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There’s lots to see and do across trentbarton land. And even if you’re a local – it’s all good fun to rediscover places you may not have been to for a while. Grab a zigzag or zigzag group and explore with unlimited travel after 9am, and see how much fun you can cram into one day! Remember that your MANGO acts like a zigzag too, and also comes with our great range of MANGO moments money-off deals to boot – so you’ll never pay more than you have to.

Nottingham Castle

Friar Lane, Nottingham

Visit the castle that isn’t a castle – but instead a magnificent 17th century ducal mansion built on the site of the original Medieval Castle. That doesn’t stop you discovering its turbulent past, linked to kings and conquerors and a maze of original caves hidden beneath its imposing walls. There’s lots to see and do – with an extensive Art Gallery, Museum Collection and exhibition galleries, plus a great range of events for the whole family throughout the year.



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QUAD Cinema and Arts Centre

Market Place, Derby

The QUAD is a hub of culture and activity sitting right in the heart of Derby. It's two intimate screens show the best in World, Hollywood, and Independent films. It also holds regular exhibitions in its gallery space which are used to showcase some of finest comtemporary, diverse works from local, national and international artists. You can also relax and unwind in the QUAD's fully licenced cafe-bar or choose from a range of delicious home-made dishes.



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Markeaton Park

Markeaton, Derby

The perfect place to head on sunny summer days, Markeaton Park is an oasis of family fun just outside the busy city centre. Take a walk by the lake, feed the ducks on the river, have a ride on the little train, explore the 207 acres of parkland or paint a pot in the Craft Village. Younger family members will love the Mundy Play Centre, with its large paddling pool, adventure playgrounds and fun rides and activities, whereas older kids can bring their scooter or skate board and hit the skate park.

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Cathedral Quarter

Cathedral, Derby

One of the smartest areas of Derby city centre, the Cathedral Quarter boasts the stunning Derby Cathedral and a clutch of smart shops, restaurants, bars and cafes. Sip wine at Red Zebra, take afternoon tea at the Cathedral Quarter Hotel, or do lunch at Jack Rabbits – the Cathedral Quarter is one of the best areas in Derby for foodies.





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Derby Museum and Art Gallery

Cathedral Quarter, Derby

Slap bang in the centre of Derby, next to the impressive city library, the Derby Museum and Art Gallery is home to a wide variety of permanent and temporary exhibitions – the Joseph Wright Gallery is one acclaimed highlight. If you have children, look out for the special kid’s events in the school holidays.

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The Cornerhouse

Burton Street, Nottingham

The Cornerhouse is a social hub in the centre of Nottingham. Whether you fancy a bite to eat, a few drinks, a movie – or all three! – The Cornerhouse is a great place to be. When you flash your MANGO you’ll get up to £2.90 off movies on Mondays, for you - plus a friend too!





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The centrelink free bus runs every 10 mins through the city centre and stops right outside

Galleries of Justice

Lace Market, Nottingham

If you’ve got an appetite for the macabre, the Galleries of Justice will take you on a journey back in time. This museum of crime and punishment is housed in Nottingham’s old courthouse and gaol, for added authenticity, and is a fun family friendly attraction. Don’t forget your MANGO – it will get you 10% off adult admission.

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Nottingham Contemporary

Weekday Cross

Nottingham’s newest museum, the Contemporary, is an impressive gold-lace gilded building in the Lace Market area. Exhibiting the freshest and most exciting examples of contemporary art, this museum takes care to be inclusive of all ages and the local communities.

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The centrelink free bus runs every 10 mins through the city centre and stops right outside.




Wollaton Hall and Deer Park

Wollaton, Nottingham

If the sun is shining, why not take a picnic over to Wollaton Hall and Deer Park? Admission into the hall and park are free, so it makes a low cost day out for the family to enjoy. As well as being the home of Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Rises Batman blockbuster movie, you can also get up close and personal with the most famous residents of the park, that’s right, the free-roaming deer! A wonderful bit of open parkland right in the heart of a busy city.

the two will whisk you from Nottingham city centre to Wollaton Park in under 15 minutes. Ideal for spontaneous days out!

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Shipley Country Park


This beautiful country park offers 700 acres of attractive and varied landscape, including a nature reserve and Mapperley Resevoir. Whatever the season, there is always lots to see and do - walking, cycling, horse riding, bird watching, angling, picnicking, kite flying, jogging, wayfaring (phew!)… it’s a great place to be! Catch the 23 from Heanor or Ilkeston town centres and get off at Roper Avenue.

Donington Park & East Midlands Aeropark

East Midlands Airport (Aeropark) or Donington Park

These two attractions lie a few bus stops away on skylink from either Nottingham or Derby. A zigzag plus will cover you for unlimited travel all day long on both – or if you’re just using skylink to & from Nottingham and Long Eaton, use the skylink Nottingham bus with a zigzag or zigzag group

The Donington Grand Prix Collection is the largest showcase of Grand Prix racing cars in the world. Four halls, with over 130 exhibits, illustrate the history of motorsport from the turn of the 20th Century, where visitors can get close to the cars driven by such famous names as Nuvolari, Mansell, Prost, Moss, Fangio and Stewart. There’s always plenty going on too – keep an eye on the website on the latest events.

Meanwhile, from all the fasinaction of speed on the ground to the wonder of air travel… Watch the world take flight at Aeropark! Viewing mounds let you get unrivalled sights and sounds of planes using the airport, along with a picnic area too. There’s also a static Nimrod in place for you to inspect along with 17 other complete frames, along with a range of engines and memorabilia to take a look at.

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Lakeside Arts Centre & Highfields Park

University Park, Nottingham

Both found at University Park – and both open to the public.
The public arts centre at Lakeside, owned by the University of Nottingham, is as inclusive as they come, with shows, exhibitions and workshops to interest all ages. It’s an especially good place to catch children’s theatre, or get stuck into family workshops – and if that doesn’t get the kids excited then the café does a mean hot chocolate!
Meanwhile, the vast 121 acre Highfields Park has a boating lake, water features, children’s play area, bowling green and croquet facilities. If you just fancy a wander, the park is well planted with mature trees and exotic flora and fauna. It’s the ideal place to head with a picnic too. 

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Crooked Spire

Church Way, Chesterfield

The Crooked Spire of St Mary’s and All Saints Church is Chesterfield’s most famous landmarks Whether you want to take a tour of the tower (Mon to Sat) or just admire from afar, this curious construction is well worth a look.


Queen’s Park


This city centre oasis boasts a band stand, conservatory and children’s play areas. Be sure to stop and notice the ‘Girl with the Stolen Rose’ statue which stands in the conservatory. The mystery behind the statue is explained on the chesterfield.gov.uk website.







Stockwell Gate, Mansfield

Strike out and give bowling a go – the Mansfield Superbowl is right in the city centre, just opposite the brand new bus station, so ideally located for bus users. It makes a fun day out for all ages, with a bar, a Wimpy, pool tables, air hockey and arcade games – as well as bowling lanes, of course. So lace up those clown shoes and get bowling!

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Titchfield Park

Nottingham Road, Mansfield

This city centre park is handily located right by the Water Meadows swimming pool and the Making It Discovery Centre – ideally placed for fun filled family days out in Mansfield. As well as the usual play area and flowerbeds, this park also has a stream running through it and a full gauntlet of outdoor gym equipment for al fresco exercise!

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Making It Discovery Centre

Littleworth, Mansfield

Open during the school holidays, this interactive museum is fantastic educational fun for kids. As well as exploring the play and learn museum exhibits, your little construction fan can build and create their own working item – choose from cars, boats, rockets and more – to take away!

Check the special events and workshops during the holidays – there’s always something exciting going on at Making It! Don’t forget, a group zigzag ticket means that a family of five can get unlimited travel for just £9.

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The National Brewery Centre

Horninglow Street, Burton on Trent

If you like your ale you’ll love a trip to The National Brewery Centre Museum. Learn all about the Bass family, the history of brewing and each aspect of the brewing process. You’ll never look at your pint the same way again!






Heights of Abraham

Matlock Bath, Derby

Fly high above ground level on the cable cars and go deep underground in the caverns, at the Heights of Abraham. Set in 60 acres of woodland, this cliff top country park makes a really good day out in seaside-esque Matlock Bath. Don’t forget your fish and chips and ice-cream before you set off home.


Gulliver’s Kingdom Theme Park

Temple Walk, Matlock Bath

This brilliant theme park has something for all ages, from the tiniest tots to thrill seeking grown ups! Don’t be scared to visit during bad weather as plenty of the attractions here are undercover. You can even visit during winter and let the kids run off steam in the indoor play area with rides. The brand new Spy Zone attraction is a must for mini James Bonds.


River Gardens

Bridge Street, Belper

You’ll find a bandstand, well-equipped playground and an abundance of flower beds in this beautiful riverside park in Belper. In the summer you can take boats out onto the river, and, should the sky cloud over, the Chucklebutties playcentre is nearby to provide undercover fun for little ones.


Denby Pottery

Derby Road, Denby

Take in a factory tour and take home some bargains from the Factory Shop. The home of famous Denby pottery for over 200 years lies in a lovely setting, including a great little courtyard and even comes complete with a summer beach each year too! It’s well worth a look for the whole family.

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Attenborough Nature Centre


The ultra-tranquil surroundings of Attenborough is the ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. See nature in its purest form and get up close & personal with dragonflies, ospreys and much more – new species of plant life are being recorded all the time too. There’s a smashing little café overlooking the lakes of the reserve and the opportunity to feed the ducks too!

indigo and skylink stop at Chilwell Retail Park. The Nature Centre is a short walk down Barton Lane.

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Tutbury Castle


Our villager V1 bus can get you an historic trip to the ruined castle on wooded slops, overlooking the plain of Dove and beautiful Derbyshire hills. Occupied since the Stone Age, the castle was first recorded in 1071 and best known as one of the prisons of Mary Queen of Scots and was besieged, destroyed and rebuilt several times – the last time being during the Civil War in 1648. It’s a bit of a friendlier place now, with lots taking place including historical reinactments, evcations, an authentic Tudor garden, haunted Great Hall and Kings Bedroom – as well as a wonderful tearoom to offer you the opportunity to take it all in!

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Mercia Marina


A bustling destination, very popular with boaters, holidaymakers in the luxury lodges and casual visitors coming to marvel at the largest inland marina in Europe. It is also incredibly popular with wildlife! The marina now features The Boardwalk, a promenade of 6 boutique retailers, with offices above, centred around a two storey bar and restaurant, great place to relax by the water and let the wold pass you by.

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