Posted on August 6, 2015

A Visit to Calke Abbey…

Adventures/ day out/ local review

Last weekend we visited National Trust property Calke Abbey and had an absolutely fantastic day out. We only live about 30 minutes away from Calke Abbey and we have visited before when we had National Trust membership. It is a beautiful place to visit and I would highly recommend it. There is always lots going on at Calke Abbey especially during the summer holidays. The kids will definitely not be bored.

Calke Abbey

This visit is the first time we have used the restaurant at Calke Abbey and the food was absolutely delicious! I had sausages and mash, which you can see in the collage above and it was amazing, J had mackerel salad which he said was light, fresh and delicious. The kids enjoyed getting a pail and choosing their lunch from a section of lunch box items for £3.50. I can’t not mention the fresh cream and jam scones either as they were heavenly!!

They also sell those most amazing ice cream at Calke Abbey, if you live around Derby area you may have heard of Bluebell’s Dairy – if not you need to try it. We are very lucky that our local park sells it too!! Yum!!

As well as a restaurant Calke Abbey also has a cafe and a barbecue selling burgers etc at lunch time too. So there is lots of delicious food to choose from. There is also a really nice gift shop selling lots of lovely toys, gifts and some food products too. I can never go home without visiting the shop 😉

calke abbey 2

The kids favourite part of our day out was The Garden of Imagination, which is full of things for the kids to explore, you can dress a scarecrow, explore the giant beehive, play the drums, make natural art in the meadow or just sit in one of the deck chairs and watch the tall grass blowing in the breeze. It is such a wonderful place and the kids would have spent all day there if they could.

We also went round the house for the first time, the kids were given treasure hunts to do which kept them busy so Mum & Dad could have a good look round. It is a very interesting property filled with hundreds of stuffed animals and other treasures. I could have spent hours just wandering around taking in everything.

Also at Calke Abbey during the summer is Calke Explore which is a woodland adventure, we didn’t get to visit this as we didn’t realise it was there on the way in but I have heard from friends that it is a must visit! So if you are visiting Calke Abbey this summer make sure you stop of at Calke Explore first as it is on your way in just after you pay to enter the grounds 🙂

kite flying cake abbey

My favourite part of our visit is when J and the kids were kite flying, I got to sit on the grass and watch them and take it the beautiful scenery. It was a gorgeous, warm and breezy day and I felt so happy and relaxed. We can’t wait to go back and do it all over again 🙂

Kite Flying, bug hunting, bird watching, tree climbing, drum playing, tree hugging, scarecrow dressing, treasure hunt and the list goes on! Such a fab day out!

Head to our travel blog The Places We Will Go for more of our National trust adventures.

* We received free entry, a lunch voucher and a goody bag for the kids – all words and thoughts are my own and completely honest. 

You Might Also Like


  • Reply A Visit to Belton House | This Mummy Loves... September 28, 2018 at 11:30 am

    […] If you are interested in other National Trust properties make sure you check out my Hardwick review, Lydford Gorge and my Calke Abbey review. […]

  • Reply VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood August 17, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    The National Trust do have some amazing properties and sites. We love them too!

  • Reply Sarah Bailey August 10, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Oh wow what a wonderful looking place to spend some time, beautiful photographs.

  • Reply Kara August 10, 2015 at 11:03 am

    We are NT members and adore exploring their properties and everything they have to offer. It does look very beautiful here, shame its so far away for us

  • Reply Erica Price August 8, 2015 at 8:15 am

    We’ve visited there with the in-laws, but I think the house was shut up for the winter. Time for a return visit.

  • Reply mama syder August 7, 2015 at 10:59 am

    It sounds and looks like a lovely place to visit. Gorgeous photos x

  • Reply Erika August 7, 2015 at 8:47 am

    I love National Trust properties, this one looks amazing and beautiful! What great fun!

  • Reply Jen aka Muminthemadhouse August 6, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I love National Trust properties, but we only really have one within an hours frive of us. It sounds like tou had a great time

  • Reply Charly Dove August 6, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    Oh it sounds wonderful at Calke Abbey. We’re huge fans of the National Trust and are lucky to have loads of places to visit in Surrey. Craving a bit of NT action at the moment to be honest, must get outdoors for a wander! x

  • Reply Louise Edwards August 6, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    What lovely photos, this looks like a brilliant day out. We are huge NT fans too and have visited Calke Abbey as I remember all the stuffed animals! The Garden of Imagination sounds fab we will have to go to see this. x

  • Reply Sara August 6, 2015 at 6:50 pm

    It looks a lovely place, I so wish I had little ones to visit. I love seeing the world through their eyes, stroppy teenagers are such fun xx

  • Reply Cathy Glynn August 6, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    Sounds like an amazing day out and we intend to visit shortly. Live the kite photos Sis xx

  • Reply Sarah Ebner August 6, 2015 at 3:13 pm

    This looks a really wonderful place to go for a day out – with lots to do and explore and great food too. The Garden of Imagination sounds particularly special.

  • Reply JuggleMum, Nadine Hill August 6, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    National Trust properties make a brilliant day out with kids. We became members when my daughter was a toddler… But it has lapsed in recent years! Must get back into it!

  • Leave a Reply

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    Back to top