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?

Check 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.

What’s On in 2017

Friday 1st December to Sunday 7th JanuaryChristmas at Chatsworth House Oh Dickens it’s Christmas at Chatsworth House and once again there is the most spectacular display of Christmas cheer, with just a few bah humbugs thrown in. With book characters as your guide the spirit of Christmases past will be upon you! Seasonal food and drink, floral workshops, behind the scenes tours and farmyard Christmas craft activities and nativities.
Friday 1st to Wednesday 20th DecemberChristmas by candlelight  at Haddon HallHaddon Hall by candlelight is truly magical and will certainly put you in the festive mood!
Begin the evening with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie. Then join tales of yore from the knowledgeable guides on a truly beautiful tour taking in the history of Haddon Hall by candlelight.
The tours will be held at timed intervals from 6pm. £24 per person. Pre-booking is essential, call 01629 812855 or book online.
Saturdays and Sundays throughout DecemberSanta Express – Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, WirksworthSanta Specials – All train rides start at Wirksworth and during the scenic journey to the ‘North Pole’ (Duffield) in a comfy warm carriage, each child will be able to give Santa their Christmas list in time for the big day and receive a special gift. Adults £15 and children £13 under 1 year old £5
Tuesday 26th DecemberBoxing Day Raft Race, Matlock BathOne way of getting rid of the hangover – it certainly brings you round hitting the cold water of the river Derwent on a cold December morning. The 45 or so rafts set off at 10.00am down the river Derwent on the four mile course through Matlock, down to Matlock Bath, Past the famous Arkwright Mill, and finally onto the finish at Cromford Mill. By this time the rafters have encountered crowds encouraging them on, negotiated a weir and been pelted with flour bombs – all in good fun!
Friday 12th January to Friday 9th MarchPeak District Artisans at Chatsworth House Peak District Artisans’ (PDA) Spring exhibition at Chatsworth House showcases outstanding art and design, from jewels to jugs and photography to fine art, inspired and created here in the Peak District. Open daily 10.30am to 3.30pm in the stables – free admission.
Thursday 1st February to Sunday 4th MarchSnowdrops at Hopton HallThe restored woodland walk at Hopton Hall is a magical carpet of white flowers with over 75 species of Snowdrops and Aconites – the first welcome sights of Spring. £5.00 per person, children 6-16 yrs £2 – parking free. Scrummy cakes at the tea room!
(Not suitable for wheelchairs, but why not hire our off-road wheelchair & we’ll transport it there)
Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th FebruaryRoyal Ashbourne Shrovetide FootballA frantic game of football through the streets of Ashbourne from kick off in Shawcroft Car park at 2 pm until well after dark. First recorded as long ago as 1682. Two teams, Up’ards born North of the River Henmore and Down’ards born South, battle to score by striking the ball 3 times against the old mill wheel goals, which are 3 miles apart at Clifton and Sturston Mill. The large hand sewn leather ball can be kicked, carried or thrown, but generally passes along in a “hug” invisible to the spectator. Catch the Shrovetide action, an experience not to be missed, but don’t get too near the ball!
Tuesday 13th FebruaryWinster Pancake RacesA long established local pancake race, which all began as harmless fun organised by the local Head Teacher as a war time diversion for children. It is now a seriously light hearted affair with secret training and stringent rules about the batter! Races starts at 2pm.