What's on offer for children and families

Gymnastics at Springwood Leisure Centre

Take a look at what's on offer in Derby for children and families.

Are you looking for fun and action-packed ideas to entertain the family? Then we've got you covered. There is something for everyone, so get involved!


Our pitch and putt course at Markeaton Park is a great activity for the family to get involved in, whether dad is an experienced golfer or you are looking for an activity to entertain the kids.


If you are looking to get active and meet new people, joining one of our many clubs could be a good option for you and your family. There is a great selection of clubs available from running clubs through to scuba diving, so we're sure there will be something for you.

Take a look at our clubs page for more information. 


Keen cyclers can get involved in riding at the velodrome cycle track at Derby Arena. With highly-trained and experienced instructors on hand to help, children 12 years and over can become confident cyclists in no time.

To find out more about cycling at Derby Arena, check out the page here


Help keep the kids fit and let them burn some energy by joining Junior Parkrun at Markeaton Park. This fun activity is open for 4 - 14 year olds every Sunday at Markeaton Park, and will allow children to make new friends and enjoy a 2km run.

You can read more about Junior Parkrun here

Sports courts

Book a court to play badminton, netball, volleyball or table tennis at Derby Arena or Springwood Leisure Centre. This is a great way to get out and play a game as a family!

Coaching courses

We have lots of coaching courses available for children! With coached gymnastics programmes, trampolining classes and cycling facilities available you're sure to find a new hobby. Take a look at our coached courses page for more classes to choose from.

Derby LIVE events

Don't miss any of the fantastic Derby LIVE events taking place for families! Theatre, comedy, outdoor events and much more can be found on our What's On page.

Holiday activities

We offer extra activities for the whole family during school holidays to keep everybody entertained. A timetable of activities is available for you to view on our Holiday activities page.


Visit one of Derby's libraries for a range of clubs for youngsters of all ages, because everything begins with reading! Free activities include Coding Club and children's storytime.

Details about our libraries and clubs can be found online here


Derby has over 300 parks and open spaces for everybody to enjoy, and they are brilliant for families to explore together. From play areas to skate parks, nature reserves and plenty of clubs, there's something for everybody to enjoy at various parks around the county.

For more information on park facilities, take a look at the parks page

Birthday parties

Book your child's birthday party with us and we can help you organise the party, provide fun and games or you can lead the activities. There are a range of different types of parties available at Springwood Leisure Centre and Derby Arena.