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Family Festivities at Markeaton Park

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Family Festivities at Markeaton Park

Markeaton Park

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Saturday 2 - Sunday 17 December

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Christmas in the park for all the family.

Join us at Markeaton Park for festive rides and food, choirs, brass bands, Christmas activities and much more!

Family Festivities will be running for the first three weekends in December, 11am to 4pm.

Entry is FREE - see onsite for attraction prices.

Each weekend will have its own theme:

Craft weekend 2 and 3 December 2017
Are you looking for that extra special Christmas gift, that’s unique and locally made? Come along and browse at the Friends of Markeaton Park Craft Fair.

Music Weekend 9 and 10 December 2017
From brass bands to choirs, you’ll be filled with festive enjoyment, tapping your feet and singing around the Christmas tree.

Workshop weekend 16 and 17 December 2017
Throughout the weekend there will be workshops and demonstrations for everyone to get involved, including:

  • Wreath making
  • The Smallprint Company - have a go at personalising your own keepsake using a vintage type press.
  • Willow Weaving demonstrations.
  • Community Mosaic workshop.
  • The Invisible Friends Choir
  • Community Textile Banner
  • Sense of Place - a Sense of Place walk around Markeaton Park.
  • Christmas Recycling
  • and more…

FREE activities include:

Markeaton welcomes festive visitors to the park, elves have taken up residency in hidden locations around the park for you to find them. Follow your free Elf trail, available from the Christmas tree in the Craft Village on each event day. Share your family pictures of your Elf adventure on Derby Parks Facebook page. Complete the free competition and post your Elf trail entries into the North Pole Post Box, located in the Craft Village.

POST LETTERS TO SANTA in our North Pole Post Box.

Take a walk around Markeaton Park looking for the colourfully decorated stones and rocks and upload your images to the Derby Parks and Derbyshire Rocks Facebook pages. Remember, keep safe, place and find your rocks in accessible locations and go hunting with an adult. Enjoy!

Try to spot Santa’s nine reindeer playing hide and seek within the walls of the Craft Village.

Let off some Christmas excitement on the climbing frames, swings, slides and the pirate ship.
Other attractions are available at a small charge.

Markeaton Park has many footpaths around the park that allow access for everyone to enjoy a winter walk.
Visit for a route map.

Other activities include:

  • Family Fair Ground including Santa Land, festive food and drink and guest appearances from Elsa and Olaf (Sat & Sun).
  • Browse for that perfect Christmas gift in the Markeaton Craft Village, craft units include Jumping Clay, Sew’n’Jo, Studio in the Park, Paint a Pot, Cocoa Tabby and may more…
  • Our craft units also have workshops that all the family can get involved including Christmas decorations, wreath making, cake toppers, Christmas stocking making.
  • Derby Model Boat Club
  • Derby Hospital Jingle Jog
  • Duncan Pass Printing
  • Parkrun (junior and adult)

Bookable workshops available at the Craft Village throughout the Family Festivities event include: 

Christmas stockings – Sat 2 & Sun 3 Dec
Christmas bunting – Sat 9 & Sun 10 Dec
Christmas table runners – Sat 16 & Sun 17 Dec
3 hour workshops, suitable for 8 years and older.
£25 per person includes all materials and refreshments
To book visit or call 01332 255800

Drop in to the mini make a robin or reindeer workshops for a special price of £2 over the festive season, 12pm - 3:30pm.
Bookable workshops:
Cake topper/mantle piece decoration (10+ years) - Sat 2 & Sun 10, 10:30am - noon. Sun 16 3:30pm - 5pm. Book here
Cake dutchess/sugar paste cake topper (16+ years) - Sun 3 Sat 9, Sun 17, 10:30am - noon. Book here
£12 per person, all materials and equipment provided

A gift shop for outdoor toys, painted furniture and more.
Bookable Workshops:
Pine cone christmas decoration - Sat 2, Sat 9 & Sat 16 Dec 11am - 12:30pm
£10 per person
Wreath making - Sat 2, Sat 9 & Sat 16 Dec 1pm - 3pm
£15 - £25 per person
To book call Sheila on 01332 298274 / 07920 515254 or email

Looking for a unique present? Just drop in to make your own Christmas special keepsake.
£5 - £12 per item.

Personise a unique wooden tree decoration, or why not buy a Santa footprint template, a magic key or a Christmas Eve box.
Items individually priced.  

Wed 13 Dec 10am - 11.30am & Sat 16 Dec 1.30pm – 3pm
£20 per person each session.
To book visit or call 01332 255800

The Family Festivities programme may change, but where possible updates will be display on this web page.
All activities take place in the Craft Village unless otherwise stated. Some activities may have a charge.


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Family Festivities 2017 programme

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