There are plenty of wonderful staycation destinations in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire areas.
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If all goes as planned, UK domestic holidays away from home will be permitted with Stage Two from April 12, with self-contained accommodation able to reopen to members of the same household.
Then, Stage Three – which could be introduced as early as May 17 – will see hotels, hostels and B&Bs.
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Whether you're looking to get a toehold on craggy rock faces or fancy a taste of slow-paced village life, you can't go far wrong with a stay at this fab Peak District park. Head to Newfold Farm Campsite for hols full of hikes, cycles and hilly explores – the start of the long-distance Pennine Way is a few steps from the site entrance, with many other top rural spots a short drive away. Newbies seeking tips on what to get up to in the local area will be in good hands here – this family-run site is owned and operated by born-and-bred Edale folk who are more than happy to share their wisdom. The community-minded village is also home to a volunteer-run visitor centre, an independent café, a pizzeria and a cracking local pub. A railway station is less than half a mile away from base, so leaving the car at home's definitely an option for those heading here.
Price: Non-electric grass tent pitch from £20 per night based on two adults or from £80 for a Deluxe Couple Bell Tent based on two people, or £100 for a Deluxe Family Bell Tent based on four people.
But not everyone will want to venture too far from home, and with that in mind, we’ve worked with Pitchup.com to put together a list of six wonderful staycation destinations that you can enjoy in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire areas.
The Old Vicarage is a 17th-century house in the village of Elkesley, six miles from Worksop and 25 miles from Nottingham. Its grounds run down to the banks of the Poulter river, and are lined with stands of acacia, sycamore, ash and oak trees which were originally donated to the first vicar by the Duke of Newcastle in the 1830s. There's plenty of space around the site for traditional outdoor activities, with a rope swing and stepping stones over the shallow river and a bridge that's perfect for playing Pooh Sticks. In the surrounding area there are animal parks and nature reserves to walk around, or to head back further in time, you could take one of the trails through ancient Sherwood Forest, around quarter of an hour's drive away. Guest facilities on site centre around the Cave Bar, at the foot of an exposure of 500 million-year-old sandstone, with a chillout room, TV room and games.
Price: Non-electric grass tent pitches from £15 per night, based on two adults. Electric pitches available.
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Little Oak is near the north Nottinghamshire market town of Retford and is surrounded by fields and a handsome wild garden – just the place for a bit of family hide and seek, football or general running around. A cosy spot for couples too on quieter weekends, guests will love little touches like the seasonal produce on sale from the Little Oak vegetable patch as well as homemade chutneys and jams from the site fruit trees. There's also a lovely park pond packed with little fish and wildlife. Campfires and barbecues are allowed on site, and a gastropub serving food at reasonable prices is a short walk away.
Price: Non-electric grass tent pitch from £20 per night, based on two adults or from £65 for a Gypsy Caravan, based on three people.
Pitch up among the trees on six acres of farmland and woodland on the edge of the Peak District and the Derbyshire Dales. Family-run Staden Grange looks over open fields with Peak District views in all directions and is a two-mile potter or five-minute drive from elevated spa town Buxton as well as a 10-11 mile drive from famed historical homes at Chatsworth House and Haddon Hall. Kids will be stoked with the petting zoo at Staden, open in high season and home to Archie the eponymous donkey and Miniature Mediterranean pal Dinky, Alice the alpaca, Buttons the pygmy goat, rabbits, ducks and guinea pigs.
Price: Electric optional grass pitch from £15 per night based on two adults.
Gunthorpe Camping is a small family-friendly site set on a level grassy paddock next to the River Trent, making it most handy for riverside walks and bike rides direct from the grounds. There is canoeing, kayaking, fishing and boat trips all nearby. There's also the National Watersports Centre and Sundown Adventureland within 40 minutes' drive. After an exciting day, once guests are back at base several good bars and restaurants are within a short stroll, or simply cosy up and enjoy a barbeque onsite instead. Price: Electric grass touring pitches from £23 per night, based on four adults.
March along to Derbyshire's Duke of York if you're looking for an adults-only Peak District pub site, with spectacular views of the district and beyond from every pitch. Just six miles from Buxton, seven from Bakewell and 15 from Ashbourne the site is the perfect base to explore the area. Footpaths accessible directly from here lead to the Limestone Way, the Midshires Way and the High Peak and Tissington trails; Peak District cycling is also within easy reach. The site is a hit in all seasons with folk looking for a Peak District break but with a cosy pub, dining room and dog-friendly bar steps away.
Price: Electric grass and hardstanding motorhome and campervan pitches from £25 per night, based on two adults.