Darwin Forest Country Park what to do during your stay

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!

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

Something for all the family

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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

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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

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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

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[/caption]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

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[/caption]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 House and Gardens, the National Trust’s Hardwick Hall and Bakewell during our stay (posts forthcoming).

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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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  1. July 11, 2017 / 9:03 pm

    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.

  2. Sandy N Vyjay
    July 12, 2017 / 2:13 am

    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.

  3. July 12, 2017 / 8:32 am

    Looks like Darwin Forest Park has something for everybody! Cool!

  4. July 12, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    I haven’t heard of Darwin Forest Country Park before, but you had me at hot tub!

  5. July 12, 2017 / 6:20 pm

    Looks like there’s plenty of options for all kinds of weather! You’d definitely find me in that hot tub though for sure!

  6. July 13, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    Oh it sounds great and I don’t think it is oo far from us. Anywhere with a hot tub though I am game for, that and soft play to keep my little ones happy! Certainly one to keep in mind, I am glad you enjoyed. Thank you for sharing at #familyfun

  7. July 14, 2017 / 6:54 pm

    It looks fabulous and very family friendly. I like the sound of the hot tub in the lodge too. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  8. July 16, 2017 / 7:50 am

    A grand building with all the conveniences. Great find. Thanks for sharing on #FarawayFiles

  9. July 17, 2017 / 2:39 pm

    We loved our trip to Darwin Forest Country Park although we did go in January so it was cold and right when we went. Thanks for linking up to #mondayEsacpes

  10. July 17, 2017 / 5:08 pm

    That hot tub looks so inviting. I think I would be there ALL THE TIME!!!! #familyfun

  11. July 18, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    The hot tub looks lovely! #familyfunlinky

  12. July 19, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    This is really useful thanks. We’re going for a stay at the lovely Darwin Forest, and whilst it will be wonderful to chill out there, inevitably the kids will want some diversions too.

  13. July 20, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    We loved the on-site facilities and activities at Darwin Forest. The soft play centre was excellent, especially on a drizzly day! Geta to see you also had a lovely time #MondayEscapes

  14. August 30, 2017 / 1:43 am

    This looks beautiful! I must say it’s the glass and the hot tub for me!

  15. November 28, 2017 / 12:04 am

    Very informative. We will try some these activities next time especially the hot tub.

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