Marching band at Bakewell Show

Events in the Peak District and Derbyshire

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The Peak District National park was established in 1951. It is primarily situated in northern Derbyshire but also reaches into Yorkshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire. It was the first National park to be created in Britain and has had a really positive impact on the environment and local communities.

What is there to do in the Peak District?

There wonderful outdoor environment is great for walking and cycling throughout the year, with great tracks for all abilities. If you’re wanting to enjoy the cycling opportunities there are good storage facilities for cycles and drying facilities in the utility room if you’re staying at Derwent House.

In addition, there are also a wonderful range of events throughout the year. One of the biggest is the RHS Chatsworth flower show that takes place in June. At Chatsworth there is also the wonderful country fair that takes place at the end of August. And each December there is the Chatsworth Christmas markets and the house is decorated, in a different theme each year, for the Christmas season. Haddon Hall, another wonderful historic house, holds a fantastic winter artisan market each November. And leading up to Christmas the house hosts some wonderful Christmas events. To find out more about the location and dates take a look at our events page.

Flower display at RHS Chatsworth

What is there to do in Derbyshire?

Derbyshire has some wonderful attractions including the Heights of Abraham, Crich Tramway museum and the Masson Mills textile museum, with daily demonstrations of the looms. Again, there are a range of annual events. The Matlock Bath illuminations are on at weekends throughout much of September and October and most Saturdays have a spectacular firework display.

Throughout the summer months many Derbyshire villages host the tradition of well-dressings. The well-dressings are constructed from flower petals and display different scenes each year. Tissington, Ashford-in-the-Water and Youlgrave have a range of dressed wells to explore throughout the village. And there is usually a range of cake and other treats to be found too.

As well as some wonderful galleries displaying the work of local artists and crafts people there are also other art events. One of the largest is the Buxton Festival, which takes place each July. The festival includes opera, music and books and has something to appeal to all tastes. Buxton is a wonderful spa town and worth a visit in its own right, and of course is famous for water.  

Chatsworth County fair

Food and Drink in Derbyshire

There are a range of great food outlets in Derbyshire. Just a short walk from Derwent House are a range of cafes, bars and restaurants. Bakewell hosts a monthly farmer’s market each month, usually on the last Saturday – the dates for 2019/20 are listed on our events page. There are a range of food and drink producers from across the county.

Chatsworth also hosts a range of food events in the Farm Shop. These are in addition to the wonderful offerings on sale throughout the year. Another of the great historic houses in Derbyshire, Hardwick Hall, hosts a food fair in May. The fair includes food stalls, street food, talks and demonstrations, offering a great day out. The dates for the 2020 Hardwick Hall will are yet to be announced and will be added to our events page.

So, if you are planning a short break or longer stay Derbyshire and Peak District have something for all tastes and a wonderful range of activities and events throughout the year. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay for a group up to 12 Derwent House offers an ideal base. And if you’re visiting in a smaller group we can offer B&B at Glendon.

view from hill across Peak District

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