10 Free Family Days Out in Autumn

by Jasmine Alice Edgley

We all love a good free day out, but it can be difficult to find places and overwhelming when every place you look at seems to charge an admission fee.

As a project, we understand this and aim to run cheap trips for families every year. This Saturday we visited York where there are numerous free and interesting locations, such as the Railway Museum which is definitely worth visiting.

However, it is not always possible to travel far for a day out, especially when the free admission is outweighed by travel costs, so we have compiled a list of 10 local and free days out for families in the Chesterfield area.


  1. Sutton Scarsdale Hall

Such a beautiful place and a free visit too. Interesting to know the history of this once magnificent property, with a brilliant view of Bolsover Castle across the valley too.”

  1. National Emergency Services Museum

Everyone must go here! A treasure of a place. Had a great time with family and it was difficult to say who enjoyed themselves the most. Also got to have a ride in a fire engine!”

  1. The Harley Gallery

Superb new gallery with exceptional and varied contents. Who knew there were such gorgeous Van Dycks to enjoy in this part of the world! The displays are stunning and well thought-out: for instance, the extensive, high-quality collection of miniatures has very good magnifying glasses so it’s possible to enjoy the details.”

  1. Graves Park Animal Farm

We go to Graves Park regularly as a family on a nice day. They have big green areas to play sports or have a picnic,a duck pond, good sized play area, but best of all it has a little farm yard which our toddler loves! And it’s free! A nice way to spend a couple of hours on a nice weekend.”

  1. Creswell Crags

Even many local people are unaware of this outstanding link to a world that existed thousands of years ago. Dating back to the Ice Age this wonderful site is well worth a visit.”

  1. Chesterfield Museum & Art Gallery

I can’t be more positive about this museum. My young son and I had a lovely time. The staff took time out to talk to us and were warm and friendly. The exhibits are interesting and change regularly so we will be back!”

  1. Barrow Hill Roundhouse (£1 adults, £0.50 children)

Barrow Hill offers a view from the past. The turntable area looks and feels like it’s in the 60s, with original flooring down and steam and diesel locos under restoration,
Outside, other preserved locomotives were available to view by means of the old coaling road, if you are into trains it’s a venue to visit.”

  1. Heeley City Farm

Small but well run farm. Lots of different animals to see including smaller animals like rabbits and a few exotic animals. With a play park, café and plant nursery. A really nice and quiet place to visit. Free admission.”

  1. Sherwood Forest

We were very pleasantly surprised. We found the visitor centre well run with an interesting audio visual and visitor centre. The footpaths were very well maintained and the signage was good on the longer walk that we did.The hundreds of old oaks were really amazing and a delight.Though we had no children with us we thought it was a lovely place to take children and would love to take our grandchildren.”

  1. Bishops’ House Museum

We found the historic house when visiting Meersbrook Park. Situated at the top of the hill (easily accessible from Lees Hall Avenue) it enjoys an extensive panorama over the city.
The 16th-century half-timbered house has retained many of its original features which are brought to life by the informative volunteers. Quiz sheets help the youngsters and we were impressed by the variety of events that are held. One visit is not enough!”

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Jasmine Alice Edgley

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