Family attractions within a 10-mile radius include the underground show caverns of Castleton, Freshfields Donkey Sanctuary, and a chance to meet the otters and owls at the Chestnut Centre. Have an evening out at Buxton's renowned Victorian Opera House, especially during Buxton Festival in summer – whatever you are there to see, the auditorium is the real star!
Chatsworth House is one of the most recognisable buildings in the country. What may be less well known is that it offers acres of landscaped gardens, as well as a fantastic children’s farmyard and adventure playground. Check the busy events diary for Chatsworth - the country fair, angling fair, horse trials, car rallies and outdoor concerts. http://www.chatsworth.org/
Ride the Monsal or Tissington Trails with ease. No hills or cars to worry about with little ones and bikes can be rented by the hour at the former railway stations.
Picture yourself on a boat on a river - underground(!) at the Speedwell Cavern or visit one of the other show Caverns such as Peak Cavern (www.devilsarse.com) or Blue John Cavern (www.bluejohn-cavern.co.uk). The mineral Blue John is unique to this area, so why not take home a unique piece of jewellery as a memento of your visit?
The Heights of Abraham is also popular particularly with families (www.heightsofabraham.com), as is Go Ape (Buxton).