Things to do

If you’re sticking around after our Open Day or making a weekend of it with family and friends, take a look at our top things to do in Derby…

Things to do in DerbyDetails

Shop ‘til you drop in Derby! With over 130 stores, Derbion is the place to go shopping in the East Midlands. There's a mouth-watering selection of restaurants, plus leisure activities keeping you busy - Paradise Golf, Hollywood Bowl and Showcase Cinema de Lux showing all of the latest releases.


Derby QUAD & Cinema

QUAD has something to offer for everyone including a cinema, gallery, café bar and workshop.

Market Place, Cathedral Quarter, Derby, DE1 3AS

Derby Theatre

Home to captivating comedy and drama productions, and hub for creative drama in the city, Derby Theatre is a brilliant venue for evening entertainment.

15 Theatre Walk, Eagle Centre, Derby, DE1 2NF

Derby Museum & Art Gallery

Home to the largest collection of Joseph Wright paintings in the world as well as a huge collection of intriguing treasures including an Egyptian Mummy!

The Strand, Derby, DE1 1BR

Derby Museum of Making

The world's first factory has been renovated to celebrate our area’s 300-year history of innovation so far.

Derby Silk Mill, Silk Mill Lane, Derby DE1 3AF

Cathedral Quarter Ghost Walk

Starting from The Bell, explore Derby's haunted and gory past on the Cathedral Quarter Ghost Walk. Prepare for tales of the Black Death, brutal murders and hauntings ...

The Old Bell Hotel Tudor Bar, 51 Sadlergate, Derby, DE1 3NQ

Showcase Cinema De Lux

Based in the city centre, this large and luxurious cinematic experience is home to 12 screens, including the XPlus and Director's Lounge.

Level 3 West Mall, Derbion, Derby, DE1 2PQ

Odeon Luxe

Derby's other multiplex has had an upgrade! 10 screens including their iSense, all with leather reclining chairs.

Meteor Centre, Mansfield Rd., Derby DE21 4SY


Roller skating games and all-nighters with DJs in an air-conditioned venue with two skating rinks.

Mansfield Rd., Derby DE21 4AW

Escape Rooms

Derby is thriving with themed options of the ultimate leisure activity for groups of friends or family. Spend an hour trying to solve clues and puzzles in order to escape the room!

Check out Make Your Escape, Game Over, The Escape Room Guys, or Unescapable. 


The Derby ARENA offers fantastic, first-class sporting and cultural opportunities for all.

Derby ARENA, Royal Way, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JB

Markeaton Park

Across the road from our Kedleston Road site and right by our Markeaton Street site, Markeaton Park is a huge family park containing play, sport and leisure facilities, a cafe and craft village and is home to great annual events like funfares. 

Markeaton Park, Markeaton, Derby DE22 4AA

Darley Park

Another of Derby's popular outdoor spaces, and walkable from the city centre or University. Containing gardens, sports facilities, and home to the annual Darley Park concert, you're also close to some great bars and restaurants based there. 

Darley Park, Darley Park Road, Derby, DE22 1DA

Elvaston Castle Country Park 

Located in Derbyshire, near to Derby and Nottingham, Elvaston Castle Country Park encompasses approximately 321 acres of open parkland, woodland and more formal historical gardens.

Borrowash Road, Elvaston, Derby, DE72 3EP