Family Festivities at Markeaton Park! - Derby Days Out Event

Family Festivities at Markeaton Park! | 17th December 2017

Every weekend from Saturday 2nd - Sunday 17th December

All events will run 11am to 4pm

Markeaton Park, Markeaton, Derby DE22 4AA

Suitable for all. Some activities and rides will have charges, but there are also FREE activities to enjoy. 

Markeaton Park welcomes all the family to come along to enjoy Family Festivities in the Craft Village.

Enjoy festive food from The Orangery café, ride the Giant Ferris Wheel and fairground rides, visit Santa Land, enjoy carols, brass bands, wreath making, and much more....

Each weekend is themed, giving you a reason to come back!

Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December - Craft Weekend

Are you looking for that extra special Christmas gift, that’s unique and locally made? Come along and browse at the Friends of Markeaton Park Craft Fair.

Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th December - Music Weekend

From brass bands to choirs, you’ll be filled with festive enjoyment, tapping your feet and singing around the Christmas tree.

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th Secember - Workshop Weekend

Throughout the weekend there will be workshops and demonstrations for everyone to get involved, including:

  • Wreath making
  • The Smallprint Company - have a go at personalising your own keepsake using a vintage type press.
  • Willow Weaving demonstrations.
  • Community Mosaic workshop.
  • The Invisible Friends Choir
  • Community Textile Banner
  • Sense of Place - a Sense of Place walk around Markeaton Park.
  • Christmas Recycling
  • and more…

FREE activities include:


Markeaton welcomes festive visitors to the park. Elves have taken up residency in hidden locations around the park for you to find them. Get your free Elf trail, available from the Christmas tree in the Craft Village. Share your family pictures on your Elf adventure on Derby Parks Facebook page. Post your Elf trail entries into the North Pole Post Box, located in the Craft Village.

POST LETTERS TO SANTA in our North Pole Post Box. 


Take a walk around Markeaton Park looking for the colourfully decorated stones and rocks and upload your images to the Derby Parks and Derbyshire Rocks Facebook pages. Remember, keep safe, place and find your rocks in accessible locations and go hunting with an adult. Enjoy!


Try to spot Santa’s nine reindeer playing hide and seek within the walls of the Craft Village.


Let off some Christmas excitement on the climbing frames, swings, slides and the pirate ship. Other attractions are available at a small charge.


Markeaton Park has many footpaths around the park that allow access for everyone to enjoy a winter walk. Visit for a route map.

Other activities include:

Family Fair Ground including Santa Land, festive food and drink and guest appearances from Elsa and Olaf (Sat & Sun).

Browse for that perfect Christmas gift in the Markeaton Craft Village, craft units include Jumping Clay, Sew’n’Jo, Studio in the Park, Paint a Pot, Cocoa Tabby and may more…

Our craft units also have workshops that all the family can get involved including Christmas decorations, wreath making, cake toppers, Christmas stocking making.

There's also Derby Model Boat Club, Derby Hospital Jingle Jog, Duncan Pass Printing, Parkrun (junior and adult)

For more information and how to book workshops and activities, visit our website or join our facebook event page.

Download your Family Festivities programme here 


We really hope that you find this website useful in helping you plan a family day out. Whilst we try our absolute hardest to ensure all of the information is correct and up to date, we highly recommend you call ahead of any planned visit to check opening times and prices etc. We don't want any disappointed families! (Oh and check the weather before you set off!) 

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