Vintage fun day at Tramway Village

Imogen Farah at Crich Tramway Village, Matlock
Imogen Farah at Crich Tramway Village, Matlock

The view from the top deck of our vintage tram is incredible.

Lush green countryside stretches out in every direction as far as the eye can see.

Imogen Farah at Crich Tramway Village, Matlock

Imogen Farah at Crich Tramway Village, Matlock

As the conductor makes her way towards us, my little girl, Imogen, holds out the 100-year-old ha’penny coins in her hand. The conductor takes the payment, and hands us three tickets for the journey.

We’re at Crich Tramway Village at Matlock, and it really does feel like we’ve taken a step back in time.

Below us, on the vintage streets, is a traditional sweet shop – which we’ve already scoured pretty thoroughly – a gift and book shop, a tea room, a building housing an old-fashioned printing press, and a luxury ice cream parlour that I’ve already reassured the three-year-old (and her daddy, for that matter) we can visit before we leave. The only thing missing is some ladies in bonnets and gents with handlebar moustaches.

The extras are all lovely, but there’s no doubt that this place exists as a homage to the vintage trams travelling up and down the lines in the middle of everything.

It’s like taking a step back in time

As we reach the end of the line, we hop off at the last stop and decide to walk back, taking in all the different activities and trails listed on the map we were given on arrival. And there are plenty.

We set off along the Woodland Walk and Sculpture Trail, enjoying stretching our legs along the footpaths dotted with beautiful sculptures created by the attraction’s resident sculptor. With breathtaking views across the Derwent Valley and Derbyshire countryside, the Woodland Walk is the perfect place to escape for a picnic, or chase and skip along the hidden pathways (in an effort to tire a mischievous three-year-old out...)

We particularly love Mr Potato Tree, and the wise old wizard, and Immy enjoys running through the labyrinth maze made from rocks, before a visit to the outdoor adventure playground.

I’d recommend calling in at the site’s Workshop Viewing Gallery, to see for yourself the latest tram restoration projects, as well as the Century of Trams exhibition in the Great Exhibition Hall, and the exhibitions on show in the Derby Assembly Rooms.

The George Stephenson Discovery Centre has all kinds of school holiday crafts going on throughout the summer, so is well worth a visit too.

I love the old-fashioned feel of Crich Tramway Village – but without a doubt one of the best parts of the day was all the old-school delicious treats on offer: from the tearoom cakes, the quarters of boiled sweets and official tramway village chocolate bars in the sweet shop, to the handmade ice cream in the parlour...yum!


This summer, City Buzz will be featuring a different family attraction each week – and offering you the chance to win tickets. This week, Crich Tramway Village is giving away five family tickets – worth £39.50 each.

To be in with a chance to win, simply email before noon on Friday, and tell me why your family would love to win.

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Visit Crich Tram Way Village for details.