10 best day trips in driving distance (East Midlands)

Sunnier days are finally upon us, even if they’re interspersed with cold winds and showers, which means many of you might be desperate to start getting out and enjoying a day trip with your family (we know we are!). This year’s trend of staycations and driving holidays means that most are willing to drive up to three hours for the right destination, according to our recent survey, and we’ve done the legwork for you to find all the best day trips within driving distance of the East Midlands for you and the family to enjoy.

The benefits of getting outside, especially as our roadmap out of lockdown is still on course, are huge – recent studies have shown that those who have had the chance to spend time in the fresh air during lockdown found the stresses of the pandemic easier to handle than those who didn’t. So, take a look below and pick your favourite destination to enjoy some time away from home…don’t forget to let us know where you decide to go! 

Wollaton Hall and Park

Find all kinds of habitats at Wollaton Hall and Park to explore, including grasslands, wetlands and woodlands, and spot herds of deer and other wildlife that call this ancient site home. The lake is the perfect place to walk around, while the formal gardens are great for a spot of quiet time. There are two fun adventure trails for a fun day out with the kids, too. There is on-site car parking at £5 for the day.

Get directions here.

Holme Pierrepont Country Park

If you’re feeling active, the country park offers plenty of things to see and do – including an activity course, sky trail and lots more. Events are held throughout the year for even more fun, or you can simply take in the lovely views of the lake and beyond. There’s a car park on-site, which may be chargeable.

Get directions here.

Althorp House & Estate

The childhood home of Princess Diana, the stunning Althorp House and Estate has plenty of history to explore and discover. Perfect for whiling away a sunny day, the extensive grounds of the estate stretch between three counties – just try to avoid getting lost! There’s a car park on-site, which may be chargeable.

Althorp House & Estate

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Cromford Treasure Trail

Explore Cromford with the family on an exciting treasure hunt trail. Clues are hidden on local monuments and existing buildings, and the circular route means you don’t have to worry about getting back to the car. A fun day out for the whole family!

Book tickets and get directions here.

Bradgate Park

A huge park with lots of free roaming deer (dogs must be kept on leads), there are plenty of stunning views and a rich history for the whole family to enjoy. Dramatic rock formations with running streams and waterfalls bring fresh sights to the usual country park, and you can visit the ruins that housed the unfortunate Lady Jane Grey and learn more about her interesting history. There are five different car parks, all chargeable, so check the map to see which one you need.

Bradgate Park

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Stretton Circuit

Measuring 950m, the thrilling outdoor karting circuit has been designed, built and extended over the years and provides a true test for drivers of all levels. A fantastic day out for adults and older kids, you can book your slot on their website here

Get directions here.

Stoneywell

Stoneywell is a quirky arts and crafts-obsessed house that reflects its fun nature onto the land surrounding it. Every turn conjures a childhood memory of exciting holidays – turn one way to explore the fort, and the other way for the woods beyond. Pre-booking is essential – find out more here.

Get directions here.

Riverside Park

The venue for lots of exciting events, Riverside Park also contains a number of pieces of public art, including a gnomon sundial, which makes it perfect for exploring on a sunny day. It’s also a short walk from Newark Castle, a fun civil war trail, and the town itself. There’s nearby parking, which may be chargeable.

Get directions here.

Kelham Hall Country Park

The perfect family day out with lots to see and do, you can explore the sights and sounds of the park along the Woodland and Riverside Walk, a 45-minute circuit perfect for both children and adults. There is parking on-site, which costs £3 for the day.

Get directions here.

Go Ape Sherwood

With four brilliant courses on offer, kids and adults alike are spoilt for choice for what to do on their day out. You’ll also find one of the only two Nets Adventures in the UK – plus off-road Segways to explore the varied terrain and beautiful woodlands.

Go Ape Sherwood

Book and get directions here.

The most important thing to remember before a long trip is to make sure your car is in tip-top condition. After going so long without much use, it’s worth being extra careful to make sure you don’t end up waiting for recovery at the side of the road. Perrys can help with a health check and service for complete peace of mind before you set off.

Looking for the perfect car for the trip? We think a spacious family SUV is just right for the job, offering all the comfort, space and power you need for everyone to enjoy the journey.

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Written by Perrys | 7 min read
09 Apr 2021

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