Derby is a small city in the Midlands, UK. When I mention Derby to anybody who’s not familiar with it, they either know them from the sub-par football team or have no idea where I’m talking about. Derby is a city famed for being the home of Joseph Wright, the painter and being where the popular game Tomb Raider was created and brought to life.
But envision this: You have no children for 24 hours and you’re in Derby. What do you do?
Well, other than rejoicing, drinking a glass *cough* bottle *cough* of wine on a school night and having a mega lie-in? Well here’s a little run-down of my favourite things to do in Derby.
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1. Visit the Showcase Cinema De Lux
Located in the Intu Centre, Showcase Cinema De Lux is one of three Showcase cinemas in the UK to have a ‘de lux’ status meaning it’s much more (as the name suggests!) more luxurious and modern than most cinemas. Although there’s always plenty of films to choose from, I’d recommend seeing the film in the Directors Lounge if the movie showing takes your fancy. The Directors lounge is the ultimate in luxury with an exclusive cocktail bar, complimentary snacks & non-alcoholic drinks. Best of all after 8 pm, it’s strictly an adult-only zone!
2. Boutique Shopping in the Cathedral Quarter
Derby’s famous cathedral quarter is rich with old fashioned independent boutique shops. There’s a variety of clothes, antiques, toys, and florists. It’s a wonderful place to browse & shop without the inevitable “Mummy can I have…” rhetoric we’re all too familiar with.
3. Visit a Manor house or castle
Derby is steeped in history and has many manor houses, castles & stately homes. Chatsworth House in Bakewell Derbyshire is steeped in History. If you’re a film buff, you’ll be excited to learn that Chatsworth was where Pride and Prejudice (2005) and The Duchess (2008) were filmed!
Elvaston Castle is one of my favourites to a walk. There are over 200 acres of woodland. The castle itself (pictured) is no longer open to the public, but it is a nice park for a long walk. It’s the perfect getaway when you just want some peace and quiet.
4. Escape rooms
Over the past few years, Derby has seen a few escape rooms pop up. This activity is particularly good if you’re in a group! If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s basically being locked in a room and using clues to get you & your team out. There are usually different games to play, with different themes and different levels of difficulty.
Booking is usually advised as they’re very popular attractions.
Make your escape: For Spellbound themed room, UFO-themed room & dystopian themed room.
Game Over Escape Rooms: Game of Thrones themed room, Jack The Ripper themed room and a Saw themed room.
The Escape Room Guys: Grand Heist themed room & Contagion a virus outbreak themed room.
If you fancy a cheeky night in, popular restaurant delivery service Deliveroo delivers food from a range of chain and independent restaurants all over the city. There’s an extensive selection to choose from so there’s something for all tastes and budgets.
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6. Derby Arena
Derby Arena is a bit of a multi-use venue. On the one hand, it is home to a velodrome, so if you’ve ever fancied having a go at track cycling, Derby Arena is the place to go.
Alternatively, Derby Arena plays host to many touring musicians, comedians & shows & performances.
8. Breadsall Priory Spa
If you’re looking for a way to relax, Breadsall Priory Spa is the ultimate luxurious retreat. From facials, manicures & massages it’s a great way to relax and unwind. There’s a restaurant inside which serves the most delicious food, and you get full use of the pool, jacuzzi, steam room & sauna. Perfect if you need to be rejuvenated and refreshed. There’s also a golf course on sight too if you fancy it!
9. The Flowerpot
The Flowerpot in Kings Street is a well-known Derby venue for real ales and live music. There’s a mixture of Derby’s emerging independent artists and tribute acts covering songs from artists such as David Bowie, Kings of Leon and AC/DC. There’s a mixture of free and paid-for events; so there really is something for everyone.
10. Ghost walks
Derby boasts being one of the most haunted cities in England. Most Haunted’s Richard Felix hosts tours of Derby’s haunted streets & underground haunts – most famously Saddlergate & Friargate in the town centre. The tour takes you around many of Derby’s haunted public houses and their gruesome history.
If you’re feeling extra brave, Derby’s Paranormal Investigation team hold vigils in Derby Gaol (historic underground jail). Whether you truly believe in the paranormal or you’re just interested in history.
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