Things To Do
The area is known and loved by many for its breath-taking views, bustling market towns and pretty villages, historic houses, famous attractions and hundreds of traditional events, such as the unique Derbyshire custom of Well Dressing.
From the high, moorland plateaus in the north, to the steep-sided, deep dales and rolling green hills in the south of the area, the Peak District & Derbyshire has just about any landscape you can imagine in Britain, making it one of the finest areas in the country to go walking.
Alton Towers is a popular theme park with a wide variety of rides for all the family. There are many restaurants and cafes throughout the park.
Carsington Water has many leisure activities including walking, cycling, bird watching, sailing and windsurfing.
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is a Heritage Diesel Railcar Centre of Excellence.Travel on board one of the heritage trains which run between Duffield and Wirksworth daily. www.e-v-r.com
Chatsworth House is the home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, the Cavendish family; it is renowned for the quality of its fine furnishings, art and gardens.
The 1000 acre park also boasts a farmyard and adventure playground.
Haddon Hall is described by Simon Jenkins in “1000 Best Houses” as ‘the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages’. It is a stunning Tudor house, home to the Manners family.
Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood. A late 17th Century house with lavish interiors, and a museum which celebrates childhood.
The Wedgewood Museum is the home of one of the most interesting ceramic collections in the world. The galleries tell the story of Josiah Wedgwood, his family, and the company he founded two-and-a-half centuries ago.
The Peak Wildlife Park allows you to come face to face with exotic and endangered animals from across 3 continents. There are regular keeper talks.
Monkey Forest Trentham is home to 140 free ranging Barbary macaques, allowing you to see them behave as they would in the wild.
Amerton Farm has a range of attractions for all the family including a food hall, craft centre, animal farm and indoor and outdoor play areas.
Go Ape Rugeley is located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, boasting the longest combined crossing of any Go Ape location with almost 1500 metres of tree-to-tree crossings the Challenge course.