Top Events in Derbyshire in 2017

Staying at one of our luxury lodges in Derbyshire will guarantee you a fabulous relaxing holiday, and while you’re here it’s well worth knowing what’s on offer in the beautiful county of Derbyshire so that you can get the most out of your trip. One oddity of the county is its ancient tradition of well dressings – a series of community events taking place between May and September in which art ‘tableaux’ are created using Read More…

Discovering the Peak District

With its spectacular countryside made famous by movies such as Pride & Prejudice, beautiful hillside market towns and fascinating mills heritage, The Peak District is famous the world over and a magnet for visitors. The good news is that by staying at one of our lodges you are but a stone’s throw from some of the most stunning countryside that Britain has to offer at just a 25-minute drive to Ashbourne, the gateway town to Read More…

Discover the Wonders of Willington

There’s nothing quite like messing about in boats, as Rat from The Wind in the Willows said, and here at Oaklands we think the literary rodent had a point. With that in mind, while planning days out during your stay with us, we have a suggestion to make: why not wander along to nearby Willington? At just a quarter of an hour away, the village of Willington boasts the world class Mercia Marina, with room Read More…

Take a Trip to the Theatre this Christmas

There’s nothing that gets you in the mood for Christmas quite like the theatre, and, as we’ve written about the wonderful array of panto available in this area before, this time we thought we’d tell you about other amazing shows you can catch in venues near Oaklands Country Lodges. Within an hour’s drive of here you can get to the big cities of Birmingham, Nottingham and Derby, as well as some wonderful rural venues, so Read More…

Tremendous National Trust Treasures

Our location in the heart of the beautiful English countryside means that we are just a stone’s throw away from some amazing places you can visit during your stay with us. In this blog we wanted to share with you some of the great National Trust attractions that are right on our doorstep here at Oaklands. First up, the National Trust’s Museum of Childhood at Sudbury is only fifteen minutes’ drive away and we thoroughly Read More…

Dig into Derbyshire: Foodie Fun and Frolics!

If Kent is the garden of England and London the capital – Derbyshire might lay a claim to being its kitchen. So while you’re staying in one of our lodges, why not take the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the gourmet delights that await you in this most foodie of counties? One of Derbyshire’s most famous eatery tourist hot stops must surely be the gorgeous Derbyshire town of Bakewell. Just under an hour’s drive Read More…

The National Forest on our doorstep

Here at Oaklands Country Lodges we’re very keen to do our bit to preserve our beautiful natural environment, so our guests can enjoy the countryside we’ve worked so hard to protect. That’s why we’re very pleased to tell you about a wonderful environmental project – in fact, one of the UK’s biggest of its kind – that’s right here on our doorstep. The National Forest, which in 2015 celebrated its 20th anniversary, is the result Read More…

Get set for cycling this Spring!

We all know the Peak District is famous for its beautiful walking country and scenery, but you might not realise that this area also has its own tradition in fantastic, family-friendly cycling. The good news is that our cosy log cabins provide the perfect base from which to explore this area’s wide range of cycle trails, with plenty on offer for the whole family. The first port of call for cycling families should certainly be Read More…

Why not visit luscious Lichfield?

Beautiful Georgian architecture, a fine cathedral – if you fancy a spot of shopping, people-watching, architecture admiring and a nice cup of coffee during your stay with us, we heartily recommend a visit to the city of Lichfield. Just over half an hour’s drive away, Lichfield seems to be under the radar when it comes to Britain’s prettiest towns. Which is a shame, because the birthplace of Samuel Johnson deserves to be better known for Read More…

Wrap up for Wintery Family Fun!

Entertaining the kids over the summer is one thing, but it can be harder work in the winter months when it’s cold outside and it takes all morning just to get everyone’s coats and hats on! The good news is that if you’re coming to Oaklands with the family – or just as a cosy getaway for grown-ups – the East Midlands has a lot to offer when it comes to winter activities. Over in Read More…