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The Square, Parwich - Things to Do

Things to Do - A selection of festivals and the best events in Derbyshire

For information on what's on in the area all year around look at

Early Year Walks

NT Ilam Park, Dovedale - 26th January to 25th February

An Introduction to the White Peak - Friday morning walks 26th January - 23rd February. Winter Wildlife Trial daily walks 10-25th February.

April 2018

Wirksworth Book Festival - 6th to 9th April

A whole host of activities, talks, performances and much more for adults and children.

Bakewell Food Festival - 28th to 29th April

The Bakewell Food Festival returns for its seventh year, once more celebrating the wealth of excellent local produce that the Peak District and this beautiful market town have to offer.

May 2018

Tissington Well Dressing - 10th - 16th May

An age old tradition of decorating the 6 local wells with flowers dating back some 600 years or more.

Leaden Boot Challenge - 20th May

26.2 miles walk or run with 5,800 feet of ascent, starting and finishing in the White Peak village of Alstonefield.

The Bushcraft Show, Beehive Farm, Woodland Lakes, Rosliston, - 26th - 28th May

Try your hand at woodland crafts, firelighting, shelter building, foraging and woodland games, or listen to interesting talks from survival experts.

June 2018

RHS Flower Show, Chatsworth - 6th - 10th June

The second RHS Flower Show at Chatsworth Derbyshire.

Dovedale Arts Festival, Dovedale Ashbourne - 8th - 10th June

A festival of art, music, books, pottery and scuplture at the Issac Walton Hotel in Dovedale.

Derbyshire County Show, Locko Park, near Spondon, Derby - 24th June

Competitive classes for cattle, sheep and horses plus beautiful floral and craft displays.

Ashbourne Festival, Ashbourne - 22nd June - 8th July

An exciting mix of entertainment in a rural setting. We aim to bring the best in performance art to Ashbourne.

July 2018

Stainsby Festival, Brunts Farm, Stainsby, Chesterfield - 20th - 22nd July

Entirely run by unpaid volunteers, featuring mainly folk and world music, the Stainsby Festival celebrates its 50th year in 2018.

Buxton International Festival, Buxton - 6th - 22nd July

A full programme of opera, music and book events.

Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, Buxton - 30th July - 5th August

The 25th International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival is one of the UK's leading arts events and will on tour at Buxton Opera House.

August 2018

World Hen Racing Championship, Barley Mow Inn, Bonsall - 4th August

Chickens are encouraged along a 20-metre track by their ‘coaches’.

Ashover Show, The Rectory Fields, Ashover - 8th August

A traditional agricultural show with classes for livestock, light horses and horticulture plus a dog show, vintage cars and tractors.

Manifold Show, The Arbour, Casterne Hall, Ilam - 11th August

A showcase for the best local produce and livestock, with classes for heavy horses, rare breeds, cattle and pets.

Ashbourne Show, Osmaston Polo Ground, Ashbourne - 18th August

A popular traditional show – now in its 127th year – with competitive classes, an exciting main ring programme and around 150 quality trade stands.

Hope Show, The Showground, Marsh Farm, Castleton - 27th August

A celebration of the past farming year with agricultural classes, vintage vehicles, horticulture, crafts and sheep dog trials.

Longshaw Sheepdog Trials, Longshaw Pastures, Longshaw Lodge, Grindleford - 30th August - 1st September

Open class sheep dog trials where many of the ‘One Man and His Dog’ competitors will be taking part.

Chatsworth Country Fair, Chatsworth - 31st August - 2nd September

Celebrating all the countryside has to offer with a packed programme of grand ring entertainment, a cookery theatre and fine food village, parades, demonstrations, rural country crafts, have-a-go sports and over 300 quality trade stands.

September 2018

Turnditch and Windley Show, Wirksworth Road (B5023), Windley - 1st September

Horse and pony show, pet show, vintage tractors and classes for flowers and produce.

Wirksworth Festival, Wirksworth - 7th - 23rd September

Rural arts festival showcasing work from over 150 local and international artists, with a popular Art and Architecture Trail, music, dance, drama, street theatre and Fringe events.

Hartington Wakes, Hall Bank, Hartington - 9th September

The 121st Wakes, Sports and Country Show will include equestrian events, handicrafts, dogs, cattle and sheep.

October 2018

Brailsford Ploughing Match, Fullwood Farm, Hulland Ward, Ashbourne - 3rd October

Traditional ploughing and hedgecutting competitions plus classes for sheep and cattle, and ladies’ and children’s sections.

Things to Do - All Year Round

There is so much you can do using the Square and Parwich as your base. All of the places mentioned below are less than 30 minutes away, most rather less.

The majestic scenery of the Peak District & Staffordshire Moorlands literally on your doorstep - a memorable backdrop to walking, cycling and pic-nicing - Tissington & High Peak trails, the Dove & Manifold valleys, the Roaches, Ilam Park and ancient Minninglow.

Carsington Water, our local reservoir, has a busy programme at its Visitor Centre and offers a raft of outdoor pursuits - bird & nature watching, kayaking, sailing, fishing. It's an 8- mile circular route, great for dog walking and you can hire bikes too. It has a first floor restaurant/cafe, open all day, with a large decked balcony overlooking the water.

A clutch of distinctive market towns - fine architecture, quirky shops, antiques, farmers' markets and eateries in Ashbourne, Bakewell, Leek, Matlock, & Wirksworth. There is also Buxton spa town with its stunning Opera House and annual literary festival. The summer country shows & fairs at Ashbourne, Bakewell, Ilam (Manifold) and Hartington draw large audiences and increase in popularity.

Well-dressing, the decoration of springs and wells with pictures often made of delicate flower petals, is a tradition going back to pagan times and is concentrated particularly in Staffordshire & Derbyshire. These festivals take place between May & September and can be found in the villages of Tissington, Youlgrave, Mayfield, Endon, Eyam and Longnor amongst others.

Packed with heritage interest - the great houses of Chatsworth (and its Farm Shop), Haddon Hall, Kedleston & Calke Abbey, Hardwick Hall and most locally Tissington Hall in its model estate village. Also industrial history at Cromford Mill, David Mellor's stylish design museum at Hathersage and steam train rides at Ecclesbourne and Churnet Valley railways.

If anyone fancies a little local walk there's quite a nice local itinery recommended in The Guardian Newspaper, on the following link The Guardian Walk.

So many wonderful pubs & restaurants - it's a gastronomist's dream. Here are a few of our favourites - The Sycamore in Parwich, The British Legion in Parwich, The George at Alstonefield, the Old Dog at Thorpe, the Shire Horse at Wyaston, the Olde Gate at Brassington, the Cavendish at Baslow, the George at Hathersage.


Matlock Bath.
Chatsworth House
Haddon Hall
Haddon Hall.
The Sycamore Inn.
Carsington Water.
The George
The George - Alstonefield.

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