20 Things to do in Matlock Derbyshire for Any Occasion

20 Things to do in Matlock Derbyshire for Any Occasion

Matlock is a stunning county town located in Derbyshire, at the south easten side of the vast Peak District. Glowing with character and warmth.

In this post, we'll be revealing things to do in Matlock for any occasion.

Things to do in Matlock this weekend

1. All in Dance

If you’re looking to get in a fun weekend workout, why not try All in Dance? All in Dance offers Zumba classes for all ages and fitness levels in Whitlock park. Either join in on Zoom or get yourself down to the park and exercise with some friends. Get your groove on and burn off that Friday night takeaway! 

The whitworth park MATLOCK DE4 2EQ


2. Cafe in the Park

What better way to start the weekend than with a full English breakfast? Head down to Cafe in the Park and tuck into a classic full English this Saturday. With a delicious daytime menu and a range of delicious homemade cakes, bakes and sponges, you can easily spend the afternoon at this cosy little cafe. There's even an outdoor seating area if you’re lucky enough to get some weekend sun, so what are you waiting for?

38 Causeway Lane Derbyshire DE 4 3 DJ


3. Peak District Mining Museum

If you’re in the mood for a little bit of history this weekend, why not make a visit to the Peak District Mining Museum? Learn about the fascinating and grueling history of those who spent their working lives in the English mines and take a tour of the museum’s very own reconstructed mine! Don’t forget to make a stop at the museum gift shop, where you’ll find a range of books and souvenirs to take home with you. 

Grand Pavilion South Parade, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3NR England


4. Naturally Lovely

If you’re heading to the Matlock Market this Saturday, make sure to make a stop at Naturally Lovely, where you can find a gorgeous selection of homemade soaps and candles. Whether you pick up their much-loved Rock Salt Soap or opt for their Frankincense and Bergamot collection, all their products are made with vegan oils. Pop down to Naturally Lovely to pick up a scented gift for a loved one or yourself!

Matlock Market Matlock DE4 3SX


Things to do in Matlock with dogs

5. Cromford Canal

If you’re heading out into Matlock with your four-legged friend, why not take them for a scenic walk along Cromford Canal? With a picnic area, footpath, cycle path, parking as well as toilets and accessibility for wheelchair users, it’s the perfect location for an afternoon stroll with your furry friend.

The canal stretches between Cromford Wharf and Ambergate, checking in at just over 5 miles of walking distance. The walking distance from Cromford Wharf to High Peak Junction is accessible for prams and wheelchairs, so head out with the whole family for a relaxing walk. 

Cromford Wharf, Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RP England


6. Lovers' Walk

If you’re out of pocket from Saturday night’s festivities and you just want to spend the day relaxing, take a stroll along Lovers’ Walk. Dog-friendly and wheelchair-accessible, you can enjoy the scenic route and open spaces. There’s plenty of grassy fun for your furry friend to enjoy along this scenic route. 

Matlock Dale, Matlock DE4 3NR


7. Red Lion, Birchover

Tired of dog walks and in need of a refreshing beverage? You can head down to the Red Lion, a dog-friendly restaurant and pub where you can come and relax with your four-legged friend. Order some real ale and some home cooked food from their delicious menu, with their dishes made using locally sourced ingredients from the beautiful surrounding Peak District. Relax in this old-fashioned, cosy pub complete with a wood burning stove in every room. 

Red Lion Birchover, Main Street, Birchover, Matlock DE4 2BN


8. Peak Paws and Claws

If your furry friend is in need of a little TLC, take them down to Peak Paws and Claws, a family-run pet shop in central Matlock. Treat your dog to a new chew toy or simply stock up on some nutritious food for your canine friend. From dog food to cat treats, fish food to livefood, you’ll find high quality items at fair prices. Head down to Peak Paws and Claws and support a local, family-run business.

1 Bakewell road Matlock DE4 3AU


Things to do in Matlock on a rainy day

9. Matlock Bath Aquarium & Exhibitions

If it’s raining cats and dogs and you’re looking for a fun day out to keep you and your loved ones occupied, head to Matlock Bath Aquarium and Exhibitions! The aquarium is home to one of the largest public displays of Holograms in Europe and is home to the only remaining 'Petrifying well' in Matlock. If you’re a history buff, don’t forget to check out their nostalgic exhibition: Past Times in Matlock Bath. 

110-112 North Parade, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3NS England


10. Deception Escape Rooms

If you’re looking for a perfect rainy day activity for the whole family to enjoy, why not try solving a mystery down at Deception Escape Rooms? Choose between a variety of escape room packages, including “Trapped”, “Scarytale” and “Jilted.” At just £20 for a single escape room package, this rainy day activity is not just great fun but also affordable. Make sure to book beforehand to avoid disappointment!

23 Firs Parade Matlock DE4 3AS


11. Wirksworth Heritage Centre

Study up on your history with a rainy day trip to Wirksworth heritage centre. Created by the Wirksworth Civic Society more than thirty years ago, the heritage centre is dedicated to preserving the town’s local history for both natives and tourists alike. Learn a little about the heritage of the beautiful Peaks District town and don’t forget to stop by their gift shop!

31 St John Street Matlock


12. Cacao Elora

A rainy day is the perfect excuse to indulge your sweet tooth with some yummy chocolate, so head down to Cacao Elora to sample some of their exquisite handmade creations. The chocolate makers at Cacao Elora work with bean farmers around the world to bring you the amazing quality of real cacao, with plenty of chocolate flavours to pick from. Made in their own kitchen with the minimum of machinery, these chocolate bars make for a perfect rainy day treat. 

60 The Knoll Tansley, matlock DE4 5FN


Things to do in Matlock with a toddler

13. Badger Wood Books

When it comes to getting the kids interested in reading, it’s best to start them young! If you’re looking for a fun place to take a toddler in Matlock, head over to Badger Wood Books. Every book in this cosy, family-run business is for children, so your little ones will have thousands of titles to choose from. Let your toddler indulge their curiosity and pick up a new bedtime story whilst you’re at it!

16 Cobden Road Matlock Matlock de4 3jr


14. The Playmill

If you’re looking for the perfect place to take a toddler in the Peak District on a budget, you can’t go wrong with a visit to the Playmill. You can sit back and relax with a coffee whilst your little one(s) can enjoy the soft play, toys, the children’s books and the giant indoor sandpit! With a reasonably priced menu included, the Playmill is the perfect location for a laidback play date. 

Via Gellia Mill Via Gellia Road, Cromford, Matlock DE4 2AJ England


15. The Fountain Tea Room

When it comes to keeping the little ones happy, what works better than a delicious chocolate milkshake complete with cream and sprinkles? If you’ve got a toddler and you’re looking to catch a bite to eat in Matlock, the Fountain Tea Room is a great family-friendly choice.

Whether you go for a full English breakfast or treat yourself to a scone with some clotted cream, the restaurant offers up a delicious menu at a reasonable price. With cosy interiors and an outside terrace perfect for the summer months, you can’t go wrong at the Fountain Tea Room!

1a Yeoman St, Bonsall, Matlock DE4 2AA


Things to do in Matlock for families

16. Matlock Farm Park

For a perfect day out with the family, you can’t do better than a trip to Matlock Farm Park. With animals to visit, an indoor play barn, an adventure playground, go-karting and more, you won’t get bored! During the summer months, your little ones can even bottle-feed the farm’s cute lambs or have holding sessions with the baby chicks!

When you’re all worn out from all the activities, take a breather at the Garden Room Cafe, where you can enjoy some of the best fish and chips in Matlock! Make sure to wrap up warm if you’re visiting the farm during the colder months, as the wind can really pack a punch!

Jaggers Lane Near Two Dales Matlock, Matlock DE4 5LH England


17. Gulliver's Kingdom

If you’re in the mood for a bit of thrill seeking in Matlock, Gulliver’s Kingdom is your go-to for a fun day out. With plenty of rides and attractions for both adults and children alike, the theme park is the perfect family day out and perfect for the summer holidays. The park itself is so big, you probably won’t get around all of it in time! Whether you want to go on the log flumes, the cycle monorail, or try your hand at the crow’s nest quest, you’ll have a blast during your trip.

With a variety of rides designated for under-5s, this is also a great place for a day out with a toddler. You can even stay the night, in either the camping zone beside the theme park or in one of the designated suites.

Gulliver's Kingdom Temple Walk, Matlock Bath DE4 3PG


18. Heights of Abraham

Whilst Heights of Abraham is closed for the winter period, this top Matlock attraction is a must for a family day out during the school holidays. Take a ride on the cable car up into the 60-acre hilltop estate, where you can enjoy everything from the famous show caverns to the scenic heritage walks.

If you get peckish, opt for a quick bite in The Tavern or visit the Terrace Cafe for stunning views and a meal made with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. With an adventure playground and lots of history, Heights of Abraham is a fun day out for the whole family.

Dale Rd, Matlock DE4 3NT


What can you do for free in Matlock?

19. Derwent Gardens

If you’re looking for somewhere scenic to go for free in Matlock, take a trip to Derwent Gardens, a park situated on the southern side of the Pavilion. Overlooking the River Derwent, the gardens are also the hosting ground for the Derbyshire Dales District Council's popular Illuminations festival, which takes place every autumn. Immerse yourself in nature and history without spending a penny! 


Matlock Dale, Matlock DE4 3PW

20. Matlock Bath War Memorial

For a laidback afternoon day trip, why not head to Matlock Bath War Memorial? Study up on your imperial history and read the remembrances engraved on this 100-year-old commemorative memorial. Take a stroll around Promenade Gardens afterwards and soak up the fresh Peak Districs air.

144 North Parade, Matlock Bath, Matlock DE4 3NS England


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