Markeaton Park

Superhero Picnic in the Park 2019

Events

Craft village at Markeaton Park

Craft village

Mundy Play Centre at Markeaton Park

Mundy Play Centre

Footgolf at Markeaton Park

Footgolf

Skyline at Markeaton

Skyline at Markeaton

Superhero Picnic in the Park 2019
Craft village at Markeaton Park
Mundy Play Centre at Markeaton Park
Footgolf at Markeaton Park
Skyline at Markeaton

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.

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Pop up Theatre Fairy Tales
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Pop up Theatre Fairy Tales

Sat 2 - Sun 3 Jul

Grab your friends and some popcorn and settle down to a unique theatre experience. More

The Derby Retro and Classic Car Show
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Cars, vans, motorcycles, trikes, scooters, bicycles, whether original or modified will be on show, literally anything with wheels of… More

Pretty Muddy & Pretty Muddy Kids
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A brilliant 5k muddy obstacle course. More

Race For Life
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Race For Life

Sun 10 Jul

The 5k and 10k course is suitable for all abilities. More

Hamlet
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Hamlet

Thu 14 - Sat 16 Jul

Oddsocks Theatre bring you a new adaptation of Hamlet The Comedy for Summer 2022 More

Pond Dipping at Markeaton Park
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Join the Friends of Markeaton Park to discover the creatures living in Markeaton Lake. More

Wild Walk Adventure Shack
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Wild Walk Adventure Shack

Wed 20 - Sun 24 Jul

GET LOST this summer with those fabulous funsters the babbling vagabonds on another wonderful wild walk. Coming to Markeaton Park More

The Merry Wives of Windsor
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The Merry Wives of Windsor

Thu 21 - Sat 23 Jul

Grab your friends and some popcorn and settle down to a unique theatre experience. More

The Full Monty (15)
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The Full Monty (15)

Fri 29 Jul

Grab your friends and some popcorn and settle down to a unique cinema experience with a classic film. More

Mamma Mia (PG)
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Mamma Mia (PG)

Sat 30 Jul

Grab your friends and some popcorn and settle down to a unique cinema experience with a classic film. More

Grease (PG)
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Grease (PG)

Sun 31 Jul

Grab your friends and some popcorn and settle down to a unique cinema experience with a classic film. More

Derby Pride 2022
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Derby Pride 2022

Sat 10 Sep

Derby Pride is an LGBT+ Festival, celebrating LGBT+ people and culture. More

Family Festivities at Markeaton Park
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Christmas in the park for all the family to enjoy. More

Derby Santa Run
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Derby Santa Run

Sun 11 Dec

The Jingle Jog is back with a new name, Derby Santa Run! More

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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.

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and BIG Lottery Fund under the Parks for People

Accessibility

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.

Get involved

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 parks@derby.gov.uk.