Things to do this Bank Holiday Weekend

The countdown is almost over- it’s nearly August Bank Holiday Weekend!

So, what’re you going to do with that glorious extra day off? Here’s a few ideas of what you could do in the Peak District & Derbyshire:

Sample what life was like in the 1950s at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway with special food in the Pullman Buffet and even a jazz band to entertain you. There will be a special murder mystery evening on 27th August including a fish and chip supper.
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You could soak up some culture and art at Chatsworth…




Make the most of the Peak District during the Summer months and explore the countless walks on offers, here.



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Enjoy the unique Peak District & Derbyshire traditional of Well Dressing!

 Here’re a few that are showing:

Sat 27 Aug – Sat 3 Sep 2016

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Sat 27 Aug – Sat 3 Sep 2016

And there’s loads going on at the new and improved Cromford Mill…

Sat 27 – Sun 28 Aug 2016

Sat 27 – Sun 28 Aug 2016

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The Ultimate Summer Walk in the Peak District

Guest Blogger: Cath Lee, of Peak Walking Adventures

August is the perfect time to enjoy a walk in the part of the Peak District known as The Dark Peak.  The heather on the moors bursts into flower, and vast swathes of moorland take on the appearance of being carpeted in purple.  As you walk along in the sunshine, a lovely honey scent can be released as your legs brush against flowers at the side of the path.

The Dark Peak extends down the east and west sides of the Peak District and takes in most of the northern part of the National Park, so there is plenty of choice when it comes to moorland walks.

One of my personal favourites is Stanton Moor near to the villages of Birchover and Stanton in Peak.  It’s also not too far from the towns of Matlock and Bakewell.  A lovely network of paths lead around the edges, and across this small area of moorland.  You can enjoy far reaching views down the Derwent Valley from the eastern edge.



Stanton Moor is home to the famous Nine Ladies Stone Circle.  Believed to date back to Bronze Age times, and a place where ceremonies one took place, possibly of a religious nature.  The information board there tells the entertaining story as to how the stone circle got its name.

Other fascinating features scattered around the moor include the Earl Grey Tower which was built to commemorate the passing of The Great Reform Act of 1832, and is named after the Prime Minister at that time.  You can also marvel at a number of impressive gritstone rocks, such as the aptly named Cork Stone.

For a gentle walk of up to 3 miles, you could start and finish in the village of Birchover.  The 172 bus passes through the village from Matlock or Bakewell.  If you have a car, you could even park your car on Birchover Road north of the village at the actual entrance to the moor.

For a longer walk involving a hill, the village of Rowsley on the A6 between Matlock and Bakewell is a good place to start.  You can take the footpath running directly south from Cauldwell’s Mill, passing Stanton Woodhouse Farm, then wind your way up the hillside on footpaths and lanes until you reach the moor.  After exploring the beautiful moorland, a great route back down to Rowsley is to exit the moor at the northern end onto Lees Road, then take the footpath that runs at the side of Sheepwalk Wood onto Pilhough Lane, then on paths over fields and on lanes back to Rowsley.  As you walk down the hillside you can enjoy spectacular views up the Derwent Valley, over the Haddon Estate, and towards the market town of Bakewell.

The Ordnance Survey, White Peak (OL24) Explorer Map is ideal to show you all of the footpaths and to help you find your way.

When walking over the beautiful moorlands, and through the pretty countryside of the Peak District, please follow the Countyside Code to help protect it, and enable others to enjoy a similar experience after you.


Don’t miss out on the Olympic action!


Can’t make it to Rio…? Fear not, for a bit of fun we’ve compiled a list of great things you can do much closer to home, right here in the Peak District and Derbyshire. No medals up for grabs though, so don’t get too competitive!

Walk, scramble or climb up a hill

Breathtaking scenery of Curbar Edge

The area is absolutely jam packed with hills, from a gentle walk to Solomon’s Temple atop of Grin Low in Buxton affording wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, to a challenging walk, scrambling over rock and boulder strewn streams to the summit of Kinder Scout. For the more adventurous, join one of our many activity providers for a day of climbing some of the areas many crags and cliff faces.

Explore our gardens

Renishaw Arch

2016 is a year-long celebration of all things Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. This renowned landscape gardener crafted many gardens in England in his heyday, including our very own Chatsworth. Use this, and the summer weather, as the perfect excuse to get out and explore more of our beautiful gardens such as those at Renishaw Hall, Lyme or Hardwick Hall.

Do as the athletes do


Let’s face it, at some point over the summer we’re bound to have one or two days of inclement weather, it’s inevitable, but don’t let that stop you! There are a number of great leisure centres offering everything from swimming to badminton, indoor climbing and even trampoline courses!

All the fun of the fair

Chatsworth Country Fair 2013

Summer is the time of year when the country show season is in full swing with events showing off all sorts of rural pursuits from sheepdog trials to horsemanship. Highlight events include Hayfield Show, Hope Show and Chatsworth Country Fair.

Pudding eating contest


Okay, so we have made this one up (at least we don’t *think* it exists), but see who amongst your friends and family can eat the most Bakewell Puddings in the home of this quintessentially English delicacy, not to be confused with the Bakewell Tart though!

Cycle the trails

Cycling at Derwent

After eating those puddings on a gorgeous day of the great British summer, there couldn’t be a better time to jump in the saddle and head out on two wheels along beautiful, traffic-free trails! Bring your own, or hire a bike and cycle the Monsal, Tissington or High Peak trails to name but a few.

Well, Well, Well


The Peak District and Derbyshire is home to the unique custom of Wells Dressing, where towns and villages across the region come together to create living art installations from natural materials celebrating everything from biblical scenes to special anniversaries.

Catch a Pokemon

Get on board the very latest craze and catch a Pokemon in the augmented reality hit game, Pokemon Go. We’ve Pokestops everywhere from Chatsworth, to Derby, Croots Farm and many more.

Hassop station POKEMON

Stay a while


We may not have an Olympic Village, but we have many of our own gorgeous, picturesque villages to explore at your leisure as well as more places to stay than you can imagine from cosy cottages, luxurious B&B’s, country hotels, inns, campsites, lodges and much much more. Book your next stay, and unlike the Olympics, don’t wait four years to return!




8 Things To We Love Best About the Peak District


It’s National Parks week this week!

So, we thought we’d ask our Facebook fans what they love best about walking in the Peak District, the first National Park in the country, and here’s a few of our favourites…


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If you’d like to tell us your favourite thing about the Peak District & Derbyshire, let us know via our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.


You can also join in the conversation about National Parks Week by using #NationalParksWeek on social media.




5 English Gardens You Need To Visit This Summer


2016 is the year of the English garden, so let’s celebrate!

Here’s a few of our favourites that we think are well worth a visit:


1- Gardens of Renishaw Hall

Winner of the 2015 ‘Garden of the Year Award’ you can imagine just how magical this garden is!

The first thing that greets you is the Italian inspired part of the garden, with perfect symmetry, water fountains and delicate statues. Walking down through all of this loveliness, you can see a beautiful old trees,a lake and field full of cows. There’s also a wilder part of the garden which includes bluebells and a newly planted walk-through arch of hanging laburnum- which is stunning when they’re in bloom! An undeniably brilliant day out.



2-Chatsworth Gardens

This is the ultimate example of the ‘English Garden’, designed by Capability Brown 300 years ago, it’s been added to ever since. There’s water features, a kitchen garden, stunning landscaping, captivating sculptures and even a maze! It’s a fascinating garden that will leave you feeling like a Duke or Duchess.


Photo by Guy Badham Photography



3-Haddon Hall Gardens

It’s easy to find yourself fantasising that you’re the lead role in a moody period drama when wandering around this gorgeous garden. There’s beautiful stone turrets, an Elizabethan inspired knot garden, gorgeous terraces, beautiful red roses- all set on the background rolling hills and the river Wye.



4-Hardwick Hall Gardens

The gardens of Hardwick Hall have a fantastic collection of  courtyards, gorgeous flower boarders, orchards, lawns, and wonderful formal hedges. They also are claimed to have ‘one of the finest herb gardens in the country’!

Where ever you turn there’s always a gorgeous scene, with both Hardwick hall and the Hardwick Old Hall in plain view from the gardens- it’s a real pleasure to explore!



5-Kedleston Hall Gardens

As well as the grounds of Kedleston Hall having gorgeous land for some country walks, it’s also home to ‘pleasure grounds’. These are one of the best surviving examples of an 18th-century informal landscape. Although it looks natural, the landscape was actually intricately designed to show the Hall and its environment in the best possible light- a beautiful and unique example of the English garden!





We hope you’ve enjoyed our list of Peak District gardens, and if you’ve taken any snaps yourself, we’d love to see, so tag us @visitpeakdistrict on Instagram, @vpdd on Twitter or via Facebook– we will be sure to share the best ones with all of our social media friends too!











Arkwright’s Mill at Cromford: The Ever-Evolving World Heritage Site

Arkwright’s Mill at Cromford is a place that changed the course of history forever.

Created in 1771, it was the first ever water-powered cotton spinning mill in the world. After that, industry and society were never to be the same again!





Cromford Mill’s Brand New Additions:


After some fantastic restoration, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Cromford Mill now has a brand new look! Along with some great new exhibitions, it’s also now made Cromford the starting point for the whole of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. Which includes fifteen miles of Derbyshire’s historic mills and industrial areas, all the way south to the Derby Silk Mill and the Joseph Wright Gallery.


Once you arrive at the Cromford Mill site you can have a browse in the unique shops, which sell everything from antiques, original art, textiles, crafts to second-hand treasures in ‘Arkwright’s Attic’!



Next up is the brand new ‘Arkwright Experience’ exhibition and tour! You can explore the first ever mill with this new and fascinating projection tour, which is hosted by Sir Richard Arkwright himself!  Let the father of industry tell you all about the daily workings of the mill and how he built his water-powered empire.

This is a unique way of travelling through time and feeling as if you’re seeing the first ever mill in full swing!

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Also in the new Gateway Information Hub, there are some more hands-on activities, such as interactive tablets, films and physical 3D maps. These  allow you  to find out exactly what  the 17 designated sites contained within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Sites are about, and their history-  it’s a great way to start to a  journey though the history of the area.

There are also new audio tours, English, German and Mandarin, so now more people than ever can enjoy the history of Cromford!




Besides being the only World Heritage Site in the whole of the East Midlands, Cromford Mill also offers a fantastic canal side cafe, so after your fun day of shopping and time-travelling back to a day in the world’s first ever mill, you can relax by the canal and enjoy some food or just some tea and cake!






Cromford Mills is a charity, therefore all proceeds go back into the site, so why not have a fantastic day out and help to keep local industrial history alive?

Click here for more information on your day out at Cromford!


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5 Great Ideas for Day Out this Father’s Day


Father’s Day is just around the corner, so we’re here to help you organise an unforgettable day-out for your Dad that he will love!

Here are a few ideas that we thinks dads everywhere would very much enjoy:



Breadsall Priory: driving range, beer and chips!

If your dad likes hitting golf balls at a driving range, drinking beer and eating chips this is pretty much a gift made for him- this offer includes: a bucket of range balls, a bucket of beer and a bucket of fish and chips!


Tour of Derby’s Real Ale Pubs

The Lonely Planet has called Derby “the best place to drink real ale in the world” and with good reason too! Derby has more beers on offer per population than anywhere else in the UK and with loads of great of breweries based in the city, there’s no danger of not enjoying a good brew. Click here for a list of ten of the best real ale pubs, from Visit Derby.


Vintage Adventure Tours

Why not let your dad be driven around some of the Peak District’s best bits in a vintage car?  The model is a 1929 Model A Ford, and the driver is dressed completely in very fancy vintage clothes, so would make for a fantastic Father’s Day experience!


Take Aim for Father’s Day at Bolsover Castle 

If you think your Dad would like a family day out firing off arrows and alike- why  not have Father’s Day weekend being a family of archers for the day! You’ll be greeted by the expert archers and hear tantalising tales of chivalrous battles and fearsome quests. Sharpen your arrows for a Father’s day out to remember.


Cromford Mill’s New ‘Arkwright Experience’ 

If your Dad is a history lover, this is perfect. There’s a great new projected exhibition/tour of the very first, original mill and it’s lead by Sir Richard Arkwright at Cromford Mill!




Walk of the Month: June



The summer months in the Peak District and Derbyshire are glorious- it’s best time of year to visit the national park. So, make the most of that nice sunny day and take a walk down the Longdendale trail!


Longdendale views


This trail starts in Hadfield within the Peak District.

You can catch a train from Manchester or drive with ample space to park in this area. The walk this month is flat, with options of hills if desired, it has great views and can be as long a day as you fancy! As well as being a range of difficulty levels on this trail,  there are also facilities, accommodation and services in the town to suit everyone.


There are many reservoirs that line the long wooded valley known as Longdendale, such as: Bottoms, Valehouse, Rhodeswood, Torside and Woodhead. They are fuelled by the river Etherow which also powered the mills of Glossop.

Here’s a little bit of history for you: John Bateman helped to construct the reservoirs starting in 1849 so the growing population of Manchester would not be without and was key feature in the industrial revolution.


Right, so off we go!

Starting with a few easily walkable hundred metres from the train station or car parking you join the Longdendale trail and head east. Common with runners, pushchairs and ramblers this old railway line is sign posted and good under foot. Passing Bottoms reservoir then very peaceful Valehouse reservoir the hustle and bustle of modern life starts to melt away.


Looking to the sides of the trail there are plenty of colourful flowers to see. The pinky purple colour of herb robert (geranium robertianum), the bright yellow of tormentil (potentilla erecta) or the bleached white of ramson (wild garlic) add another aspect to the walk. See who can smell the next clump of wild garlic before they can see it!




As we approach Torside reservoir we cross paths with the famous Pennine Way. You can now choose to cross over the dam and head back along the path on the opposite side of Rhodeswood and Valehouse reservoirs ultimately leading back to Hadfield. You could alternatively continue along the path until you reach the disused Woodhead station and tunnel… lots of great options to choose from!




With occasional picnic benches, sign posts, accessible walking and constantly beautiful surroundings, Longdendale trail is ideal for any family looking for a countryside break from the city!


This blog was written by Matt Dawson of Trekking Skills

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What’s On This Bank Holiday Weekend


Bank Holidays are great. There’s loads of extra time, excitement and an excuse to have yourself a little break… so why not try the Peak District?

There’s loads of great things to do whilst you’re here too:



Beside the Seaside Day Crich Tramway

Vintage seaside loveliness guaranteed! For one weekend only, Crich Tramway Museum is bringing a beach party to Derbyshire.


Crich Tramway SEASIDE


The Village is being transformed into a seaside resort with a beach area complete with deck chairs, as well as the essential bucket and spades for the epitome of seaside day out… the sandcastle.

As well as sandcastles, they’ll also be a traditional “Flea” Circus, a Punch & Judy show, fun fair and Crich Brass will be performing on the Bandstand!


 Georgian Weekend at Cromford Mills


There will be owls, pony & trap rides, Georgian games, special tours, dressing up, face painting and a Georgian market … need we say more?! Get down the Cromford mill and live out your Georgian dreams.


Clash of the Knights at Bolsover Castle

Chain-mailed and adrenalin-fuelled, Bolsover castle is where these armoured knights battle it out! Feel the heat as four teams fight with clubs and shields in this contest of skill and strength.

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Tensions will rise, alliances will be made and broken but only one team will triumph.

Enjoy merry music while your budding young knights test their bravery on the field and revel in some medieval culture… and almost definitely fall asleep in the car on the way home.


Castleton Garland Celebrations… with May pole dances!


This will be a fantastically traditional Bank Holiday event; May pole dances, horses and a procession of the “King & Consort” through the village… all of which ends up in the pub where the festivities continue!



Find Some Local Art at the ‘Arts in the Village’ Festival

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Take in some gorgeous local art and some live music over the bank holiday weekend at Peak Shopping Village! With over 20 exhibitors, live music and local artists you’re sure to find a great hand crafted souvenir of your weekend.

Thornbridge Brewery social

Thornbridge Brewery will be hosting a Saturday social over the bank holiday weekend. Chilled beer, laid-back music and exciting food will be the orders of the day, and you can even pop along to a brewery tour whilst you’re there!



We hope that we’ve inspired you to go out and make the most of that extra day off- enjoy!


Enjoy Beautiful Local Art This Bank Holiday


Fancy filling your bank holiday weekend with art, music and shopping?


‘Arts in the Village’ Festival is part of Derbyshire Open Arts 2016, which is a county-wide celebration of local art and is coming to Peak Shopping Village this bank holiday weekend.

There will be over 20 exhibitors within the Old Station Gallery & marquee at Peak Shopping Village, exhibiting their work, including visual artists, ceramicists and designers. There will also be live music, entertainment, street food & free children’s activities and of course, shopping- the perfect bank holiday day out!



Here’s a little bit from some of the featured artists:


Alan Birchall – Inspired by the natural world and oriental culture, I make individual, thrown, functional and decorative pieces. Influenced particularly by Japanese potters, I also create hand-built and carved pieces.

I work in stoneware and fire in either a gas or combined gas & wood-fired kiln.

Glazes are based on traditional oriental recipes and usually incorporate local wood ashes. The combination of natural ash and the raw flame produce new and exciting effects with each firing.


Katherine Rhodes – I am inspired by natural objects and forms, preferring the rugged forms and flowing lines found in rural landscapes and nature. Living in Sheffield, I am close to the Peak District and regularly make use of this for inspiration. Other subjects include flowers, pebbles, coast and shoreline, rocks and mountains.


Peak Shopping Village Art Festival Tower face stanage- Katherine Rhodes


Peter Watson – My main subject matter is landscapes and coastline, and living near

Ashbourne in the Derbyshire Dales, this gives me every opportunity to
sketch and paint if a subject, mood and weather conditions inspire me.
Using mainly acrylics on either board or canvas, I like to work at speed
to capture the moment in one session. This I feel creates a freshness and vibrancy to a painting that is not overworked.


Lesley Nason – Lesley creates atmospheric porcelain wall art, decorative vessels, clocks and contemporary ceramic jewellery. Her work is inspired by the sketches and photographs she makes of the British countryside, coast, flora and fauna. The rolling hills, forests and farmland of Derbyshire, surrounding her home feature strongly in her work, together with her love of the Cornish coast.


There are also 22 other exhibitors in the event, so it’s sure to be a fun-packed weekend!


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