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A whole week with the kids! What to do? Here’s our favourite picks of events and activities across Derby and Derbyshire:

26th-28th May

An amazing adventure break for all the family!

What’s included?

A one or two night stay in a cozy Glamping Pod or en-suite Bedroom, with complimentary bedding.

Full catering over the weekend including breakfast buffets, a packed lunch and a make-your-own-pizza session.

Bush Craft & Survival Skills on Saturday 13.30 – 16.30.

Evening entertainment for the kids (and BIG kids!) including flag making!

Take a look here.

26th May – 3rd June

Chatsworth Family Fun!

There’s fun for all the family at Chatsworth this spring half-term with a water spectacular in the garden and heritage crafts week in the farmyard.

26th May – 3rd June

Fun on the Farm!

Join Bluebell’s on their farm for their first ever Sheep Racing event! A real exciting activity for the family to get involved in! The sheep even get a treat too!

Head over to the bookies to place your bet on your favourite sheep and cheer it along the course. The one with the winning ticket will receive a FREE return pass to Bluebells!

28th May – 1st June

intu FREE Family Fun!

Whether you have just five minutes to spare, or an entire afternoon free, the intu is here to help you spend some quality time together.

This May at intu, Derby families can enjoy a whole host of free family activities.

s-hopping mad

From Monday 28 May – Friday 1 June families will get to go head to head in the bounciest race on earth! This May half term adults and children will take each other on as they race down their s-Hopping track down on level one outside Sainsbury’s on their out of this world intu space hoppers. So what are you waiting for? Hop in and join in the free family fun this half term!

Giant family fun

On Thursday 31 May and Friday 1 June families can enjoy free family fun at intu Derby with their giant half term games! They’ll have a ball pit on level one outside Boots where families will have to hop in and find all of their golden balls in the fastest time to win a fantastic prize. That’s not all, they’ll also have giant Connect Four, giant Kerplunk and giant Jenga for families to enjoy too!

Join their family club

intu’s family club launches on 26 May! Their new club has a whole host of exclusive benefits, gifts, inspirational ideas and opportunities to enjoy quality time together as a family with intu.

29th May

Nick Sharratt Drawing Experience!

Join acclaimed children’s writer and illustrator Nick Sharratt at Derby Theatre to find out how he creates his picture books. He’ll show you how to draw Tracy Beaker and Timothy Pope, kings and cats and all kinds of crazy creatures. Plus he’ll share some of his very best drawing tips. Bring pencils, paper and something to lean on and expect plenty of chances to join in!

Nick has illustrated close to 260 books. They range from board books for babies to novels for young teenagers. He’s worked with authors including Julia Donaldson, Jeremy Strong, Michael Rosen, Giles Andreae, Kaye Umansky, Kes Gray and most notably Dame Jacqueline Wilson and he’s also written around 40 of his own bestselling books.

26th May – 3rd June

National Trust fun!

The National Trust are running some amazing events across all of there venues to keep the kids entertained this holiday. Check out what’s on here.

31st May

Don’t miss Northern Ballet’s hugely popular Ugly Duckling as it returns to the stage for the first time since 2013!

Ugly Duckling is lonely and fed-up, ignored by those around her who think she is too ugly to fit in. She tries to make friends with fellow ducklings as well as with frogs, cats and even a fox, but realising she is not like any of these animals, she is left sad and alone. Follow the duckling on her journey as she overcomes her troubles and realises that she was beautiful all along.

Retelling the famous Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, Ugly Duckling is the perfect opportunity for your little ones to enjoy live ballet, music and theatre for the first time.

As seen on CBeebies, Northern Ballet’s sell-out productions for children are not to be missed.

This child friendly performance lasts approximately 40 minutes.

The 2pm performance will be a relaxed performance.

1st June, 10:30am – 4pm

Something for the older ones!

Age: 8 – 16yrs

Room: Digital Studio

Join Quad for a tutor-led workshop including idea generation, design thinking and team work skill building. Inside Out will focus on what it’s like to live inside our own heads. Each participant will have a hollow head to fill with their thoughts, ideas and imagination.

Booking: Recommended

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