Best free playgrounds to take kids during Easter holidays

Playgrounds offer unlimited fun for kids of all ages. While some are small and understated, others are every kids dreams, spanning for hundreds of meters and providing a seemingly never-ending range of climbing frames to enjoy.

Regardless of age, we can all remember hours of fun spent with family and friends at parks, and what makes the experience even sweeter is knowing it’s totally free. Thanks to the work of our district councils, there’s a plethora of great playgrounds in the county that every child can enjoy.

Spring, for many, brings the hope of better weather, and the chance to spend more time in the outdoors soaking up the sun. While the British weather can be somewhat temperamental, these spots help you make the most of the sunshine when it decides to make an appearance.

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This list covers parks from across Derbyshire, so wherever you’re based, there’s something new for everyone to try out. Or an old favourite to rediscover.

Carsington Water play Area

Where: Ashbourne DE6 1ST

About: There are a number of Google reviews praising the play at area at the reservoir located between Wirksworth and Kniveton. One visitor, Jimmy Off-Road said that the big children’s play area made it a, “great place for the family.”

Many of visitors have commented on a size of the playground, Rizvi A wrote: “Beautiful place with a park like area with good size kids play area, a café with tasty and fresh food, speciality coffee and boating also available. Nice walk along the waters.”

Entry to the area is free, but visitors will have to pay a small charge for parking.

Belper River Gardens

Where: Belper DE56 1FE

About: As well as gorgeous walks in an UNESCO world heritage site, Belper River Gardens boasts a modern a vibrant child’s play area, decked with a variety of equipment, including see-saws, swings and climbing frames.

Aisha Iqbal said: “A lovely small park with a nice short walk by the river, children’s play area and lots of nice benches with a very nice view of trees and plants and the water. Kate Moore added: “Nice area to chill for a while and feed the ducks, further down there’s a kids play park so you get the best of both worlds…”

While admission to the site is free, car parking charges apply.

Staunton Harold Reservoir

Where: Melbourne DE73 8DN.

About: Located adjacent to the reservoir, this play area not only offers endless fun for kids, but also stunning views out across the waters. Claire Greenall said: “Great day out even in all weathers”. While Eddie Bridle commented on the array of activities available for kids.

He wrote: “We really enjoyed our visit. Great facilities for kids and a fantastic view.” The park, which has been described by some as local favourite, has received endless praise for its playground.

Darren Petty added: “Good facilities well maintained fun for children.” Access is free, but car parking carries a charge.

Markeaton Park, Mundy Play Centre

Where: Mundy Play Centre car park, DE22 4NH

About: This free play area is open daily and offers fun activities including a giant pirate ship, slides, swings, climbing frames, roundabouts and lots of grass space to run around. Throughout summer another free attraction is the large outdoor paddling pool, which is enjoyed by many during the warm weather.

There are other activities available with a small charge such as a bouncy castle, electric cars and mini golf. While toilets and refreshments are available near the play area, there’s also numerous picnic benches and lots of grass space for those who’d rather bring their own food.

Nate Reid wrote: “A lot of activities here. Mini golf, car rides, bouncy castle, skate park, play ground, skyline. Paths are pram, wheelchair and segway friendly. Parking costs £2.50 for 2 hours.”

Barnes Park, Grassmoor

Where: Chesterfield S42 5DL

About: The park, located in the residential area of Grassmoor, is an accessible hidden gem spot for those near Chesterfield. The facilities on offer for visitors include a café, children’s play areas, multi use games area, bowling greens, sensory garden, car parks and toilets.

Anthony Bird commented: “Lovely park and brilliant pavilion.” Such comments were echoed by Graham Bird who said: “Lovely new pavilion.”

The park has an average rating of 4.6 stars.