Local Events in Derbyshire

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.

What’s On in 2018

DECEMBER 2018 
Friday 16th Nov to Tuesday 4th Dec Chatsworth Christmas Market All the magic of Christmas with over 100 market stalls offering a wide range of artisan Christmas gifts and decorations. Plenty of tasty Christmas foods too! Free event but parking charges apply.
Friday 30th Nov to Sunday 2nd Dec Matlock Victorian Market A fun packed family day out to get you in the festive spirit! Pop down to Matlock’s Hall Leys Park to find over 200 stalls with exciting goods and produce, a Christmas parade, fun fair and the children can visit Santa’s grotto too.
Saturday 1st Dec to Sunday 23rd Dec Christmas at Haddon Hall  Sleeping Beauty A real celebration of Christmas with candlelight tours, festive food and musical recitals. Visit this superb Medieval Manor and be delighted by the fairy tales of old and let the magic of Christmas take hold . . .
Weekends throughout December until Sunday 23rd Santa Specials at Peak Rail  Enjoy a festive outing on the Santa express where you will find Santa and his little helpers strolling through the carriages with a Christmas treat and activity pack for every Boy and Girl.

Mums, Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas can relax and enjoy a mince pie and a glass of hot mulled wine. Catch the Santa Express at Rowsley South Station.

Weekends throughout December – last day Monday 24th Dec Santa Specials at Midland Railway All aboard for the Santa Special at Midland Railway. Children can meet Father Christmas on the train before enjoying many festive activities at Butterly station including the Pinxton Puppets Pantomime.
29th Nov to 2nd Dec

6th to 9th December 2018

Christmas at Renishaw Hall and Gardens Take a guided tour through this magnificent hall with it’s stunning  Christmas decorations. Renishaw has been in the Sitwell family for nearly 400 years and is still very much a family home today. Generations of Sitwells have made their mark on the architecture, gardens and wider estate.
Saturday 10th Nov  to Sunday 6th Jan 2019 Christmas at Chatsworth The Land of make-believe  Take a magical journey around the lower floors of Chatsworth House, complete with candles and beautifully decorated trees. Storytellers with the air of the Pied Piper will roam the halls enchanting visitors young and old. Seasonal food and drink, floral workshops, behind the scenes tours and farmyard Christmas activities – fun for all the family.
Wednesday 26th December Matlock Bath Boxing Day Raft Race Traditionally for the past 45 years the Derbyshire Association of Sub Aqua Clubs have been running the annual raft event. Last year a total of £5825.88 was raised for the charities R.N.L.I, St John’s Ambulance’ Hyperbaric unit and Derbyshire Air Ambulance.
One 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 encounter crowds encouraging them on, negotiated a weir and been pelted with flour bombs all in good fun!
JANUARY 2019
Friday 12th October 2018 to Saturday 19th January 2019 WW1 The Trench Experience at Chesterfield Museum To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War Chesterfield Museum is transforming their art gallery into a recreated trench so you can experience the sights, sounds and smells of life in the trenches of WW1.

The children can get actively involved, take the oath and collect a helmet before heading into the trench. Meet ‘Tommy’ in his uniform and see what food he had in his kit bag. Find out what mustard gas smelled like and, take a look in the periscope to see ‘no man’s land’ that place between the German and allied trenches where so many soldiers were killed when they ‘went over the top’.

Thursday 10th January to Thursday 28th February Peak District Artisans Chatsworth Exhibition 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 carriage house – free admission.
FEBRUARY 2019
Friday 1st February to Sunday 3rd March Hopton Hall Snowdrop Walk  The 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)
MARCH 2019
Tuesday 5th and Wednesday 6th March Royal Ashbourne Shrovetide Football A 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. An experience not to be missed, but don’t get too near the ball!