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Highfields Happy Hens

         
Etwall Derbyshire England
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All the fun of the farm at your finger tips!  


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Chestnut Centre Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park

         
High Peak Derbyshire England
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The Chestnut Centre was founded in 1984 by the Heap Family and since then they have opened The New Forest Wildlife Park in Hampshire and Battersea Park Children's Zoo in London.  



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 Creative and creepy crawly summer fun

There's plenty to keep kids busy over the school summer holidays with a range of fun activities at the Chestnut Centre Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park in Chapel-en-le-Frith.

Good I-deer
Delighting in deer is a must this summer as the park welcomes several new babies born to its 50-strong herd. As well as spotting the new fallow deer fawns, you can enjoy the stunning spotty summer coats of the adults, which are at their best in the sunshine. Within the herd are a few tame deer who were hand reared after being abandoned in the wild. Look out for Peach, who was rescued in 2013 with a badly damaged hind leg that she had probably trapped in a fence. She is now an important personality in the herd. Spirit, another fallow rescue deer, has also just given birth.

In the long grass
Eagle eyed kids can have fun fact-finding this summer, with a specially laid on bug trail at the Chestnut Centre. The creepy crawly quiz through the park will encourage youngsters to consider the creatures living right under their noses. They'll get to identify an array of insects lurking under stones, within bushes and in the long grass.
The Bug Bonanza Trail runs throughout the summer holidays, from 10 July until 3 September and costs just £1 per child after normal entry fees.

Crafty kids
Creative kids can also get arty over otters, inspired by owls and clever with cats, with summertime workshops set to keep them busy during their visit with the wildlife. The creative craft sessions – at just £1 per child – will run throughout the holidays on Wednesdays and Thursdays (11am – 3pm). Normal entry fees apply.

Coming Soon
Enclosures are being prepared for a new species of otter joining the park soon. It is hoped the male and two female smooth-coated otters from the Wingham Wildlife Park in Kent - Song, Alari and Kanali - will form part of a breeding programme.

Keeper Talks
What do otters like to eat? Can owls turn their heads all the way round? Our experienced keepers will continue with their regular Keeper Talks throughout the summer. You can hear all about the centre's fascinating animals and watch them being fed. Check at the entrance to the park for the times of daily Keeper Talks, feeding sessions or special events.

Keeper Experiences
If you've ever fancied trying out what it's like to be an animal keeper, then our keeper experiences are for you. You can roll up your sleeves, put on your boots get your hands dirty in a day to remember.
Half-day experiences are available for adults, or two-hour experiences for juniors, with a maximum of two people per experience. You will be able to work on a one-to -one basis with one of our keepers, giving you plenty of time for questions. We can also tailor your day to your individual interests. Keeper Experiences make an ideal gift, anniversary or birthday present, so contact the Chestnut Centre if you would like to find out more.


The Chestnut Centre is located the beautiful Derbyshire High Peak District, in a natural woodland valley with a deer meadow and stream. Along the woodland trails you can see giant otters, North American river otters, Eurasian otters and Asian short-clawed otters as well as fallow deer, polecats, a fox, pine marten, harvest mice and the rare Scottish wildcat.


You'll also find 15 different species of owls, including the snowy owl, barn owl, boobook owl, little owl, Eurasian eagle owl and burrowing owl.


There's a tempting tearoom and a well-stocked gift shop on the site.


See the website at www.chestnutcentre.co.uk for details and times of all special events, as well as for feeding sessions and keeper talks.

Barn Owl - CR Tony Fagan

Fox Chestnut Centre  - Credit  Tony FaganThe Chestnut Centre, in the beautiful Derbyshire High Peak District, is located in a natural woodland valley with a deer meadow and stream. Along the woodland trails you can see amazing animals such as giant otters, North American river otters, Eurasian otters and Asian short-clawed otters as well as fallow deer, polecats, a fox, pine marten, harvest mice and the very rare Scottish wildcat.

You'll also find 15 different species of owls, including the snowy owl, barn owl, boobook owl, little owl, Eurasian eagle owl and burrowing owl.

There's a tempting tearoom and a well-stocked gift shop on the site.

See the website at www.chestnutcentre.co.uk for details and times of all special events, as well as for feeding sessions and keeper talks.

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Matlock Farm Park

      
Matlock Derbyshire England
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derby mfp2Matlock Farm Park is the ideal place to visit to enjoy the fresh air of the countryside combined with fun, interactive experiences with a wide range of friendly animals.

From sheep, goats, pigs, chickens and donkeys, to the more unusual meerkats, wallabies, alpaca and rhea, there are lots of animals to see and feed, as well as smaller, cuddly animals to pet in the barn. With Spring being the season which brings most of the new arrivals, there is the opportunity to get up close with chicks, goat kids and baby bunnies. Bottle feeding of lambs is a favourite with the children.

Learn more about meerkats through daily talks and have a free bet on a ferret race. Short pony rides are available most days too. This Spring will see the return of the popular 'Wallaby Encounter' and a return of the crowd-pleasing sheep races.

There is a variety of play equipment, go-karts, a popular café and a shop to browse. A riding school, offering riding for all abilities, is also located at the farm park (pre-booking essential).

 

2017 Events

'Megaslam Wrestling' on Father's Day 18th June, shows at 12pm – 1pm, 2pm – 3pm tickets available in advance on the phone from the farm park, online ticket source or on the day. There is the grand finale at 4pm which anyone with a ticket for either show can attend.

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Masson Mills Shopping Village

         
Matlock Bath Derbyshire England
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On the banks of the River Derwent lies Masson Mill. Built in 1783 by Sir Richard Arkwright, the Father of the Factory System, Masson Mill was his showpiece. A magnificent traditional timber-framed structure of red brick with a Georgian façade.


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Derby Cathedral

         
Derby Derbyshire England
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Derby Cathedral, with its stunningly elegant white and gold nave, is the most beautiful building in the city and brimming with intriguing and very human stories behind every monument and in every artefact.


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Derby Cathedral stands proudly at the top end of the Cathedral quarter in a constantly evolving landscape with the aim of reaching out to the people of Derby and its surrounding areas. The Cathedral overlooks a continually developing riverside, which provides an escape from the regular hustle and bustle of city life. Though saying this, life in the cathedral is rarely at a standstill, with the daily rhythm of prayer and services, the cathedral also offers one of the best venues for civic and historical occasions alongside being the premiere venue for classical and sacred music concerts in the city. Yet in this ever changing area, the cathedral itself is having a face lift this year, with new wiring, lights, heating and redecoration of the inside planned. Alongside a new Chapter Steward (chief administrator), Rachel Morris and the appointment of a new Director of Music, Hugh Morris, this year is ringing in the changes as well as the new year for the Cathedral.

The preparations of Lent and the celebrations of Easter at the heart of the Cathedral's year with the services of Holy Week taking us through the final week of Jesus' life .The Cathedral follows this story with a wide array of services from the parades and celebrations on a ecumenical scale of Palm Sunday with a procession into the cathedral in contrast to the reverence and stillness of the Good Friday reflections, opening out to the fanfares of Easter Day.

Two days after Easter Day, the cathedral is going over to limited access whilst the renovations are taking place. Daily services are continuing in different locations nearby, building on links with the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary's and the Bridge Chapel as well as an outside access prayer station. The Cathedral will be open for visiting all day Saturday and Sunday after the Sunday morning service, a chance to see the progress of the works alongside continuing the tradition of worship on this historic site. During some of these weekends, special events are taking place including the Derby Arts Festival in early May, the celebration service of one of Derbyshire's most famous women, Florence Nightingale is on 16th May and the commemorations of the Padley Martyrs taking place at the Bridge Chapel on the 24th July and many more.

As you walk through the inviting west end glass doors, you are drawn into a wide open and bright space of this Enlightenment designed Cathedral. You are welcome to explore the stunning architecture and fascinating history not only of the building, but also of the people who helped shape Derbyshire and made it their home. Admission is free with Cathedral staff and volunteers on hand to offer a warm welcome and to offer any information that may be required. The Cathedral has a self guided tour available in a number of languages or it can be arranged for a more specialised tour for groups focusing on different aspects of the building with one of our experienced tour guides. These can be booked through the visitor's officer via the cathedral office for a small donation. After your visit, why not take a break at the Cathedral Café across the road, using locally sourced produce and home made and made to order food. Please feel free to explore the bookshelves of our bookshop, stocking a wide variety of resources for churches and the individual reader. Take a trip down stairs to explore the treasury, holding the treasurers of the cathedral and the surrounding churches. Next to the treasury, is an exhibition space exhibiting the artwork and creations of local artists.

As a Cathedral, we hold special open day tours including tower tours, which enable you to climb the 64 metre high tower, with the chance to see the four counties surrounding Derby. These dates are published on our website and in local press. The fourteenth century Bridge Chapel of St. Mary on the Bridge is also opened on request, on open days and whilst the building work is going on at the cathedral, with admission being free of charge too. We have guides on hand to help you explore this fascinating historic place of worship and to learn about is intriguing stories.

The Cathedral is always available as a place to explore and a peaceful place to stop, light a candle and prayer.

For more details on the progress our building works, our services, concerts and much more that goes on in the building, please visit our website, www.derbycathedral.org or email the cathedral offices at office@derbycathedral.org or call the office on 01332 341201.

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erewash museum

Erewash Museum is our very own local and social history museum located on High Street, Ilkeston; with exhibitions and displays reflecting the history of the Erewash Borough.

Home for the Museum is a late Georgian house with Victorian extensions. It was both a family home and school accommodation before becoming a museum in the 1980's.

Many original features remain and visitors can enjoy the garden with unrivalled views across the Erewash Valley.

We are open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am – 4pm (last entry at 3.30pm). During school holidays, with the exception of Christmas and bank holiday Mondays, we are open Monday – Saturday 10am – 4pm.

New tea room open 11am to 3pm

Admission to the museum is free.