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Darwin Forest Country Park what to do during your stay

Sometimes its not about the accommodation (though I must admit the accommodation at Darwin Forest Country Park was fab – as you will discover in next week’s post), but what you can do somewhere that is the most important thing when booking a family holiday. And there are plenty of things to do at Darwin Forest Country Park. So here are my suggestions for what to do at Darwin Forest Country Park in rain or sunshine and for the young and the not so young!

What to do At Darwin Forest Country Park in Rain or Shine

Something for all the family

Swimming pool at Darwin forest country park

No matter what the weather, the whole family will enjoy taking a dip at Evolution – the swimming pool at Darwin Forest Country Park. It is not the biggest pool in the world but it was great for our little family. We loved the fact it was heated. Just remember to watch out for peak times during rainy periods and check the schedule for any swimming lessons when the pool may be cordoned off in areas.

Under 5s

Under 5s soft play at Darwin forest country park
For those going with under fives there is a free and only for residents use soft play area. It was really well equipped and spotlessly clean. Our little lady loved playing here during our very rainy stay at Darwin Forest Country Park.

Over 5s

While not free, the Little Monkey’s on site play area for the over 5s is a great thing to have on site. Residents get a discount. It looked like  large and well equipped facility.

Good Weather Activities

If you are luckier than we were during our week at Darwin forest country park then you mya get to see the sunshine. If you do then there are loads of activities that suit nicer weather.

Walks at Darwin Forest Country Park

Preparing for our walk
There are many great walks at Darwin forest Country Park including a Woodland Walk and a Forest Walk. The paths are well marked and great for even little legs to explore.

Tennis, Crazy Golf and More

For  a small additional charge there are tennis courts and a crazy golf course on site. Darwin Forest Country Park also offer other activities such as archery.

For parents

It’s not just the little ones that have plenty to do at Darwin forest country park. There’s loads for the grown ups as well!

Relax with a glass

Foresters
After a long day of activities, Foresters the on site restaurant has a nicely situated beer garden for parents to unwind in

Relax at the Salon

The on site salon means if you have an hour or two free you can get a treatment with our having to leave the confines of the facility.

Relax at your lodge

Hot tub at the spa lodge
My favourite thing at Darwin Forest Country Park, which I will talk more about next week in our accommodation review was the fact our lodge came with a hot tub. It meant we could put the little lady down and still have some relaxing time to ourselves. If you intend to of to Darwin Forest Country Park I would strongly recommend booking a lodge with a hot tub. It has become a new family accommodation essential for me!

Off site but nearby

One of the reasons we decided to go to Darwin Forest Country Park was because of its proximity to some amazing tourist attractions. We had visits to Chatsworth, the National Trust’s Hardwick Hall and Bakewell during our stay (posts forthcoming).

Hardwick hall

But there’s plenty more. If you love stately homes then Haddon Hall is a must. If English Heritage is more your thing then Bolsover Castle is in easy reach! The Heights of Abraham is a cable car up to an amazing vantage point in Matlock and if you want to try another type of transport then give  Crich Tramway Village a go! And for the littlest people there is the nearby Matlock Farm Park and Gullivers  Theme Park. 

In conclusion 

So basically Darwin forest country park has something for all the family whether rain or shine, for the young and the young at heart!

Have you been to Darwin Forest Country Park? What did you do on and off site? 

Come back next week to see our full review of the site! 

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17 thoughts on “Darwin Forest Country Park what to do during your stay”

  1. This looks like such a lovely place to stay. We live not too far away and I love all the places you suggested…Chatsworth, Matlock, Bakewell, the heights of Abraham.. are all wonderful days out. Its great too that you have a hot tub at the lodge, – looking forward to seeing more of the accommodation in your next post too.
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  2. The Darwin Forest Country Park sounds like a great place to getaway with the family. I love the fact that it is set amidst pristine nature. The fact that there is something for the entire family makes it really ideal for families. A great place to relax and have some quality family bonding.

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