What's new at Markeaton Park

Thu 27 Jun 2019

Markeaton Park is Derby’s most visited park and one of the most popular attractions in the East Midlands. There are plenty of new, exciting things that have come to Markeaton Park in the last twelve months including Mini Golf, Skyline at Markeaton Park and new sculptures from Andrew Frost.

In April the brand new Mini Golf course, replacing the previous Crazy Golf course, opened to the public. The course has been designed to be fun for all the family, with the usual challenging features such as ramps, bends, slopes and bumps. The brand new course, located in Mundy Play Centre, is wheelchair accessible and can be played as two separate 9 hole courses or one 18 hole course. The Mini Golf course is part of Mundy Play Centre’s pay and play activities which are open 10:30am to 4:30pm every weekend, Bank Holiday and daily during school holidays.

A number of wooden sculptures have been installed in the park, including two wooden thrones in Markeaton Park Craft Village. The sculptures were carved by Andrew Frost, a local wood sculptor, as part of a new trail which interprets how Markeaton Park has been used over time and the animals that can be found in the park.

This February Suzy Blues Flowers joined the family in Markeaton Craft Village. Suzy Blues Flowers have a range of fresh and artificial flowers, providing flowers for any occasion. Suzy Blues joins a host of other businesses in the Craft Village including Paint a Pot, Studio in the Park, Lilac Joinery, Matthew Morris Furniture, Jumping Clay, Little Tins of Loveliness and Susan Hill Jewellery.

In October Skyline at Markeaton high ropes opened next to Mundy Play Centre. Skyline at Markeaton is a challenging tree-top adventure with various ropes course options, a leap of faith and a zip-line. The newly improved high ropes provide a fun activity for all the family, challenging participants to manoeuvre obstacles, platforms, tunnels and climbing ropes. The course is open weekends and school holidays, and children’s party sessions are available to book. Skyline is open at weekends and during school holidays and by arrangement. Sessions can be booked at skylinesropescourse.com with prices starting from as little as £8.00.

In association with the Derwent Valley Orienteers Markeaton Park has installed a new permanent orienteering course. Orienteering is a competitive sport, which combines navigation with running, with the aim to navigate in sequence between a set of control points and decide the best route to complete the course in the quickest time. However young, old or fit anyone can try orienteering as they run, walk or jog the course and progress at their own pace. Orienteers can try the route at Markeaton with the MapRun app, which allows users to time themselves as well as viewing the map itself.

Markeaton Park Sports Pavilion is the perfect place to spend the summer, especially with new sports activities for this year. The ever-popular Pitch and Putt and Footgolf will be joined this year by Disc Golf. Disc Golf is a flying disc sport in which players throw a disc at a target, which will open this summer. Markeaton’s two hard-surface tennis courts are open every day 8am to 6pm and can be booked at here. New for 2019 is the Sports Pavilion’s artificial cricket wicket where visitors can hire cricket equipment for free.

Everybody’s usual favourites at Markeaton Park will still be available this summer, including the Mundy Play Centre paddling pool, rowing boats, bouncy castles and a trip to The Orangery. Markeaton Park also has plenty of events happening this summer, including Outdoor Theatre and Cinema Season and Superhero Picnic in the Park. Visitors can find out what to do and what’s on here.