Family Adventures at Darwin Forest

May 31, 2019


Oh take me back..........


Last week we had the pleasure of staying at Landal Darwin Forest which is a beautiful park located at Matlock in the Derbyshire Peak District.


The park offers various cabin types to suit everyone and pets are welcome too which is really lovely. We’ve already been planning a trip with the dog next year. 


We had 4 amazing days here exploring and enjoying all that the park has to offer..... Which is a lot! 

You’ll be sure to find something great for your family while having lots of outdoor fun and relaxation in the spa or have a wander around the local attractions and take in them stunning views. Trust me it’s worth it!


I booked tickets for us to visit The Heights of Abraham which is 15 minutes from the park and costs £17 per person. Cailyn and Casey were free as they’re under 4 years of age. 

I highly recommend this as it’s one of those attractions that has something for everyone. It’s educational, fun, outdoors, exciting and the views from the top are just beautiful. 

A paying visit allows you into the caves which may sound scary but it’s incredible. We took both the kids down and while it may be a slippery route at points, everyone takes their time and holds onto the banister so please do consider it as there’s something pretty cool down there .... 


(take a little look here)


Make sure you grab some Matlock Meadows Ice-Cream  while you’re there or if you miss that chance, don’t worry the park has many flavours at Little Monkeys for £2 per tub. We enjoyed Bubblegum and Rhubarb & Custard which we’re delicious!


There’s so much about the park that I could talk about it for hours, it was such a relaxing and fun week for us.


I definitely enjoyed some morning ME time at Evolution Spa which is £3.75 to use the facilities (sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi & hot/cold blast shower) 

You can use the pool area free of charge. 

Cailyn absolutely loved the pool and we even took Casey in for his FIRST swim! You can buy single pack swimming nappies and other swimming aids which is really handy if you forget or wish to buy when you’re there.



There’s a well thought out Trim Track through the woodland walk which we had a go at while having our daily walks with the kids. We found magical fairy houses and doors, enjoyed games along the way and took our photo with the famous #LanDoor. We visited the bug hotel, the pond and played the Darwin Forest drums in the sun. 

All to Cailyns delight as she’s definitely one for adventure, just like her mummy! 


(See our woodland faves below)