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

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10 Top Tips Make Your Christmas Dinner Perfect

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Chef Patron of the Devonshire Arms, Alan Hill is here to share with us his top tips for the perfect Christmas Dinner; so get your pots, pans and roasting tins at the ready.

 

 

 

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1- Crispy Stuffing Balls

I like to use onions, sage and fresh breadcrumbs for stuffing; the best thing to do to bring it together is with some of Chatsworth Farmshop Sausage meat- probably about 4 Sausages worth. Roll this into balls and cook at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes until crispy.

2-The Perfect Spuds

For some people potatoes are the main event at the Christmas meal. In order to guarantee a crispy-on-the-outside-fluffy-on-the-inside type of roastie this year, follow these steps:

Bring to the boil and once half cooked drain and leave to steam dry. After ruffling them about drop into a roasting tray with plenty of goose fat or oil, season and turn every 15 mins whilst in the oven until crispy and brown!

3-Parsnips

Pre -boiling your parsnips can be a real time saver, and they keep fine in the fridge for up 24 hours before the big day. To finish them off sprinkle lightly with semolina and cook in goose fat in a hot oven until golden.

4- Pigs in blankets

Pigs in blankets can be another Christmas dinner deal breaker. One trick to getting these looking neat and less like a tangled mess is to put horseradish sauce on cooked bangers and then wrap the bacon around them. They will look very professional and be gone within seconds.

5-Cheaters Cranberry Sauce

A cheeky trick to impress people on Christmas is to cheat with your cranberry sauce. Buy a jar, add some orange zest and port/brandy, pop into a fancy little bowl and it’ll taste fresh and delicious and fool everyone.

6-Spruced Up Sprouts

Sprouts can often divide dinner guests BUT you can convert the sprout haters by sprucing them up. Add poppy seeds and bits of bacon, and roast with the other veg. Not even little kiddies will be able to resist.

7- Turkey

To get the best, we use Derbyshire Bronze Turkey for flavour and for succulence. To emphasise these elements even more, put a mixture of finely chopped lemon, lots of rosemary thyme and salt in the cavity.

You can also cook your turkey upside down. This way the breasts will soak up all of the juices and stay lovely and moist. Pop it right way up for the last half an hour and it’ll go a lovely golden brown.

8-Red Cabbage

Braised red cabbage is one of those foods that actually improves it’s flavour over time, so it’s well worth making in advance. Add some cinnamon, grated apple and a couple of spoons of redcurrant jelly to make it a tasty addition. This also keeps for a few days in the fridge.

9.Bread Sauce

Add a onion cloute (which is an onion, studded with cloves that hold a bay leaf) to your milk for better flavoured bread sauce. Be sure to remove when adding the crumb and butter- blend to keep a silky consistency.

10. Boozey pud

Christmas pudding, of course, can be made months ahead, but the trick is in the sauce! I like to make a sweet bechamel (roux based) sauce, add lashings of rum, followed by a big spoon of brandy butter (4oz butter, 4oz ground almonds, 4oz icing sugar lots of brandy “Hic” )!

 

We hope that these tips make your Christmas dinner even more special- Merry Christmas, everyone!

 

 

 

Christmas Presents Made in Derbyshire that Won’t Break the Bank…

 

Derbyshire isn’t short of impressive local products, so if you know someone that likes their presents to be unique, we think these would make for perfect gifts- in stockings of all shapes and sizes!

So, here’re a handful of local Christmas gift ideas that we love:

Unique Ceramics by Clare Gage

Clare Gage is a Derbyshire-based ceramicist, who has had a life-long love affair with both textiles and ceramics. These have come together to create a collection that would be impossible not to treasure- a perfect and personal locally made Christmas gift!

You can grab a Clare Gage Button Cup or Cup & Saucer for just £26! Last Date to order is 20th.

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Wine Made in Belper!

The chances are that you know someone who loves wine, and so you’ve always got the fall-back present of a nice bottle. BUT, have you ever thought of getting them a bottle of English Wine? Believe it or not, there is a vineyard here in Derbyshire. Belper, in fact!

This wine is £15 per bottle.

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Local (and personalised) Beer!

Peak Ales are a Bakewell-based brewery, that can make you your very own personalised bottle of their beer. This would be the perfect opportunity to immortalise all of those in-jokes that will make you laugh until you cry!

Here’s an example of what your label could look like:

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The price for this fun gift is £39 for a case of 12 personalised bottled beers.

Stylish Handmade Jewellery 

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Helena Rudkin Jewellery is a wonderful example of high-quality and locally made jewellery. Every piece is handmade in Helena’s Derbyshire Dales workshop, so every piece is unique!

If you know someone who likes beautiful things that are a bit different from what you’d usually find on the high street, Helena Rudkin’s jewellery is a great place to look this Christmas.

Helena Rudkin has pendants that start from just £40- a bargain!

The Candlemakers of Derbyshire

A Wick & A Prayer are the candle-makers of Derbyshire! They have a fab collection of Christmas candles, which would make any lover of cosiness very happy.

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Here’s the link for the above star pillar candles– costing £8.95

Locally made Knitware

Detta is a great place to buy beautifully hand crafted knit and home-ware. The blankets and cushions are locally handmade by Berni Raeside on a vintage manual hand-flat knitting machine- and everything’s 100% wool.

The quality of these items is sure to impress under the Christmas tree- and these knitted cushions are only £35. There are also a collection of scarves available for the same price!

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Something Special From Denby

Denby is undoubtedly a Derbyshire classic. Just one of the many gorgeous collections from Denby is the ‘Halo’ collection; reminiscent of Derbyshire’s unique stone Blue John, it would make a wonderful gift for a loved-one this Christmas… and this mug set is 25% off too- now just £15!

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Thanks for taking a look at our list of Peak District & Derbyshire locally made Christmas gift ideas, we hope you love our local products as much as we do!

Join Lord and Lady Edward Manners in celebrating Christmas at Haddon Hall’s exclusive carol service, with Repton School’s Head of Academic Music

Enjoy a splendid run up to Christmas with Haddon Hall in Derbyshire’s Peak District.

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Haddon Chapel

On the evening of Friday 12th December, join Lord and Lady Edward Manners at an exclusive carol concert in the wonderfully atmospheric medieval chapel at Haddon Hall, which will be lit by candlelight and adorned with winter decorations that shall enhance its splendour.

Head of Academic Music at Repton School, Peter Siepmann, will head up a choir of eleven singers who will perform from within the chapel’s ancient walls, which – at over 900 years old – have witnessed services of the Manners family over the centuries, making the building resonate with history.

The choir, made up of scholars from the Choir of St Peter’s Nottingham, where Peter is also Director of Music, will be singing a wide range of choral music from 16th century Spain and the work of Tomas Luis de Victoria, through the Romantic repertoire of German composer Peter Cornelius, and 20th century English composers such as Elizabeth Poston and David Willcocks. (A short clip of the choir performing is attached to the email)

There will be a special candlelit tour of Haddon Hall and drinks before the concert. Tickets are £55 per person and include tour, drinks with Lord and Lady Edward, followed by the concert.

Call 01629 812855, or visit http://www.haddonhall.co.uk/special-events/ to book tickets for this special occasion.

The concert is part of A Manners Family Christmas taking place at Haddon Hall from 6 – 17 December. Highlights of the hall’s Christmas opening include:

·         Explore the Tudor Kitchen where you will find an artisan market, gift shop, demonstrations, gift-packing and hamper creations.

·         The richly panelled Tudor parlour shall be home to St Nicholas and story-telling, and in the magnificent Long Gallery a great dining table will be set for a Manners family Christmas lunch.

·         The Tudor Group will be visiting Haddon and bringing it to life with their authentic Christmas preparations. There will be music, plays and performances throughout the house over 6 & 7 December, evoking a time of Christmas past at Haddon.

·         Candle-lit tours take place on 9th,10th and 11th December – a beautifully atmospheric way to see the hall.

Full detail at www.haddonhall.co.uk

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Please contact Jane Travis on janetravis21@gmail.com for media enquiries

Jane Travis

Communications Consultant

07779 586312

A Christmas gift to really enjoy: vouchers for The Peacock at Rowsley

For food lovers and drink connoisseurs, to discover the stunning Peak District, to treat your loved one to a night in our chic, cosy hotel, or for someone who simply needs a break away – vouchers for The Peacock at Rowsley are the perfect gift this Christmas.

Peacock vouchers can be used for meals, accommodation or fishing on the beautiful River Wye – which runs close to the hotel.

From an intimate bar meal to a dinner, bed and breakfast night in our special suite; tailor your voucher to suit and keep in mind our superb packages. The reception team at The Peacock at Rowsley will be happy to discuss your wishes.

Located in the Peak District, The Peacock is perfectly placed to explore all that Derbyshire’s superb countryside has to offer. As part of the historic Haddon Estate, The Peacock at Rowsley has a special link with Haddon Hall and superb offers are available for hotel guests to visit the ancient site during season opening, including private tours. Find out about Haddon’s special Christmas opening from 6th to 17th December at www.haddonhall.co.uk

Bookings for The Peacock’s delicious December fine – dining menu are now being taken, to start the run up to Christmas in style.

Make the most of your gift-giving this Christmas and celebrating the festive season with The Peacock at Rowsley.

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Please contact Jane Travis on janetravis21@gmail.com for media enquiries, or for details on The Peacock at Rowsley, visit http://www.thepeacockatrowsley.com/  or contact reception@thepeacockatrowsley.com

Notes to editors

The Peacock at Rowsley is a small luxury hotel located in the famous Peak District in the heart of England. Part of the Haddon Estate and owned by Lord Edward Manners, the hotel has been refurbished throughout and styled by award winning designer India Mahdavi. Its 14 comfortable en suite bedrooms and one suite are luxuriously furnished with antique furniture and the finest fabrics and it is an AA Inspector’s Choice 3 red star hotel. Dan Smith, head chef, worked with Tom Aikens in London and The Peacock has been awarded 3 rosettes for food by the AA.

http://www.thepeacockatrowsley.com/

Jane Travis

Communications Consultant

07779 586312

 

Christmas at Buxton Opera House and Pavilion Arts Centre

Buxton Opera House is offering a host of glittering festive events to enjoy this winter.

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol and this year Buxton Opera House is offering two opportunities to relive the famous tale. Crowd of 2 Theatre returns to Pavilion Arts Centre (with a cast of four actors, some chains and a mask or two) to perform its latest adaptation of the festive favourite on Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 December.

Whilst Buxton Opera House’s Junior Theatre Company (aged 8 to 10) will bring Ebenezer, a musical adaptation (with a catchy score and all the familiar characters) to the Arts Centre stage on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 December.

Visitors can sing carols and Christmas songs in the beautiful Edwardian Opera House during Christmas with Buxton Musical Society, appearing with Worcester College, Oxford on Sunday 14 December.  The award-winning Brighouse & Rastrick Band are also back with The Very Best of Brass and Comedy on Friday 19 December, combining their talents with ex-Houghton Weavers frontman Norman Prince.

Twas the Night before Christmas by Distraction Theatre Company will play at Pavilion Arts Centre on Friday 28 November, a heart-warming story of two sisters Ellie and Bella (who live in a gossiping Victorian village) and their father, who  must do all he can to raise enough money for their dowries. The theatre company return the following night for The Twelve Days of Christmas (Saturday 29 November at 7.30pm); a popular and vibrant show following Elizabeth Fairfax and her rather unusual Christmas of 1895. After having declared his love, Mr Edward Fitzwilliam lavishes Elizabeth with the most extraordinary and ridiculous 12 days of her life.

Don’t miss two visits from the ever popular British Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, bringing a flavour of ‘Christmas in Vienna’ with waltzes, songs and tunes in A Viennese Strauss Christmas Gala on Sunday 30 November and orchestral favourites from opera, ballet and film during New Year’s Eve Gala. Revellers at the Gala can also enjoy a pre-concert 3-course dinner at 7.15pm in the Pavilion Garden’s complex.

As always Buxton Opera House is the place to see pantomime, this year’s feel-good show is Jack and the Beanstalk (Thursday 11 December to Saturday 3 January), starring Steve Nallon from TV’s Spitting Image and Joseph Elliot ‘cook’ in the popular CBeebies series. Whilst children will also love Father Christmas Needs a Wee, a TaleGate Theatre musical adaptation of Peter Allan’s much loved book, with witty humour and fantastic music (Friday 19 December at the Arts Centre).

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For more information on Christmas shows or to buy tickets contact Buxton Opera House Box Office on 0845 127 2190 or buy online at www.buxtonoperahouse.org.uk.

For more information, press or competition tickets, please contact Jennifer Mather

Press Officer Tel: 01298 72050 email: jmather@boh.org.uk

Bells to be Rungen, Carols to be Sungen and Lanterns to be Swungen as Old Glossop gears up for Christmas

Community groups in Old Glossop are planning a grand start to the Christmas Season with Victorian festivities taking place in the streets of this historic village. Local craftspeople and businesses will be selling unique and original gifts whilst entertainers provide music and dancing amongst the stalls.

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Old Cross in Holly Wreath

“The atmosphere of Old Glossop village brings feelings of nostalgia for a by-gone age, so what better place to host a Victorian Christmas event” said Paul Bohan of High Peak Nightstop, one of the organisers.

Running from 2-6pm on Sunday 7th December, expect to hear Glossop Christmas stories, live music and bell ringing, smell roast chestnuts, taste mulled wine and seasonal treats and see a candlelit tree, a crib and traditional dancing.

The ringing of bells at around 3.30pm will be followed by a lantern parade and carol service whilst the tree is decorated by local school children.

Councillor Garry Parvin said “Holding a community event around the Old Cross is really special, it’s been the centre of village life for centuries. We’re delighted so many groups are working together on the Christmas Festivities.”

Entry to the event is free but there will be the opportunity to donate to help cover the costs. Any profits will be split between the foodbank to support local people in crisis over Christmas and Old Glossop Residents Association.

As the Victorian Festivities finish, there will be a theatre production of ‘All is Calm’ at 6pm in Old Glossop Church. The play is a re-imagining of what might have happened in the events leading up to the extraordinary football match and spontaneous carol singing that happened on Christmas Day in the First World War trenches. Tickets are available from Bay Tree Books, Fieldings Jewellers and Wains.

Musicians, performers and entertainers who would be willing to take part in the event are asked to email paul.highpeakfoodbank@gmail.com or ring Paul Bohan on 01298 73313.

More information: Paul Bohan 01298 73313, paul.highpeakfoodbank@gmail.com

Celebrate Christmas with The Peacock at Rowsley and Haddon Hall: exclusive concert and festive weekend experience

Enjoy a splendid run up to Christmas with The Peacock at Rowsley Hotel and Haddon Hall in Derbyshire’s Peak District.

Over 12-14 December, The Peacock is offering guests a first – ever Christmas weekend experience in conjunction with historic Haddon Hall, including a private carol concert in Haddon Hall’s ancient chapel – not usually open for services to the public – followed by a black tie fine-dining dinner at the hotel and all-day access to Haddon Hall’s special Christmas opening the following day.

Haddon Hall Chapel at Christmas.

Haddon Hall Chapel at Christmas.

On the evening of Friday 12th December, join Lord and Lady Edward Manners at an exclusive carol concert in the wonderfully atmospheric medieval chapel at Haddon Hall, which will be lit by candlelight and adorned with winter decorations that shall enhance its splendour.

Listen to the choir singing hymns from within the chapel’s ancient walls, which, at over 900 years old, have witnessed services of the Manners family over the centuries, making the building resonate with history.

Following the concert, guests will return to the cosy and chic Haddon Estate hotel – The Peacock at Rowsley – just minutes from Haddon Hall, to enjoy a seasonal fine-dining menu prepared by Michelin-trained head chef, Dan Smith.

On Saturday, guests are invited to enjoy complimentary entry to Haddon Hall’s Christmas opening event – titled ‘A Manners Family Christmas’ and featuring guided tours, Christmas food, crafts, bell ringing and St Nicholas in the Parlour. Guests will then have the rest of the day to enjoy Derbyshire, followed by a three-course a la carte dinner that evening.

This two-night exclusive package starts from £720 for two people to enjoy accommodation in one of 14 comfortable en suite bedrooms or one suite – all of which are furnished with antique furniture and the finest fabrics – breakfast, carol concert, post-concert fine dining meal, entry to Haddon Hall at Christmas on the Saturday and a la carte dinner on the Saturday evening.

The Peacock’s Head Chef, Dan Smith, worked with Tom Aikens in London and The Peacock has been awarded 3 Rosettes for food by the AA.

Contact reception@thepeacockatrowsley.com to book this exclusive, limited-numbers Christmas package with The Peacock at Rowsley and Haddon Hall.

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Please contact Jane Travis on janetravis21@gmail.com for media enquiries, or for details on The Peacock at Rowsley, visit http://www.thepeacockatrowsley.com/

Notes to editors

The Peacock at Rowsley is a small luxury hotel located in the famous Peak District in the heart of England. Part of the Haddon Estate and owned by Lord Edward Manners, the hotel has been refurbished throughout and styled by award winning designer India Mahdavi. Its 14 comfortable en suite bedrooms and one suite are luxuriously furnished with antique furniture and the finest fabrics and it is an AA Inspector’s Choice 3 red star hotel. Dan Smith, head chef, worked with Tom Aikens in London and The Peacock has been awarded 3 Rosettes for food by the AA.

Rates for the Christmas concert and fine dine package are:

Standard double: £720 per room

Larger double: £750 per room

Special room: £790 per room

Suite: £1145

http://www.thepeacockatrowsley.com/

The carol concert starts at 7pm on the 12th December and lasts for one hour.

‘A Manners Family Christmas’ runs at Haddon Hall from December 6th to 17th, when the hall will be open every day for guests to enjoy the beautifully – decorated surrounding with an assortment of wonderful events of family focus and traditional Christmas pastimes at this ancient site. Find out more at www.haddonhall.co.uk

Back by popular demand – Renishaw Hall opens for December tours

Alexandra Sitwell will be opening up her home – Renishaw Hall – in north Derbyshire once again for hall tours this December.

Renishaw Hall December Tours

Back by popular demand, the historic hall – home to the Sitwell family for almost 400 years – will be open for public tours on Wednesday 10th and 17th December. Group tours of the hall will also be available throughout December, pre-booking essential for both.

“We really hope to see lots of visitors to Renishaw Hall this Christmas time, giving you a feel of what my historic family home is like over the festive period” said Alexandra Sitwell, owner of Renishaw Hall and Gardens.

There will be guided tours of the hall with hot refreshments on offer in the old kitchen, with the hall dressed for a traditional family Christmas.

Public tours will be available at 1pm and 2.30pm on 10th and 17th December and on various dates in December for groups of up to 50 people.

Renishaw offers the perfect festive visit to a country house still very much lived in and loved by the Sitwell family.

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Notes to editors

For information on future events at Renishaw Hall & Gardens, visit www.renishaw-hall.co.uk

The Hall is open to the public on 10th and 17th December and open for group tours at Christmas through December 2014 on the following dates: 9,16,18,19.

Hall tour December entry is:  Adults £12.75, Concessions (over 60) £11.75, Children £8

Renishaw Hall and Gardens will re-open for 2015 on March 27th.

Renishaw is rightly celebrated for the fabulous Italianate gardens. The formal garden was laid out in 1895 by Sir George Sitwell (1860-1943) in the classical Italianate style.

Renishaw Hall & Gardens is located in north Derbyshire, just 5 minutes’ drive from the M1 at Junction 30 and 20 minutes’ drive from Sheffield city centre.

Renishaw Hall, Renishaw, north Derbyshire, S21 3WB

Meet Peak District photographers at Bakewell Visitor Centre

Christmas shoppers and visitors to Bakewell this weekend (Saturday November 30 and Sunday December 1) have a special opportunity to meet some of the UK’s top landscape and wildlife photographers.

The photographers will be on hand in the Peak District Photography Gallery, at Bakewell visitor centre, to talk about their work.

The gallery features the work of award-winning photographers Ian Daisley, Graham Dunn, Karen Frenkel, Chris Gilbert and Alex Hyde.

On Saturday November 30, Graham Dunn will be available in the morning for a chat and Chris Gilbert will be there in the afternoon. On Sunday December 1, Karen Frenkel will be there in the morning and Ian Daisley in the afternoon.

Information on the gallery and the photographers can be seen at www.peakgallery.co.uk

Sales of photographs from the gallery generate income for the Peak District National Park Authority. Bakewell visitor centre also showcases the work of the National Park‘s finest artists and craftspeople and the Authority receives a share of profits from sales.

Also on display in the visitor centre during November and December is the work of junior amateur photographers from Crich Carr Primary School, Crich, following photographic tuition and inspiration from Alex Hyde, Ian Daisley and Graham Dunn.

The display of images taken by the year five and six pupils during a day of photography at Padley Gorge, Burbage Brook and Owler Tor, gives people the opportunity to see the National Park through their eyes.

Housed in the historic Old Market Hall, the fully accessible gallery and visitor centre are open every day, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

For more details call Bakewell visitor centre on 01629 816558.