Half-Term Activities in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire

The October half-term break is right around the corner, so whether you’re a parent searching for creative ways to keep your little ones entertained, or family with teenagers looking to make the most out of this well-deserved break, you’ve landed in the right place. 


Halloween Festival at Matlock Farm Park

Running from the 21st to the 31st of October, the Halloween Festival at Matlock Farm Park. The festival will include a spooky woodland trail, craft workshops with Witch Wendolyn, pumpkin carving stations and prizes for the best fancy dress. Entry starts at £13.95 and tickets can be booked in advance here

Halloween at Chatsworth 

Visit the Chatsworth farmyard this half term and get your little ones involved in a range of Halloween-themed activities! Jump on the spooky tractor and trailer ride if you are feeling brave enough, or visit our pumpkin patch and carve and decorate your own pumpkin to take home. Find out more details and book your tickets here

1940s Market 

Taking place on the 2nd of November, the 1940s market will offer visitors the opportunity to shop for all things vintage from flea market stall holders dressed in period costumes.  

One of the entertainment highlights of the day will be a replica Spitfire, located in Rykneld Square opposite the visitor centre. Throughout the day there will also be street performers, the Kalamazoo dance band, plus other vintage vehicles! 

This event is free to attend, with visitors encouraged to dress up in traditional 1940s attire!  

Fireworks Extravaganza  

Head down to Stand Road Park, Whittington Moor on the 3rd of November for the annual Fireworks Extravaganza including live music, fairground rides and food vendors. 

This year’s firework display will be themed on decades, set to popular sing-along songs from the 60s to the present day. 

Tickets are available from £3, with free entry for under fives. 


Creepy Carnival of Horrors 

Make your way to Mansfield Market Place on the 28th October dressed up as your favourite scary character and take part in the fantastic events organised by Mansfield BID, suitable for all ages. Spine-chilling performers, a haunted house and a scare maze are just a couple of the activities on offer, plus you can indulge in mouth-watering food and drinks from the vendors. 

Pick Your Own Pumpkins 

During October, Nottinghamshire Pick Your Own Pumpkins is open daily from 9:30, with thousands of pumpkins and squash for you to choose from ranging from £3 to £9. There is no need to book in advance and admission is free, so simply head to the farm at Oaks Lane, Oxton to get involved! 

Mansfield Town Annual Fireworks Display 
The spectacular fireworks show is returning to One Call Stadium this year on the 5th of November. Gates to the event will open at 17:30 with a fair and stalls for spectators to enjoy before the show, which will begin at 18:30. This seated event offers a fantastic evening for all the family.  Find out the full details of the event, and book your tickets for the evening here.


Welcome to Stocksbridge

Our brand new development Willow Heights is located in Stocksbridge, nestled amongst the picturesque landscape north of Sheffield City Centre. To give you a feel for the local area, we have collated some of our area highlights in this guide. 

A thriving community, Stocksbridge combines rich history with modern living all within touching distance of the Peak District National Park and for day-to-day life the village has everything you need including a post office, pharmacy and supermarket. 

With excellent links to nearby Sheffield city centre and Barnsley, Stocksbridge is in the ideal location to discover everything South Yorkshire has to offer, from premium dining experiences to bars and entertainment for all the family. Locally in the village, Ponti’s Italian Kitchen, Raffina Fox Valley and Zorro Lounge are community favourites, whether you are celebrating a special event, looking for your new coffee stop, or want to enjoy a relaxed meal out with family. 

For those looking to find adventure and reconnect with the outdoors, the nearby Underbank Activity Centre provides thrilling water activities including kayaking, raft building and paddleboarding, plus hiking, climbing, archery and so much more. Home to a football team, a cricket club, plus the beautiful clocktower gardens, the area and local community has so much to offer. Highly-rated local schools are also in abundance in the local area, with Stocksbridge High School, two junior schools and a nursery all within one mile of Willow Heights. 

To find out more about Willow Heights, visit the development page here, or make an appointment with our sales agent by calling 0114 299 4144. 


Final Move-In At Scarsdale Green!

We’re delighted to announce that we have handed over the final set of keys to our buyers at our Scarsdale Green development in Bolsover.

Scarsdale Green has been our largest development to date, with 78 homes now fully built on the site. We started work on the site in February 2019, which now feels like a lifetime ago!

Our last family moved happily into one of our bungalows on the iconic development in late September.

We have faced many challenges during the build process at Scarsdale Green, such as the Covid-19 pandemic, so the site really is a testament to the hard work put in by our great team.

Our Managing Director, David Wood, said: “It’s a great feeling knowing that all of our homes at Scarsdale Green are now home to new families.

“We are passionate about creating homes for the local community and Scarsdale Green demonstrates exactly that”

“Scarsdale Green will always hold a special place in my heart – the main street of the development, Michaelwood Way is named after my late brother who passed away in 2019 after working for us as Site Manager for a number of years.”


Forest View Sales & Marketing Suite Now Open

Our latest sales and marketing suite is now open for our Forest View development in Mansfield.

Visit us at Forest View, Sandy Lane, NG18 2LS, to get a real feel for the homes available. Our sales and marketing suite is open Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm and Sunday by appointment only.

The development offers a collection of 63, two, three and four-bedroom new houses that are brand-new to Mansfield. Designed with modern-day living in mind, the range of detached and semi-detached homes are ideal for first-time buyers and young families alike.

There is a selection of optional extras to choose from, meaning you can truly put your own stamp on your Woodall home. By using Help To Buy, you can secure your dream property with a deposit of only 5% and an estimated move-in date of April 2022.

For those who don’t know, Mansfield is a large market town in Nottinghamshire with plenty to offer and is close by to the beautiful Sherwood Forest.

Ideally positioned within 20 minutes of the M1 and renowned for its large open market, the town is excellent for retail, leisure and entertainment. The development is close to Mansfield town centre, with plenty of schools and local amenities nearby. You can read more about our top picks for the area here.

Call our sales team on 01246 575744 or 07871 183 990 to book an appointment or click here for more information.


Woodall Homes supports Ashgate Hospice

Woodall Homes has donated £2,000 to Ashgate Hospice, as part of their Star sponsorship Christmas campaign.

Ashgate Hospice Partnerships Manager, Alison Ward‑Foster, said: “This generous donation is a wonderful way to support the Hospice this Christmas, the winter season is notorious for steep increases in referrals to our care and this year we anticipate demand will be even higher than ever.

“Woodall Homes support will help our nurses to be there for patients and their families over the difficult coming months and help us to react and cope with the increased demand. On behalf of everyone at the Hospice, thank you!”

The Woodall Homes star will shine brightly on the Hospice building for patients, their loved ones and staff and volunteers throughout the festive period.



Tansley Gardens Sales & Marketing Suite Now Open

The sales and marketing suite is NOW OPEN! Visit us at Tansley Gardens, Whitelea Lane, DE4 5FL to get a real feel for the executive homes and bungalows available.

Appointments are available Thursday to Monday between 10am and 5pm (with the exception of Sunday which is 10am until 4pm).

Tansley Gardens is a brand-new development of exclusive stone build houses nestled on the edge of the Peak District National Park.

The development will feature a mixture of luxury 3, 4 and 5-bedroom homes, with 26 plots available.

Tansley is a popular village situated two miles from the town of Matlock and is renowned for its fishing lake. Known locally as part of the ‘dark peak’, it is surrounding by hay meadows, pasture lands and woodland.

Designed to complement the characteristics of the village, the build will utilise stone facades and grey tiled roofs, with modern tweaks to provide a distinctive character.

A range of amenities, including three pubs, a restaurant, a village shop, a primary school, a village hall, a parish and Methodist church, as well as numerous open-air sports facilities, are all within walking distance of Tansley Gardens.

Call our sales team on 01246 575744 or 07871 183 990 to book an appointment.

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Woodall Loves – 70s Interiors

The 70s fashion trend has moved through into interior design bringing a cosy, fun and vintage feel to any home. Here are some of our favourite home furnishings of the trend!


Dunelm always delivers when looking for decor pieces and this  Tall Glass Amber Vase is a great way to add a pop of colour to your home. Keep it autumnal by adding some dried flowers or pampas grass from The Little Deer!


Lamps are a great way to bring a warm 70’s vibe into your living room or bedroom and the Mushroom Glass Table Lamp from Urban Outfitters provides all the autumnal colours.


A cheaper alternative from Urban Outfitters would be the Mini Glass Table Lamp. The frosty glass provides a warm glow to lighten up your bed stand or bookshelf display.


For a vintage yet modern look, the Marius Rattan Console Table from Tikamoon can be used as a small table in the living room or even the bathroom to place cosmetics and towels. Anything made of Rattan is on trend right now, yet this table brings an authentic, natural and unique feel to your home.


Need some cushion ideas? We have you covered! The Julius set of two velvet cushions in burnt orange from Made will bring a warm feel into any room. If you want to go for a different colour, try this Green Velvet Cushion from M&S. This shade is great for autumn and compliments a range of orange tones.


And finally, if you are looking for some prints or artwork to cover your walls, then The Trumpet Shop Vintage Prints have a range of art for your home. From Vogue covers to vintage cocktail prints there are some great options which will complement any kind of furnishings, vintage or modern.


Woodall Loves – Back to School Essentials

Whether your kids are starting school for the first time, or heading back for another year, we have all the essentials to get them (and you!) through the new term. 

Homework ready?

This sustainable KLÄMMEMACKA Desk Organiser from IKEA is the perfect storage for all those felt-tips, pencils and glue sticks!

Made with untreated wood, you can even paint it to match your home, or let your children add their own design.

Desk Goals

As the Autumn nights approach, this Natural Desk Lamp from George Home adds to the ideal study desk set-up.

Organised Chaos

Help your teenagers keep their exam prep and projects organised.

The Leitz Cosy Ringbinder & Display Book Set is available from John Lewis and comes in a selection of colours.

Stay Hydrated

Perfect for school or home, you can keep track of your daily water intake with the Smash Water Tracker Bottle from Argos.

The Brita Style Fridge Water Filter Jug is also available in Argos and is a fantastic addition to your fridge to keep your water icy cold!

Lunch to go

Perfect for parents or kids, this insulated Navy and Rosegold Paddington Bag by Sainsbury’s features an antibacterial lining and is wipe-clean.

Busy term ahead?  Easily prep meals for the week ahead with these stackable Glass Storage Containers from John Lewis.


Our top picks for Tansley

In the run-up to our official launch of Tansley Gardens, a brand-new development of exclusive stone-built houses, we’ve pulled together a selection of our favourite things to do in the local area.

Tansley is a popular village situated two miles from the town of Matlock and is renowned for its fishing lake. Known locally as part of the ‘dark peak’, it is surrounding by hay meadows, pasture lands and woodland.

Walks around Tansley

The Riber Castle Loop from Tansley is a relatively easy hike with an accessible path. It is an excellent opportunity to enjoy all the local sights the area has to offer. Suitable for all skill levels, it is around 3.5 miles and takes approximately one and a half hours.

If you’re looking for a longer walk, the Matlock War Memorial loop from Tansley is 10 miles and features some great viewing points of Matlock.

Great places to eat and drink

The Gate Inn in Tansley has the bonus of being across the road from our development! It is a family-friendly pub and restaurant, with space for dogs. Serving a range of cuisines, there is also a fine selection of local real ales.

For special occasions, Stones Restaurant in Matlock is only 1.6 miles from Tansley and is part of the Michelin Guide. It serves modern British food and has a 5-star rating on Trip Advisor.

There’s also a great selection of bars to enjoy a tipple in Matlock, including Monk Bar, The Tipsy Toad, and for wine lovers, Bradmans Wine Cellar.

Out and about

Matlock Farm Park is a great day out for all the family to enjoy. You can experience the farm, enjoy a pony ride and even experience go-karting!

From birthday parties to team building, an excellent activity for groups is Deception Escape Rooms in Matlock. Escape Rooms have become extremely popular in recent years, and we can see why.

If you’ve never been before, we would highly recommend Heights of Abraham. There are cable car rides with magnificent views, woodland trails and guided tours of the caverns. Our top tip: book to dine at the heights.

Tansley Gardens will feature a mixture of luxury three, four and five-bedroom homes, with 26 plots available. To register early interest, please contact our sales team on 01246 575744 or 07871 183 990.


Woodall Loves: Al Fresco Dining

Summer is in full swing, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy your garden to the fullest. In our latest edition of Woodall Loves, we’ve picked a selection of fabulous al fresco dining products.

Cooking outside doesn’t have to be expensive. We love this 18” BBQ, available from The Range, perfect for feeding the whole family.

Treat yourself to homemade pizza with this Blooma Maipo Charcoal Pizza Oven from B&Q. This multifunctional oven will not only produce the perfect pizza, but can smoke and barbecue meat, fish and veg.

The Florence 6 Seater Garden Dining Set from Homebase is perfect for dining outside and enjoying the sunshine in your Woodall Homes landscaped garden. Need some time in the shade? Slot this Crank and Tilt Parasol into the table.

Are you entertaining a group of friends? Keep your drinks to hand with the Keter Bevy Bar from Robert Dyas.

If you’re not ready to go inside when the sun goes down, switch on this Solar Powered Garden Lantern from John Lewis to enjoy the rest of the evening.