Derby, grab your capes; Superhero Picnic in the Park is returning this summer!

In celebration of Love Parks Week 2018, In Derby will be bringing back Superhero Picnic in the Park across Markeaton Park, Chaddesden Park and Darley Park this July and August.

Love Parks week, now in its 12th year, is the annual celebration of Britain’s fantastic green spaces and the people that bring them to life. In Derby wants everyone to get out and celebrate the wonderful green spaces in the city for Love Parks week.

In Derby’s Superhero Picnic in the Park events are designed to encourage families across the city to get dressed up and get down to their favourite park. This year there will be three Superhero Picnic in the Park events:

  • Markeaton Park on Tuesday 31st July
  • Chaddesden Park on Wednesday 1st August
  • Darley Park on Thursday 2nd August.

Councillor Alan Grimadell, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said

We’re proud to be delivering these three free events this year for families. We believe events like Superhero Picnic in the Park are a great opportunity for people in Derby to enjoy our wonderful parks.

All three events are completely free to attend, and activities will be running between 11.00am and 3.00pm. On the day, families will be able to take part in whole host of activities, with many local businesses and charities in attendance.

Superhero Picnic in the Park 2018Following on from their popularity at Derby Arboretum last year the Bumblebee Conservation Trust will be attending all three Superhero Picnic in the Park events. The team will be teaching kids all about bumblebees’ super powers and what makes the humble bumble a secret superhero, making bumblebee masks and giving kids the chance to have a go at bumblebee super power activities!

DerwentWISE will be joining in the fun for the first time this year at Darley Park, celebrating five years of DerwentWISE in their giant circus style big top. They’ll be making mini mosaics that children can take home, using clay to create ancient fossils, building a highland cow out of willow, and exploring nature in the park. DerwentWISE activities are themed around the Lower Derwent Valley landscape and are all free to take part in.

There’s still time for stallholders to get involved with the event, and there’s always room for more activities. Stallholder enquires for any of the three events can be sent to

How to love your park every day of the year

Derby has a lot of gorgeous green spots, from the grassy lakeside splendour of Markeaton Park to the Grade II listed Arboretum Park – England’s first public park.

Keeping our parks in such lovely condition is something we can all work towards. When you visit any of our parks, please make use of the bins to dispose of any rubbish or dog mess – or take your rubbish home with you. Littering will leave the park looking messy and unclean, and can result in a fine.

If you spot any litter while you are out and about, you can let us know on our website.

Thank you for helping to look after our lovely parks and green spaces.