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


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


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



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


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


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



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!










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


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


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.


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


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.



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



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


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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!



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



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



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

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!

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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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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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What’s on this weekend

At a loose end for something to do this weekend? Then look no further than the Peak District and Derbyshire.

Lovers of art and culture take a look at:

Chatsworth’s major new literary festival ‘The Chatsworth Festival – Art Out Loud’

The three day event is inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s passion for the arts and will feature a stellar line up of more than 20 speakers drawn from the literary world, art, tv, museums and journalism. Speakers include Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry CBE; author and filmmaker Hannah Rothschild; BBC Arts Editor, Will Gompertz; and the Duke of Devonshire who will be talking about the Devonshire Collection, one of Europe’s most significant art collections.


Sculpture Gallery at Chatsworth

Sculpture Gallery at Chatsworth

The Grand Tour

It’s the last weekend to check out this art exhibition spanning four venues, Chatsworth, Derby Museums, Nottingham Contemporary and The Harley Gallery. Enter the competition for your chance to win a VIP trip to season two in 2016.

One for the families:

Matlock Bath Illuminations

Magical decorated and illuminated boats parade on the River Derwent in Matlock Bath at 7.45pm every Saturday and Sunday, and there are stalls to enjoy in Derwent Gardens, plus additional entertainment on Saturdays. Fireworks nights will take place every Saturday evening from 19 September through to Halloween night on 31 October.

Peak Magic Festival 

The Peak Magic Festival returns on September 19th 2015. After the popularity and success of last year’s event, this collaboration, between Peak Shopping Village and Derbyshire based magician and hypnotist Anthony Jacquin, will bring some of the country’s best magical and mystery acts to perform live in the Peak District.

Well Dressing

Well Dressing

Wells Dressing

We also see an end to the Derbyshire tradition of Wells Dressing, with Chesterfield and Hartington drawing the 2015 season to a conclusion.

So whatever the weather the Peak District and Derbyshire has something on offer for you this weekend.