2015 has been a great year, and saying goodbye might be a little emotional…
BUT, we have got so many amazing things happening in the Peak District & Derbyshire next year that you’re going to want to grab that new 2016 calendar and scribble all over it.
Here are a few corkers:
Eroica, Friday 17 – Sunday 19 June 2016
Eroica festival has just won ‘Best Non-Musical Festival’ for 2015. It really is something spectacular, and well worth joining in with! Ride the routes in vintage bikes and retro fashion, or just come along for the party!
Eroica is three day event for you to live out your cycling/shabby chic dreams.
Leek Food & Drink Festival, Saturday 19th March
There will be delicious and handmade food & drink round every corner of Leek’s town centre on the 19th of March! There will be almost 90 stalls as well as hot food on the go, so make sure you come on an empty stomach.
The beer festival tent will be in The Roebuck on Derby Street. Run by the local Titanic Brewery, enjoy a great range of local and hand picked ales until 11pm on throughout the weekend, with live music from local bands on both days.
Many of the pubs will also be taking part in the festival with guest ales and specials for you to try – Leek’s even got a Belgian Bar that’s listed in the Belgian Good Beer Guide – so get your taste buds ready!
We can only go by reputation in terms of the 2016 line-up, but as they have just been awarded ‘Best Medium Festival’ of 2015, we think that we are yet to see the best of Y Not festival, so get excited and book tickets early!
This will be the 39th Derby CAMRA City Charter Beer Festival, and it’ll open in early July 2016 on the Market Place, in the centre of Derby. This is a city that is well known for it’s love of beer, and so this festival is sure to be a completely brilliant.
The Grand Tour, 19th March 2016, running through to June 2016
The Grand Tour is back again for a second season, and this year looks to be even better. There’s loads on offer across three great venues; including: Joseph Wright, Simon Starling and some pieces which up until now have been part of the Duke & Duchess of Devonshire’s private art collection!
Bakewell Show, first 3rd & 4th of August
With nearly 200 years of history, the Bakewell Show has evolved from a purely agricultural display to the diverse event it is today. There’ll be loads of things to see and do, and is a sure-fire family favourite.
Chesterfield Well Dressing, Saturday 10th-17th September
Well dressing is an ancient custom unique to Derbyshire, and they absolutely LOVE it. Chesterfield began well dressing in 1864 when the Town Pump in Market Place was decorated after a very dry summer. There will be 2 well dressings on show in Chesterfield this year, one at the ‘Crooked Spire’ Church Porch and one at the Market Place on Town Pump.
These are really intricate designs, made all of natural materials and can take a week or more to make- they really are worth the trip to marvel at.
Events at the Buxton Opera House :
Dr John Cooper Clarke – Saturday February 6th
Carmen- Saturday 20th March
Don Giovanni – Saturday 23rd April