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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, Wetton and Ilam - various dates during the year

An Introduction to the White Peak - walks around the Dovedale/Ilam area, can be seen on the National Trust Ilam website.

April 2019

Bakewell Food Festival - 27th to 28th April

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

May 2019

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 - 19th May

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

June 2019

RHS Flower Show, Chatsworth - 5th - 9th June

The third 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 - 23rd June

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

Ashbourne Festival, Ashbourne - 21st June - 7th July

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

July 2019

Stainsby Festival, Brunts Farm, Stainsby, Chesterfield - 19th - 21st July

Entirely run by unpaid volunteers, featuring mainly folk and world music, the Stainsby Festival celebrates its 51st year in 2019.

Buxton International Festival, Buxton - 5th - 21st July

A full programme of opera, music and book events.

Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, Buxton - 24th - 29th July

The 26th International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival is one of the UK's leading arts events and will on tour at Buxton Opera House.

August 2019

World Hen Racing Championship, Barley Mow Inn, Bonsall - 3rd August

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

Ashover Show, The Rectory Fields, Ashover - 14th 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 - 10th 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 - 17th 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 - 26th 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 - 29th - 31st August

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

Chatsworth Country Fair, Chatsworth - 30th August - 1st 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 2019

Turnditch and Windley Show, Wirksworth Road (B5023), Windley - 7th September

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

Wirksworth Festival, Wirksworth - 6th - 15th 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 - 8th September

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

October 2019

Brailsford Ploughing Match, Fullwood Farm, Hulland Ward, Ashbourne - 2nd October

Traditional ploughing and hedgecutting competitions plus classes for sheep and cattle, and ladies’ and children’s sections, in it's 114th year.

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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