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.


Sunday16th to Monday 17th AprilLeawood Pumphouse in SteamTalk a walk along the Cromford canal and see the amazing steam powered beam engine built in 1849 in action. Watch the engine, powered by a coal fired boiler, as it pumps 800 gallons of water per stroke from the River Derwent into the canal. Wander across the canal bridge to the railway workshops to find out about the men who worked there and even have a go at making a poker. 12 noon to 5pm – Free admission to both
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd AprilAntique and Collectors Fair at Buxton Pavilion Gardens Go retro and explore the amazing Antique and collectors Fair – everything you could possibly imagine from china, jewellery, glass, paintings, vintage clothing, household objects, and much more… you never know you might find some real treasure!
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th AprilBakewell Food FestivalA celebration of local foods from Bakewell & The Peak District with up to 80 stalls around the town. Try a traditional Bakewell pudding – the real thing!
A beer festival, farmers market, food and drink tasting, cookery demonstrations, and children’s fair rides. Fun for all the family. The Old House museum and historic church will also be open.
Monday 1st MayGarden Plants and Craft Show at Buxton Pavilion Gardens A fabulous Garden Plants and Crafts Show not to be missed! The perfect place to shop for your home and garden, with unusual species of plants and advice on how to care for them, as well as handmade crafts and jewellery. 10am to 4.30pm
Sunday 7th MayWild Flowers Walk around Millers DaleDiscover a wealth of spring wild flowers, including Cowslips and possibly the first Orchids, on a guided 4 mile walk around Millers Dale and the River Wye. 10.30am to 2.30pm – meet at Millers Dale Old Station car park SK17 8SN. Cost £4 for over 18’s.
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th MayDodson & Horrell Chatsworth Horse Trials Chatsworth provides a spectacular setting for its International Horse Trials, with a thrilling cross country course running through the beautiful 1000-acre park on the banks of the river Derwent. This three phase event is extremely demanding, as both horse and rider have to show obedience and grace in the dressage phase, courage and athleticism across country and accuracy in show jumping. There are also pony club events, and displays.
Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th MayDerbyshire Food and Drink Fair at Kedleston HallSample a taste of delicious Derbyshire food and drink. Celebrity chefs delivering demonstrations throughout the weekend. Over 150 stalls of local food and drink and a wealth of family entertainment, including live music, street theatre and children’s activities. 10am to 5pm, Adults £6.
Sunday 14th MayWalking with mindfulness from Hartington Discover the benefits of mindfulness and walking as you wander through the upper reaches of the Dove Valley to Pilsbury Castel and Carder Low, with mindfulness trainer and ranger, Mike Pupius. No prior knowledge of mindfulness required. 10.30am to 4.00pm – meet at Hartington Village Pond, cost £6.
Thursday 25th to Wednesday 31st MayTissington Well DressingsTissington is known as the mother place of well dressing, with visitors arriving from all over the world to witness the annual well blessing ceremony on Ascension Day. Dressing consists of erecting boards covered in clay, into which thousands of flower petals are pressed to create a colourful tableaux of a biblical or topographical scene. It is probable that well dressing took place here in 1348, in thanksgiving for the village’s escape from the Black Death, which the villagers attributed to the purity of its water.
Saturday 27th to Monday 29th MayDerbyshire Open ArtsLocal artists and crafts people stage the event in all sorts of venues and it’s a great opportunity for the public to meet them, get to know about their work, and purchase direct from the artist. Our very own Roger Allen who lives here at Hoe Grange is exhibiting at Holymoorside.
Entry is free at all venues.
Sunday 28th MayA 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
Saturday 29th to Monday 31st May tbcWirksworth Carnival and Well DressingsWell dressing was first adopted in Wirksworth, to celebrate the arrival of piped water in the town, in 1827, when the taps were dressed. There is always a carnival spirit with the crowning of the Well Queen, who with her attendants forms part of a procession for the blessing of the 9 wells, accompanied by a brass band. Also a chance to explore the maze of narrow streets and tiny alleyways, and to admire the historic buildings. Blessing service 30th May at St. Mary’s Church at 10.45am.
Wednesday 7th to Sunday 11th JuneRHS Chatsworth Flower Show The first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show promises to be a fabulous celebration of horticultural design revolutionaries showing how creativity has shaped the way we think about gardens and gardening.

As ever the show gardens will be an exciting highlight, with innovative categories such as “FreeForm” which will provide a blank canvas for designers to showcase their ground breaking ideas. Plan your visit now!

Friday 16th to Sunday 18th JuneEroica Britannia cycling event and festival weekend Vintage cycling event and festival weekend with a world class line up including Main Stage headliners, legendary platinum selling 80’s icons ABC and Norman Jay MBE. David and Felicity are signed up to ride their vintage tandem bike – come and cheer them on!