Extra Holiday Ideas

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To complement the luxurious surroundings of Derwent House, why not think about a catered dinner party, some great local produce or an activity for your group to whilst visiting Matlock.

These services are provided by independent local businesses. For food provision, this supports the local economy and helps to reduce the number of food miles making a positive contribution to the local environment. The outdoor activities provide a great opportunity to experience the Peak District environment.

To find out more about each service click on the relevant picture to learn more about what they offer and how to contact the provider.

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Zest Catering

Helen and Natalie can provide catered and served dinner parties, buffets or other food. They have broad experience of events and aim to ensure that their food and service are suitable for your group and event.

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Peak Wine Direct

Peak Wine Direct offer wine tasting parties. They run the tasting at your chosen venue, arriving half an hour before to setup.
They bring with the wines, tasting glasses, spittoons and tasting notes. The tasting will take approximately two hours. Let them know your budget, the types of wine you would like to taste and the amount,

Sheep bridge at Padley Gorge Derbyshire

Peak Walking Adventures

Peak Walking Adventures provide guided walks in the Peak District. They know the best walks in the area. Their friendly, professional guides will ‘bring the countryside to life’ by sharing with you a wealth of local knowledge’.

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Dolomite Training

Dolomite Training offer a range of outdoor activities for youth groups, stag and hen parties, corporate groups and families, tailored to needs and experience and delivered by qualified and experienced instructors. Activities include abseiling, caving, climbing and mountain biking as well as competitive team challenges that include something for everyone.

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Walking the Peaks

Want to avoid the hassle of trying to find a good walk in the Peak District? Walking the Peaks provide a selection of free walks for instant download as a PDF. Each guide includes a detailed route description with photos of key navigation points, transport details, information about cafes and pubs. The route is shown on both a Harvey map and a link to Google Maps.


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Leather Craft Workshops

The Identity Store are experienced leather craft suppliers with a passion to pass on this amazing skill. The workshops are designed to teach basic to advanced leathercraft skills; as well as some project based arts and crafts workshops that can be done for a creative day out. The workshops are usually between 4-6 people and offer the chance for some personal attention. They are designed to offer the chance to make a specific project/s during the session that you can take home with you.

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Landscape Photography

Book onto a planned photography workshop or contact Chris for a tailored package of photography tuition among the stunning Peak District landscape. On a day course with Chris you will be taught the technical and artistic skills that matter and have a chance to put them into practice on a day out in the Peak District, perhaps visiting some of the out-of-the-way places that only truly local knowledge will take you to.


Two bottles of Amber Valley wines

Amber Valley Tours

If you’re looking to do something a bit different one evening or weekend then a vineyard tour for your group is perfect.  Your group gets exclusive use of the Little Vineyard, the orchard and the Cellar Door bar with its roaring fire – over three acres of tranquil Derbyshire countryside all to yourselves. Explore the vineyard year, the trials and tribulations of growing vines in Derbyshire followed by tasting.

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