COVID-19 (Coronavirus) updates - Following the Government’s change in guidance, visitors can enjoy and make more use of Derby’s parks and open spaces.
The Derby Parks team are asking all park users to be considerate and continue to use social distancing to keep themselves and each other safe. Some facilities remain closed, please visit the news story for up to date information. You can contact the parks team by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Orangery at Markeaton Park Craft Village will be open Monday to Friday 9.30am-4.00pm, Weekends 9.30am-5.00pm until 1 Nov. From 2nd Nov the times will change to Monday to Friday 9.30am-3.30pm, weekends 9.30am-4.00pm.
Chaddesden Park will be only open at the weekends 10am-5pm until 1 Nov, then from 2 Nov onwards will be weekends only 10am-4pm.
Alvaston Park is open Monday to Friday 10am-4pm and weekends 9am-5pm until November 1st. Then from 2 Nov onwards Monday to Friday 10am-3:30pm weekends 9am-4pm.
The Waterside Café at Alvaston Park are opening for takeaway Mon to Fri 10am to 4pm, and Weekends 9am to 5pm.
Only open at the weekends 10.00-5.00 until 1st November, and then they close until February half term.
The Ice Cream Kiosk at Mundy Play Centre Markeaton is open weekends 10am-5pm until 1st November, and then they close until February half term.
There is also a new Pizza Kiosk at Mundy Play Centre Markeaton, which is open weekends 10am-5pm until 1st November, and then they close until February half term.
Park Public Toilets
Toilets at the Markeaton Park Craft Village are open between 10am – 5pm and are being monitored throughout the day. To ensure staff and public safety, one male, one female and one disabled toilet will be available with appropriately distanced queues and enhanced cleaning in place. We are constantly reviewing these procedures.
Toilets are also open at:
Allestree Park 7:30am – 5pm
Alvaston Park 10am – 4pm
Chaddesden Park 11am - 4pm
Darley Park 10am – 4pm
Enhanced cleaning operations and social distancing are key to their successful operation.
Paddling Pool and Water Play
Owing to safety concerns caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Markeaton Park paddling pool, and the splash pad at Chaddesden Park, will stay closed for the summer season.
We apologise for not being able to provide water play this summer, but your safety is our priority.
The Mundy Play children's activities and the paddling pool remain closed.
You can book the tennis courts online here.
The outdoor sports courts, toilets, play areas, Mini Golf, Pitch and Putt, Disc Golf and Footgolf are open, but please ensure there is social distancing at all times.
The Craft Village, Orangery Cafe and Mundy Play kiosk are now open.
Markeaton Park is Derby’s most visited park and is one of the most popular attractions in the East Midlands. It offers a place to escape from day to day living and city life and experience a little bit of countryside on Derby’s doorstep.
But behind the modern day park lays a fascinating history that is waiting to be discovered. The park as we know it today can be traced back to the medieval period, when the first park was laid out. Over the following centuries the park went through many changes, from arable fields to an enclosed designed 18th century park and hall and finally at the beginning of the 20th century into the public park of today. The park has many features that mark this history: ancient veteran trees, historic lost roads, old arable field patterns, the 18th century park and buildings and the remains of a Second World War army camp.
What to do
Markeaton Restoration Project
The Markeaton Restoration Project was carried out between February 2012 and July 2015 and included the following:
- Restoration of the formal gardens and new planting
- New tennis courts and multi-use games court
- New parkland and lakeside footpaths
- New main entrance feature and new entrances from Ashbourne Road
- Complete refurbishment of the Craft Village to create an event space, Community Room, extra craft unit and new toilet block
- New play area
The project cost £3,435,749 which included a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and BIG Lottery Fund under the Parks for People programme of £2,535,900 and representing 74% of the total project cost. A further 26% of the budget was covered by Derby City Council from increased revenue funding, Section 106 contributions and volunteer time.
There is disabled access to the park and level paths around the park that are suitable for wheelchair users. There is a car park with ramped access. Play areas, the Craft Village and the Orangery Cafe are all accessible by wheelchair.
Images from Flickr
Book or plan an event
Due to its great transport links Markeaton Park is easily accessible and attracts a regional audience. If you would like to hold an event at Markeaton Park, please head to our space hire page.
Schools and colleges
If you are interested in visiting as a school or group please contact us at email@example.com.