Adventures around Derbywith PlusBus

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Riverside walks, innovative galleries, an ice cream dairy on a working farm, and gardens full of huge, candyfloss-sized hydrangeas... here are just a handful of the many adventures you can have in Derby with a PlusBus ticket. Ask for PlusBus when you buy a train ticket to Derby and you can travel all over the city and beyond all day.

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  • Great for: arts and crafts | farm | historic buildings | ice cream | industrial heritage | museums | riverside walks |
  • Refreshments: lots of great cafes, restaurants and pubs.
  • Please note: researched/updated in August 2023. If anything’s changed or you have more tips to share, do get in touch:
  1. 3. Stroll over the fields to Bluebells Dairy

    Ice cream and sorbet in 25 different flavours, made only with natural ingredients and fresh milk from the farm’s own Friesian cows. It doesn’t get much tastier. And the flavours are enhanced still further by a short walk over the fields from the bus stop. Children will love the cuddly animals and play areas at Bluebells Dairy Farm Park. There are huge floppy-eared rabbits, baby goats, sheep… and cows, of course. In 2023, Bluebells also opened a new Ice Cream Parlour so visitors don’t have to pay for entry to enjoy an ice cream at the end of the walk. You can just sit under an umbrella and sample today’s fresh flavours.

    • How do I get to Bluebells by bus? The Ikleston Flyer leaves from Derby Bus Station every 15 minutes and earns its name by whizzing along the A52 from Derby in just seven minutes to the village of Spondon.
    • Hop off near Glendale Drive and walk all the way up the road called Moor End. Turn left along Sancfort Road at the top and you’ll soon see a sign saying Footpath No 22, pointing right just before house 100. Follow the path over the fields until you get to a lane and turn right to Bluebells Farm.
    • There are regular seasonal activities to keep the kids entertained in the holidays and even seasonal ices that taste of creme egg or Christmas pud! The regular range of flavours suits all tastes from sticky toffee fudge to wild fruit sorbet.
    • When you’ve had your fill, wander back across the fields and hop on the Ilkeston Flyer to Derby. Buses 1, 1A and 1C run regularly from the bus station back to the railway station. If you’ve got any time before your train, there are several pubs nearby serving local ales.
    • For more things to do in the Derby area, see our car-free guide.