5 Hidden Gems You Need to Visit in Derbyshire
Hello lovelies and welcome. We’ve covered West Sussex, beaches in Lincolnshire and also Cheshire. Up today in the hidden gems series is Derbyshire. This is an area I’m not overly familiar with so Sarah at Minime and Luxury is helping me out with her tips! Let’s get going…
Derbyshire is full of amazing hidden gems for family days out and below are some of my favourites that Minime and I have enjoyed.
My preferred place for a picnic. Dovedale is known for the River Dove and it’s impressive limestone ravines, but the most beautiful part is the picturesque stepping stones, I love to come here with Minime. Thorpe Cloud is a limestone hill, also known as a reef knoll. It sits between the villages of Ilam and Thorpe and lies right on the border of Derbyshire and Staffordshire.
Cable cars and caves! At the Heights of Abraham you can ride in a cable car and stare in awe at the beautiful views of the Derwent Valley and the Peak District. Explore the caves, adventuring underground with a guided tour of the caverns, play in the adventure playground, visit the Prospect Tower and take beautiful walks through the surrounding
Perfect for train enthusiasts and a brilliant family day out with plenty going on. Heritage train rides transport you to a time gone by. There are two railway museums to explore, the demonstration signal box and a Victorian railwayman’s church. You’ll also find a narrow gauge, miniature and model railways, shops, food and drink, a children’s playground and country park. To top it all off, parking is free!
Always a jam-packed family fun day. We visited in April and met a T-Rex! The farm is open all year and set in beautiful countryside with plenty of cute animals to see. Children can get up close with all the animals and at certain times can handle the small animals such as
rabbits, guinea pigs and reptiles – Minime loves this part! Other animals on the farm include wallabies, rhea birds, pigs, alpaca, llamas, sheep and cows and a new herd of deer. The meerkats are adorable! There are daily talks and you can get involved at feeding time too.
Nestled in the hills, this is the perfect way to spend your day. Gullivers is great for children of all ages – aimed mainly at 2-13 years. There are so many attractions on offer – from
the Western World and pirates play area, to the log flume and Drop Tower. The hillside setting is stunning with absolutely gorgeous views. The location gives a unique theme park experience adding an extra dimension to your rides! There is the illusion of super-high tower rides and flight-like coasters, and all at an altitude of 629 feet (overlooking a valley some 300 feet below).
The Jurassic experience is now open and you can get close-up with some dinosaurs. The roaring dinosaurs have roamed across the hillside and throughout the Lost World. There are over 13 animatronic dinosaurs for you to find. Entry to this attraction is included with your standard theme park ticket. We love Gullivers and thoroughly recommend it.
Sarah Dixon blogs at Minime and Luxury having previously worked
within the Childcare industry for over 15 years, as a Supernanny, Private Maternity Nurse, Sleep Trainer and Baby Concierge. She started writing Minime and Luxury to reassure people it is okay to remain a “person” when you become a “parent” and enjoy life, travel, and stay up late when you want to – its all about creating memories and enjoying
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More Gems to Come
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