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.

2017

AUGUST
Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd  AugustBakewell Show One of the oldest agricultural shows in the UK Bakewell Show has something for everyone from traditional cow, sheep and goat judging and vintage tractors, to mounted games and scurry driving, woodland skills, such as bushcraft and chainsaw carving, to Farmers markets and shopping village, to, face painting and children’s activities  Admission £18 per adult £5 per child
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.
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 AugustManifold Valley Agricultural ShowOur favourite local show with all the ingredients for a fabulous fun family day out, from rare breeds showing, to shire horses and the waggiest tail dog competition, to the slow tractor race! Not to mention the #LoveLocal trade stands and arts and crafts.
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!
Friday 18th to Sunday 20th AugustPeakender FestivalA fun, family friendly festival with a host of activities including climbing, cycling, guided walks, hot air balloon rides, football skills and more! Delight in delicious street food along with world class beers. Inspired by the Peak District why not take a tour round the original Thornbridge Hall Brewery?
Saturday 19th AugustAshbourne Show The summer show season wouldn’t be complete without visiting Ashbourne Show, renowned for the Shire Horse classes and large turn out of farm animals.This year the Guido Louis Equestrian Stunt Show and the Lamb Grand National are sure to be popular!
Sunday 27th AugustA walk along the Lumsdale Valley near Cromford Mill A 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
SEPTEMBER
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd SeptemberChatsworth Country Fair Set against the stunning backdrop of Chatsworth House the Country Show celebrates many of England’s heritage of country sports and pastimes from horse shoeing, ferret racing, archery to fly fishing and sheep dog trials. There is also a vintage car parade, hot air balloon races and the exciting terrier racing. The children will love the old time fairground, and food lovers can stroll through the Food Village and watch demonstrations by top chefs.
Friday 8th to Sunday 24th SeptemberWirksworth FestivalTwo wonderful weeks of art, music, theatre, film and dance. An amazing atmosphere – something for everyone with exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations. The art and architecture weekend trail is fascinating
Saturday 9th September to Saturday 28th OctoberMatlock Bath IlluminationsThroughout September and October the riverbanks are decorated by illuminated colourful displays and the cliffs above are floodlit, offering a truly memorable show. The Venetian Nights take place on Saturdays and Sundays, when decorated boats, with coloured lights twinkling, glide down the river. A magical experience enjoyed by people of all ages.
Sunday 10th SeptemberAshbourne Antiques in the StreetThis much loved event is returning to Ashbourne on 10th September, being officially opened by Charles Hanson.This years Antiques in the Street event is centred around one of Ashbourne’s last remaining Malt Houses, with proceeds going to the Ashbourne Malthouse Preservation Trust.  TV celebrity Charles Hanson will officially open the event at 10am. Antiques in the Street will also be running alongside a heritage open day, where the Malt House will be opening its doors for guided tours.
Monday 11th SeptemberAbbots Bromley Horn Dance Definitely quirky! The Abbots Bromley Horn Dance, performed at the Barthelmy Fair in August 1226, and is one of the few ritual rural customs to survive the passage of time. After collecting the horns from the church at 8 o’clock in the morning, the Horn Dancers, comprising six Deer-men, a Fool, Hobby Horse, Bowman and Maid Marian, perform their dance to music provided by a melodeon player at locations throughout the village – a walk of about 10 miles. At the end of a long and exhausting day, the horns are returned to the church in the evening. Attractions include exhibitions, craft stalls and, of course, the local pub!
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th SeptemberDerby FesteFeast your eyes on the fire garden and encounter a carnival procession with stunning circus acts along the way, before watching the daring aerial performance by European company Gorilla Circus called ‘The Altitude Show’. Spice up your life at the Feste Food Village. Tickets just £7 each. On Saturday immerse yourself in the live music, circus performances, dance, and super heroes. The ‘Colour of Time’ procession, by Cie Artonik, stats at 5pm winding its way through the streets to Cathedral Green – where only the brave will enter the explosion of colour!  
OCTOBER
Wednesday 4th OctoberBrailsford Ploughing MatchExperience a taste of farming life when you visit this traditional ploughing match. Compare the old fashioned traditional ploughing with horses against the latest modern tractors, with their massive ploughs. Quite a sight to watch. Includes hedge laying and other traditional rural crafts
Saturday 14th to Sunday 29th OctoberDerwent Valley World Heritage Site Discovery Days A festival of over 100 activities celebrating the significance of the Derwent Valley Mills and the heritage surrounding them. Events include guided walks, exhibitions, children’s crafts, a horse drawn narrow boat and a chance for some hands on conservation work along the Cromford Canal.