Things To Do On A Rainy Day

It’s difficult to believe this but the sun doesn’t always shine at Callow Top. Never fear though, if you’re struck by a rainy day there’s lots to keep everyone happy…..

Indoor Play
Keep your little ones entertained at nearby Lunar Lift Off or the Play Mill. A little further away but very good is Chucklebutties in Belper voted best soft play in the East Midlands by Netmums.

Paint a Pot
Eat homemade cake, drink tea and unleash your artistic side at Sticky Fingers 5 minutes drive away from us in Ashbourne. Friendly staff and brilliant for kids.
You can also visit the world famous Emma Bridgewater Factory in Stoke-on-Trent where you can paint a pot, take a factory tour or browse in their factory shop.

Waterparks
Spend the day splashing around at Alton Towers Waterpark or Waterworld at Stoke-on-Trent. The Leisure Centre at Ashbourne holds kids sessions at their swimming pool during the school holidays.

Watch a Film
Arm yourself with popcorn, sit back and enjoy the latest blockbuster at Showcase in Derby or CineBowl in Uttoxeter.
For something a bit different there are two independant cinemas just 20 minutes drive from Callow Top. The Northern Light Cinema at Wirksworth has a bar & Friday night Cocktail Menu plus a range of tapas food. The Ritz Cinema in Belper offers vintage glamour with lovely plush purple seats, luxury back row seats & even special romantic sofa seats for 2! They also have a bar so you can enjoy a tipple while you’re watching the silver screen.

Going Underground
Venture deep beneath the earth, take a cavern tour and explore at Poole’s Cavern in Buxton or Treak Cliff and Blue John Caverns in Castleton.

Get Out & Explore
Don’t let rain stop play! Hope Overland will take you out green laning in one of their Land Rover Defender 4x4s. This under cover experience will take you driving along miles of mud, ascending and descending hundreds of vertical feet, through the stunning Peak District scenery. Brilliant fun for all ages.

Shop ’til You Drop
Credit cards at the ready! Intu Shopping Centre in Derby has all the usual high street stores, restaurants and a cinema. Masson Mill shopping village at Matlock Bath has over 60 shops, a restaurant & a soft play area housed in a historic mill or grab yourself a bargain at the East Midlands Designer Outlet in Mansfield.

Culture Vulture
Amazing historic houses abound in the East Midlands. Everyone has to visit Chatsworth at least once in their life – we can’t recommend it highly enough! Historic Haddon Hall near Bakewell dates back to Tudor times and is full of atmosphere & history.
For a totally free afternoon out try Derby Museum & Art Gallery with exhibits ranging from creepy crawlies to Roman artefacts discovered in Derbyshire and the paintings of Joseph Wright. There’s plenty for kids to do too.

Revisit Your Youth
At Sudbury Hall & Museum of Childhood perform your own story, take a look at toys through the ages, go back in time in the Victorian school room or be a chimney sweep and climb up the chimney (that’s still a stand out memory from when we used to visit when we were little!) You can also take a tour of the 17th century Hall and grab a bite to eat at the Coach House Restaurant.

Relax & Indulge
Feel your tension drift away as you enjoy heavenly spa treatments at Devonshire Spa in Buxton. In between treatments you can use the spa facilities which include a relaxation room, hydrotherapy pool, steam rooms and essence-filled sauna.