Great activities in Derby over the Summer Holidays - Derby Days Out Event

Great activities in Derby over the Summer Holidays | 15th August 2018

There’s plenty to do in Derby this summer holidays, from Markeaton Park to the Guildhall Theatre, from Derby Arena to Derby Libraries, there’s something for everyone.

Derby Parks will be the place for kids to be this summer, whether splashing around in Markeaton Park paddling pool, playing in the Alvaston Park sand pit or exploring the multiplay at Derby Arboretum.

Families can also head over to Derby Arena for a cycle-tastic summer. Kids and adults alike don’t need to be experienced beyond riding a bike to try out track cycling at Derby Arena. Youth beginner cycling sessions or a family track cycling session are the ideal way to enjoy this fantastic sport for the first time this summer. Youth beginner cycling sessions are just £11 each and family track cycling sessions start from just £20 for 1 adult and 1 child. Find out more about these sessions, prices, and track cycling at

Kids can dive in at Queen’s Leisure Centre this summer, at Pool Party or Family Splash sessions. 11 to 16 year olds can now try out Junior Aqua, a fun workout to music in the water, for just £2.65 from 2 to 2:45pm on Wednesdays during the holidays. From Wednesday 25 July families and friends can challenge each other to complete the Atlantis course. Atlantis Splash Run sessions will be running every Wednesday and Saturday during the school holidays, from 10am to 11am, 11:15am to 12:15pm and 12:30pm to 1:30pm on Wednesdays and 2:30pm to 3:30pm and 3:34-4:45pm on Saturdays.

Families can try out the Atlantis Splash Run for just £6 a session for adults, and £5 a session for children. Derby Active’s Under 8s Pool Policy applies during Atlantis Splash Run sessions, more details can be found online.

Find out more about Queen’s Leisure Centre’s holiday activities at

Springwood Leisure Centre is bringing the party this summer with Disco Fever, on Monday 6 and Monday 20 August, from 3 to 4pm. Under 12s can dance to the latest music, feel the beat and get their groove on for just £3 each. If kids want to get more active they can take part in Dodgeball on Friday 3, 17 and 31 August from 1:30 to 2:30pm for just £5 each. Find out more about Springwood Leisure Centre’s holiday activities at

From Saturday 14 July to Saturday 15 September kids can take part in Derby Libraries Summer Reading Challenge. Pranks are on the cards this year with The Reading Agency’s Mischief Makers themed reading challenge, focusing on the mischief and pranks inspired by and celebrating the 80th anniversary of the much-loved iconic children’s comic title Beano. Children are challenged to read any six books during the summer holidays, whether stories, fact books or picture books, it’s up to them. The challenge is supported by a host of free events across Derby Libraries in the summer, taking place at Alvaston Library, Mickleover Library and the new Riverside Library. To take part in the challenge children will need to be registered members of Derby City Libraries. Children can be registered online at or in their local library. Full details about the Summer Reading Challenge, including how to get involved and the events programme can be found online at

To finish off a wonderful summer holiday Derby’s much loved classical concert, The Hannells Darley Park Concert is back on Sunday 2 September. The whole family can enjoy an evening of classical music and fireworks, for the perfect family outing before the kids go back to school. Families can bring their picnic along and be part of one of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts, in the stunning natural amphitheatre that is Darley Park. James Holmes is back to conduct Sinfonia Viva, who are supported by Rolls-Royce. Soloists Mary Carewe and Andy Quinn will lead the vocal numbers. This event is free for under 16s, and the perfect chance to enjoy an evening out as a family for less. Gates open from 2pm and the concert starts at 6pm. Tickets are available for £3.50 in advance, free for under 16s or £7.50 on the day and £2.50 for under 16s.

Tickets can be purchased through the Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800, online at or in person at the Sales and Information Centre on the Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AH


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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