Derby's Hidden Gems - As Decided By You! - Derby Days Out Blog
2nd October 2018

This October we launched our Hidden Gem's social media campaign.

Our knowledge of Derby is good, but we can't possibly know about all of those amazing hidden gems in all of the wonderful villages that make up our glorious county of Derbyshire. So we are asking where your favourite hidden gems are and collating the answers in this awesome blog! 

If there's a hidden gem missing that you'd love to see on here please feel free to email us at with the subject 'Hidden Gem' and we'll happily add it to the list! 

Your favourite places for cake are:

Basilia - Langley Mill 

Bee's Tea Rooms - Findern

Brew and Bake - West Hallam

Bridgehouse Bakery - Whaley Bridge

Brown Bear - Ripley

Buttermilk - Brailsford

Cafe Aroma - Spondon

Caffe Torta - Borrowash

Fintons - Breaston

Hackwood Farm - Mickleover

Homesford Tea Rooms - Matlock

Just One More Cafe - Spondon

Katherine's Coffee and Gift Shop - Chaddesden

Louby Prus - Alfreton

Mad Hatter - Matlock

Marsh Green Farm Shop - Chesterfield

Piptree Cafe at Collyers Nursery - Borrowash

Queenies - Quarndon

Tea for Two - Stapleford

The Apple Tree Gift Shop - Ockbrook

The Cowshed - Dale Abbey

The Blue Jay - Derby

The Honey Pot Tea Rooms - Rosiliston

The Little Shed - Allestree

The Nutbrook Cafe - Ilkeston

Tylers - Castle Donington

Victoria Vintage Tea Rooms - Draycott

Wyatts - Elvaston Castle


Calke Abbey

Cromford Canal

Darley Park

Shipley Park

Sudbury Hall


Brewers Fayre - Castlewood

Harrington Arms - Thulston

Just One More Cafe - Spondon

Newdigate Inn - West Hallam

Nooch - Matlock Bath

The Clock Bistro - Spondon

The Coach - Horsley

Village Inn - Marehay

Belper Nature Reserve

Crich Tramway

Darley Park 

Elvaston Castle

Straws Bridge

The Tea Cosy - Littleover

The Vernon Arms - Spondon

Windmill Inn - Breadsall

Abbey Fish Bar - Stockbrook

Ambergate Chip Shop

Andy's Fish Bar - Chesterfield

Andy's Fish Bar - Church Gresley

Fish and Chips at Pizza Village


Kedleston Fish Bar

Lee's Chip Shop - Alvaston

Luca's Plaice - Spondon

Nicky's Fish Bar - Derby

Seafish - Ripley

Sitwell Fish Bar - Spondon

Steve's - Alvaston

Sussex Circus - Chaddesden

The Cod's Scallops - Long Eaton

The Market Place - Ashbourne


Baby Sensory

Bellebambino Baby Massage 

Bluebells Farm - Spondon

Boogie Woogie Babes

Boulton Land Baby Toddler Group (Wednesdays)

Chucklebutties - Belper

Daisy Baby Classes

Derbyshire Toy Library

Little Uns Toddler Group - St Giles Church Centre (Tuesdays)

Music Time

Oasis Play Group - Long Eaton (Tuesdays)

Shardlow Stay and Play - Shardlow Village Hall (Fridays)

Spondon Parent and Toddler Group (Thursdays)

Sunshine Forest School

Tubby Bears Play Zone

The One School Of Dance Toddler Sessions (Alvaston Mondays)

West Park Leisure Centre Fun Tots Session - Long Eaton (Wed and Fri)

Wyevale Garden Centre

Alter Rock Climbing Centre

Clip 'n Climb Derby

Dinky Dinos Soft Play

Hollywood Bowl

Megazone at Willows

Oxygen Freejumping

Pulse Virtual Reality 


Tenpin Bowling

The Skyline at Markeaton



Carnero Lounge

Darley Abbey Wines

Joiners Arms

Revolucion De Cuba

The Greyhound

The Sitwell Tavern

The Vernon Arms - Spondon

York Chambers - Long Eaton


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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