Dates To Fill Your 2017 Diary with Excitement

Get ready to fill your brand-new diaries with dates for exciting events in Derbyshire and the Peak District, good enough to count down the days for…

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show 7-11 June

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This is going be a biggie- this is the first year out of ten that the RHS Flower show is going to be held at Chatsworth and it’s bound to be a massive success. With themes such as ‘design revolutionaries’ running through the horticultural displays, you’re bound to be in for a glorious day- best get yourself a ticket before they sell out!

 

Eroica Britannia 16-18 June

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Eroica is back for another year, and the level of handsomeness at 2017’s festival is sure to be outstanding. Now in its new location of Newhaven, Derbyshire, this year offers a 25-mile ride as well as a 55 and (gulp) 100-mile rides. There’re some fantastic glamping options too!

Chesterfield Festival of Cricket 3-8 July

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There’s some major cricket planned for this year’s Festival of Cricket, all at the famous cricket ground in Chesterfield, Queen’s Park…

Monday 3 to Thursday 6 July – The Derbyshire Falcons welcome Durham to Queen’s Park ground to open, and on Saturday 8 July – The Falcons will face Yorkshire to conclude the festival.

There will (probably) be lots of sunshine so bring a picnic and enjoy.

 

Buxton Festival 7-23 July

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Buxton Festival is always jam-packed with culture; there will be opera, music and fascinating talks from authors.  Click the link above for details on what’s on.

 

 

Chatsworth Country Fair 1-3 September

Cannons firing in front of Chatsworth House, during Chatsworth Country Fair

Chatsworth Country Fair is always a popular event, and one full of excitement. To name just some of what the Country Fair offers, there’s a horse driving show, dog agility, a falconry court, highland dancing, sheepdog trails, cookery and loads of great stalls for you to do some unique shopping. Don’t miss out on this great event at Chatsworth- get it in the diary!

 

Y NOT 27-30th July

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Y NOT is a massive music festival held in a Derbyshire field, with some of the biggest names in music playing. So make sure you mark the dates, grab yourself a ticket and dance the weekend away.

 

Shrovetide Football Match at Ashbourne  28 Feb- 1 March

 

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The Royal Shrovetide Football Match is a “Medieval football” game played annually on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday in the town of Ashbourne in Derbyshire. Shrovetide ball games have been played in England since at least the 12th century, so when this tradition is continued each year in Ashbourne it’s a real sight to see.

Come and see the madness that ensues on these days in the Derbyshire town of Ashbourne!

 

 

Chatsworth International Horse Trails 12 – 14 May 2017

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If you love horses, this could well become the highlight of your 2017 diary…

Chatsworth International Horse Trails are known for their world-class competition, with everything from elegant dressage, show jumping and gripping cross country for you to marvel at.

 

Bakewell Show 1st,2nd & 3rd of August

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Bakewell Show is a great day out for animal lovers. There’ll be an array of exhibitors displaying horses, livestock, rabbits and dogs. You even get to interact with some of these furry and feathered creatures!

 

Derbyshire Food & Drink Fair, Kedleston Hall  May 13-14th

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Derbyshire Food & Drink Fair is always a delight, and this year the venue is the wonderful Kedleston Hall. With cooking demonstrations and cake around every corner, you’ve got every right to get excited about this one!

 

Wirksworth Festival 8-24 September

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In their own words: “Wirksworth Festival sees this beautiful Derbyshire market town transform into a gallery and performance venue for 2 weeks every September”.

It’s a very exciting time and there’s so much going on, the buzz in Wirksworth shouldn’t be missed.

 

 

Well, we hope that your pristine new diaries are looking a bit more vivacious now and we hope to see you in Derbyshire & the Peak District soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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9 Christmas Events in Derbyshire & the Peak District

 

Christmas is a MONTH away… but are you in the festive mood yet?

If you’re not quite there, do not fret, for we have a list of great Christmas events bound to give you that fuzzy feeling in the lead-up to the big day!

CHRISTMAS AT RENISHAW, near Chesterfield

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If you’d love nothing more than to wander round a stately home at Christmas time, soaking up all the festive cheer, you won’t want to miss this…

This December, Renishaw Hall will be dressed for a traditional family Christmas, and tours of the house will be given at 1pm and 2.30pm. These must be booked in advance- click the link above for more details.

Tour dates:

Thu 1 – Sun 4 Dec 2016 13:00 14:30
Thu 8 – Sun 11 Dec 2016 13:00 14:30

JOIN SANTA ON A STEAM TRAIN AT PEAK RAIL

Steam Trains are pretty fun by themselves, but add Santa and his Elves along for the ride and you’ve got a Christmas memory to treasure forever.

This festive steam train will be traveling from Rowsley South Station to Matlock  for one return journey, lasting approximately 1 hour.

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As you chuff along the track, Santa, assisted by his many elves, will pass through the train bearing gifts, sweets and drinks for the kids.

Meanwhile, grown-ups can sit back and relax with a glass of hot mulled wine and a mince pie.

The train will be filled with festive music, professional clowns and magicians to entertain you whilst you travel, so everyone’s bound to have a great time!

Santa Special train rides are happening on Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th, Sunday 4th, 11th & 18th, Monday 19th Tuesday 20th, Wednesday 21st, Thursday 22nd & Friday 23rd December.

CHRISTMAS AT HADDON HALL– An English Renaissance Christmas
1st December to 18th December 2016

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There’re loads of fantastic and whimsical events happening at Haddon this Christmas period- there’ll be performances and demonstrations on traditional instruments,  choral renditions in the chapel and a concert in the Long Gallery by the Royal Northern College of Music.

There’s loads more going on, so click the above link for full details on all festive events.

This Christmas, Haddon Hall is opening its doors in the evening, so you can enjoy a peaceful candlelit tour- full of sparkle and warm fireplaces!

The candle-lit tours are happening on 7th, 8th, 9th, 12th & 13th December.

MEET SANTA IN HIS GROTTO AT CALKE ABBEY

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Have yourself and your little ones a traditional Christmas grotto experience, and meet Santa in the wonderful setting of Calke Abbey!

With dates throughout the December weekends, tickets are selling out fast so make sure you book your visit to meet Santa at Calke Abbey soon.

Find Calke Abbey at Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire, DE73 7LE

WATERSIDE WINTER WONDERLAND AT CONKERS, Swadlincote

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This year at Conkers, you can enjoy a Christmassy walk through the Enchanted Forest with Santa’s team of elves who will lead you to the Valley of Christmas lights, and finally, to Santa’s Woodland Grotto!

Adults get to sample some mulled wine and mince pies- so there will be smiles all round.

You can also take a trip on the Santa Special train and go on to watch their festive Christmas show.

Sat 3 – Sun 4 Dec 2016
Sat 10 – Sun 11 Dec 2016
Sat 17 – Sat 24 Dec 2016

FAMILY-FUN CHRISTMAS AT ARKWRIGHT’S CROMFORD MILL, near Matlock

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This Christmas at Cromford Mill will be chock-a-block with exciting Christmassy activities- you can follow the Christmas tree trail, have a donkey ride, get your face painted, enjoy some carol singing and you can even try crafting a traditional Christmas wreath.

Not forgetting the most important part… you can also meet Father Christmas!

Saturday December 10- Sunday December 11

For details on all of these events and when they are, click the link above. Ring to book!

SANTA’S FLOATING GROTTO AT MERCIA MARINA

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This is not your ordinary grotto… it’s aboard a BOAT. Santa’s BOAT, nonetheless- a FLOATING grotto.

That’s right, Santa has a boat, where you can meet him and get a present aboard this floating grotto.

Enjoy a Christmas cruise on the ‘Mercia Swan’ trip boat and take a short, but festive, trip around the marina.

Dates Times
Sat 17 – Sun 18 Dec 2016 11:00 to 16:00

Find Mercia Marina at Findern Lane, Willington, Derby, DE65 6DW

SANTA, ELVES AND SLEIGH BELLS AT THE TROPICAL BUTTERFLY HOUSE

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Meet Santa in his Grotto, take a magical sleigh ride through the wintery woods, see the Farm Barn Nativity Scene and visit the Elf Workshop for Christmas Crafts- all at the Tropical Butterfly House this Christmas.

There’s also a special Christmas afternoon tea available!

See all of this on the 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th – 24th December 2016

Find the Tropical Butterfly House at Woodsetts Road, North Anston, Sheffield,
South Yorkshire, S25 4EQ

ELVASTON CASTLE FESTIVE FAMILY FUN DAY AT ELVASTON CASTLE COUNTRY PARK

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This Christmas, in the beautiful setting of Elvastone castle there’s going to be a very exciting Elves’ workshop, where you can write a letter to Father Christmas and make a decoration for your tree!

You can also join Father Christmas in Elvaston’s Gothic Hall to hear traditional Christmas tales from around the world.

All this is happening on Sunday 4 Dec 2016 10:00 to 15:00 

Find Elvaston Castle at Borrowash Road, Elvaston, Derby, DE72 3EP

Click here for a full list of all of the Christmas events happening in Derbyshire & the Peak District

Photographer’s Ultimate Viewpoint: Chrome and Parkhouse Hill

This week will be hearing where photographer James Grant’s ‘ultimate viewpoint’ is in the Peak District…

 

Photographically, for me, Chrome and Parkhouse Hill are my two favourite Peaks in the Peak District, with their shapely profile rising out of the Dove Valley. They are just so different from anything else the Peak District has to offer. There’s a route I have done quite a few times around these two hills which allow you to capture both hills, world war bunkers and limestone pavements. I am sharing with you this location as it appears in my book, Peak District Through The Lens.

 

The Peak District is a strange name for a National Park consisting of moors, tors and flat tops. Nestled in the Upper Dove Valley, though, are the two true peaks of Chrome Hill and Parkhouse Hill. Both hills are reef knolls, once submerged under water in the Carboniferous period. On the way up, some fossils can still be found embedded in the limestone. Chrome Hill is often referred to as ‘The Dragon’s Back’ due to its striking resemblance.

 

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Photo by James Grant

 

How to get here:

 

From Buxton railway station head west and take the A53 towards Leek/Flash for 4.5 miles. You will come to a bend in the road with Flash Bar Stores on your left and the Knight’s Table pub dead ahead, take the road left between these. Drive down this narrow and windy road for 3.7 miles and at the bottom you will see a sign for Hollinsclough left, this is a sharp turn in. Carry on up this road for 1.3 miles and you will reach the small village. Park in the laybys across from the chapel or back further down the road. Viewpoint 3 can be quickly accessed by parking near High Edge Racecourse. Both hills can also be accessed from Hollinsclough but also quickly from Glutton Bridge, however parking is very limited.

 

Key Info:

Access Rating: 4

Map: Explorer OL24 – White Peak

Parking Grid Reference: SK065665

Parking GPS Coordinates: Latitude : 53.195756 Longitude : -1.903966

Parking Postal Code: SK17 0RH

Car Park: Hollinsclough Village

Best Season:All year

Best Time of Day: All Day

Distance: Up To 5 ½ Miles

Time to Location: 2 Hours 40 Minutes

 

What To Shoot & Viewpoints

 

Viewpoint 1: In May there are bluebells growing on the steep sides of Hollinsclough Rake. From the parking place, follow the road up the hill heading north. After about 50m there is a gate on your right leading you through a muddy field. Follow the muddy path down to the footbridge over the River Dove and then carry on bearing a left at the top of the steps, taking the right-hand fork. You will reach a small clearing where the bluebells are. Depending on whether or not you choose to do this as part of the walk may determine what kind of shot you get. If in the earlier, brighter light, a portrait or macro lens with a wide aperture will be better. Get a detail shot of the flowers with a smooth bokeh. Manual focus will work best to absolutely nail where you want the point of focus to be.

 

Viewpoint 2: From the bluebells you have the option to go up Hollins Hill if you like. There are some good views up here towards Chrome Hill, with scenic

drystone walls leading down the hillside but there aren’t a lot of photos to be had. Instead the walk will lead you to High Edge via some limestone outcrops with a few lone hawthorn trees. From the clearing, take the footpath leading up the hillside and turn left on the track for 0.7 miles to Booth Farm. At the farm you will come to a small road, follow the steep road up, at the hairpin turn you can see some limestone outcrops to your left. Walk over to these as there are gnarly hawthorn trees growing out of the limestone fissures. May and June are a good time for these trees because they have leaves on them. You won’t be able to shoot anything in the golden hour because there will be no side lighting. Instead, try and opt for a stormy day where the big clouds will help diffuse some of the strong light.

 

Viewpoint 3: Head back to the road from viewpoint 2 to visit one of the Peak District’s few limestone pavements. Carry on up the steep road, head over the cattle grid and continue until you get to the junction. Directly ahead of you is a fenced off section with a stile into the field. You can see two World War II bunkers from here, one to your left and one to your right. You can still go inside the bunker on the right, but it is situated on private land. Instead head to the one on the left which is now filled in. This is where the limestone pavement is. It might not be up to the standards of the Yorkshire Dales but it’s impressive nonetheless. If on the walk, a stormy day is best to diffuse some of the light. Sunset in winter is great if you are looking for a golden hour shot.

 

Viewpoint 4: From High Edge, head back down to the road and turn left, which heads in the direction of Chrome Hill. Walk down the road for 500m and there is a sign turning right to Stoop Farm. From here walk along the track to near the farm. Turn left, you will take the concession path through the three gates. Here there are good views towards Chrome Hill. Please note Tor Rock, the rocky outcrop here, is private land so please respect this. From here head down the hill following the fence line to the stile.

 

Viewpoint 5: Now it’s time to walk ‘The Dragon’s Back’. Chrome Hill is the higher of the two hills with great views all around. The challenge is to walk up the main ridge of the hill, not deviating from the limestone. However, when wet or if you are less able, it is easy to circumnavigate the ridgeline. From the last stile this will take you along a narrow and muddy track towards Chrome Hill. After the gate you will be at the start of Chrome Hill. There is a narrow mud path on your left which takes you up to the base. Walk from here up the limestone steps to reach the summit. Be sure to keep checking behind you to see the views down the ridge. There are great views from the summit and photographic opportunities to be had. Just down from the summit there is also a limestone pinnacle that looks down the steep sides of Chrome Hill and catches the morning light in winter.

 

Viewpoint 6: From the summit of Chrome Hill, drop down the ridge, taking care as it’s often slippery. About ⅔ of the way down you will come across a large oak tree next to a wall and stile. This is a picture perfect spot as it frames well with Parkhouse Hill behind. This is best in the summer/autumn months when there is foliage on the tree but all year round can work e.g. in the winter with a dusting of snow. There are also opportunities along the humped ridge line beyond the tree.

 

Viewpoint 7: From the stile with the tree, walk the rest of the ridge down to the single track road at the bottom. You will be at the foot of both Parkhouse Hill and Chrome Hill. On the far side of the road, there is a narrow stream and after a high amount of rain gets interesting enough to act as a great foreground interest with Parkhouse Hill behind

 

Viewpoint 8: Parkhouse Hill is perhaps the closest to a knife-edge ridge you will get in the Peak District. At times it is not for the faint-hearted. The ascent is tricky and sometimes slippery. Please only go up if you are confident. The return route to the car is the same whether you decide to go up Parkhouse or not. From the road head to the

base of Parkhouse Hill, where there is a limestone pinnacle jutting out. Go to the right of this and you will find the path up. Take this narrow path and follow it to just below the summit. The best viewpoint is here, on a grass perch looking down the ridge, with a sheer drop to the right towards Chrome Hill. It’s best here in November as the light will be to your left at sunset. Other times of year the sun will be in your shot; if you like shooting into the sun May is perfect as it tips the top of Chrome Hill.

 

Return to Car: Parkhouse Hill can be a tricky descent. You can either come off the southern slopes and drop to the road below or carry along the ridge to the east and come off the path which goes around the north side back to the road between Chrome and Parkhouse Hill. Either way, you need to ensure you are on the road between the two hills. From here, head south following the flow of the stream next to the road and turn right onto the track through the gates of Stannery Farm. From here follow the track along, over the footbridge, crossing the ford and carry on. You will come to a public footpath sign pointing left for Hollinsclough. Follow this track all the way to the road and head straight on up to the village and return to your car.

 

James offers 1-2-1 tuition and themed small group workshops in the Peak District to help you catch the best of the seasons year round including the stunning season of Autumn.

 

 

When exploring the Peak District always take the best of care, being careful with your footing and always  bring a map and compass with you- just in case!

Things to do this May Bank Holiday

Set in the grounds of the magnificent Hardwick Hall, near Chesterfield in Derbyshire provides a stunning venue for a Food & Drink Festival. The event to be held for three days between the 30th April and the 2nd May, opens its gates at 10am each day.

 

Friday 29th April – Sunday 1st May 2016– Set in Buxton’s spectacular Opera House, the Pavilion Arts Centre and beautiful Pavilion Gardens this festival will host gigs by Oysterband with June Tabor and Sam Carter, Seth Lakeman supported by Lucy Ward, Edward II, Will Pound and Eddy Jay, and the Emily Portman Trio. There’ll also be a huge beer hall hosting a festival of more than 100 real ales and providing the setting for the Big Session Ceilidh with the Oysterband and guests, and music sessions throughout the weekend led by Big Session concert artists. Fill

 

Saturday 30th April – Monday 2nd May 2016- This is set to be an event unlike any other; a massive selection of unique acts,  A series of spectaculars on the lake, to be revealed in the months leading up to the event will include a recreation of Carlos Trower, “The African Blondin’s” daring tightrope walk by Chris Bull, high-wire walker otherwise known as ‘Bullzini’ of the Bullzini Family.

Saturday 30th April – Monday 2nd May 2016- Music and bands of all genres but especially, brass, jazz and folk across the site plus a small beer and food festival into the early evening to celebrate spring and the May bank holiday.

 

Saturday 30th April – Monday 2nd May 2016-In conjunction with the Steeple Grange Light Railway, based in the nearby quarries, we celebrate the importance to Wirksworth of the stone industry. Special joint tickets will be available and there will be talks about quarrying too,

 

Sunday 1st May 2016-Cruising the five miles of waterway from Chesterfield to Staveley, guests are able to see at first hand the high quality of the restoration that has been carried out on this stretch of the canal and experience the local flora and fauna.

 

Sunday 1st – Monday 2nd May 2016-Hurtle yourself into the awesome spectacle of Bolsover Castle under attack. Take cover! Witness the opposing forces of the Roundheads and Cavaliers prepare for Civil War battle, pick your side and check your armour before the muskets and pikes are put into action. Hear gruesome tales from the front lines and experience the fear and anticipation of battle with the rallying cry of generals as they prepare their soldiers for the impending bloodshed.

 

Monday 2nd May 2016-This canal trip will take you down the beautiful Chesterfield Canal – so you can cruise and enjoy the lovely scenery. You may even spot some wildlife as you cruise along!

 

 Have a lovely long weekend, everyone!

GBFF mentioned here as part of an advertorial.

7 Ideas for Mother’s Day in the Peak District & Derbyshire

With the Sunday 6th of March rapidly approaching, here are some ideas of how to spend your Mother’s Day…

 

1- Losehill House Hotel & Spa:

 

 

 

A stay at  Losehill House Hotel & Spa is perfect if you really want to go all-out this Mother’s Day. Located slap-bang in the middle of Peak District hills near Castleton, this hotel has gorgeous spa facilities and a bright and vista-surrounded restaurant- what else could you want for Mother’s Day? There’s even white robes for lengthy lounging that can be done.

This is also in the perfect place to enjoy the Peak District scenery, as Mam Tor and Losehill are quite literally on your doorstep.

The above info is an advertorial written by Visit Peak District

 

3- Take a Walk Around Bakewell

… and then get yourself a well-earned Bakewell Pudding on the way back! Click here to see either a 6 or 8 mile walking route. This would be a day out perfect for the lovers of beautiful countryside, splendid views and those for those who are guilty of having a sweet tooth.

 

2- Visit the wonderful Kedleston Hall

This gorgeous Eighteenth century mansion is a great place for Mother’s day outing; surrounded by beautiful art, landscape and history.

 

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3-Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Breadsall Priory 

Indulge in a delicious afternoon tea in the Haslam & Morley Suite; this even includes a little gift for your Mum too!

 

 

4- A Day at Denby!

Pictured below is the Halo collection by Denby

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Denby pottery visitor centre is a lovely place for a day out with Mum- there’s a range of shops (including discounted factory seconds, garden, homeware and gifts) and a little restaurant. They also offer factory tours and the chance for you to paint your own plate for to take home, which could make for a very sweet ‘I LOVE MUM’ souvenir.

 

5- Retail Therapy for East Midlands Designer Outlet

With brands such as Denby, Radley, Jeager and Le Creuset at up to 60% off the original price there’s no chance of your mum not loving getting a Mother’s Day bargain!

 

6- Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at Chatsworth

Visiting Chatsworth is always a treat, but this Mother’s Day you can make it even more special with an added (and delicious) afternoon tea in the 18th century stables – including a glass of champagne for mum!

 

We hope we’ve enjoyed these Mother’s Day ideas- if you would like to see more of what’s going on in the the Peak District, follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

 

 

 

6 Romantic Ideas For Valentine’s Day

It’s always nice just to do something special on Valentine’s Day, so here are a few sure-fire ways to knock someone off their feet with the Peak District’s beauty (and most likely a glass of prosecco).

 

Afternoon Tea at Chatsworth

Celebrate the most romantic day of the year in the charming setting of the 18th century stables courtyard at Chatsworth House. There will be prosecco, delicate finger sandwiches, cakes, pastries and of course, lots and lots of tea.

 

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                        Photo by Chatsworth House Trust

 

 

Masquerade Ball at the Three Horseshoes Inn

The wonderful Three Horseshoes Inn is throwing a masquerade ball; and it’s sure to a great night and a really fun way of spending the Valentine’s weekend. For £37 per person, enjoy a Brut rose reception, three course meal and a disco. The dress code will be black tie, and don’t forget your mask!

 

Valentine’s Lunch for two at Cromford Mills

You can enjoy a sparkling lunch for two in Arkwright’s Café including a selection of sandwiches, romantic themed cakes, home-made scones, and a glass of sparkling prosecco each- then to the canal for a romantic stroll afterwards.

Valentine’s Treat at Marriott Breadsall

Whisk your Valentine date off to enjoy a romantic weekend at the oldest Marroiott hotel in the WORLD, Breadsall Priory. Have yourselves an indulgent 5 course dinner and a glass of prosecco, for £149.00 for a double room, dinner and breakfast!

 

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Spa Break at Shrigley Hall

Enjoy a Spa or golfing break in the dreamy and idyllic rural country hotel of Shrigley Hall. The grand rooms, luxurious spa treatments, elegant restaurant and stunning countryside views will ensure romance is ever-present.

 

A Day in Bakewell

Bakwell is a lovely town to visit for the day; there’s the rover Wye to have a realxing walk along, shops to nose around in and of course Bakewell puddings to eat.

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7 Free (or Good Value) Days Out in the Peak District & Derbyshire

With the wallet-stretching Christmas period over, everybody is feeling the squeeze- but this doesn’t mean that fun days out cannot be had!

Here are 7 brilliant (and cheap) days out in the Peak District & Derbyshire…

Derby Museum & Art Gallery

Derby Museum and Art Gallery covers all sorts of interesting areas; from history, culture and the natural environment of Derby and its region. You can see world-famous collections here, such as paintings by Joseph Wright of Derby – which are well worth a look to marvel at. The other galleries feature stunning archaeology, local regimental history and beautiful natural sciences. A fantastic day out no matter how old you are!

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

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Buxton Pavilion Gardens has much more to offer than initially meets the eye. There’s walks, lakes, play areas and even a  miniature train; which are sure to be a firm favourite with the whole family. The Gardens restoration project has successfully restored the Pavilion back to its original Victorian style, which really makes it a lovely and picturesque day out.

Monsal Trail

This is a newly reopened 8 1/2 mile stretch cycle path between Bakewell and Blackwell Junction near Buxton. Formerly part of the Midland Railway route between Manchester and London, the trail offers a journey though narrow cuttings and over impressive viaducts above the River Wye. Both the scenic views and the wildlife that you can see here are sure to make for a brilliant adventure.

 

Chestnut Centre

If you love otters and owls then this is the place to go. Home to many species of otters including the spectacular Giant Otter from South America. Numerous species of owls, wildcats and the pine marten.
With half term coming up it’s good to know that during holiday times a nature quiz trail is available for children and families.
After the mile long trail you can warm up with a hot drink at the coffee shop- the perfect end to a lovely day out!

Although this is not a free day out, a family ticket costing £26, for the amount on offer to see and experience, it’s worth it.

 

Derby Cathedral

 

Derby Cathrdral taken by Reb Read

 

 

With its story going back to the tenth century, Derby Cathedral offers a unique visitor experience. The best bits are: the early sixteenth century tower, the Bess of Hardwick’s Monument, Joseph Wright’s tombstone or the beautiful Ceri Richards Stained Glass windows. This is a colourful and bright Cathedral and is a lovely place to sit and enjoy the tranquillity and architecture.

 

Thornbridge Brewery 

The first Thornbridge craft beers were produced in February 2005 at the brewery housed in the grounds of Thornbridge Hall. The range of cask and bottled beers has now won more than 100 awards and are now adored by beer-lovers across the country. Their new state of the art brewery was opened at Bakewell in September 2009, and the tours for which are brilliant!

 

Brewery Tour Dates:

3pm Wednesday and Friday

Admission: £7.50 for Adults (18 and over), £3 for those 5-17, unfortunately for Health and Safety reasons, under 5s are not able to come on the tour.

 

Longshaw Estate

 

Longshaw Taken by Reb Read

 

Located to the West of both Chesterfield and Sheffield, this is a gorgeous place to have a day out in the Peak District’s fresh air. It will suit everyone as it has many walking routes to suit all levels of difficulty… and a tea room (with cake).

One thing that makes Longshaw such a good walk is that it is peppered with a great collection of abandoned millstones which, as the logo as the Peak District National Park, are lovely to see in real life.

 

 

 

So, there we have it, now you’ve no excuse not to wrap up and enjoy those crisp Winter days!

 

 

8 Events in Peak District & Derbyshire For Your 2016 Calendar

 

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!

 

Y Not Festival

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!

Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival

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

 

 

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Make Memories You’ll Treasure Forever With a Christmas Day Walk in the Peak District

A Christmas Day Walk…

 

After eating a heaped plate of Christmas dinner with all imaginable trimmings, wouldn’t it be nice to end the most jolly day of the year with a nice (and not too strenuous) fresh walk around one of the Peak District & Derbyshire’s beautiful reservoirs? This would really make for a great Christmas Day tradition! We’ve a few to tempt you with:

 

The Upper Derwent Valley in Derbyshire was opened in 1916 and is comprised of three stunning reservoirs: Howden, Derwent and Ladybower Reservoirs- and the options don’t end with those three gems!

Howden

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Howden Dam on a fresh Winter’s Day

 

With it’s plush trees and calming water Howden makes for a very peaceful walk; perfect for that period of post-Christmas chaos.

The Howden Reservoir was the first of the Derwent Reservoirs to be started in 1901. The interesting thing about this reservoir is that the western half of the lies in Derbyshire, but carry on towards the eastern half and suddenly you’re in Sheffield, South Yorkshire!

Crossing the boundaries of two counties combined with the wonderful sight of the Howden Dam are more than enough to top up your excitement levels, after unwrapping those present.

Derwent 

 

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The half of the land around the reservoir is woodland. This is made up of gorgeous trees such as: larch, pine, sycamore, beech and oak. This woodland gives the scenery wonderful natural beauty. If you wanted to venture a bit further than this woodlands, the surrounding moorlands and gritstone edges are criss-crossed by footpaths open year-round.

The Derwent Dam, as pictured above, is a wonderful sight and would make for a brilliant family outing on Christmas day!

 

Derwent Dam photo by Guy Badham

 

Ladybower

Photo credit to Tesni Ward Photography 

Ladybower Plug (1) Tesni Ward

 

This was the third reservoir to be added to the Upper Derwent Valley trio, and was built between 1935 and 1943, but it took a further two years to fill!

The villages of Derwent and Ashopton had to be flooded to create this reservoir and the inhabitants were relocated to Yorkshire Bridge estate, just downstream of Ladybower Dam.

Click here for a map of how to get here.

 

Linacre

Linacre Dam

Linacre Dam

 

Linacre reservoir is a peaceful gem nestled in the busy market town of Chesterfield. There are several trails around the Reservoirs here, so you can see where the path takes you- they’re all gorgeous!

There are three reservoirs here, and the paths are well edged so your able to choose any length of walk you like. Looking over the reservoir you can enjoy a gorgeous selection of trees, such as: pine, oak trees, beech, alder and larch.

The reflection of the trees on to the calm reservoir water makes this a perfectly peaceful place for your Christmas Day stroll.

Click here for a map to show exactly where this is.

 

 

Ogston

 

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Phosgraphe photography

 

Ogston Reservoir is very tranquil place to go for your Christmas Day walk; other than the Reservoir there’s a variety of other habitats including farmland and woodland. It has gained a reputation as one of the best inland sites in the country to watch gull’s at roost during the winter months! There is a public hide overlooking the Reservoir in the West Bank Car Park, so you can spy on the birds and see what they do for Christmas.

Click here for a map of the area.

 

These routes are also perfect for cycle rides.

 

 

This selection of walks is sure to leave you and your family with Christmas day memories that everyone will tresure, why not make this a new festive tradition!

 

 

Top 10 walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire – Laddow Rocks / Black Hill

Right, let’s get those legs working! Have you saved your energy to tackle some of the more northerly reaches of the Peak District National Park? Let Cath Lee of Peak Walking Adventures take you on this challenging hike in the Dark Peak.

Laddow Rocks

Laddow Rocks

Laddow Rocks / Black Hill (Harder)

Located in the wild, northern part of The Dark Peak, I start this walk from the tiny hamlet of Crowden on the side or Torside Reservoir and head northwards along part of the Pennine Way (which celebrates it’s 50th Anniversary this year) path which steadily climbs up a steep-sided valley to the elevated position of Laddow Rocks. Cath explains that “Whenever I stop here for a rest, I get the uplifting feeling of being somewhere totally wild and remote. There are no signs of civilisation and wonderful views down the valley with hills in the far distance.”

She continues, “from Laddow Rocks you can simply retrace your steps for a short walk of about 4 ½ miles, but I prefer to continue onto the summit of Black Hill and return over the even more remote Tooleyshaw Moor and Westend Moss.” This is a strenuous walk over rough ground. It is essential that you are competent at navigating over remote moorland using a map and compass. You also need good walking boots and suitable outdoor clothing as the weather can change up here! The rewards are there for all to see though when you make it to the top!

Glossop Memorial Park

Glossop Memorial Park

The nearby market town of Glossop is an excellent base for exploring this wild and remote part of the Peak District. Surrounded by hills and high moors it has plenty to offer those wanting to get out and about, whether it’s a vigorous hike across the rugged moorland of Bleaklow or Black hill or a family picnic beside the reservoirs of the Longdendale Valley.

There’s a wealth of culture and creativity too, Glossop has been steadily developing a reputation as one of the regions best live music locations and its rich selection of live performances, concerts and musical events make Glossop a truly dynamic and vibrant town. With an exceptional number of independent shops Glossop’s high street has plenty of hidden gems just waiting to be discovered. From specialist books, designer clothing and original artwork you are sure to find something special. Glossop is also home to a number of award winning local producers offering quality meats, puddings and beers all available on the High Street. Alternatively you can sample these gastronomic delights at one of the towns many restaurants or pubs and enjoy the warm, welcoming Glossop hospitality.

Crowden Camping & Caravanning Club Site

Crowden Camping & Caravanning Club Site

There are plenty of places to stay in and around Glossop, but in order to get right to foot of Black Hill head for Crowden Camping and Caravanning Club. Set in the heart of walking country, this Club Site is at the end of a challenging stretch of the Pennine Way from the start point at Edale with incredible views of the Peak District National Park, but with the cosmopolitan attractions, sights, shopping, eating and entertainment options of Manchester and Sheffield only an hour’s drive away.

If you’re suitably inspired to tackle this walk at the weekend then why not also join an informative Peak District National Park Ranger on a 10 mile guided walk starting from Crowden this coming Sunday, 13th September, booking essential.

Next week will see the very last in this series of Top Ten Walks in the Peak District and Derbyshire as voted by Cath Lee of Peak Walking Adventures. Please let us know if you have enjoyed these blogs and especially if they’ve inspired to get out and go for a walk!

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