As many parents will know to their cost, finding days out for young and older children alike can be a tricky task. But the Gulliver’s Kingdom theme park at Matlock Bath claims to be unique in that is specially designed for families with children aged between the years of two and 13. The wide range of rides and attractions – from the Western World and pirates play area, to the log flume and Drop Tower and the new SpyZone – its location some 300 feet above the valley on a steep hillside makes for a unique theme park experience, adding an extra dimension to the thrills of the rides, especially the rather scary log flume.
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The natural features of this central English county range from the modest heights of the Peak District National Park, where Kinder Scout stands at 2,088 ft (636 m), to the depths of its remarkable underground caverns, floodlit to reveal exquisite Blue John stone. Walkers and cyclists will enjoy the High Peak Trail which extends from the Derwent Valley to the limestone plateau near Buxton, and for many, the spectacular scenery is what draws them to the area.
The county is well endowed with stately homes – most notably Chatsworth, the palatial home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, with its outstanding collections of paintings, statuary and art. Other gems include the well preserved medieval Haddon Hall, the Elizabethan Hardwick Hall, and Kedleston Hall, whose entrance front has been described as the grandest Palladian façade in Britain.
The spa town of Matlock is the county’s administrative centre and other major towns of interest include Derby and the old coal mining town of Chesterfield, with its crooked spire. Around the villages of Derbyshire, look out for the ancient tradition of well dressing, the decorating of springs and wells – the precious sources of life-sustaining water – with pictures formed from flowers.
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