Our Day Exploring Arts and Culture in Derby - Derby Days Out Blog
7th October 2018

Who: Mum Natalie and baby Poppy

When: Wednesday 3rd October 2018

Where: We visited The Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Déda, Doughnotts, andQUAD

There's been some fantastic exhibitions on across Derby so Poppy and I decided to give a few a visit!

First up was BARE BONES at Derby Museums. It was pretty fascinating but having Poppy meant I couldn't spend as long as I'd like reading all of the information which accompanied the exhibits. Luckily it was great to look at and you didn't need to know too much about the pieces to enjoy them. There was a school trip enjoying the exhibition whilst we were there so a lot of the interactive parts of the exhibition were in use but Poppy enjoyed looking at the older children anyway so she didn't mind! 

This particular exhibition has finished now but there's always lots to see at Derby Museums including their nature gallery which Poppy loves - especially stroking the soft fox! 🦊 They also have lots on for families during the school holidays. Not to mention the impressive large collection of Joseph Wright paintings.

After having a good look, play and crawl we ventured downstairs to the Coffee House. I opted for a pineapple smoothie which was delicious. Poppy loved playing at the kids table with the crayons and paper they have out. Meanwhile you're surrounded by a stunning ceramics collection which is a great view to have whilst having a relax. 

Next it was off to Déda to see the Derby Dancing exhibition. I've been following the  #DerbyDancing campaign on Twitter and was desperate to see it in person. The exhibition is upstairs and has a mix of photography, art, video and mini documentaries on ipads. 

Whilst there wasn't much for Poppy to do, she did enjoy watching the videos and also crawling in the corridors! Downstairs in the CUBE Cafe|Bar they have a toy corner with children toys and books so we enjoyed playing with those together. I also enjoyed a coffee! The exhibition is on until 22nd December 2018 and it's free. Find out more here: www.deda.uk.com

We took a trip up Sadler Gate to get to our next exhibition at QUAD. I couldn’t help but swoop by Doughnotts for - yep, you guessed it, DONUTS! They have a great range of flavours, which for an indecisive ditherer like me is actually a nightmare!! I finally opted for two from their vegan collection - a bakewell tart inspired donut with jam and almond flakes, and the PB & J. (Peanut butter and jam!) I (reluctantly) took them home to share with the family later but I can confirm that they were both absolutely delicious! 🍩

Sadly, Poppy was fast asleep by this point, completely worn out from the excitement I guess! Which meant I couldn't show her the iconic Derby Waterfall. I know this is a controversial landmark but personally, I love it and was very happy that the council switched the water back on! 

When we reached QUAD, I was more than ready for my lunch and decided that now was a good time to order as Poppy was still asleep! I love the atmosphere at the QUAD cafe, there always seems a good hubbub of activity. In fact today, it was so busy that I had to sit outside. I didn't mind though as it wasn't too cold. I had a houmous and roasted veg toasted sandwich - it was delish! 

The exhibition - ADCREDO - was very atmospheric with dim lighting and eerie sound effects. But it had me mesmerised and I again took advantage of the sleeping baby and stood watching the changing images on the screen for a good half an hour! This exhibition is on until 21st October and it's free. ~Find out more and see what else QUAD have on here.

Oh yes, I signed up to Cine Kids whilst I was there too! Cinema tickets for £3.50 - yes please!! 

We had a lovely day taking in the arts and culture that Derby has to offer and will definitely be doing it again. To find what's on for families visit our events pages. 

Please note: this is a true account of our experience, we cannot guarantee that you will have the same experience but we do hope you enjoy it as much as we did!

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