HALF-TERM FUN: What’s on around Derbyshire

The Peak District draws in millions of visitors worldwide.
The Peak District draws in millions of visitors worldwide.

Looking for something to do with the kids around Derbyshire this half term?

From exploring woodland and wildlife to browsing the county’s art galleries - there’s plenty of family-friendly activities in the area.

Below are some ideas for activities to keep your little ones amused from February 12 to 21.

Families will be able to take part in a number of activities organised by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

On Tuesday, February 16, children will be able to learn how to be a wildlife youth ranger in Alderwasley.

The following day, on Wednesday, February 17, families will be able to learn about barn owls at Carsington Water Visitor Centre.

And on Friday, February 19, youngsters can learn how to make and style nest boxes for different birds at the Whistlestop Centre in Matlock Bath.

Chatsworth house, garden and farmyard is also hosting a number of half-term activities for families. There will be a trailer ride equipped with water shooters ready for children to spot their favourite superheroes and villains and there will also be a ‘meet the animals’ event in the farmyard every day. The grounds will also have a number of craft activities as well as the indoor picnic room and woodland adventure playground.

In Matlock, families can visit Rapid Horizons, a family-friendly river rafting and tubing centre along the River Derwent.

In Chesterfield, why not take a stroll around Queen’s Park? And the newly-refurbished sports centre has a number of half-term activities planned.

Matlock Farm Park is the place to go to introduce the kids to many different types of animal - and they will also get to enjoy the adventure park and go-karts.

Buxton is home to Go Ape forest Adventure, with several different courses to suit different ages. The town is also home to Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, which goes through the geology and history of the Peak District - and is free to visit.

And not to forget the Peak District, where there are hundreds of hotspots where you can sit and eat a picnic for free.