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Derby in General
Member Name: cloud99
Derby in General
Advantages: lots to do been a big city
Disadvantages: some very poor and rough areas
I lived in Derby in the inner city for 5 years.
The city while on a much smaller scale than Manchester and London does have the familiar very poor and rough areas as well as some very nice areas.
This review of places I have visited within the time I lived there.
Activities for young children.
there are a few activities for pregnant women
Aqua natal run at the queen's leisure centre by midwives but very limited places
NCT prenatal classes
As it is a city there are quite a variety of activities for the pre school children
Jo Jingles- music and movement group
Mucky pups- an art group
Water babies-a swimming group
Baby signing for young babies.
There are also sure start centres that have free activities such as baby massage, mother and toddler groups and drop in sessions with health visitors
The shopping area
The city itself has recently been redeveloped and the eagle centre has now been renamed the Westfield centre. It has involved knocking down quite a few buildings including the registry office.
Within the Westfield are the old area previous shops such as a large boots store, the eagle centre market, and pound shops.
The new area is higher price range such as the swarovski crystal, next, Debenhams and many coffee shops. It is rumoured that Primark and McDonalds wanted outlets in this new development but were refused as they wanted higher class shops.
The development also has a ten screen cinema and a food court which has a wide range of food from Chinese, to KFC and hot pies.
Some stores have moved out such as Argos, Wilkinsons and there stores are actually larger than before.
Parking in the city can be busy especially on a Saturday. If you part in the Westfield parking you can have your car valet while you shop.
Places to go
Markeaton Park often has activities on but still without here is plenty to do. The are two play areas one for younger and one for older children
They have a boating pool where young children can paddle a boat on a nice day.
Mini go karts
And I have seen donkey rides.
There is a mini train that goes round the park.
There are a couple of places to eat here one by the boating pool and one in the formal gardens.
Darley Abbey Park
This is much bigger in comparison to Markeaton Park and is much better if just going for a walk as it is runs along side a river
There are two pools in derby
Queens's leisure centre
And moorways leisure centre
The Queens is a smaller pool and right in the city centre
The Moorways is in Allenton it has a large pool and toddler pool.
The parking at motorways is free.
The Moorways do under fives swimming Monday to Friday from 12.15 to 1.15; this is in the small pool with lots of toys to entertain little ones.
Other leisure activities
The main private Gyms in Derby are
These are as well as the council gyms that are located throughout Derby
I guess I couldn't write a review on Derby without mentioning the pride park stadium the home of Derby county football club
There are three cinemas, the one in the Westfield as already mentioned
And the showcase cinema
There is also ten pin bowling
And roller world.
Within the derby area there is a choice of all the supermarkets. Asda, Tesco's, Morrison's and Sainsbury's are all within the city area.
Sunday car boot
There is a weekly car boot that runs at the cattle market and as it is on concrete runs throughout the winter. I don't enjoy this car boot as there are lots of people not prepared to pay reasonable prices and badgering sellers rather than a bit of haggling. I only went once and one example would be good quality winter coat was for sale for a £1 but a customer spent 5 minutes trying to get the coat for 50p.
There are two main hospitals in the city the Derby royal infirmary which is due to be closed down in the future and the derby city hospital which is in the process of been redeveloped to become a super hospital.
I have now moved out of Derby. I enjoyed my time there but am happier living in a smaller community
Summary: Like most places good and bad
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