Things to see and do

From its tranquil rural location, it is hard to believe that Birdsgrove is still only a 5 minute drive from the picturesque and stylish market town of Ashbourne, boasting all local amenities, antique shops, boutiques, excellent restaurants and giftwares or maybe a thrill is in order as Birdsgrove is only 20 minutes from Alton Towers.

It is also only 30 minutes from the M1 and 10 minutes from the A50, located in the Midlands for easy access from the each direction of the country. Derby city centre is approximately 20 minutes away with access to Derby Train station and main bus depot. Belper station is 20 mins away and Duffield station15 minutes. East Midlands airport is located a little further along the A50 and takes approximately 30 minutes to reach.

Other things to do include :-

• Visit the Peak District for spectacular scenery, caving, pot holing, climbing, flying or hang gliding amongst countless other activities. www.visitashbourne.co.uk
• Hire a bike and visit the many trails in the area where you are in the midst of the countryside and safe from any traffic.
• Kedleston Hall – Said to have the ‘grandest Palladian façade in Britain’, Kedleston Hall is an architectural delight. Enjoy the finest collection of Robert Adams’ furniture in the country, along with a stunning art collection – 20 mins away.
• Alton Towers – 20 mins away
• Uttoxeter Racecourse – 25 mins away
• Go-ape – 30 mins away
• Chatsworth House – visit garden, farmyard and adventure playground, gift shop, farm shop and restaurant – 30 mins away
• Tissington Hall and village – 10 mins away
• Carsington Water – offers canoeing, windsurfing and sailing as well as many other facilities to enjoy including cycling and rambling – 15 mins away
• Crown Derby Factory – 30 mins away
• Denby Pottery – 30 mins away
• The Heights of Abraham – Cable cars, Caverns and Hilltop Park. 30 mins away
• Conkers – Unique indoor and outdoor experiences
• Treak Cliff Cavern – cave containing Blue John fluorspar
• Staffordshire Potteries – 30 mins away
• Shrovetide Football – every Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, Ashbourne stands still and allows the biggest game of football ever seen to play through the streets – good enough for Prince Charles to visit – you have to see it to believe it !