Our May Half Term Adventures in Pictures - Derby Days Out Blog
14th June 2016

I think as a family we are still recovering from the May bank holiday and half term! Here's a peek of what we got up to and how you can try the days out for yourself!

The NSPCC Big Board Game day at QUAD was great fun, we played some classics such as the Game of Life and some that we'd never heard of before! Try for yourself: Derby On Board run regular gaming events suitable for families, and Derby QUAD also have loads of family friendly events and activities running throughout the year.

Then we headed over to Derby Silk Mill where theres always something hands on for families! On this occasion we were colouring trains as part of a display then we were shown the very exciting laser cutter! Lola made us some fab keyrings! Try it for yourself: Derby Museums have lots on all year round for families and the Maker Bar at the Silk Mill is open every Saturday! (PS Graeme is our hero!)

On Sunday, our football mad daughter just wanted to play football! We fancied trying a new park so we headed over to Osmaston Park which is opposite Moorways on Moor Lane. Try it yourself: Find a new park by using our 'Parks' list in our attractions section.

On Bank Holiday Monday we visited an iconic Derbyshire attraction that we've been meaning to go to for the last 4 years: The Heights of Abraham! It was fab, fun, educational and exhausting with extraordinary views not to be missed! Read our full review here. Try it for yourself: visit the Heights of Abraham website here.

On Wednesday we took advantage of intu Derby's free half term activities and kids club. Todays activity was seed planting and pot decorating and as for the kids club, we made use of the membership card by using the discount for a Shakin' It milkshake! We also combined it with lunch at Joe's Kitchen which was scrummy! Try it yourself: Click here to find out more about intu's kids club. Free events take place at intu every school holiday.

What a day Lola had on Thursday. She was a ball girl for the female under 23's Nordic Tournament. Her first game was Sweden vs USA and her second game was England vs Norway. Unbelievably the Senior England ladies team were also at St George's Park training so Lola got to meet some of her idols. Picture here is Demi Stoke, Ellen White and our captain Steph Houghton. Try it for yourself: Find fixtures for the Women's Super League here.

On Friday we attended the Doodle Dance show at Déda and boy oh boy we had such a great time. We were immersed in an interactive show of story telling, dancing and of course doodling! It was absolutely brilliant - Lola and I both loved it! Try it yourself: Déda have such a fantastic range of high quality family performances to choose from throughout the year.

On Friday night we went to Derbyshire County Cricket Club for a spot of Natwest T20 Blast action! These are always a good evening out for families as the atmosphere is so friendly and family orientated! Try it yourself: The T20 fixtures are on throughout June and July. Take a look at fixtures here.

On Saturday 4th June, we headed into the City Centre to join in with some of the fab Derby Book Festival events. We started at Derby Museums where Lola wrote story and printed her own book mark with The Smallprint Company, then into the Market Place for all kinds of crafts and family fun! Try it yourself: The Book Festival is an annual event so will return next year. Keep an eye on our events pages for free activities taking place in the Market Place.

On Sunday we ran the Mini-Ramathon - a 2 mile family fun run which coincides with the Ramathon! We have never done anything like this before but we were very proud to have taken part and raised money for the NSPCC at the same time! Try it for yourself: The Ramathon is an annual event so get signed up next year, in the meantime we will list other family fun runs on our events pages.

After our run, DDO dad surprised us with an overnight stay at Alton Towers Woodland Lodges and a couple of days at Splash Landings as Lola had an INSET day on the Monday! It was great and although it's not a DerbyDayOut, its not too far away! We would definitely recommend for a family stay - we had a great time and the water park (Splash Landings) was great fun too! Try it for yourself: Visit the Alton Towers website here.

Phew! What a busy half term we had! Ready for a rest now!

If you have any questions about any of our days out please feel free to comment below or email us at AyUpMeDuck@DerbyDaysOut.co.uk and we will get back to you asap! And we would also love to hear what you got up to - did you use DerbyDaysOut to find a family day out? We'd absolutely LOVE to hear from you if you did! It would quite literally make our day!

The DDO family x

PS. If you'd like to see more pictures of our shenanigans, (and cats!) have a look at our Instagram account.

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