Events

Well Dressings

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

Ashbourne Show 19 August 2017

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 19 August 2017

Dovedale Sheepdog Trials 22 - 23 August 2017

Sheep Dog Trials in the lovely area around Dovedale on the Staffordshire Derbyshire border, held over two days in August.  First day: Local Trials from 7am onwards, featuring Nursery, Novice and Open competitors from the Local Area. Second day: Open Class (Restricted to 40 dogs), Open Doubles and Championship of the Dales.

Phone: 01538 373308

Website: Dovedale Sheepdog Trials 22 - 23 August 2017

1950s Bank Holiday Weekend at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway 26-28 Aug 2017

Sample what life was like in the 1950s when some of our trains were new!  Full details are available on the website or in our separate leaflet.

Phone: 01629 823076

Website: 1950s Bank Holiday Weekend at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway 26-28 Aug 2017

Chatsworth Country Fair 1 - 3 September 2017

It's all coming together for the 2017 Chatsworth Country Fair Check the website for more details.

Phone: 01328 821821

Website: Chatsworth Country Fair 1 - 3 September 2017

Art & Architecture Trail 9 and 10 September 2017

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

Website: Art & Architecture Trail 9 and 10 September 2017

Wirksworth Festival 8 - 24 September 2017

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

Website: Wirksworth Festival 8 - 24 September 2017

Derby Feste 29 - 30 September 2017

Derby Feste kicks off on Friday night with a parade through the city centre, Giant fire-breathing Dragons stalk through the streets, leading to a party on the Market Place and a fabulous Night Market organised by Sheena Holland with food and vintage stalls. 
On Saturday, the streets will come to life from noon with entertainers for the the whole family including live music, circus performances, dance, and acrobatics.

Phone: 01332 643411

Website: Derby Feste 29 - 30 September 2017

Matlock Bath Illuminations 9 Sep - 28 Oct 2017

The fabulous 2017 Matlock Bath Illuminations burst into life on Saturday 9th September, running until 28th 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

Website: Matlock Bath Illuminations 9 Sep - 28 Oct 2017

Alton Towers Scarefest October 2017

Alton Towers Resort's Scarefest 2017 - See the website for dates. There is something for all thrill seekers and families this Halloween, with tons of terrific rides, blockbusting attractions, amazing live shows, and weird and wonderful costume characters. 

Phone: 0871 222 3330

Website: Alton Towers Scarefest October 2017

Bakewell Christmas Weekend 26 - 27 Nov 2017

This quintessential English Christmas Market will feature some traders from the popular Bakewell Monday Market alongside a mouth-watering selection of speciality festive foods and wines from the Peak District, arts and crafts, gifts for all the family and much more. 

Phone: 01629 813227

Website: Bakewell Christmas Weekend 26 - 27 Nov 2017

Victorian Matlock Christmas Weekend 1 - 3 December 2017

Over 150 stalls in two marquees in Hall Leys Park in the centre of Matlock. The market will see the widest variety of goods, Street entertainers, marching bands, funfair and Santa's grotto.

Phone: 01629 583042

Website: Victorian Matlock Christmas Weekend 1 - 3 December 2017

Santa Specials at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway December 2017

See Santa in his on-train grotto for Christmas. At various dates throughout December. Full details are available on the website or in our separate leaflet.

Phone: 01629 823076

Website: Santa Specials at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway December 2017

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football 13-14 Feb 2018

Royal Shrovetide Football is a game played in Ashbourne every Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. The game is played over two eight hour periods, the goals are 3 miles apart and there are very few rules, infact nothing like a standard football match.

Phone: 01335 343666

Tissington Well Dressings 10-16 May 2018

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

Website: Tissington Well Dressings 10-16 May 2018