There is plenty to do in Derby this summer holidays, from Markeaton Park to the Guildhall Theatre, from Derby Arena to Derby Libraries, there is something for everyone.
Derby Parks will be the place to be for kids this summer, whether splashing around in Markeaton Park paddling pool, playing in the Alvaston Park sand pit or exploring the multiplay at Derby Arboretum. This summer kids can put on their favourite superhero outfit, grab their picnic basket, and come on down to Derby Parks for Superhero Picnic in the Park! On Tuesday 31st July at Markeaton Park, Wednesday 1st August at Chaddesden Park and Thursday 2nd August at Darley Park this completely free event is the place to be to celebrate Love Parks week. There will be sports and craft activities, try it sessions, a superhero trail, face painting and much more for the whole family to enjoy. Find out more on the In Derby website.
Families can also head over to Derby Arena for a cycle-tastic summer. Kids and adults alike don’t need to be experienced beyond riding a bike to try out track cycling at Derby Arena. Youth beginner cycling sessions or a family track cycling session are the ideal way to enjoy this fantastic sport for the first time this summer. Youth beginner cycling sessions are just £11 each and family track cycling sessions start from just £20 for one adult and one child. Find out more about these sessions, prices, and track cycling on the Derby Arena website.
Kids can dive in at Queen’s Leisure Centre this summer, at Pool Party or Family Splash sessions. 11 to 16 year olds can now try out Junior Aqua, a fun workout to music in the water, for just £2.65 from 2.00pm to 2.45pm on Wednesdays during the holidays. Find out more about Queen’s Leisure Centre’s holiday activities on the In Derby website.
Springwood Leisure Centre is bringing the party this summer with Disco Fever, on Monday 6th and Monday 20th August, from 3.00pm to 4.00pm. Under 12s can dance to the latest music, feel the beat and get their groove on for just £3 each. If kids want to get more active they can take part in Dodgeball on Friday 3rd, 17th and 31st August from 1.30pm to 2.30pm for just £5 each. Find out more about Springwood Leisure Centre’s holiday activities on the In Derby website.
There will be plenty of excitement in Markeaton Park Craft Village this summer as Derby LIVE Outdoor Theatre and Cinema season returns. Families can enjoy outdoor theatre favourites Oddsocks Productions’ Romeo & Juliet showing from Tuesday 24th to Thursday 26th July. Watch Shakespeare with a Mod and Rockers twist all in the beautiful setting of the craft village. Tickets are available for just £18, concessions are £16 and group rates are available.
Families can also get involved with a unique interactive experience with A Wild Walk: The Golden Thief of Markeaton Park as Babbling Vagabonds lead the audience on an outdoor theatrical walk around Markeaton from Friday 27th to Tuesday 31st July. Tickets are available for £5 in advance and £8 on the day with under three’s taking part for free (tickets are required). Children (aged 5+) are bound to enjoy Squashbox’s Stones & Bones, and Curious Creatures from Thursday 9th to Sunday 11th August. Stones & Bones is a chance to keep kids learning outside of school with an educational show all about archaeology and fossils, promising thrills and spills and plenty of laughs. Curious Creatures will teach kids about creatures of all shapes and sizes, featuring puppets, comedy, slapstick and live music, with amazing natural history facts. Tickets are available for both Stones & Bones and Curious Creatures for £9 each, or £16 for both shows, and group rates are available.
This summer, kids can take part in a week-long series of workshops aimed at improving their musical theatre skills. The Summer Musical Theatre School workshops are once again being run by Enchanted Entertainment who 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. The Summer School is about getting young people (aged 8-16) involved in performing, whatever their experience or ability. The workshops take place from Monday 30th July to Friday 3rd August and at the end of the week, children put all their hard work into two performances on the stage in front of a live audience at Deda on Saturday 4th August! The week-long workshop will cost just £150 and places can be booked online.
From Saturday 14th July to Saturday 15th September kids can take part in Derby Libraries Summer Reading Challenge. Pranks are on the cards this year with The Reading Agency’s Mischief Makers themed reading challenge, focusing on the mischief and pranks inspired by and celebrating the 80th anniversary of the much-loved iconic children’s comic title Beano. Children are challenged to read any six books during the summer holidays, whether stories, fact books or picture books, it’s up to them. The challenge is supported by a host of free events across Derby Libraries in the summer, taking place at Alvaston Library, Mickleover Library and the new Riverside Library. To take part in the challenge children will need to be registered members of Derby City Libraries. Children can be registered online or in their local library. Full details about the Summer Reading Challenge, including how to get involved and the events programme can be found online.
To finish off a wonderful summer holiday Derby’s much loved classical concert, The Hannells Darley Park Concert is back on Sunday 2nd September. The whole family can enjoy an evening of classical music and fireworks, for the perfect family outing before the kids go back to school. Families can bring their picnic along and be part of one of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts, in the stunning natural amphitheatre that is Darley Park. James Holmes is back to conduct Sinfonia Viva, who are supported by Rolls-Royce. Soloists Mary Carewe and Andy Quinn will lead the vocal numbers. This event is free for under 16s, and the perfect chance to enjoy an evening out as a family for less. Gates open from 2.00pm and the concert starts at 6.00pm. Tickets are available for £3.50 in advance, free for under 16s or £7.50 on the day and £2.50 for under 16s.
Tickets can be purchased through the Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800, online or in person at the Sales and Information Centre on the Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AH.