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

Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th JuneBirchover Open Gardens You can wander around over 25 gardens in this picturesque village. There are stalls, cream teas and a flower festival at the church. Parking is free, but there is an admission charge of £3.50 per adult. Funds to the Church and Reading Rooms

 

Sunday 24th JuneDerbyshire County Show A vibrant, traditional County show near Borrowash, Derby, with plenty of animals, horse classes and a farrier competition. PS. Felicity was Miss Derbyshire County Show 19??

 

 

 

MAY 2018 
Thursday 10th  to Wednesday 16th May Tissington Well Dressings Tissington 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 pressing thousands of flower petals into backing boards surrounding each of the 7 wells, creating colourful designs of a biblical or topographical scene. Each petal has to be put in separately so they overlap ensuring the rain flows off the picture. 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.
Friday 11th  to Sunday 13th May Chatsworth International Horse Trials Chatsworth provides a spectacular setting for its International Horse Trials, with a 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 12th  and Sunday 13th May Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair  Sample 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. Adults £7, children £2.
Saturday 19th May White Peak Marathon This is an off road full marathon using the old railway lines which now form the White Peak Trails. Setting off from Thorpe Cloud at 11am along the Tissington Trail to Parsley Hay and then downhill along the High Peak Trail to finish at Cromford Meadows. For those who want to take a short cut the Swift Marathon goes from Friden direct to Cromford Meadows!
Saturday 26th  to Monday 28th May Wirksworth Carnival and well dressings Well 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 24th May at St. Mary’s Church at 10.45am.
Monday 28th May Dovedale Fete A traditional country village fete with cakes, stalls, entertainments, maypole dancing, morris men, fair rides and much more. It is held in the picturesque village of Ilam from 12pm onwards. A good event for entertaining the children!
Saturday 26th  May to Sunday 3rd June Crich Tramway Village – Beside the Seaside The Village will be transformed into a family-themed seaside resort with a ‘beach area’ – sit back in a deck chair and watch the children build their own sandcastles. Ride the Blackpool tram or take a ride on a galloping horse on the Fun Fair steam operated carousel, and big wheel.
JUNE 2018
Wednesday 6th to Sunday 10th June RHS Chatsworth Flower Show Chatsworth House makes a stunning backdrop for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show – bold and innovative the show is brought to live with a colourful river of flowers, dramatic show gardens, plant stalls for inspiration and a living laboratory for the inquisitive – a must day out for gardening enthusiasts!
Sundays,Tuesdays and Fridays throughout June Burrows Gardens 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 throughout the summer.
Sunday 10th June Open Farm Sunday Open Farm Sunday is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to meet the farmers who grow their food and care for the countryside – find out why supporting us British Farmers matters! Our nearest is Hollyhurst Farm at Marston Montgomery – also check the website for other local events.
Friday 15th to Sunday 17th June Eroica Britannia vintage bike & family festival An epic vintage bicycle ride through the stunning Peak District countryside. You can ride 25, 50 miles, or if you truly want a challenge 100 miles! A truly unique atmosphere thanks to an eclectic mix of music, entertainment, exquisite shopping, incredible food & drink, boutique camping, and much more.
Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th June Birchover Open Gardens  You can wander around over 25 gardens in this picturesque village. There are stalls, cream teas and a flower festival at the church. Parking is free, but there is an admission charge of £3.50 per adult. Funds to the Church and Reading Rooms
Sunday 24th June Derbyshire County Show  A vibrant, traditional County show near Borrowash, Derby, with plenty of animals, horse classes and a farrier competition. PS. Felicity was Miss Derbyshire County Show 19??
Saturday 30th June to Sunday 8th July Bakewell Well Dressings This ancient art of well dressing is very much alive in Bakewell where 5 wells are “dressed” by pressing flower petals and natural materials onto clay backboards to produce stunning displays. Blessing Service Sunday 1st July 2013 at 2.30 pm at the Garden of Remembrance, Bath Garden, The Square, Bakewell.
JULY 2018
Sundays,Tuesdays and Fridays throughout June Burrows Gardens 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 throughout the summer.
Tuesdays,Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3rd July to 30th August Summer Rose Gardens at Hopton Hall  Formal 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, admission £5 per adult and £2 per child – tasty cakes and tea available!
Weekends throughout July and August Cavalier Horse displays at Bolsover Castle Step 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 £2 per adult on top of entry into Bolsover Castle
Throughout the summer until 21st October Chatsworth Renewed Celebrate the restoration of Chatsworth House by exploring hidden corners of the house, peel back layers from nearly 500 years and see things from a different view. Discover what’s under the floor in the Chapel Corridor, admire the glorious restored tapestries in the State Drawing Room, see rare plans and drawings, and interact with fun photo opportunities #ChatsworthRenewed –  What will the next 100 years bring?
AUGUST 2018 
Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August Peekender Festival So much more than a beer and food festival – there are outdoor activities for all the family. Enjoy some of the world’s best beers in some of the UK’s most stunning countryside. A great range of Thornbridge cask, keg and bottled beer, fabulous local foods, and live music, all at Bakewell Showground.
Saturday 18th August Ashbourne Show A traditional agricultural show with a strong emphasis on cattle showing and shire horses. With family fun entertainment, vintage tractors, food and craft tents, there is something to interest all the family – see you there!
Monday 20th to Friday 24th August Roundheads and Cavaliers at Bolsover Castle Pick up your pike or musket and join in the action defending Bolsover Castle against Cromwell’s army.  Discover what it takes to be a soldier, test your nerve and hear tales from the battlefield.