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Family Activities

Family activities in the Peak District vary from theme parks to simply feeding the ducklings down by Bakewell river. There is something for everyone. We have compiled for you a list of some of the best family activities in the local area, and some further afield.

Bakewell Recreation Ground

Keeping close to home, a brisk walk into Bakewell town centre leads you to the local shops and cafes. Keep on walking along the river (via the ice cream van!) to find yourself on the wide recreation grounds which accommodate a children’s play area. Sounds perfect for a picnic and family sports. It is also a dog friendly area.

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Peak Rail

Whether it’s simply a nostalgic journey back to a bygone age or a discovery of the sights and sounds for very first time of a steam or diesel locomotive Peak Rail welcomes you to experience the thrill of our preserved railway whilst travelling through the delightful Derbyshire countryside.

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Chatsworth Farmyard & Adventure Playground

Our top recommendation is Chatsworth House, where the little ones can be kept busy for hours at Chatsworth Farm Park. Chatsworth farmyard and adventure playground is fun and educational for all ages - with animal handling, milking demonstrations and daily activities, plus a woodland adventure playground with slides, trampolines and more!

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Gullivers Kindom

A family run theme park in Matlock Bath, this is a great family day out especially designed for families with children aged between the years of 2 and 13. All its rides and attractions are designed to offer the whole family a full day out of fun and excitement.

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The Heights of Abraham

Visit Matlock Bath for a beautiful day out and take the cable car ride to the Heights of Abrahams, this hill top park has plenty to see and do with cavern tours, heritage walks, a fossil factory and a children’s adventure playground.

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Peak Wildlife Park

Come face to face with exotic and endangered animals from across three continents. Regular keeper talks and on site facilities provide everything you need for an entertaining, exciting and educational day out

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Alton Towers

Superb Theme Park and Water World (approximately 45 minutes’ drive away). Treat the family to an amazing day out. Major attractions include Nemesis, Oblivion, Air, Runaway Mine Train, Congo River Rapids and Hex - The Legend of the Towers.

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Matlock Farm Park

The farm​ has a number of activities, particularly suited to families looking for things to do in the area. Home to pigs, sheep, goats and donkeys as well as llamas, alpacas and a very impressive (and very friendly) fully grown Red Deer Stag. There’s an extensive collection of poultry and smaller domestic animals too!

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Go Ape

Go Ape Buxton is one of the highest adventures, close to a 2 million year old natural limestone cave. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park and within walking distance of the historic Spa town itself. Suitable for 10 years upwards, a challenge for you, your friends and family or team building, 3 hours of tree top adventure.

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Monkey Magic

Experience this unique opportunity to visit a monkey forest where walking along the paths you are transported into a different world through close contact with the monkeys. You will be able to discover this amazing species as they exhibit their natural behaviour with no bars or cages to hinder your view.

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Carsington Water Reservoir

Something for everyone, Visitor centre, shops, cafe, fishing, sailing and water sports, cycling and walking tracks. 

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Churnet Valley Railway

Superb day out for the family with a variety of activities.

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