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Summer Holiday Fun - Ideas for things to do


Venue: intu Derby

When: 29 Jul - 31 Aug

This summer at intu Derby we've got free fun-filled days for kids of all ages, all summer long.

Playmobil play zone

Between Saturday 29 July - Sunday 13 August kids can enjoy a whole host of brilliant Playmobil toys in our Playmobil play zone. The play zone will have Playmobil toys for a variety of ages for our little shoppers to play with during their visit to intu Derby.

Playmobil Ghostbusters visit

On Sunday 30 July we will have none other than the Playmobil Ghostbusters team here at intu Derby! Customers will be able to meet the Playmobil Ghostbuster team, take a photo with them and maybe even catch a ghost or two!

The beach

From 1 - 31 August the beach will be coming back to the centre. Kids will be able to play in the summer sand with buckets and spades while grown-ups can sit back in our deck chairs and be transported into a holiday paradise.

Summer crafts

From Tuesday 15 August - Thursday 31 August we'll be putting on a whole host of beach themed crafts for kids to enjoy. Crafts will take place every Tuesday and Thursday and best of all they're completed free.



Super Hero Picnic Park

An amazing superhero event on Derby parks.

All you need to do to take part in the fun is dress up like a superhero, bring a picnic and enjoy the activities.

Prizes will be given to the best dressed superhero.

Events are taking place between the hours of 11am and 3pm at the following parks:

Mon 31 Jul at Markeaton Park

Tue 1 Aug at Darley Park

Wed 2 Aug at Derby Arboretum

Thu 3 Aug at Chaddesden Park

Fri 4 Aug at Sunnydale Park


Deda Dance

Summer Fun Clubs




Family CUBE Events


01 Aug 2016 - 26 Aug 2016


8.30am to 3.30pm


£120 - £130 per child per week

Summer Fun Clubs

Yet again, Déda and the CUBE café|bar are holding four exciting and fun-filled weeks of activities for children.

Designed to make school holidays as painfree as possible for parents and packed with fabulous fun stuff for kids, these clubs are hugely popular and with limited spaces available advanced booking is essential.

Monday 1 - Friday 5 August: Acro-Circus (7-12yrs)

Monday 8 - Friday 12 August: Young Performers (5-11yrs)

Monday 15 - Friday 19 August: Active and Arty (5-11yrs)

Monday 22 - Friday 26 August: Get Crafty and Move (5-11yrs)

All prices include a delicious home-made CUBE café|bar lunch with snacks and drinks provided throughout each day. Drop off time for each club is 8.30am with pick up at 3.30pm. Call to book on 01332 370911 or book online below - advanced booking required.



Acro-Circus: Monday 1 - Friday 5 August

Led by Frank Du Sol and dance development co-ordinator Katherine Simpson, our newest addition to our summer fun clubs, Acro-Circus combines acrobatics with clowning and circus skills for a fun, unique and exciting week of activities.

Suitable for 7–12 years. £130 per child.


Upon booking you will be sent an enrollment form which will need to be returned before your child can attend.



Young Performers: Monday 8 - Friday 12 August

A great opportunity for children who love to perform or for those who need a confidence boost. Led by London-based Siteline Productions, this inspiring week will be all singing and all dancing.

Children will get involved in all aspects of performance from writing their own play to casting and performing. A performance will be held at the end of the week for family and friends.

Suitable for 5–11 years. £130 per child.


Upon booking you will be sent an enrollment form which will need to be returned before your child can attend.


Active and Arty: Monday 15 - Friday 19 August

An action packed week with sport, dance and craft activities with guest urban dance experts Trinity Warriors and artist Theresa Hempsall. This is the perfect week for children who are bursting with energy and who love messy craft.

Suitable for 5–11 years. £120 per child.


Upon booking you will be sent an enrollment form which will need to be returned before your child can attend.


Get Crafty and Move: Monday 22 - Friday 26 August

A fun-packed (and messy) week of crafty creations led by local artist Theresa Hempsall, and movement workshops with professional dancers. Children will create a fun performance piece as well as a public Déda exhibition.

Suitable for 5–11 years. £120 per child.  BOOK ONLINE



Summer Holiday Fun for Families & Young People

30 June 2017

QUAD will have a family friendly programme of daily creative workshops for all ages, daily Cine Kids film screenings and an exhibition all themed around a season of ROBOTS over the six weeks holidays.

There are many creative and digital workshops for families and young people.

Every Thursday in August SummersQUAD offers a free drop in, family friendly creative workshop suitable for all ages. The workshops will be exploring all things Robotic from Cube Craft to skins for our Participation Robots. Join QUAD artist Helen Jackson in creating, making and bringing machines to life in our drop in creative sessions for the whole family. SummersQUAD takes place on Thursdays 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st of August, with two sessions from 10:30am to 1:00pm and from 1:30pm to 4:00pm.

Every Friday in August, LearningLAB offers free drop in, family friendly workshops suitable for all ages. LearningLAB is a chance to explore and try things for the first time, with materials provided to experiment with each session.

iPad Creative Play on 4th August is a chance to use iPads for Facebook, Youtube or creative apps.
Digital Give it a Go on 11th August offers digital ‘make and play’ on and off screen from Makey Makey’s to After Effects.

Minecraft for Grown Ups (and little’ns too) on 18th August is a chance for grown-ups and children, to give Minecraft a go and discover its possibilities.

Free Art Friday on 25th August is part of Free Art, a local movement where artists gift an original piece of art-for free-to the public.

LearningLAB takes place on 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th August from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.

For children aged seven to eleven years KidsQUAD:Summer holidays is a chance to work with artists spending two fun packed days making robot inspired art. KidsQUAD:Summer holidays workshop takes place on Monday 31st July & Tuesday 1st August from 10:30am to 3:00pm. Children can be left unaccompanied during the workshop, the cost £44.00 for both sessions, booking is essential and a packed lunch is advised.

Fans of Minecraft aged eight to sixteen years, can take part in MinecraftLAB: Robot Land to build a world designed for Robot inhabitants. Each session will be an opportunity for young people to add to an expanding world of automation and technology. MinecraftLAB: Robot Land takes place in QUAD on Tuesdays 8th 15th and 22nd August, there are two sessions per day, from 10:30am to 12:30pm and from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. Each session is £10 per person, booking recommended and there is an offer of three sessions for the price of two.

CreativeLAB: Glitch is a creative family friendly session for those aged five and above to create glitch art and try out code, photoshop and apps with artist Ashley James Brown. CreativeLAB: Glitch is a free, drop in workshop which takes place in QUAD on Saturday, 12th August from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

VR Playground is a chance to try out Virtual Reality. Join QUAD artists and Industry professionals for a day of VR games, experiences and more, suitable for all ages, although those aged under thirteen will need to be supervised. VR Playground is a free, drop in workshop which takes place in QUAD on Saturday, 19th August from 11:00am to 4:00pm.

In QUAD Gallery the summer exhibition explores themes relating to robots, artificial intelligence, online networks and synthetic biology. Our Friends Electric, Adventures in Robotics, AI and Other Stories will feature film works; robotic sculptures and automata, and prints and drawings produced by robots or AI ‘life-forms’. The exhibition highlights our hopes and fears for a present and future increasingly shaped by technological advance, concerned with the idea of robots and AI replacing humans in the workplace and AI machines rebelling against us, yet advances in robotics and synthetic biological research also point to a future free of disease, where we live longer and our lives are made easier. Our Friends Electric, Adventures in Robotics, AI and Other Stories will be on display in QUAD Gallery, Derby, from 1st July until 10th September and is free to visit. For information see: /exhibition/our-friends-electric.aspx

In QUAD Cinemas Cine Kids Family Friendly Films screening over the summer will include: Spark (U), Rock Dog (PG), Despicable Me 3 (U) and Spider-Man: Homecoming (12A). The season also includes two films as part of the ROBOTS season. Return To Oz from 1985, when a storm has propelled Dorothy back to Oz, but things aren’t as she left them, and The Black Hole, from 1979, where a research craft encounters a spaceship, deserted apart from a long-lost scientist. Cine Kids are screenings for families with children of all ages, taking place daily on weekends and school holidays All tickets are £3.50 for Cine Kids Club members. Cine Kids Club Membership is free and available from QUAD Box office. For information


Derby Guildhall Theatre
Market Place Derby DE1 3AE

01332 255880

This summer, why not take part in a week-long series of workshops aimed at improving your musical theatre skills.

The workshops (9am-5pm daily) are once again being run by Enchanted Entertainment, producers of previous Easter Pantomimes at the Assembly Rooms and will centre on singing, acting and dancing performance techniques as well as general stage craft.

At the end of the week, children put all their hard work into two performances on the stage in front of a live audience on Saturday 5th August!

The Summer School is about getting young people (aged 8-16) involved in performing, whatever their experience or ability. It is also a chance for them to spend time with others who love singing, dancing and acting.

Enchanted Entertainment will give children an energetic, fun-filled week, learning songs and routines from a variety of well-known West End and Broadway musicals and then performing in the show itself on the final Saturday


Derby Theatre
15 Theatre Walk Eagle Centre Derby DE1 2NF

Come and join Derby Theatre professionals to learn new skills and work as a team to create a mini performance to be shared on the final day for friends and family. All welcome!

For academic years 7-9, 9.30am - 3.30pm

£80 for the week*

*For all our groups for young people we have a number of half price and free places available for families with limited financial means. Please email to enquire in confidence.


Ashbourne Animal Welfare - Bark in the Park Fun Dog Show

17th August 2017 – Darley Park

Help raise vital funds for Ashbourne Animal Welfare by joining the fun dog show!

Fun dog show starts at 12.30pm, classes include; Most handsome dog, prettiest female dog, waggiest tail, best puppy and many more!

All proceeds will go to the Ashbourne Animal Welfare, who will have a stall selling gifts and dog accessories.

The event is free to watch and costs £1 per dog for each class in the dog show.

For more information please contact Wanda Miekzarek from Ashbourne Animal Welfare on 01332 300494 or email


Glamping Pod & Pizza Weekend

19th August 2017 - 20th August 2017 Individual rate = £55 Couple's package = £90 Family of Four package =£160

Mount Cook Adventure Centre
Porter Lane Middleton-by-Wirksworth Matlock DE4 4LS

A perfect weekend for families & groups of friends!

The price of the weekend includes:

  • Lunch on Saturday afternoon
  • Two hours of onsite activities, choose from: High Ropes & Bush Craft
  • Make-your-own-pizza evening on Saturday night
  • Campfire & licensed bar
  • One night accommodation in our brand new Glamping Pods
  • Cooked and continental breakfast on Sunday morning

Choose from the following activity sessions

4pm: High Ropes OR Bush Craft & Den Building

Sunday 10am - 12pm: High Ropes OR Bush Craft & Den Building


Pear Tree Library 2017

Read the books

Catch the crook!

Read six library books of your choice

Join in fun activities and get awards

For children aged up to 11 years

Starts Saturday 15 July


Taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge helps children become confident and enthusiastic readers

Ask at your local library for more details or go to


Pear Tree Library Animal Handling Show

Fri 4 August 2017

11:00 – 12:00 BST


The show features an exciting and educational encounter with a range of exotic animals including mammals, reptiles, birds and insects. All animals are handled under careful supervision and are extremely friendly. Shows delivered by Animal Magic.

This is a free event. To attend children must be signed up to the Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge 2017. Children under six must be accompanied by an adult carer.

Booking is essential for children’s places only. Parents and carers are welcome to stay to watch and will be placed behind the children. Book from Saturday 15 July.

For more information call 01332 715260 or email


Markeaton Park

Markeaton Park Big Fun Run –

Big Fun Run – 19.08.17 at 11:00am

Big Fun Run is a series of 5k untimed runs staged within scenic settings throughout the UK from July to October. Run for fitness, run for charity, run for fun…just run! There’s no pressure, just some easy moves and lots of laughs. It’s all about getting involved, having fun and enjoying the whole experience of the day.

Saturday 19th August 2017

Start time: 11am

Price: £12.99/£10.99

Age: all ages welcome


Event - Babbling Vagabonds in association with Derby LIVE

A Wild Walk

The Golden Thief of Markeaton Park

Markeaton Park - Craft Village

Sat 29 - Sun 30 Jul

Tickets: £5

Starting at the Craft Village, this is a 60 minute walking story around Markeaton Park
Running Time: 1 hour - approximate, including any interval(s).

Join the Babbling Vagabonds on a Wild Walk Adventure to discover the rascal who has been stealing the King’s apples.

Pit your wits against riddlers, puzzle makers and a tricksy wolf, to see if you can discover The Golden Thief of Markeaton park.

Babbling Vagabonds are back after four hugely popular Christmas Shows in the Guildhall Theatre, but this time they are outside in Markeaton Park. This is a show for all the family, BUT…This is an outdoor theatrical walk and will take about an hour to complete. Please come prepared with good walking shoes, a raincoat and other outdoorsy things. Be warned - you may need to be brave, quick thinking and definitely ready for adventure.

Markeaton Park Outdoor Cinema

Grease (PG)

PG - Parental Guidance. General viewing, but some scenes maybe unsuitable for young children.

Markeaton Park - Craft Village

Sat 5 Aug

Tickets: £13

Film will start approx. 30 minutes after sunset which will be on or after 9pm. Outdoor event with limited seating available, customers are advised to bring their own seats. Pay & Display car parking is available at Markeaton Park Craft Village Car Park
Running Time: 1 hour 50 minutes - approximate, including any interval(s).

Markeaton Park Outdoor Cinema

Mamma Mia! - The Movie (PG)

PG - Parental Guidance. General viewing, but some scenes maybe unsuitable for young children.

Markeaton Park - Craft Village

Fri 4 Aug

Tickets: £13

Film will start approx. 30 minutes after sunset which will be on or after 9pm
Running Time: 2 hours - approximate, including any interval(s).

Jenson Button Trust Triathlon 23.07.17

Host of activities throughout the park and live music.


Sure Start Annual Family Fun Day

Arboretum Park

Wednesday 9 August


Sure Start Locality 3/ 4 Children Centre deliver an Annual Family Fun Day supported by multi-agency partners in the heart of the community at Arboretum Park aimed at supporting marginalised local community.

The event aims to support families around safeguarding, further education, benefits advice, employment and healthy eating, alongside arts and craft activities for children.

Agencies will promote their service from wellbeing, physical exercise, and nursery places to family learning courses.

For more information on this event, please contact Samantha on or call on 01332 641315.


World Cultural Sharing Day

Derby Museum and Art Gallery 29.07.17 10:30am - 4:00pm



Calke Abbey

Lose yourself in the Garden of Imagination

Enter through the secret door and discover the Garden of Imagination, open every day at Calke from Saturday 8 July to Sunday 3 September, 10:30am to 4pm.

This year's theme is 'hide and seek', and there are plenty of places for children to unleash their imaginations in the walled kitchen garden this summer! Explore the Ivy Cottage hideaway, build a brick wall with our special bricks or play in the buzzy beehive.

If all that exploring works up a thirst, light refreshments will be available from the Potting Shed. Big and little kids can cool off with an ice cream, or why not bring your own picnic to enjoy in the grassy meadow?

Wish list for a child-

We think Calke is a brilliant place to visit to tick off items on your 50 things to do before you're 11 ¾ adventure... here's our top ten things to tick off this summer. Don't forget to pick up a scrapbook in Squirt's Stable to help you keep track!

1) Climb a tree

There are plenty of really big trees at Calke Abbey, and lots are them are perfect for climbing. Fallen branches are also great for exploring.

2) Roll down a really big hill

If you're visiting the house, head up the path towards the church and then roll back down the grassy hill!

The Pleasure Grounds are ideal for rolling, picnics and outdoor play.

Roll down a really big hill at Calke Abbey

7) Fly a kite

With lots of grasses meadows and open spaces, Calke is perfect for having a go at kite flying. Bring along your kite and make the most of the spring weather.

11. Go on a really long bike ride

The Tramway at Calke is nice and flat and perfect for a bike ride. The route goes through tunnels and countryside.

Don't forget to take a drink and a snack in case you need a rest, the route is about 8km in total.

18. Create some wild art

Collect some fallen leaves, sticks and conkers and make a spectacular piece of art. You'll find all sorts of art supplies in the woods and around the park.

22. Explore inside a tree

Calke Park is full of old trees and some of them have hollows so big you can climb right inside.

There are lots of trees to explore at Calke Abbey

25. Make a grass trumpet

There are 600 acres for you to find the perfect blade of grass to make music.

Top tip: make a hole in the grass with your fingernail then position the grass right in between your thumbs.

31. Hunt for bugs

We rank 10th best site in Britain for invertebrates, which live on dead and decaying wood. Check under big logs or stones, in the dead wood pile and under the bark or in the holes in trees.

Don't forget to put the bugs back after.

36. Make a home for a wild animal

Craft a hotel for bugs, a house for a hedgehog or a snail shelter.

Collect lots of building materials such as twigs, leaves, moss and stones, then make a cosy home for a wild animal.

44. Go bird watching

Find our two bird hides next to the deer park and in the wetlands. Keep silent as a mouse and watch the birds at play.

Take a camera and see what you can spot. Rare turtle doves have been seen in the hides before.



The Summer Holidays Adventures at CONKERS

Saturday 15th July to Sunday 3rd September. We have seven weeks of family fun - come and join us at CONKERS

Live shows


Week one

  • Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th the Forest Dwellers are here to meet and greet all of our visitors!
  • Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th – Ras King Bobo – watch the Amazing Acrobat
  • Wednesday 19th – Bubble Pop – the Bubble Man of CONKERS is back
  • Thursday 20th & Friday 21st – Watch our traditional Punch & Judy show
  • Saturday 22nd & Sunday 23rd the Forest Dwellers are back their live show

Week two

  • Monday 24th – Ras King Bobo
  • Tuesday 25th – Flips Clown Show – watch an amazing clown show
  • Wednesday 26th – Take a ride on Lollipop Ponies & meet the eccentric scientist from Sublime Science
  • Thursday 27th – Dippys Clown Show
  • Friday 28th – Trevor Hill Animal Encounter – touch a snake!
  • Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th the Forest Dwellers Live Show

August Week three

  • Monday 31st July – Ras King Bobo
  • Tuesday 1st - Flips Clown Show
  • Wednesday 2nd – Lollipop Ponies & Sublime Science
  • Thursday 3rd – Dippys Clown Show
  • Friday 4th - Trevor Hill Animal Encounter
  • Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th the Forest Dwellers Live Show

Week four

  • Monday 7th – Punch & Judy
  • Tuesday 8th - Flips Clown Show
  • Wednesday 9th – Lollipop Ponies & Sublime Science
  • Thursday 10th – Dippys Clown Show
  • Friday 11th - Trevor Hill Animal Encounter
  • Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th the Forest Dwellers Live Show

Week five

  • Monday 14th – Bubble Pop
  • Tuesday 15th - Flips Clown Show
  • Wednesday 16th – Lollipop Ponies & Sublime Science
  • Thursday 17th – Dippys Clown Show
  • Friday 18th - Trevor Hill Animal Encounter
  • Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th the Forest Dwellers Live Show

Week six

  • Monday 21st – SOOTY (find out more here)
  • Tuesday 22nd - Flips Clown Show
  • Wednesday 23rd – Lollipop Ponies & Sublime Science
  • Thursday 24th – Dippys Clown Show
  • Friday 25th - Trevor Hill Animal Encounter
  • Saturday 26th & Sunday 27th the Forest Dwellers Live Show

Week seven

  • Monday 28th – Flips Clown Show & Clip Clop Ponies
  • Tuesday 29th - Bubble Pop
  • Wednesday 30th – Lollipop Ponies & Sublime Science
  • Thursday 31st – Dippys Clown Show
  • September Friday 1st - the Forest Dwellers Live Show
  • Saturday 2nd - Punch & JudySunday 3rd - the Forest Dwellers Live Show

Show times will be 11.30am, 1.30pm & 3.30pm for all except SUBLIME SCIENCE – 11.30am & 2.30am, TREVOR HILL – 12noon to 4pm and LOLLOPOP PONIES - 12noon to 4pm.

The Storyteller’s Hut - for our younger visitors

Something a little bit different. Come and join a Ranger for our magical storytime show where you will listen to a Ranger tell a fascinating story. Every day at 12noon and 1pm.

Ranger Activities

Everyday there is a Ranger activity. The activities are running at 10.30am, 12noon, 1.30pm and 3.00pm. Become a survival expert, learn about construction and sensory art with our Rangers this summer! Parents are expected to join in too!

  • MONDAYS Construction Derby
  • TUESDAYS Outdoor Adventure
  • WEDNESDAYS Bush Craft
  • THURSDAYS Pond Dipping
  • FRIDAYS Outdoor Adventure
  • SATURDAYS Pond Dipping
  • SUNDAYS Bush Craft

Don't forget there’s 120 acres to explore including indoor and outdoor play, high and low ropes with a climbing wall and the new 4D cinema.

Purchase your admission tickets online.

The Sooty Show 21st August 2017

2017 sees Sooty and his friends making their debut appearance at CONKERS. Come along and watch The Sooty Show in the covered amphitheatre, stay around and catch the magic show too!

There are three daily shows and on arrival in the Discovery Centre remember to book into your show (you will be given a coloured wrist band). The show will be presented by Danny Rogers.

Don’t forget it’s all included within your general admission price too.