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Family Days Out in Derbyshire

With family days out in Derbyshire, there is so much to see and do. All this in some of the most breathtaking countryside the British Isles has to offer. There is adventure and thrills alongside peace and tranquility so something for all the family. You will be amazed how many places and activities you can fit into one day, weekend or week. In fact, some people enjoy Derbyshire so much they end up moving here.

Visitor Attractions

There are so many to choose from so here is a list of our favourites. Hope you will enjoy them to.

Chatsworth House – Possibly one of the best stately homes in the country. Here you can visit the house and gardens, can you find your way to the centre of the maze. Also, the Adventure Playground is a great place for the children and a family picnic. You can also go for a paddle in the river and visit the village of Edensor. Before you leave make sure you visit the Farm Shop you won’t be disappointed. www.chatsworth.org

Castleton Show Caves – What a great experience for a family day out in Derbyshire. There are plenty of options with four showcaves (Peak Cavern, Speedwell, Blue John and Treak Cliff) all offering different experiences. You could always keep coming back and visit them all. The beauty of Castleton is you are right in the heart of the Peak District. So after your trip underground take a walk up Mam Tor for a spectacular view of the Peak District.

Matlock Farm Park – Great place for the whole family where you get a chance to meet and feed the animals. They also offer pony riding sessions for the children. So much to see and do also a play area for the children and great ice cream. www.matlockfarmpark.co.uk

Gullivers Kingdom – The ultimate children’s theme park with great rides for all ages even the adults get a chance to be kids again. This is a whole day adventure and you can even stay in the small themed hotel on site. After the thrill of the rides head into Matlock Bath for chips and a walk by the river a great end to the day. www.gulliverskingdomresort.co.uk

Heights of Abraham – This gives the feeling of being in The Alps where you can ride the cable car to the top for a unique view of Matlock and Matlock Bath. At the top, there is always entertainment and great views from the cafe. Also, two great caverns to visit and an adventure park for the children. www.heightsofabraham.com

There are so many more attractions for your family day out in Derbyshire. These are just some of our family’s favourites so they are tried and tested. For more information please have a look at The Visit Peak District website.

Outdoor Activities

Being in the heart of the Peak District National Park ther are so many wals to choose from. All abilities are catered for whether its the heights of Kinder Scout or the Limestone Dales. You can even hire a guide for the day so you can enjoy the experience and not worry about getting lost.

For the thrill seekers theres so much choice and all activity providers offer days from first timers to the very proficient. Activities involve Climbing, Abseiling, Caving, Canoeing, Kayaking, Gorge Walking, Archery, Bushcraft and so much more. In fact if you have something in mind there is a provider who can create that special day. We all have so much experience we can guide you every step of the way.

If it’s watersports you are after then one of the best family days out in Derbyshire can be spent at Carsington Water. www.carsingtonwater.com

At Teamplay Outdoor Activities we also offer family days out in our woodland. Here you experience archery, axe throwing, assault course, and simple bushcraft skills. Spend the day with us and cook your lunch at the fire pit. Book Now We are also on The Visit Peak District guide under things to do. www.visitpeakdistrict.com

Hope you all have a truly enjoyable Family Day Out In Derbyshire.

Outdoor Fitness Classes

We are offering a range of outdoor fitness classes. These will suit all ages and abilities. They take place in a natural woodland offering great benefits to mental health and well-being. You will also see a great improvement in your physical fitness. After lockdown, we intend to run these sessions with a maximum of 4 people so social distancing can be followed. If you are a family group we will allow a maximum of 6 people. Book in for a trial today. The first session is £7.50 with the following sessions costing £10. A typical session will last approx 90 mins.

Axe Throwing our New Activity

This year we have had time to create new and exciting woodland activities. The latest addition is Axe Throwing. This is highly competitive, addictive and very rewarding. Make a day out of it and combine it with our other woodland activities. Call us today for all the latest offers.

Assault Course – New Outdoor Activity Now Open

The brand new assault course is now open with the first customers having an amazing and thrilling day. There is so much fun to be had either as a team or individual time trial, whichever you choose you are in for a great time. Perfect for Stag and Hen Groups, Birthday Parties, Family Days Out or rewarding your Team. Call today for more info and to book your session.

Helping Children Back To School

From September we are offering to all schools our programme of tailored on site activities to promote growth mindset, positive play and re kindle lost social skills which will give children a greater sense of achievement and support their return to independant problem-solving, learning and improved mental and physical health.

Over the last 30 years we have aquired a wealth of experience in supporting vulnerable children to regain trust, independance and courage. Recognising the demands recent isolation has put on our young people, the activities will help children to process experiences and support them to regain physical and mental well being as well as creating a unity amongst peers and improving communication skills.

Call today fro more information as to how we can help at this vital time as all programmes are tailor made to your particular needs. We are offering the courses for £110 per day which will include an instructor who will be able to work with up to 4 groups 12 throughout the day.

Summer Activities in the Woodland

Our private woodland in Derbyshire is the perfect place to spend a day this summer whilst maintaining social distancing. For the next 2 months you can hire the woodland out for £100 a day.

We include an archery session plus equipment to set up your own camp in the woods and cook your own food on an open fire. There is so much to do from chilling in the hammocks, building shelters, paddling in the stream or just wandering through the woods and having your very own family adventure.

Call for more information and book your woodland adventure today.

Winter Micro Adventures

Now the days are getting shorter what better time to go on a winter micro adventure in our private woodland in the heart of the Derbyshire countryside. Cook your lunch on an open fire after having a go at our woodland archery or one of our other woodland adventures, there is so much to choose from. Woodlands are such a great place to spend a winters day.

Micro Adventures

Now that spring is here its a great time for a micro adventure. If you haven’t got time for a full day then with the lighter evenings you can fit in a micro adventure. All our activities are now on offer in the evenings especially in the woodland with all the sounds and smells of Spring, theres nothing like finishing the day sat around an open fire toasting marshmallows. Call today to see which micro adventure is right for you.

Archery for Schools

Outdoor Activities in Derbyshire are taking their archery sessions into schools and with prices from only £175 per day this offers excellent value for money. Archery is an excellent activity for children as it helps them discover new skills and improves hand to eye coordination. Our supervised sessions enable us to coach the children who in turn can coach each other helping to develop leadership skills. Archery is also excellent tool for mental maths as we tailor our sessions to suit all needs. We provide all the equipment so please call today for more information, remember we come to you so there are no extras or hidden costs.

Spring Woodland Activities in Derbyshire

Look out Spring’s very nearly here!! Just as we think it’s arrived, the snow reminds us that it hasn’t finished with us yet but even so the signs are springing to life before our eyes every time we set foot in the Teamplay Woods. We’re busy creating natural habitats to attract animals, and generally tidying up the stream to help it flow freely. So far this year we’ve planted some willow to help dry out certain areas and create a cool story-time den for our primary schools and forest schools days out. We’re also building some bridges and paths to improve accessibility and adventure, and to protect the plants within.

On an environmental note, according to scientist Dr Phillimore at the University of Edinburgh, the signs of spring are appearing earlier in woodlands because of temperature rises in the past decades. They predict climate change will alter the order in which different trees start to grow leaves, with long term implications to the survival of woodland plants. Warmer Autumns are also having the opposite effect on some species. Oaks who normally leaf later may soon overtake trees such as hawthorn and silver birch that leaf traditionally earlier. As plants compete for light, some of them may be adversely affected.

Why not come to our woodland this spring and be nature detectives yourselves? Identifying trees and plants, and spotting the signs of spring is fun and educational. Help us to record what order things are coming through so we can monitor our own woodland environment.  Look out for woodland activity days and Educational days too.

Peak District Orienteering and Navigation Winter Courses

Teamplay are offering a range of orienteering and navigation winter courses for children, families and adults to enjoy, one of which is the National Navigation Award Scheme.  Organise to come as a family or an individual on one of several tailored courses that will enable you to work through various levels of orienteering, map reading and navigation skills.  Using  the beautiful backdrop of Derbyshire in the Peak District to navigate, the NNAS and YNAS scheme is designed to give you confidence in map reading to navigate any unknown territory.    Courses range from beginner to advanced and are suitable for all ages.  Various course dates are available throughout the winter, call us on 07545 590236 to find out more.  If you want to know more about the NNAS National Navigation Award Scheme then visit www.nnas.org.uk.  We are a recognised provider of this scheme and conduct it throughout the Peak District.  GPS and Sat navs serve a purpose but  navigation  skills stay with you for life.

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Family Woodland Adventures

Children love nothing more than a day in the woods, playing hide and seek among the trees, toasting marshmallows on the fire and building shelters.  Last weekend two families with kids were doing just that, enjoying the crisp Autumn weather and discovering just how many things a child (and a grown up child) can get up to in the woods!  Each person went off for his or her own adventure, be it building a damn on the stream, shooting soft arrows at targets or creating a woodland slide or shelter and then came together to experiment with cooking successes and failures, bushcraft skills and rigging up hammocks – again some successes and some less successful!!  The day could have gone on and on.  Bringing it to an end was the only disappointment…even burnt food was simply put down to a ‘learning experience’.  The benefits of adventures like these are immeasurable.  “Watching children of all ages practising balancing, problem solving, orienteering themselves, and using their creativity is never ending and very satisfying”.  What’s more – you’re never too old!



“Our instructors (Adam, Sam & Leon) were brilliant throughout the day, we felt safe, sufficiently challenged and they had a cracking sense of humour.” Ben
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