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Building Buddies brings summer holiday fun to Derbion

The East Midlands’ leading shopping and leisure destination, Derbion, is bringing a brand-new interactive experience for children to the centre this summer, in a UK first.

Building Buddies will make its UK shopping centre debut at Derbion from Wednesday 3rd – Tuesday 30th August, creating a hands-on, interactive play area which invites children to explore, collaborate, create, and learn in a building-themed role play event which sees them planning, decorating, tiling, gardening, building and much more.

Equipped with mini hard hats and high-vis vests, children can discover new skills and push the boundaries of their logical thinking through interactive discovery play.

The one-month long summer activity, will run from 10.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 4pm on Sunday, with four quiet sessions running throughout each week. 30-minute slots for Building Buddies can be booked on the Derbion website for just £5 per child.

Elsewhere in the centre, families can enjoy bowling and mini golf at Hollywood Bowl and Paradise Island Adventure Golf, as well as Showcase Cinema de Lux, every day throughout the school summer holidays.

Adam Tamsett, centre director at Derbion, said: “We’re thrilled to be the first shopping centre in the UK to offer the Building Buddies experience for children to enjoy throughout the school holidays. If you’re looking for a fun, hands-on activity with an educational twist for your kids this summer, this is the perfect choice – come rain or shine!”

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NOTES TO EDITORS About Derbion Derbion is the East Midlands’ premier retail and leisure destination, offering a full family-day out experience within a contemporary, safe and secure environment.   In addition to major international and national brands including FLANNELS, Tommy Hilfiger, Mango, BOSS, Hobbs, Next, Zara and Lush, Derbion also offers convenience with leading retailers such as Sainsbury’s and M&S Food Hall, plus Boots and Superdrug.   Home to Showcase Cinema de Lux, Paradise Island Adventure Golf, Hollywood Bowl and the Derby Theatre, Derbion has an extensive leisure offer for visitors to enjoy. The venue’s Food Court offers nine eateries for visitors to choose from, with a further eight standalone restaurants and plus many more cafes and eateries throughout the centre.   The scheme is supported by an integrated, secure car park facility, offering 3,500 spaces in the heart of Derby city centre.  Find out more at  

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