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Wet Weather Days Out

 

Pitter-patter raindrops are dashing against the windows, the grey skies are heavy with water and you are feeling bored and depressed. Perhaps you are stuck at home with the kids going stir-crazy; find yourself tucked away in a holiday home in the middle of a soggy and sombre looking Peak District, or maybe you face being ‘turfed out’ of your bed and breakfast for the day?

Cheer up! It might not be doom and gloom as the rotten weather forecast predicted. The Peak District can still be fun even for Wet Weather Days Out, it’s just that you have to find the sanctuary and shelter of an indoor activity or inside attraction – and there are loads to choose from!

For the culture conscious and those of us interested in history and heritage, why not take a peep inside a Stately Home or Museum for your Wet Weather Days Out. We also have indoor Heritage Sites and Workshops as well as Craft Centres and Potteries.

For toddlers and youngsters there are Play Mills and Pubs with Indoor Play areas, pottery painting and crafts for Wet Weather Days Out, whilst for older kids the Peak District offers caverns and mines (as long as they are not flooded!), various swimming pools and cinemas. Also, the thrills, spills and excitement of a bowling alley or ice skating rink are within only an hour’s drive.

Do not despair and get out there! Simply scroll through our long list of Wet Weather Days Out to brighten up your day!

2 miles south of Buxton on the A515 road to Ashbourne. Bookstore Brierlow Bar is the country’s largest bargain bookshop, offering incredible breadth and depth of titles and subject areas for both general and specialist book lovers. With over 20,000 different titles in stock at any given time, covering over 50 category classifications including: antiques & collecting, archaeology, egyptology, architecture, arts (artists, ‘history of’ and ‘how...
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Peak District Book Shops - Bookstore Brierlow Bar - Nr Buxton
The Blue John Cavern in the Peak District is a series of caverns considered to be the finest range in Great Britain.   Our Cavern Tours are of immense educational interest showing clearly how the caverns are formed in limestone strata and how the limestone itself had much earlier been formed by the deposits on the floors of great oceans which have long since receded, as the fossilised remains of marine animals now show.   The Cavern is well illuminated by electric...
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Peak District Caverns - The Original Blue John Cavern and Craft Shop - Castleton
Longnor Craft Centre occupies the Old Village Market Hall, with its history dating back to 1873. For many years this Grade II listed building served as a community centre, renowned throughout the area for weekly dances. Our music today is more sedate, offering a peaceful, relaxing atmosphere to sit and enjoy a coffee, or browse around the gifts and furniture. Whether you are a walker, cyclist, holidaymaker or just passing through, you are sure of a warm welcome. Our exhibitions...
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Peak District Craft Centre - Longnor Craft Centre - Buxton
Welcome to the Heights of Abraham.  You may be an old friend or this could be the very first time you have heard of us but one thing for sure is that the Heights of Abraham Cable Cars, Caverns and Hilltop Park is an exciting venue for individuals, families, groups and parties alike. People are always surprised how much there is to do here. In recent times, the Heights has become rightly famous for its landmark cable car system - the first of its kind in the whole of the...
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Peak District Attractions - Heights of Abraham - Matlock Bath
Spectacular 18th-century mansion with Adam interiors and parkland Take a trip back in time to the 1760s at this spectacular Neo-classical mansion framed by historic parkland. Designed for lavish entertaining and displaying an extensive collection of paintings, sculpture and original furnishings, Kedleston is a stunning example of the work of architect Robert Adam. The Curzon family have lived here since the 12th-century and continue to live at the Hall. Lord Curzon's Eastern...
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Kedleston Hall
Northern Tea Merchants is an old-established Chesterfield business that has been selling tea and coffee locally since 1936. In 1978, they moved to their current premises at Crown House, 193 Chatsworth Road, which they have expanded, into approx 13500 sq feet of retail shop, tea bag manufactory, coffee roastery and warehousing for the countless exotic and excellent quality teas and coffees they sell. The shop is a ‘proper’ tearoom, with over 55 teas and 30 coffees...
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Peak District Food & Drink - Northern Tea Merchants - Chesterfield
Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre - The Home of English Fine Bone China At the Royal Crown Derby Visitor Centre experience over 250 years of history of one of the world’s best-known English Fine Bone China manufacturers. See craftsmen and artists demonstrating skills and expertise which have made Royal Crown Derby pieces collectable throughout the world.  We are proud that every piece of handmade Royal Crown Derby Fine Bone China is manufactured from start to finish...
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Peak District Attractions - Royal Derby Visitor Centre - Derby
With more than 25 years of childminding experience, Di and Jane provide a safe and exciting place for children to play. We have plenty of free parking and are within easy reach of Matlock, Wirksworth, Darley Dale and Bakewell and regularly have visitors from Chesterfield, Derby and Buxton. We have a 5* Food Hygene Rating. You can now follow us on Facebook. Opening Times: 10am - 6pm daily EXCEPT Friday which is 10am - 4pm. Admission Prices ages 1-9 £4.00 ...
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Peak District Play Venues - The Play Mill Children's Indoor Play - Bonsall nr Matlock
DISCOVER BUXTON’S HIDDEN ‘WONDER’. Poole’s Cavern is found deep beneath the limestone hills on the edge of the historic Derbyshire spa town of Buxton. This secret underground world once echoed to the sound of a glacial river that scoured the rock for millions of years. Everywhere Spectacular crystal stalactites and stalagmites adorn the vast chambers. Over 3000 years ago, cave dwellers sheltered in the chambers. Romans worshipped and traded here and legend...
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Peak District Attractions - Pooles Cavern - Buxton
Crich Tramway Village is no ordinary day out. The village setting of lovingly restored buildings is not only the perfect home for the nations collection of vintage trams but gives visitors the opportunity to experience the nostalgia of a time now past. Don’t be fooled however by the relaxed and friendly atmosphere as there’s a lot to see and do. Trams run to and fro all day long carrying visitors down the sett-laid street and out into the surrounding countryside where...
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Peak District Attractions - Crich Tramway Village - Crich, nr Matlock
Lorraine and Tracey and staff welcome you to Jungle Monkey where your child can explore and have lots of fun in our indoor play centre. During Term Time we offer a special rate to parents and toddlers including a drink of juice and a biscuit. * We Have a Loyalty Card Scheme and Child Minder 10% discount. We offer a varied hot and cold menu and all our food is freshly prepared to order. Why not try one of our delicious freshly ground coffee’s and sample one of our...
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Peak District Childrens Activities - Jungle Monkey - New Mills
Here at Baked Well Pottery Painting we provide a relaxing yet inspired environment in the heart of the Peak District National Park where you can come and create your own hand-painted ceramic item. After you have painted your item, we glaze and fire it for you in our kiln. Alternatively, we also acrylic painting and decopatch which can be taken on the same day. People of all ages and abilities find themselves loving the pottery painting experience. You don’t have to be a highly...
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Baked Well: Pottery Painting & Craft Studio
Wild Park Derbyshire is a family run Paintballing, Laser Tag and Quad Bike Trekking venue. They have been established for over 20 years in the Peak District. They are situated in the heart of Derbyshire but only 10 minutes from the City of Derby. On arrival you will be greeted by their friendly and experienced staff, whose main priority is to ensure your safety and enjoyment. Wild Park Derbyshire is equipped with excellent facilities including separate changing rooms with...
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Wild Park Derbyshire - Ashbourne
Late 17th-century house with lavish interiors and the Museum of Childhood Come and discover two contrasting experiences sitting side by side. Sudbury Hall, the country home of the Lords Vernon, offers a delight of 17th-century craftsmanship, featuring exquisite plasterwork, wood carvings and classical story-based murals. Be amazed by the grandeur of the Great Staircase, Long Gallery and the captivating story which the house tells, brought to life by our knowledgeable volunteers...
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Sudbury Hall and the National Trust Museum of Childhood
Haddon Hall has welcomed visitors for hundreds of years and its beauty and atmosphere never fails to enchant. Described by Simon Jenkins in “1000 Best Houses” as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages”. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park, parts of the house date from the 12th Century, sitting like a jewel in its Elizabethan terraced gardens, and overlooking the River Wye. Film-makers flock to Haddon...
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Peak District Attractions - Haddon Hall - Bakewell
Situated in historic Ashbourne, Sticky Fingers is a wonderful environment in which to spend time. Come in and browse through our selection of designer gifts, create a masterpiece of your own, or simply grab a coffee and a homemade cake... Crafts. Ceramic Painting. With one of the largest selections of pots in the country, a range of 25 colours, 3-D bumpy paints and shaped sponges we are able to cater for most needs. Whether you are a solo painter passing by or a party of...
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Peak District Crafts & Gifts - Sticky Fingers - Ashbourne
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