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  • FREE taster session at the Belper Rock Choir

    FREE taster session at the Belper Rock Choir

    Belper

    The Belper Rock Choir is led by singing teacher Jennie Harwood. The choir will be performing locally again soon so it's a chance for you to join in, s…more

  • FREE taster session at the Mickleover/Derby Rock Choir

    FREE taster session at the Mickleover/Derby Rock Choir

    Derby

    Your friendly local Derby choir is run by choir leader Jennie Harwood. You may know about our unique sellout O2 arena event in 2013 and our secret sin…more

  • FREE taster session at the Derby Rock Choir

    FREE taster session at the Derby Rock Choir

    Derby

    Your friendly local Derby choir is run by singing teacher Jennie Harwood. We are the local community choir with the national reputation - join the Der…more

  • Chris Ramsey

    Chris Ramsey

    Derby

    Fresh from a complete sell-out, twice extended 2012 tour, multiple appearances on Celebrity Juice and 8 Out of 10 Cats, and a starring role in BBC Two…more

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Known as one of the most picturesque counties in the UK, Derbyshire offers the quintessential green pastures and gamboling lambs of the English countryside, intersected by tumble-down stone walls, large and remote farms, grey stone villages, desolate and beautiful moorland and miles and miles of rolling hills. Perhaps unsurprisingly much of the landscape is part of the Peak District National Park but there is also some breathtaking scenery in other areas of the county. In the north the county overlaps with the Pennines and it also includes part of the National Forest.

Derbyshire borders Cheshire to the West, Staffordshire to the South West, Leicestershire to the South East, Nottinghamshire to the East, Yorkshire in the North East and North, and Greater Manchester to the North West.

It has been inhabited for over 200,000 years and there are numerous Paleolithic, Neolithic and Stone Age sites scattered around the county. In addition there are some wonderful Neolithic burial tombs in Five Wells and Minning Low that date back to about 2500 BC. There are a number of Bronze Age sites in the Peak District and plenty of evidence of the later Roman invasion, especially around the warm springs of Buxton. Indeed Buxton, an elegant spa town, is one of Derbyshires historical highlights as are the dramatic town of Matlock Bath, Bolsover Castle, Castleton, Kedleston Hall and the National Trust run properties at Calke Abbey, Hardwick Hall, High Peak Estate and Sudbury Hall.

For outdoor pursuits there is the area around the reservoirs of Ladybower, Derwent and Howden which offers hiking and cycling trails. But for the great outdoors itself nothing beats the Peak District and sites such as Kinder Scout and Mam Tor, as well as hundreds of miles of peatlands, steep sided valleys and rocky crags. Derbyshire truly deserves its title as the backbone of the country.

Days Out & Attractions

Attractions in Derbyshire

Fun days out in Derbyshire

Enjoy a fun filled and fantastic day out for all the family at a range of attractions in Derbyshire, including theme parks, castles, zoos, museums and historic houses.

Zoos & Safari Parks in Derbyshire

Zoos & Safari Parks

Get close-up and personal with a wild animal at a zoo or safari park in Derbyshire.

Theme Parks in Derbyshire

Theme Parks

Thrills and spills on rides and rollercoasters at a theme park in Derbyshire.

Museums in Derbyshire

Museums

Love British history?Come and take a stroll through the ages at a local museum.

Art galleries in Derbyshire

Art Galleries

From timeless classics to modern masterpieces, enjoy art at its very best.

Experiences

Experiences

Want to try your hand at something completely different? Try an experience...

Updated: 21/10/2014 16:44:22