Local Events

Derbyshire and The Peak District hosts many interesting and quirky events throughout the year; why not experience something new during your stay at Hoe Grange Holidays?

Hands Well at Tissington 2015Check out our list of local Derbyshire events and activities to enjoy – just click on the event to link to the website.

Details are kept up to date, but please check with the organisers/local Tourist Information Centre for changes.

Help us! If you find something new and exciting to do we would love to know so we can add it to our events list for other guests to enjoy!

Farmers Markets – you will find the most delicious produce and mouth watering home baked goodies.

Explore more with a guided walk, feast your eyes with stunning art, try your hand at a new craft, and tantalize your taste buds with local dishes, all provided by other Peak District Environmental Quality Mark businesses.


Tuesday 20th June to Thursday 24th AugustSummer Rose Gardens at Hopton HallFormal gardens including a 1 acre walled garden with over 2000 roses in 40 individual beds surrounded by 5000 neatly trimmed box plants. Follow the meandering path to the croquet lawn & rose walk, around 2 ornamental ponds leading to the wildlife lake, Arboretum, Laburnum tunnel, and Birch Avenue. A gardeners paradise. Open Tues, Wed and Thurs, 10.30am to 4pm. Admission £4 tasty cakes and tea available!
Throughout July and August  Tuesday 29th AugustThe Burrows Garden The Burrows Gardens, a delightful corner of Derbyshire, with a collection of loved and cared for gardens, ideal for a gentle stroll, or a summer picnic. Round off your visit with tea and wonderful homemade cakes. Small parties welcome. A gardeners dream! Open Sundays, Tuesdays and Fridays 11am to 4.30pm
Wednesday 5th July to Friday 22nd SeptemberAshbourne TreasuresAn exciting way to explore the history and development of Ashbourne through its Town Treasures. You can follow a heritage trail across 3 sites, from the Library in Compton, to St Oswald’s Church and the Heritage Centre.The exhibitions contains artifacts from national archives and private collections and includes the original 1585 Charter. Free admission
Wednesday 5th July to Tuesday 12th SeptemberDerbyshire H₂O ExhibitionA unique art exhibition inspired by the waters of Derbyshire, featuring 30+ members of the High Peak Artists group, including paintings, ceramics, sculpture, glass, printmaking, jewellery, textiles & photography.
Friday 9th June to Sunday 23rd JulyPoppies weeping Window Weeping Window is a stream of several thousand handmade ceramic poppies cascading from a high window to the ground ; Wave is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks. These two sculptures, by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, mark the centenary of the outbreak of war,  as part of the 14-18 NOW Poppies tour.
Saturday 8th JulyAshbourne Sheep Fair“ewe” can’t miss this! On show in the ancient market square in Ashbourne will be 17 different breeds of sheep, sheep shearing and wool spinning demonstrations, sheep related exhibitors and crafts. If you get hungry try the delicious a spit roast lamb and of course there will be a “baa” or should I say bar! 10am to 5pm
Wednesday 5th to Sunday 23rd JulyBuxton Fringe FestivalBuxton Fringe began in 1980 to coincide with the world-renowned Buxton Festival, with international opera and high profile literary talks at its centre . The Fringe offers something for everyone with a variety of genres from dance, drama, music, poetry, comedy, to film, exhibitions and magic. Includes a good range of free events.
Friday 7th June to Sunday 23rd JulyBuxton International FestivalIf you are interested in Opera, music and books then this is a veritable feast of a festival, with well known names including Jeremy Paxman and Dr Lucy Worseley. you may also be tempted by the contemporary art sale.
Sunday 9th JulyVitality Move – Jessica Ennis-Hills Running Festival VitalityMove is a family fun run and festival rolled into one, set in the stunning scenery of Chatsworth Park. The festival offers the more traditional 5k & 10k distances, as well as the chance to take part in an unlimited number of 1-mile ‘Music Miles’ – with mixes developed by Jessica and legendary DJ Trevor Nelson, or try out Disney song run!
Pre registration essential
Weekends throughout July and AugustCavalier Horse displays at Bolsover CastleStep back in time and experience the Riding School brought dramatically to life as the Bolsover Castle horses perform the spectacular art of dressage. The intricate displays of circles, turns and leaps are performed to evocative Baroque music, with riders dressed in the frills, feathers and high boots of the Cavalier period.
With just four schools of classical dressage remaining in the world, Bolsover Castle is the only place in the country staging regular performances of this breath-taking art.
Tickets £3 per adult on top of entry into Bolsover Castle – 3 performances per day
Sunday 6th AugustMining, mills and days gone byA ranger led walk with spectacular views of the White Peak. Discover the industrial heritage of the beautiful Manifold Valley and uncover the fascinating story of copper mining beneath Ecton Hill, the narrow gauge railway and links to Leek silk industry and Swainsley Hall. 10.30am to 4.30pm – meet at Warslow Village Hall on B5053 SK17 0JQ. Cost £6 for over 18’s.
Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th AugustBakewell Baking Festival A food lovers delight! A food festival that mixes up fun, food, vintage and baking-mad celebrities for a family fun packed weekend.There is something to tickle everyone’s taste buds from demonstrations from Bake Off and Masterchef finalists, to bake-alongs, tea dances and custard pie fights!.
Sunday 27th AugustA walk along the Lumsdale Valley near Cromford MillA leisurely guided 1 mile walk exploring the rich archaeological heritage of this wooded gorge of outstanding natural beauty. Learn about the crumbling stone mill ruins, waterwheel pits, ponds and waterfall that make up this unique industrial valley site. It is one of the best examples of a water-powered industrial site in the UK. 2pm to 4pm – meet at the layby opposite Highfields School on Upper Lumsdale Road DE4 5NA. Cost £3 – to book call 01629 823256