jul

Family Fun, School Holidays

Chaddesden's annual summer family fun day for all to enjoy.... read more

Bumblebee safari - 2 - 23 Aug

Bumblebee safari - 2 - 23 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

Enjoy a nature walk in the garden and pot up some nectar-rich seeds to take home.... read more

Crafty Tuesday (August) - 2 - 30 Aug

Crafty Tuesday (August) - 2 - 30 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

Crafty Tuesdays is our weekly crafty holiday session where each week you can learn a new crafting skill.... read more

Art Hub (August) - 3 - 24 Aug

Art Hub (August) - 3 - 24 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

At Art Hub we explore different creative techniques and processes – there is always something new to try in this artist-led session.... read more

Family art in the park: Radical Horizons - 3 - 26 Aug

Family art in the park: Radical Horizons - 3 - 26 Aug

Don't Miss, Family Fun, School Holidays

Have a go at drawing the art of Burning Man with a workshop the whole family will enjoy.... read more

Building Buddies - 3 - 30 Aug

Building Buddies - 3 - 30 Aug

Don't Miss, Family Fun, School Holidays

We’re thrilled to announce that Building Buddies is making its UK shopping centre debut at Derbion from Wednesday 3rd - Tuesday 30th A... read more

Children's butterfly walk - 4 - 25 Aug

Children's butterfly walk - 4 - 25 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays, Tours and Walks

Enjoy a nature walk in the garden and have a go at potting up your own nectar-rich seeds.... read more

On Gallery Makes (August) - 4 - 25 Aug

On Gallery Makes (August) - 4 - 25 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

Be inspired by the weird and wonderful objects in our galleries and try your hand at making something yourself in this relaxed drop-in sessi... read more

Pickford’s Plot (August) - 4 - 25 Aug

Pickford’s Plot (August) - 4 - 25 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

Join in with our nature focused sessions in Pickford’s garden. Enjoy this tranquil space and let your imagination and curiosity run w... read more

Rocketman Outdoor Cinema Experience at Calke Abbey - 5 Aug

Celebrating Elton's 75th birthday year, we bring you a special open-air cinema screening of Rocketman at Calke Abbey!... read more

First Fridays: Ivan Turbinca – 5 Aug

First Fridays: Ivan Turbinca – 5 Aug

Don't Miss, School Holidays

‘Ivan Turbinca’ is the retelling of a Romanian fairy-tale from the 1880’s, portrayed as toy theatre.... read more

Family Friday (August) - 5 - 26 Aug

Family Friday (August) - 5 - 26 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

In this session the whole family is welcome to play, make and have fun together. Each one is focused on a theme to help you and your family... read more

Arena Fun Fest - 6 Aug

Arena Fun Fest - 6 Aug

Family Fun, School Holidays

Join us for an open day of funfilled family activities including family classes, track cycling tasters, balance bikes, socatots, rackets, fu... read more

Mamma Mia! ABBA Outdoor Cinema Experience at Calke Abbey - 6 Aug

This summer we celebrate 50 years of ABBA with a special outdoor cinema screening of Mamma Mia! at Calke Abbey in Derby.... read more

The Princess Bride Outdoor Cinema Experience at Calke Abbey - 7 Aug

An amazing outdoor cinema experience in the stunning grounds of Calke Abbey with a showing of The Princess Bride!... read more

Hot August Night 2022 - 7 Aug

The favourite tribute bands festival is back again with the very best tribute acts in the country.... read more

Soundwave 2022 - 12 - 14 Aug

Soundwave 2022 - 12 - 14 Aug

Don't Miss, Music, School Holidays

A weekend of live music for all the family, camping available.... read more

Years 3-6 Summer School - 15 - 19 Aug

Years 3-6 Summer School - 15 - 19 Aug

School Holidays, Theatre

Develop your skills, meet new friends and have some fun in Derby Theatre's fantastic Summer School!... read more

Outdoor Cinema at Chatsworth House - 18 - 21 Aug

Outdoor Cinema at Chatsworth House - 18 - 21 Aug

Don't Miss, Family Fun, School Holidays

Enjoy a movie under the stars in the open-air setting of the garden, presented by The Luna Cinema.... read more

Retro Arcade - 19 - 21 Aug

Retro Arcade - 19 - 21 Aug

Don't Miss, Family Fun, School Holidays

Travel back in time for a weekend of retro gaming heaven, sound tracked by 80s and 90s hits, as we bring our celebrated Retro Arcade event b... read more

A Tale as Old as Time Summer Afternoon Tea - 20 - 21 Aug

A Tale as Old as Time Summer Afternoon Tea - 20 - 21 Aug

Family Fun, Food & Drink, School Holidays

Be our Guest for a Magical Summer themed Afternoon Tea.... read more

Years 7-10 Summer School - 22 - 26 Aug

Years 7-10 Summer School - 22 - 26 Aug

School Holidays, Theatre

Develop your skills, meet new friends and have some fun in Derby Theatre's fantastic Summer School!... read more

Classic Ibiza 2022 (Part of the Darley Weekender) - 26 Aug

Classic Ibiza returns to Darley Park this summer for an open-air celebration of White Isle-inspired house music.... read more

80s Mix Tape (Part of the Darley Weekender) - 27 Aug

Take a trip down memory lane, to the era where the fashion and perms were bold, and the hits were non-stop.... read more

The Hannells Darley Park Concert (Part of the Darley Weekender) - 28 Aug

An evening of classical music and fireworks – don’t forget your picnic!... read more

Teddy Bear’s Picnic - 28 - 29 Aug

Teddy Bear’s Picnic - 28 - 29 Aug

Don't Miss, Family Fun, School Holidays

Bring your own teddy bear and picnic for the Crich Tramway Teddy Bear’s Picnic on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday.... read more

Bats and beasties children's walk - 30 - 31 Aug

A nocturnal walk for children where they'll learn more about the creatures that visit Chatsworth at night.... read more

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