Activities in the Midlands this Autumn
It’s safe to say that 2020 has kept us indoors a lot more than we’d have expected to be. And while there’s been definite benefits from slowing down, we can’t blame you for craving an injection of fun sought elsewhere.
If you’re one of those itching to do something different, we hope these will serve as some inspiration for your next outing. We must urge that if your area, or an area you’re planning to travel to is currently being impacted by the virus, to check all government advice regarding travel before you make plans and continue to check back up to and during your travels as the situation continues to change.
For those that it is safe to travel - fret no more, we’ve got a whole host of great ideas to keep everyone smiling.
Time to get your Sherlock Holmes on for the afternoon. Yes, we know we’ve all spent far too much time stuck in your room as it is during lockdown, but this is an exception. If you love solving a puzzle and thinking outside the box, then escape rooms should be top of your list. From spooky to historic or just downright wacky. Whatever you fancy, there’s sure to be a theme for you.
Leicester’s Escapologic has reopened its doors to welcome you to the challenge. With four different themed rooms available, all with a series of mental and physical puzzles to complete, this is the perfect place to go for a unique, cog-turning day out.
Location: 12-minute walk from Leicester Railway Station.
Get a hole in one
Fancy exploring Shark Bay, Castaway Camp and Mermaid Rock all in one afternoon in Derby? Nope, we’ve not lost the plot. At Paradise Island Adventure Golf, you can do just that!
Choose from two 18-hole courses to test your hole-in-one skills and see who has the ultimate swing. Save your best go for the 19th hole to be in with a chance of getting a free game too!
If you’re craving a touch of the Caribbean this October, then this is definitely one for you.
Location: 11-minute walk from Derby Railway Station.
Brunch this way
No need to worry about that 10pm curfew with this one. Move your meal-out plans up a little and head out for brunch. The Aussie’s are great at brunching, and we’ve got that ‘easy Sunday morning’ lifestyle right here in the heart of England, too.
Lincoln’s Madame Waffle is here to inject some excitement into your mornings. This popular gem in the centre of the city serves up incredible, decadent eats. Chatter over some incredible java and unbeatable maple bacon waffles for the perfect laid back morning. What’s even better? No hangover to contend with after!
Location: 7-minute walk from Lincoln Railway Station
Open Air Markets
It’s October, outdoor markets aren’t on Autumn’s agenda, right? Wrong. Derby Market Place are continuing to bring the summer vibes with their Autumn Sessions. If you’re looking for a chilled out afternoon or evening, then this is it.
Much on delicious street food, al fresco style while being entertained by a whole host of performers, from Caribbean dancers to local bands.
Don’t panic, you can do all this in time for the 10pm curfew and catch the last train home!
Location: 17-minute walk from Derby Railway Station.
Stretch those legs
Fancy heading away from the city? Why not grab your walking boots and set off to discover the incredible landscapes we have on our doorstep?
Wander through the chocolate box village of Cromford which really does look good enough to eat. Take in the Autumn colours by meandering down the canal and head down the High Peak Trail and catch up amongst stunning scenery. Why not pack a picnic and fuel-up before taking on the climb up to the unique Black Rocks - a weathered outcrop of Ashover grit - and take in the stunning views over the peaks. The perfect wholesome day out.
Get a culture fix
With a region steeped in history and culture, you won’t be short of a museum or two to wander through in our regions.
Whether it’s Derby’s museum and art gallery to discover the largest collection of Joseph Wright paintings, or learn about one of the most talked about Kings at Leicester’s Richard III Visitor Centre, you’re bound to find some fascinating discoveries at one of the many museums in all these great destinations.
While restrictions may still be in place and changes happening each day, there’s still so much to get involved in that will scratch that adventurous itch. Whether you’re looking for a chilled out afternoon or fancy giving your brain a workout - there’s a covid-safe trip to suit you.
Decided on your next outing? Get your seats booked today to get exploring without a hitch.