Horse trials at Chatsworth house

What’s on in Derbyshire and the Peak District in 2020?

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One of the most common things we hear from our guests is how surprised they are at the range of things to do in Derbyshire and the Peak District. As a number of guests are visiting Derbyshire for the first time, we thought it may be useful to share some of the great events for 2020 if you are considering a stay in Derbyshire in the new year.

What events are on in Derbyshire and the Peak District in 2020?

As usual Derbyshire and the Peak District have an array of events during the year. The famous well-dressings that run throughout the summer, in many of the towns and villages of the county. The wonderful historical houses provide a glimpse into the past. The National Trust’s Hardwick Hall houses some of wonderful tapestries, which are gradually being restored. As well as being able to visit Haddon Hall there are several points in the year when the hall includes classical music as part of the offering. For the past few years as well as access to the wonderful house and gardens, Chatsworth has hosted an annual exhibition, so keep an eye out to see what 2020 has in store.

Alongside this is a wonderful collection of events. Some may be less well known, and others are annual favourites…

In the same week as Valentine’s day is the famous Royal Shrovetide Football event takes place in Ashbourne on the 13th and 14th February. It involves two 8-hour periods and the goals are three miles apart!

Chatsworth house in the summer

Well-dressings, walking and horses…

After Easter some of the longer events begin. The well-dressings are displayed throughout the county from May onwards. In May the Tissington Well Dressing is great. A number of wells are dressed around the historic village   From 9th to the 17th May is the Chesterfield Walking Festival.

From the 15th to the 17th May, the first large event of the year is staged at Chatsworth House – the Dodson and Horrell International Horse Trials. Over three days there are a range of world-class equestrian events.

Flower display at RHS Chatsworth

The annual Chatsworth RHS flower show

June sees the annual RHS Chatsworth Flower Show from the 11th to 14th June. This is a great event with show gardens, demonstrations, displays and some great shopping. A real gem in the Peak District calendar.

County fair at Chatsworth

Throughout spring and summer there a number of shows in the county, some with an agricultural theme and others a celebration of all things rural. From the 23rd to 25th May is the Bakewell Baking festival with demonstrations, stalls and great fun for all the family. On the 12th August is the Ashover show followed by the Ashbourne show on the 15th August. In September is the Chatsworth Country Fair, from the 4th to 6th September. The fair has a great range of events each day and is well worth a visit.

County far balloon race

What festivals are on during 2020 in Derbyshire?

There are a range of art festivals in Derbyshire during the year. Three that are great to visit are Belper, Buxton and Wirksworth.

The Belper arts festival runs form the 1st to 25th May. The festival includes a great range of artists form Derbyshire and some further afield. The variety of events is very impressive.

Buxton opera house front

The Buxton Festival runs from the 3rd to 19th July. There are events throughout the town and the Belper Opera house always has an internationally acclaimed opera programme. The festival is focused around music, performances and books. The Peak District Artisans also usually have an exhibition in the Great dome during the festival. Again, this one is well worth a visit.

The Wirksworth Festival runs from the 11th to 20th September and is a wonderful showcase for local and national artists. There are expected to be over 150 artists and events are on throughout the historical market town throughout the festival.

As well as the stunning house and gardens of Chatsworth, there are a range of events throughout the year, including the Chatsworth Arts Festival form the 18th to 20th September. Previous festivals have hosted the Turner prize winning artist, Grayson Perry and musician and broadcaster, Jarvis Cocker. So, this year is sure to another popular event when the artists are released.

view from Gritstone rocks in Peak District

Walking and cycling in the Peak District

As well as a magnificent range of events throughout 2020 there is of course the wonderful landscapes and the great outdoors. There are walks and cycle trails for all abilities. You can find some of our favourite walks here. Scroll down to the Google map at the bottom of the page for more information. And if you are thinking of bringing your bike to enjoy Derbyshire and the Peak District remember we have secure cycle storage just next door at our Bed and Breakfast.

These are just a selection of events in Derbyshire and the Peak District next year. You can find out more information about these and others on our events page.

If you are planning a visit to Derbyshire next year for a group of up to 12 people, it would be lovely to welcome you to Derwent House. You can find out more information about our availability and what we offer on our availability and booking page.

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