Unique to the Peak District and Derbyshire. Town and village communities come together to create living art installations from natural materials between May and September. Follow the link to find a list of Well Dressings and Well in the Making events.
Website: Well Dressings
Wirksworth Book Festival brings a whole host of activities, talks, performances and much more for adults and children.
The origins of Well Dressing are lost in antiquity. They may even have their roots in pagan customs later given a Christian meaning. One theory says that the custom began just after the Black Death of 1348-9. Although the population round about was ravaged by plague, in Tissington all escaped, and the immunity was ascribed to the purity of the water supply. It became the custom to decorate the wells in thanksgiving.
Phone: 01335 352200
Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials - 3 days of thrilling world-class equestrian sport, combined with entertainment for all the family.
Each year Wirksworth comes alive and hosts a weekend of entertainment in support of the Well Dressings; aiming to unite the community, local areas and visitors. Crafts and Stalls all Weekend. Parade on Monday. Follow the link to find out more.
Three day cycling and family festival held at Friden Grange in the Peak District including the 'World's most handsome bike ride"
Set in the dramatic grounds of Chatsworth House in Derbyshire’s stunning Peak District, the first ever RHS Chatsworth Flower Show is the must-see event of 2017.
The Buxton Festival is an annual summer festival of opera, music, and a literary series.
Distance: 16 miles
Website: Buxton Festival 6 - 22 July 2018
Traditional agricultural show at Castern Hall, Ilam, near Ashbourne. There will be classes and main ring events, such as: Sheep and Cattle, Shire Horses, Carriage Driving, Show Jumping, Rare Breeds, Pets & Poultry, local produce, arts & crafts, vintage machinery & tractors and terrier racing. There will be many trade stands, bar and refreshment facilities.
Phone: 01782 503313
This year is the 126th Ashbourne Show. A traditional country and agricultural show, providing entertainment and interest, in a friendly atmosphere, making a great day out for all the family.
Website: Ashbourne Show 18 August 2018
It's all coming together for the 2017 Chatsworth Country Fair Check the website for more details.
Phone: 01328 821821
Discover over 150 artists and designer makers exhibiting in the homes, historic buildings, gardens, shop windows and Churches all over the amazing market town of Wirksworth. Enjoy the festival atmosphere with street theatre, music and fun events, meet the artists and buy unique, affordable art.
Phone: 01629 824003
Enjoy the work of more than 150 artists plus an inspiring programme of performances and events at this leading rural Arts Festival.
Phone: 01629 824003
The fabulous 2017 Matlock Bath Illuminations burst into life on Saturday 8th September, running until 27th October. Magical decorated and illuminated boats parade on the River Derwent every Saturday and Sunday, and there are stalls to enjoy in Derwent Gardens, plus additional entertainment on Saturdays and Sundays.
Phone: 01629 761110