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Local Events

Derbyshire boasts a calendar bursting with events and activities, from annual well dressings and village carnivals, fine agricultural shows, food festivals, to world class theatre and opera in beautiful Victorian theatres.

A full list of what to see and do is available at Visit Peak District

Key dates for your diary. 

Well Dressing May – September

Whilst staying with us throughout spring and summer, enjoy the ancient art of well dressing unique to the Peak District & Derbyshire. Over 80 towns and villages come together to create living art installations using natural materials. These floral masterpieces are displayed from May to September.

“It takes 300 hours to make just one well dressing, so it’s understandable why they are such as intriguing draw for visitors” said Sir Richard FitzHerbert of Tissington Hall.

Click here to see a full list of Well Dressings.

Hopton Hall Summer Rose Gardens 20 June – 25 August 2017

The stunning grounds have been restored with new and creative features including the 1 acre walled garden in which over 2000 roses are planted. Follow the 2 km of meandering paths along the croquet lawn & rosewalk, around 2 ornamental ponds leading to the wildlife lake, Arboretum, Laburnum tunnel, Birch Avenue and more, creating a wonderful Summer Spectacular with visual surprises at each corner. After a stroll around the gardens enjoy light refreshments in the Summer House.

Summer Gardens open Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday See here for more information

Bakewell Baking Festival 12 – 13 August

The Bakewell baking festival returns for its fourth year. Enjoy a great weekend entirely devoted to all things baking, with a vintage twist!

This year’s line-up will see guests such as, John Whaite, Sophie Grigson, Edd Kimber and Howard Middleton and Nigel Brown. During the two days visitors can look forward to baking stalls, vintage games and cars, cake competitions, book signings and live music.

See here for more details and ticket information

Barlow Well Dressing 16 – 23 August

Well dressing is the art of decorating springs and wells with pictures made from natural materials. Barlow differs from other villages by using whole flower heads as opposed to individual petals.

The wells are blessed every year on the Wednesday after the second Sunday in August and marks the start of a week of activities not the least of which is the Carnival Parade on the Saturday.

Well Locations

  • Main Well – Hackney Lane, opposite The Old Pump Pub
  • Outside the Methodist Chapel, Millcross Lane
  • Valley Road, adjacent to The Tickled Trout pub

Hope Show Monday 28 August

Hope Show is a traditional agricultural show held on August Bank Holiday Monday.  The Show offers a variety of displays and competitions including horticulture, crafts, food tent, sheepdog trials, cattle and sheep, poultry, equestrian classes, vintage cars and tractors and much more. There are also many stalls featuring local produce.

See their website for the full itinerary including admission prices.

Chatsworth Country Fair 1 – 3 September

Chatsworth Country Fair is a true celebration of the fantastic countryside and its’ pursuits.

There is something for everyone, from vintage cars, trade and craft stands, cookery demonstrations from Paul Hollywood & Mary Berry and also local produce in the fine food village. This year the Grand Ring offers fantastic entertainment including displays from the Global All Stars aerobatics team, Falconry demonstrations with Charlotte Hill, Jump4Heroes, Dzhigitovka! – The Way of The Cossack Warrior and the Royal Air Force.

The Chatsworth Festival – Art Out Loud 22 – 24 September

Inspired by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire’s passion for art, Art Out Loud is a festival of talks by artists, curators and writers held over three days. This year’s programme includes leading figures from the fashion world to tie in with the House Style exhibition: Five Centuries of Fashion.

Visit their website for full details.

Sotheby’s Beyond Limits Sculpture Exhibition 9 September – 27 October 2017

Sotheby’s Beyond Limits is one of the leading events in the artistic calendar and returns to Chatsworth Gardens this autumn. The show features work by leading pioneers, displayed beautifully amongst the Chatsworth Gardens.

For further information please see here.