Family staycation days out within an hour's drive of Chesterfield

Families who are spending the school holidays at home may be looking for activities to keep young and old entertained.

Monday, 5th July 2021, 2:58 pm
Great days out for the family at Alton Towers (photo: Daniel Lewis), Twycross Zoo (photo: Shutterstock/Crystal Alba) and Tropical Butterfly House.

We’ve been rounding up places to go and things to see which are an hour’s drive or less away from Chesterfield

So if you want the thrill of a theme park, a wildlife adventure or a culture fix, here are some ideas for a great day out.

Enjoy a wildlife adventure where you can spot 70 different species among the 400 animals. Enjoy sunset safaris every Friday and Saturday evenings from July 30 to August 28 with an additional Sunday evening safari on August 29 which is the bank holiday weekend. Ronan Keating sings at the wildlife park on August 21 and Katherine Jenkins performs there on August 28. For more details go to www.yorkshirewildlifepark.com

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Families can have hours of fun outdoors and indoors at this water park and theme park which covers 30 acres. Check out the cute farmyard animals, look at the otter twins or shiver at the sight of pythons and lizards. There's out of this world fun to be had playing the indoor galactic games including a launch tower, android cars and a martians mirror maze. Go to www.wheelgatepark.com
This impressive building became Mr Darcy's sumptuous house Pemberley in the BBC's adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Surrounded by formal gardens, Lyme House is set in a deer park in the Peak District National Park and is the largest house in Cheshire. To book a visit go to www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lyme
You can see so much more than butterflies at this wildlife safari park which is home to such creatures as lambs, goats, cockatoos, insects and reptiles. To find out more go to www.butterflyhouse.co.uk
On a hot day you want to be near water but with the beach a long way from Derbyshire, why not cool off on the shores of a reservoir? If you're of a sporty disposition you can try your hand at sailing, canoeing or windsurfing or how about a spot of fishing? Strap your bike to your car roof rack because there's plenty of good cycling to be had on the trails around Carsington Reservoir. Go to www.carsingtonwater.com
Gangsta Granny, based on David Walliams' book, is a new ride for this year at the popular theme park. The special-effects ride takes you on a spin through sewers to the crown jewels vault but can you grab the jewels and escape? To book go to www.altontowers.com
This is a must-visit place for fans of television sitcom Last of the Summer Wine where you can follow in the footsteps of Compo, Clegg, Foggy and Nora Batty. Enjoy a cup of tea in Sid's Cafe or check out an exhibition that includes Compo's house, original props and photos together with a timeline of the whole series.
Two new works by Henry Moore have been added to the Moore sculptures outdoors. Up until September artist Rebecca Chesney (pictured) is mapping the bees that she introduced to the park in 2010 and whose honey is now sold in the park's shop. Visitors will also be asked to identify the bees and contribute to a digital map of sightings onsite.
See all kinds of great ape including chimpanzee, gorilla, orang utan, plus meerkats and penguins and the Amur leopard which is the world's rarest big cat. This summer holiday the zoo will have a beach and a water play area. Join the Island Princess on an epic adventure at the weekends when she will show families how to save the ocean. Go to www.twycrosszoo.org