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
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.
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
Three day cycling and family festival held at Bakewell Showground 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 7 - 23 July 2017
The Show will once again be a diverse event full of entertainment, animals, food, drink and attractions.
Phone: 01629 812736
Website: Bakewell Show 2 - 3 August 2017
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
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
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
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