Carsington Water

Location: Carsington Water, Big Lane, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 1ST


Prices: Parking costs £4.70 whole day (or £2.50 all day at outlying car parks Millfields and Sheepwash) 

Opening hours: Open every day except Christmas Day. From 1 April - 30 September the visitor centre is open 10am - 6pm. From 1 October - 30 March the visitor centre is open 10am - 5pm

Contact: 01629 540696

Challenge Academy Adventure Hub at Markeaton Park

Location: Mundy Play Centre Markeaton Park Derby DE22 4NH (for car park)


Opening hours: Open April 1st - October 31st, Weekends and school holidays 10am to 12pm – pre-booked parties only. 12pm to 5pm – open to the public.

Contact: 0800 756 9697

Description: High ropes course with high and low aerial treks, zipwires, powerfan descender, climbs and challenges.


Location: Rawdon Road (B586), Moira, Nr Ashby-de-la-Zouch, DE12 6GA


Prices: Adults from £8.87 kids from £7.23 Family ticket £32.95

Opening hours: 1st April to 21st September 10am - 6pm   22nd September to 31st March 10am - 5pm

Contact: 01283 216633

FEATURED: Go Ape Buxton - Derby Days Out Attraction

FEATURED: Go Ape Buxton

Location: Buxton Country Park, Pooles Cavern, Green Lane, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9DH

Website: Go Ape

Prices: From £25 pp

Suitable for ages: 10 years old to adult

Opening hours: Check site for details as timings per season

Contact: 0370 218 8563

Go Ape is the UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. 

Nestling in the heart of the beautiful Peak District, England's largest National Park, Go Ape Buxton is one of our highest courses. The site is walking distance from the historic spa town itself, and you'll also find the two-million-year-old natural limestone cave Poole's Cavern, in Buxton Country Park.

Tree Top Adventure:

Enjoy two to three hours in the trees taking on Zip Wires, Tarzan Swings, Rope Ladders and a variety of obstacles and crossings. At a knee-knocking 1200 feet Buxton is the highest Go Ape course in England. Set in Grin Low Woods our Tree Top Adventure is amongst woodland made up of Beech, Elm, Sycamore with Willow, Birch and Hawthorn.

Visit Go Ape website here.

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Rapid Horizons

Location: The Square and Compass, Station Road, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 2EQ


Prices: Tubing from £25pp Rafting and Kayaking from £29pp

Opening times: Timings vary - see website for details

Contact: 01332 411505

Rosliston Forestry Centre

Location: Burton Road, Rosliston, Swadlincote, Derbyshire DE12 8JX


Prices: Car parking charges (pay and display) - £1 up to 1 hour, £3 per day. Various activity charges - see website for details

Opening hours: Site open from 7.30am till dusk daily. For activity/restaurant opening times please call

Contact: 01283 563483

Trent Adventure

Location: Poplars Farm, Twyford, Derbyshire DE73 7HJ


Contact: 07876 751599

Description: Canoe Hire and Camping Adventures on The River Trent and Canal

Wild Park Derbyshire

Date: Activities run 7 days a week

Location: Wild Park Derbyshire, Middle Wild Park Farm, Brailsford, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 3BN

Contact: 01335 360485 Email –

Description: Wild Park Derbyshire is the Midlands’ premier paintball, laser tag and quad bike trekking centre.

Price: Prices vary per activity see info here

Wrightstart Pre-17 Driving Experience

Location: Derby City Hospital Manor Carpark, Northmead Drive, Derby, DE22 3QH

Description: This is an excellent opportunity for anyone under 17 to have a fun and safe first driving experience with qualified instructors. Create memories with a younger one, or prepare an older one for their driving career: experiences are tailored to the individual.

Price: £25-35

Suitable for: Ages 2+



We really hope that you find this website useful in helping you plan a family day out. Whilst we try our absolute hardest to ensure all of the information is correct and up to date, we highly recommend you call ahead of any planned visit to check opening times and prices etc. We don't want any disappointed families! (Oh and check the weather before you set off!) 

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