Family Festivities at Markeaton Park

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Sat 1 - Sun 2 & Sat 8 - Sun 9 Dec

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Christmas in the park for all the family to enjoy

Christmas in the park for all of the family with a free elf trail, festive food, music and much more.

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Dec: Craft Fair Weekend - 11am to 3pm

The first weekend of Family Festivities will provide the whole family with the opportunity to buy cards, gifts decorations and much more at all of the wonderfully unique craft stalls.

Sat 8 - Sun 9 Dec: Family Workshop Weekend - 11am to 3pm

The second weekend of Family Festivities is the perfect opportunity to learn new skills (to show off after Christmas dinner!) with a variety of workshops, from balloon modelling to Nordic walking.

Over both weekends you can enjoy festive food at The Orangery, take part in a reindeer trail in the Craft Village and post your letter to Santa at the Markeaton North Pole post box!

You can look forward to two weekends of free family fun all in the festive Markeaton Park.

This year parents can relax in the knowledge that their kids can have plenty of fun without any strain on their pockets, with Family Festivities’ free activities. Over both weekends kids can try out the Elf Trail, following the map around the park to find the elf houses. Completed entries will be put into a prize draw, to be in with the chance of winning some treats. Once they have found the elves, they can visit Markeaton Park Craft Village to try and spot Father Christmas’s nine reindeer who are playing hide and seek. 

The ever-popular Derbyshire Rocks will be making an appearance over both weekends, so families can bring along their home decorated stones and rocks and hide them along their walks for others to find. In Markeaton Park Craft Village, kids can post their letters to Father Christmas at the North Pole post box, enjoy playing with the free games set up outdoors and snap a selfie with the Christmas Tree.

National Tree Week is celebrated on 24th November - 2nd December 2018, annually launching the start of the winter tree planting season. To celebrate the end of National Tree Week,  Markeaton Park will have a Rainbow Ribbon Tree which visitors are encouraged to place a ribbon around. Ribbons for the tree can be bought from Little Tins of Loveliness in the Craft Village.

Visitors to this year’s Family Festivities can come along and view the work of Andrew Frost, a renowned Wood Sculptor. Andrew combines outdoor work with creativity in the form of wood sculptures, mostly carved with the sole use of a chainsaw. Over both weekends Andrew will be working on a piece which will be located in Markeaton Park for many years to come.

Families are invited to browse the Friends of Markeaton Park Craft Fair on the first weekend of this year’s family festivities. With plenty of stalls, this weekend provides the perfect opportunity to purchase some bespoke gifts and handmade items including cards, decorations, candles and much more.

This year’s Family Workshop Weekend is a great way to spend time together as a family this Christmas, with plenty of free workshops the whole family can enjoy. Duncan Pass, a painter and award-winning printmaker, will be running a free drop-in printing activity for those with a creative flair. The outdoors loving family may fancy having a go at Nordic Walking, joining the free Nordic Walking session around Markeaton Park, they best watch out for those pesky Elves along the way.

After a great demonstration at last year's event creating a dragonfly for Markeaton Park, this year Emma Parkins will be running free drop-in willow weaving workshops. Families can come along on the 8th and 9th December between 11am and 3pm to create their very own willow Christmas tree to take home!

Adult Learning Services will be running several free workshop activities based around Markeaton Memories in the Markeaton Park Community Room. Visitors are encouraged to come along and help create a textile map of Markeaton Park, recording their favourite places, memories and activities they have enjoyed. Visitors can be inspired by Markeaton Parks bygone days and stunning images from its past, and create a simple Christmas card to share with family and friends. In this workshop attendees will explore and learn different card making techniques, decoupage, die cutting, stamping and layering.

With Adult Learning Services visitors can also join acclaimed writer, poet, and lyricist Jamie Thrasivoulou who will guide them through sharing stories and personal memories of Markeaton Park. Start sharing memories of Markeaton Park now on social media by using the hashtag #MarkeatonMemories.

Visitors to Markeaton Park on the Family Workshop weekend will be sure to spot the two cheeky elves of Markeaton Park, Markie and Parkie. They like throwing snowballs at each other, as well as at unsuspecting visitors.

Family Festivities will be accompanied by a host of talented local musicians to add to the festive experience. Whilst browsing the market or tracking down reindeers in the Craft Village, families can enjoy live and festive music.

Families will not want to miss visiting Markeaton Park’s Craft Units to browse or take part in festive activities.

Over both weekends families can get creative at Jumping Clay who will be running drop-in make your own Snowman, Santa Tree Bauble, or Magnet workshops for the special price of £2. They will also be running several bookable workshops over both Family Festivities weekends.

Visitors can make their own Christmas bauble or print hand or footprints onto special keepsakes for those special personalised gifts. Studio in the Park, Original Monkey, Lilac Joinery, Matthew Morris furniture, Little Tins of Loveliness and Susan Hill Jewellery will all be open during the Family Festivities weekends.

National Lottery #ThanksToYou

Join us on Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 December when we join the National Lottery #ThanksToYou event. 
The first 25 people on each day to take their lottery ticket to the Craft Village visitor centre will receive a FREE goody bag.

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Family Festivities 2018 programme

Prices & Offers

Free entry, some activities have charges

We’re delighted to announce that we’re taking part in #ThanksToYou by Heritage Lottery Fund! Without National Lottery players, the 7.9 billion of funding awarded to more than 43,000 heritage projects since 1994, would not be possible. 2.5 million of this was spent at #MarkeatonPark. To celebrate, bring along your National Lottery ticket or scratch card on Saturday 8 or Sunday 9 December 2018 11:00 – 15:00 during the Family Festivities at Markeaton Park 2018. There are 3 opportunities which include:

• The first 25 people each day who visit the Skyline at Markeaton will receive a buy one get one free offer upon production of a National Lottery ticket
• The first 25 people each day who visit the Orangery Café at Markeaton Park and purchase a hot drink, will receive a free mince pie upon the production of a National Lottery ticket
• The first 25 people each day who visit the Markeaton Park Craft Village Visitor Centre, upon the production of a National Lottery ticket, will receive a festive elf themed goodie bag which will include elf related items, a voucher for the Mundy Play Centre and a 2 for 1 offer on Atlantis Splash inflatable assault course at Queen's Leisure Centre

In addition to the above offers there are lots of other free activities taking place, please visit the Derby Parks Facebook page and the event page to find out more information!