Making the most of a staycation in Derby

Tue 18 Jun 2019

There’s no need for expensive overseas holidays this summer, when the perfect staycation awaits right here in Derby. We have plenty of fun for the whole family this summer, from Markeaton Park to Derby Arena, the perfect holiday is at home.

Beautiful nature and great adventure are right in the heart of the city in Markeaton Park. Families looking to get out of the house for an escape will find just the adventure they’re looking for on the Skyline at Markeaton high ropes, all the fun of the competition on the Mini Golf course at Mundy Play Centre, and lovely little mementos at the Craft Village. Find out more about what Derby Parks has to offer for a staycation here.

Water lovers don’t have to forego all the fun of the pool this summer, with Queen’s Leisure Centre’s fun for all the family pool sessions. Kids can make a big splash and challenge the adults on the Atlantis Splash Run, keep their cool on the Float Run Splash or simply have fun as a whole family in the Family Splash sessions. Find out how to make a splash this summer here.

Parents can still get all the me-time they deserve on holiday, without a kids’ club, thanks to Derby Active’s holiday activities. Derby Active’s holiday activity camps, taking place at Derby Arena, Springwood Leisure Centre and Moorways Stadium, will keep children entertained in the engaging, fun and action packed sessions taking place throughout the summer. For the little ones Springwood’s Bouncy Castle and Soft Play sessions are a great chance to have fun together as a family. Find out what holiday activities are available for kids here.   

There’s nothing better on holiday than sitting out, drink in hand, with a great film to relax with. There’s no need to travel for this delight with the Outdoor Theatre and Cinema Season; with a ticket for Dirty Dancing and the chance to buy a ‘Dirty Daiquiri’, a trip to Markeaton Park Craft Village is all that’s needed. Outdoor Theatre and Cinema Season isn’t just for adults, but children too, who can enjoy a wild walk adventure with the Babbling Vagabonds’ Here be Dragons! Here be Dragons! offers the chance of an escape into the unknown as the ‘Monster Menders’ take care of strange and peculiar creatures. Find out more about the Outdoor Theatre and Cinema Season here.

Feel the thrill without even leaving the city with track cycling at Derby Arena. It’s not necessary to travel the world for the adrenaline rush of a new experience. Thrill-seekers can take on track cycling this summer at Derby Arena, with plenty of taster sessions including family cycling, balance bikes for the little ones and bike maintenance sessions for those getting to know cycling better. Find out how to feel the thrill here.

Children can stay at home and still travel the universe with the Space Chase Summer Reading Challenge. Joining the super space family, The Rockets, children will track down books stolen by mischievous aliens in this out-of-this-world adventure. Reading six or more books over the summer, along with a host of exciting events, children will travel the whole universe without leaving Derby. Find out more about how to be part of the Summer Reading Challenge here.