Things to do in Derby

Derby is a great place for a city break, filled with good food, culture and fun. Whether you’re local to Derby or just looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out our recommendations to keep the whole family happy.

Derby Theatre

Located in the heart of the city centre, Derby Theatre has a long history of showcasing high quality shows to a whole range of audiences. With a jam-packed program of events, you’re sure to find something to entertain the whole family. Visit the official website for up to date show and ticket information: www.derbytheatre.co.uk

The Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill

The Museum of Making at Derby Silk Mill is a truly unique museum like no other. It opened its doors in 2021 and showcases Derby’s 300-year history of innovation and making. Part of the Derwent Valley Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Museum has been shaped and designed by hundreds of local volunteers. With a range of different exhibitions, workshops, a cafe and a shop there is something for everyone. Entry to the new Museum of Making is free, visit the official website for up to date opening times and exhibition information: www.derbymuseums.org/museum-of-making

Jumpin Fun Inflatable Park

The Jumpin Inflatable Theme park is a brand-new wall to wall inflatable fun park. This theme park is jam-packed with activities, from challenging obstacle courses, giant wipe out balls, airbag slides and balance beams - there’s plenty to keep the kids entertained. Find out more on the official website: www.jumpinfun.co.uk/derby/

Derby Arena

Located on Derby’s Pride Park, Derby Arena offers fantastic, first-class sporting and entertainment.

Derby Arena has a varied events programme including sports, comedy, music and pantomime, there really is entertainment for the whole family. It also boasts a 250m indoor cycling track, where you can register for a cycling membership and have a training session with an experienced instructor. If cycling isn’t your cup of tea then there’s also a state of the art gym and indoor sports hall which you can book for a variety of activities.

Make sure to visit the official website to book activities and event information: www.derbyarena.co.uk

Both our F1 Route and Park & Ride serve Derby Arena, so take the stress out of your visit and take the bus: www.arrivabus.co.uk/midlands/bus-travel-in-derby

The Flowerpot

Located on King Street in the heart of Derby’s Cathedral Quarter, The Flowerpot is a nationally recognised small live music venue that also serves a range of real ales. With curry nights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and a Sunday Session of music, there’s always something happening at The Flowerpot. Make sure to check their website for up to date information on events and performers: www.flowerpotderby.com

Rollerworld Derby

Situated on Mansfield Road, just outside the heart of Derby city centre, Rollerworld boasts the biggest maple floored rink in the UK. It has also recently undergone a £120k refurbishment including a new sound system and lighting rig! There are two skating rinks, the main rink and a smaller one for beginners, so it is perfect for roller skating pros and beginners. There are different events on each day, with professional DJs playing games for all of the family and a wide selection of music for everyone to enjoy.

Find out more on the official website: www.derbyrollerworld.co.uk

Image credits: Derby by Katy Mackenzie / Jumpin Fun Inflatable Park by Jumpin Fun / Derby Arena by Mike Hindle / Rollerskates by Quinton Coetzee

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