where to go and what to do...if it rains over bank holiday


rainy days guide

Heaven forbid we should see some of the wet stuff fall over the bank holiday weekend and disrupt our plans of getting outside and enjoying a beer garden or two in the fine British weather. But if that does happen, we are armed with a few ideas for what to do rather than stay at home indoors. So you can still get out & about with our great zigzag offers.


1. intu Derby: with Hollywood bowling, mini golf, cinema & shopping

A day is barely enough time to fit in all the great things you can do. And all under 1 roof! Intu derby has a great selection of all the best high street shops and places to eat, and that's just for starters! After you've shopped and filled up on great food at either TGI fridays, Pizza Express or Wagmamas just to name a few, you can then get on a roll, or should that be bowl, at the brand new Hollywood bowl and mini golf.

If you still have the energy, you can finally fall back into a super comfy chair at Showcase Cinema de Lux and catch the latest blockbuster. As with all the best cinemas, you can grab pick 'n' mix and if you would rather, you can much your way through Ben & Jerry's ice Cream. Now that really is a box office smash of a day!

For all the information you will need, check out intu Derby's website

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2. The Water Meadows, Mansfield

The Water Meadows pool boasts slides a wave pool and water features. Making for fantastic day out with the kids. Spend the morning here and the afternoon in nearby Making It Discovery Centre, for a full day of fun in Mansfield. If the sun does decide to make an appearance, Tichfield Park is just outside the door.

For more info including opening times, check out the website

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3. The Cornerhouse, Nottingham

Eat, drink and be merry at The Cornerhouse. All without braving the elements! if you're feeling peckish, there's an amazing selection of restaurants to choose from, including the ever popular and equally 'cheeky' Nandos and firm family favourite, Pizza Hut. If you want to make a night of it, hit Revolution for cocktails, laugh at Just the Tonic comedy club or if you're feeling lucky, why not have a flutter at Genting Casino. If you fancy something a little more relaxed, you'll find Cineworld showing all the latest box office smashes!

For more info, check out their website

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4. Cinebowl, Uttoxeter

What do you get when you add a cinema, to bowling and ice skating? A super fun day out! The Cinebowl in Uttoxeter is an amazing leisure centre where you can easily spend a whole day! Look out for family special offers in the school holidays. It's also a picturesque bus ride too, perfect for when you fancy a change of scenery.

For more info including a full cinema listing, check out their website

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5. QUAD, Derby

There’s always something going on at QUAD. Sign up for a free family workshop, enrol the kids on a kidsQUAD creative arts course, or let teens learn a new digital skill in a digisquad workshop. Or, just relax and watch a film. The cinekids club is great value, with members getting cheap tickets. A great way to make the most of this fantastic arts facility in the city centre.

For more info, check out their website

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6. Chesterfield Museum, Chesterfield

Inside this red brick building you can learn the story of Chesterfield, from Roman Fort to Market Town. Discover why the twisted spire is twisted, and meet Chesterfield’s most famous Victorian resident, George Stephenson, ‘father of the railway’. Other exhibitions change regularly, so check the website for what’s on.

For more info, check out their website

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7. Sticky Fingers, Ashbourne

Paint a pot or learn a craft at this café/studio/gift shop in Ashbourne. You’ll find activities to suit all ages, and the homemade cakes and fairtrade hot drinks top the experience off nicely.

For more info check out their website

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8. National Ice Centre, Nottingham

Get your skates on at the National Ice Centre, for a whizz around the rink. All ages can enjoy the ice, with skating aids for even the smallest skating tots. Those who get a taste for this winter sport can sign up to a Skate UK course, and cool kids should keep an eye on the website for details of ice discos and themed skating parties!

For more info, check out their website

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9. Chucklebutties, Belper

This play centre is a brilliant place to take the kids when the weather’s not quite so great. With good quality food, homemade cakes, riverside views and newspapers and magazines, it’s a kid’s wonderland that grown ups are sure to enjoy almost as much! If the clouds clear, head to the River Garden playground afterwards to make a day of it.

For more info, check out their website

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