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News! Schools Out

From pottery and woodland crafts to treasure hunts and detective work - theres a wide range of activities for children to get stuck into at some of our venues around the county this summer.

Families looking for a day out can head down to Derbyshire County Councils Countryside Centres.

There's lots to explore and do - with lots of fun tobe had for free or for less than £1.50 per childe, including:

  • Go wild at Elvaston Castle - pick up a copy of the summer activity trail in the countryard shop, venture into the park and use all your senses to see what you can discover.
  • Fresh air and fun at Shipley Country Park - there will ve a different self-led activity each week such as trail or treasure hunt. 
  • Heirtage and mini beasts at High Peak Junction on the Cromford Canal - follow a Heritage Trail Treasure Hunt or hunt and identify mini beasts.
  • Capture the Chesterfield Canal - a photography competition for under 16's - themed on the Chesterfield Canal, organised by Tapton Lock Visitor Centre and free to enter. Closing date is 31 August 2017.

Middleton Top near Middleton by Wirksworth is a great place for kids to get out on a bike. Bikes are available to hire from our cycle centre nearby, including two electric assist bikes, or E bikes - which means the High Peak trail can now be enjoyed by people who otherwise find it too challenging. It is also offering a cycle repar and maintenance service.

There is more information about these events and all the other activities at countryside sites. You can also visit Derbyshire Countryside on Facebook.

Libraries across Derbyshire are on hand to help beat summer boredom too!

A range of activities are taking place across the county including making badges, creating disguises, songs and stories, making masks, animal crafts, cracking codes and learning how to be a secret agent. There are also activity trails, puzzle solving and rhyme times.

Lea Green - outdoor education centre set in 25 acres near Matlock which has plenty to keep the kids amused.

It offers:

  • A large range of activities and courses for schools, youth and community groups, families and provate businesses
  • Adventure days for 5 - 12 year olds in the summer holidays are affordable, active alternative to childcare, children are welcome on their own or with friends to take part in a wide range of activities
  • Activ-ability days are for children and young peolple with disabilties, learning difficulties and additional needs





News! Living With A Long Term Condition

The LWLTC Programme is for anyone who has one or more long term health conditions such as asthma, arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, depression, diabetes, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, heart disease, sickle cell, HIV, ME/Chronic fatigue, chronic pain or any other condition. The course is also available and has proved to be beneficial for carers of someone with a long term condition.

The course is designed to support and encourage participants on how to live better with their health condition and improve the quality of their day to day life.

The programme which launched in September 2016, has so far supported more than 200 people across the county. The feedback has been great and people have said the programme has really helped them to feel more positively about life, as well as advising on practical changes they can make to improve their wellbeing.

Barbara S. from Bolsover, was diagnosed with non epileptic seizures in 2014 and has recently been attending the programme in Chesterfield. She said: "the group has provided me with practical advice, for example how to control my breathing and stay calm. I have also learnt a lot about other long-term conditions and sharing my experiences with others has made me feel less alone."

Click here to see the available sessions for September - November 2017.


For further information or to reserve a space on one of the courses please return the referral form or alternatively contact:

Tel: 01283 210107 / 07487 257187
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News! Summer Holiday Activities

Derbyshire Childrens Centre - Summer Holiday Activities

Family Fun Days -

Monday 7 August - 10am until 12pm
Tupton Village Hall (Snacks provided)

Tel: 01629 533622

Tuesday 8 August - 11am until 3pm
Creswell Children's Centre (Lunch provided)

Tel: 01629 537396

Tuesday 15 August - 11am until 3pm
Shirebrook Children's Centre (Lunch provided)

Tel: 01629 537398

Tuesday 22 August - 11am until 3pm
Eckington Chidlren's Centre (Lunch provided)

Tel: 01629 537169

Tuesday 29 August - 10:30am until 12:30pm
Pinxton Youth Centre (Snacks provided)

Tel: 01629 533216

News! Community Programme Funding

The Community Programme

For call specification and further details please click here.

If you are interested in finding out more about this opportunity or to bid for this funding, please feel free to get in touch with Sabina Talib for Technical assistance and support. Please note the minimum project value is £50k and match funding intervention rate i at a minimum of 50%.

The deadline for Outline Application is 27 September 2017.

Contact Sabina Talib on:
Tel: 01332 643136
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News! New Jobs

Hundreds of new jobs are on their way as Markham Vale welcomes Gist..

Up to 200 new jobs are set to be created at Markham Vale as supply chain specialist Gist Limited announes it's opening new premises.

Work has already started on the firms new bespoke, high spec, chilled warehouse and storage facility at the site located just off junction 29A of the M1.

Gist manages the supply chains for perishable and chilled products for a wide range of customers in commercial and industrial sectors. The company has 5,000 employees based at more than 40 sites throughout UK and Europe.

The 90,260 sq.ft warehouse and storage facility is set to be completed by September 2017.

Businesses interested in acquiring premises at the site should visit the Markham Vale Website or contact the Head of Markham Vale, Peter Storey on:

Tel: 01629 535417

News! Summer Reading Challenge

This years Summer Reading Challenge has been launched.

The challenge has the theme Animal Agents and will see children turning detective to solve all kinds of mysteries and puzzles over the school summer holidays.

Dozens of youngsters and their families attended the official launch of the challenge, which is run by Derbyshire County Council Libraries with the Reading Agency.

Children signing up to the challenge will be encouraged to read up to 6 books over the summer break which will help to maintain their literacy skills, with the Animal Agents theme specificially designed to be fun and exciting.

In Derbyshire more than 9,300 children signed up last year, borrowing more than 227,000 childrens library items with more than 3,200 children taking part in Summer reading challenge activities held in 45 libraries.

The challenge runs until 9 September 2017 and children can sign up to become an agent at any of Derbyshire's libraries.

When children have read 6 books of their choice they get a medal and certificate to mark their achievement.

People can find out more about the Challeneg by clicking here.

News! New Super Kitchen

New 'Meet and Eat' SuperKitchen at Limestone House, Creswell.

'Meet and Eat' runs from 12pm (last sitting 1:30pm) every week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays At Limestone House, Elmton Road, Creswell.

Call in for a low cost, homemade meal (dinner and dessert for £2.50) with people in your local community.

Superkitchens provide a social community eating space open to all, tackling food poverty and food waste.


For more information contact:

Tel: 01909 724061
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