Things To Do in and around Ashbourne and Belper, Derbyshire

So you are in the area - what do you do, what can you do!

This page is a list of things to keep you and your family entertained - they are only suggestions.

(Thanks to Pat Walker for the list)

See also the links at the bottom of the page for other activities.

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Organise your own event - book a historical guided walk or talk with local historian Danny Wells

You can also buy a self guided walk around treasure hunt map of Ashbourne from the Tourist Information Office in the Market Place, or online from Huntfun Treasure Hunts.

For things to do with babies, toddlers and children under five visit...Asbourne Child

Disclaimer - Linked websites may change over time as people change providers, go out of business etc. In which case you can always try Google!

Activity

Telephone Number

Adventure Playgrounds

 

Chatsworth House Farmyard and Adventure Playground

01246 565300

Carsington Water

01629 540478

Antique Fairs/Centres

 

Bob Evans Antique Fairs

01664 812627

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

01483 422562

Bakewell Antiques and Collectors centre

01629 812496

Peaks & Dales Antique Trail Website for the areas antique shops & centers  

Aquariums

 

Matlock Bath Aquarium

01629 583624

 

Ballooning  

Heart of England Balloons

0789 488219

Dragon Balloon Co.

01159 473778

Boat Trips

 

Canal Boat Trips, Froghall Wharf, nr Stoke

01538 266486

Bowling

 

Derby Super Bowl and Quasar

01332 270057

AMF Bowling centre, Ilkestone

01159 322092

 

Castles

 

Peveril castle, Castleton

01433 620613

Bolsover Castle, Bolsover

01246 823349

Tutbury Castle (ruins)

 

Wingfield Manor, South Wingfield

01773 832060

Caves

 

Pooles Cavern, Buxton

01298 26978

Speedwell Cavern, Castleton

 

Treak Cliffe Cavern, Castleton

01433 620571

Blue John Cavern, Castleton

01433 620638/620642

Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath

01629

Cresswell Crags, Welbeck

01909 720378

The caves of Nottingham, Drury Walk,Nottingham

0115 924 1424

Caving

 

Perception

01733 314924

Canal Boats and Canals

 

Jannel Crusers, Shobnall Marina, Burton on Trent

 

Canoeing

 

Perception

01733 314924

Carsington

01629 540478

Cinemas

 

UCI, meteor Center, Derby

01332 347765

Showcase Cinema, Osmaston park road, Derby

01332 270300

Metro Cinema, Green Lane, Derby

01332 347765

Climbing Areas

 

Frogatt Edge, nr Hathersage

 

Black rocks, nr Cromford

 

Matlock Bath

 

Climbing Groups

 

Perception- Climbing/Abseiling

01733 314924

Peak Activities  

Cycling Hire and Trails

 

Tissington Trail Cycle Hire

01335 343156

Brownend Farm Cycle Hire

01538 308313

Carsington water cycle hire

01629 540478

Peak Cycle Hire

 

    Water Houses
01538 30860

    Ashbourne

01335 343156

    Parsley hay

01298 84493

    Derwent

01433 651261

    Middleton Top

01629 823204

    Hayfield

01663 746222

 

Factory Shops

 

Courtaulds Textiles factory shop, Alfreton

01773 831035

David Nieper, Alfreton

01773 833335

Pretty Perfects, Ashbourne

01335 344497

End of the Line Furniture, Ambergate

01773 821532

Coats Viyella Clothing, Ambergate

01773 853473

George Brettle and Co., Belper - Now Slenderella of Belper -

01773 - 822340

De Bradelei Mill Shops Ltd, Belper

01773 829830

Jaeger Knitwear, Belper

01773 829830

Dartington Crystal, Denby

01773 513116

Denby Pottery Visitor Centre, Denby

01773 740799

Budget Fabrics, Heage

01773 853552

The Fabric Factory, Heanor

01773 718911

Langley Furniture, Heanor

01773 765544

Coppice side pottery, Langley Mill

01773 716854

Dayclear Lighting Ltd, Langley Mill

01773 763787

P W Shepherd Upholstery, Langley Mill

01773 769395

One Stop Factory Shop, Langley Mill

01773 717111

John Smedley Ltd, Lea

01629 534571 ext 426/424

Derwent House Factory Shop, Milford

01773 842666

Standard Soap Co. Ltd, Riddings

01773 604063

Charnos, Riddings

01773 540408

Chelsea Design, Ripley

01773 570047

Nuthall Factory Shop, Ripley

01773 570000 ext 227

Coats Viyella Factory Shop, Somercotes

01773 727590

Ideco (UK) Ltd, Somercotes

01773 607523

Farm and Craft Shops

 

The Studio, Alfreton

01773 836907

Artists Cottage Studio

01773 821910

Crich Pottery and Gallery

01773 853171

Ram Furniture, Crich

01773 857092

Yew Tree Studio, Heage

01773 857301

The Old Pine Factory, Heage

01773 570692

Jewellery Factory Shop, Heavor

01773 530439

Little London Gallery, Holloway

01629 534825

Alan Ward Pottery, Holloway

01629 534284

The Coach House Farm and Craft Shop

01629 534346

Riddings Pottery, Riddings

01773 603181

Claycraft, Ripley

01773 746550

 Farms

 

Matlock Farm Park 01246 590200

Sherwood Forest Farm Park,Edwinstowe

01623 823558

Fishing

 

Course - BrailsfordBirch house angling, A52 Derby to Ashbourne Road (Bailiff operated or tickets from Brailsford Stores

 

Course- Markeaton and Alvaston Lakes, Derby

Tickets from Artisan Angling 141 London Rd Derby

01332 340081

Reservoir- Carsington

 

Lakes- Alton Manor Farm, Wirksworth,

01629 822318

Lakes- Yeavely Estate

01335 330247

Lakes- Chatsworth House Angling Fayre

01263 711736

River/fly- R. Dove, Rocester

01889 590347

River- R. Dove, Doveridge

01889 565986

Course- Belper – River Derwent Tickets from local tackle shop Hendersons, Bridge St., Belper.

01773 822525

Course- Ashbourne fish pond (day tickets)

01335 300159

Course- Boyleston, top farm – nr Ashbourne. Tickets at bank side

 

River- R. Derwent, nr. Matlock, day tickets from Derwent Hotel, Derby Rd

01773 856616

River- Wye Monsall Dale

01629 640484

River/Fly- Charles Cotton Hotel

01298 84229

Furniture Makers

 

Nigel Griffiths, Grangemill

01629 650720

Ram Furniture, Crich

01773 857092

 

Galleries

 

Victorian Gallery and Restoration Centre, Ashbourne

01335 348189

Ferrers Centre, Staunton Harold (16 Workshops)

 

Hoar Park Craft Village and Antique Centre, Nuneaton

01203 394433

Derbyshire Craft Centre, nr Baslow, Hope Valley

631231

Victoria Gallery Studio, Ashbourne

01335 00844/ 343982

Derek Top Gallery, Rowsley, nr Matlock

01629 735580

St John St Gallery , Ashbourne  
Red Square Art Gallery, Ashbourne 01335 300534
Gardens  

Field Farm, Kirk Ireton

Stapley Water Gardens, Nantwich, Cheshire

01270 623868

Lea Rhododendron Gardens, nr. Matlock

01629 534380

Tansley Garden Centre, nr Matlock

01629 534380

Fairways Garden Centre, Clifton, Ashbourne

01335 347900

Dunge Valley Hidden Gardens, Kettlesholme

01637 733787

Biddulph Grange Garden, nr Stoke- National Trust

01782 517999

Tissington Nursery, nr Ashbourne

01335 390650

Grange Farm Garden Centre, Mickleover, Derby

01332

The Herb Garden, Pilsley

01246 854268

Chatsworth Garden Centre, Beeley

01629 734004

Go-Karting.

 

Wild park Leisure

01335 360485

Swains Centre, Buxton

01298 71037

Golf.

 

Brailsford Golf Course, nr Ashbourne

01335 360096

Ashbourne Golf Club, Wyaston Rd, Ashbourne
  " " (Professional's Shop )

01335 342078
01335 347960

Leek Golf Club, Staffs

01538 384767

Allestree Golf Course

01332 550616

Sinfin Golf Course, Derby

01332 766462

Belmont Golf Driving Range, Needwood

9283 814381

Belper Golf Centre (Shop)

01773 827884

Kedleston Park Golf Club, Quarndon

01332 840035

Mickleover Golf Club, Uttoxeter rd.

01332 513339

Morley Hayes Golf Course

01332 780480

Strutt Club (indoor golf), Belper

01773 820088

Glass Workshops

 

Derwent Crystal, Ashbourne

07790 985066

Degma Glass, Chesterfield

01246 545193

 

Hang Gliding

 

Airways Airsports Ltd, Darley Moor Airfield.,Ashbourne

01335 344308/ 07768 472654

Helicopter Flights  

Penning Helicopters

01457 877833
0161 7893030

Heritage Centres

 

Wirksworth Heritage Centre, Wirksworth

01629 825225

Derby Heritage Centre, Derby

01332 299321

Hill Walking

 

Perception

01733 314924

Horse Riding

 

Haddon Horse riding stables, nr Bakewell

01629 813723

Ringer Villa Equestrian Centre

01246 810456

Spring Paddock Riding School, Charlsworth

01457 853175

Alton Riding School, Alton Chesterfield

01246 590267

Amber Hills Equestrian, Belper

01773 824080

Barleyfields Equestrian, Ash Lane, Etwall

01283 734798

Birchwood Riding Centre, Somercotes

01773 604305

Breaston Equestrian Centre, Breaston

01332 872934

Brimmington Equestrian Centre, Chesterfield

01246 235465

Buxton Riding School, Buxton

01298 72319

Delowen Stud and Livery Yard, Duffield

01332 843622

Elvaston Castle Riding Centre

01332 751927

Field Farm Riding Stables, Shipley, Heanor

01773 713164

Ridgewood Equestrian Centre, Higg Lane, Alderwasley, Belper

01629 824914

Tissington Trekking Centre

01335 350276

Matlock Farm Park 01246 590200

Horse Trials

 

Chatsworth Horse and Hound International Trials

01295 788492
01246 565300

 

Ice Skating

 

Nottingham Ice Rink

01159 50198

Industrial Museums

 

Derwent Valley Visitor Centre, Belper Mill

01773 880474
01773 841485

 

Light Aircraft

 

Derby Aeroclub, Eggington

01283 733803

 

Market Days

 

Ashbourne - Thurs and Sat

 

Alfreton - Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

 

Bakewell - Monday

 

Belper - Saturday  
Burton on Trent - Thu, Fri, Sat  

Buxton - Tues, Sat

 

Chapel-en-le-Frith – Thurs

 

Chesterfield - Mon, Thur (flea mkt), Fri, Sat

 

Clay Cross - Saturday
 
Derby - Eagle Market: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Market Hall: Monday to Saturday
 
Dronfield - Thursday  

Glossop - Thurs, Fri, Sat

 

Heanor - Friday, Saturday  

Ilkeston - Thursday, Saturday, Thursday (flea market)

 

Killamarsh - Thursday

 

Leek - Wed  

Longeaton - Fri, Sat

 

New Mills - Fri, Sat

 

Ripley - Fri, Sat

 

Staveley - Friday

 

Swadlincote - Tuesday, Friday, Saturday

 
Utoxeter - Wed, Sat  
Wirksworth - Tuesday  

Micro-Light Flights

 

Airways Airsports Ltd, Darley Moor Airfield.,Ashbourne

01335 344308/ 07768 472654

Ram Air

0797 4466923

Mill Centres

 

Flour mill - Cauldwells mill, Rowsley

01629 734374

Hosiery - North End Mills, Wirksworth

01629 824731

Industrial - Belper Mill, Belper

 

Mining Museums

 

Peak District mining museum

01629 583834

National Stone Centre, Wirksworth

01629 825403

Miscellaneous

 

Crooked Spire, St. Marys Church, Chesterfield

01246 206506

Derby Cathedral

01332 341201

Derby County Football Club

01332 202202

Derby Museum and Art Gallery

01332 716659

The Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath

01629 582365

The Revolution House, Old Whittington

01246 345727

Ridgeway Craft Centre, nr Eckington

01142 2473739

Shipley Country Park, Heanor

01773 719961

Wind in the willows, Rowsley

01539 488303

Wirksworth Heritage Centre

01629 835225

Heritage Wood, ednaston

01335 360488

Oriental Rug Gallery, Ashbourne

01335 346466

Pickfords House, Derby

01332 255363

Moira Furnace Museum, Moira

01283 224667

The Evil Sheriff of Nottingham Mediaeval Banquet

0115 924 0088

The Galleries of Justice, Nottingham

0115 952 0555

The Museum of Nottingham Lace, High Pavement,Nottingham

0115 989 7365

Museums

 

Bass Museum, Burton-on-Trent

01283 511000

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery

01298 24658

Chesterfield Museum

01246 345727

Eyam museum, Eyam, Hope Valley

01433 631371

DH Lawrence House Museum

01159254891

Newstead Abbey Museum, nr Nottingham

01623 455900

Museum Of nottingham lace

01159 846914

Costume Museum, Castle Gate Nottingham

01159 153500

Greens Mill and Science Museum

0159156878

Great Central Railway, Notts

01159405705

Galleries of Justice, Notts

01159520535

Musical Events

 

Derby Cathedral

01332 341201

The Derbyshire Singers

01629 733328

Eyam Hall

01433 631976

 

National Trust

 

Kedleston Hall, Kedleston, Derby

01332 842191

Calke Abbey

01332 863822

Hardwick Old Hall, Nr. Glapwell

01246 850431

Lyme Park, Disley

01663 762023

Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood

01283 585337

Harwick Hall nr Chesterfield

01246 850430

 

Paragliding  

Airways Airsports Ltd, Darley Moor Airfield.,Ashbourne

01335 344308/ 07768 472654

Paintball

 

Wild park Leisure

01335 360485

Potteries

 

The Bank Pottery, Crowdecote

01298 83629

Rookies Pottery, Hartington

01298 84650

Denby Pottery, nr ripley

01773 740799

Royal Crown, Derby

01332 712841/ 712800

Royal Doulton, Stoke-on-Trent

01782 292434

Wedgewood factory Shop, Stoke

01782 316161

Wedgewood Visitor centre

01782 204218

Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke

01782 319232

Staffordsire Enamels, Longton

01782 596596

Royal Winton

01782 598811

Spode Museum

01782 744011

Potteries Museum, Hanley

01782 232323

Portmeirion Factory Shops

01782 326412

Royal Stafford Tableware

01782 834631

Minton

10782 293121

Moorcroft

01782 207943

Anysley China

01782 593536

 

Quad – Bikes

 

Wild park Leisure

01335 360485

Swains Centre, Buxton

01298 71037

 

Race Courses (Horse Racing)

 

Uttoxeter Racecourse

01298 27493

Railway Centres (Steam)

 

Midland Railway

01773 570140

Peak Rail

01629 580381

Roller Skating

 

Rollerworld, Derby

01332 345828

 

Stately Homes

 

Chatsworth house nr Bakewell

01246 565300

Haddon Hall nr Bakewell

01629 812855

Hardwick Old Hall, nr Chesterfield

01246 850431

Hardwick Hall

 

Lume Park Disley

01663 762023

Sudbury Hall Museum Of Childhood

01283 585337

Calke Abbey, Ticknall

01332 863822

Tissington Hall

01335 390650

Shugborogh Estate

01889 881388

Eyam Hall Hope Valley

01433 631976

Melbourne Hall

Mel 863502

Swimming Theme Parks

 

Waterworld Aqua Park, Festival Park Stoke-on-Trent

01782 283838

01782 205747

Swimming Pools

 

Ashbourne Leisure Centre

01335 343712

Belper Leisure Centre

01773 825285

Moor Lane Leisure Centre

01332 341736

Matlock Swimming Pool

01629 760616

Squash

 

Ashbourne Leisure Centre

01335 343712

Belper Leisure Centre

01773 825285

Moorways Leisure Centre

01332 363686

Queens Leisure Centre

01332 716620

 

Theatres

 

Buxton Opera House

01298 72190

Theatre Royal, Whittingham

01159 895555

Derby Playhouse

01332 363275

Assembly Rooms, Derby

01332 255800

Theme Parks

 

Alton Towers

0990 204060

American Adventure

01773 541521

Gullivers Kingdom, Matlock Bath

01629 57100

Drayton Manor, Tamworth

01827 287979

Waterworld, nr Stoke

01782 283838

01782 205747

Tramway Museum

 

Crich Tramway Museum, nr Matlock

01773 852326

Trekking Centres (Pony)

 

Tissington Trekking Centre

01335 350276

Tissington Wood Farm, Tissington, Nr Ashbourne

0797 1410513

 

Visitor Centres

 

Carsington Water

01629 540696

Heights of Abraham, cable cars and caves

01629 582365

Longshaw Visitor Centre near Sheffield

01433 631708

National Stone Centre, Wirksworth

01629 825403

Tittesworth Visitor Centre, Meerbrook

01538 300400

Middleton Top

01629 823204

Denby Pottery, Visitor Centre

01773 740799

Tales of Robinhood,Nottingham

0115 948 3284

 

Walking/Rambling Activities

 

Peak Activities

Derbshire, South Derbyshire Ramblers

 

Guided walks (New Mills Rambers)  
Hiking Dykes - Lesbian walking club/group  
Derbyshire Activity Links  
High Peak Trail Information  

 

Watercolour Activities

 

Offcote Grange Holidays, Ashbourne

01335 344795

Watersports

 

Carsington Water

01629 540478

Perception- Canoeing

01733 314924

Youth Hostels

 

Hartington Hall

01727 855215

Ilam Hall, nr Ashbourne

01335 350245

Zoos and Open Farms

 

Riber Castle Wildlife Park, Matlock

01629 582073

Bently Fields Open Farm, Alkmonton

01335 330240

Blackbrook Zoological Park

01538 308293

Fresh Fields Donkey Rescue

01298 79775

Twycross Zoo Warwickshire

01827 880250


The following list is under construction - These are some of the activities I have done so I'll rate them out of 5 for "kid appeal" - (based on your average 9 year old), and parent appeal (for your average 46 year old).

(If any readers have some more ideas - please email me and I'll ad them - )

Activity

Where

Distance from Ashbourne (time by car)

Time

Cost

Kids rating

Adult rating

Comments

Duck feeding

Ashbourne recreational ground

0

1 hr

free

2

4

 (I like ducks!)

Playground

Ashbourne recreational ground

0

1 hr

free

3

1

Good set up - with play equipment for very young and older children separate.

Gulivers Kingdom

Matlock Bath

30 min

4 hr

£ 4

5!

5!

Mini Alton towers for small kids (4 - 11 years) (adults can fit on the rides as well). A good day out.

Matlock Cable Car ride

Matlock Bath

30 min

2 hrs

??

5

5

Cable car ride to the top of the hill. (name escapes me at the moment)

Swimming

Ashbourne Swimming Pool

0

1 hr

£ 1

4

3

Parents can sit in the cafe part (in the dry) and watch their older children in the pool!

Ilam Hall walk around grounds

Illam

10 min

1 hr

free

  2

 4

Nice little walk around the grounds of Ilam Hall.

Milldale to Dovedale walk

Milldale

15 min

3 hrs

free

3

4

Easy walk from Milldale to Dovedale along the banks of the River Dove. The Milldale carpark is free. There is also a nice pub on the way out of Milldale.

Walk up Thorpe Cloud

Dovedale

10 min

1 hr

free

3

5

Spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.

Manifold Valley walk & Thor's Cave

Wetton (then follow signs to Wetton Mill)

20 min

3 hrs

free

3

5

Walk along the Manifold Track following the Manifold River (The river is usually dry for most of the year). Climb up to Thor's cave for spectacular views. (take a torch)

 

Walks In The Peak District - Good site for walkers!
Walking In The Peak District - Even better site!
Local Kids - Website with events for children
Also see the "Walking" section above.

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