1. Chatsworth Country Fair 2014

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    Chatsworth Country Fair takes place on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th & Sunday 31st August.

    There’s plenty to see and do in the Grand Ring with performances from The Motorcycle Display Team of the Royal Signals, medieval jousting by the Knights of Arkley and a fly past by the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Other attractions include Vintage cars, Dog Agility, live demonstrations in the food village by Mary Berry & Tom Kerridge and plenty of shopping opportunities, plus lots more!

    Doors open from 9 am tickets are priced at £20 Friday and £22.50 Saturday/ Sunday, under 14s are free.

    Discounted tickets are available in advance, see here for more details http://www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk/


    Posted by on 23. July 2014
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  2. Well Dressings in Derbyshire

    Whilst visiting Derbyshire from May to September we suggest you visit one of the hundreds of hand-created well dressings. Well Dressing is unique to the Peak District & Derbyshire and more than 80 towns and villages display their floral masterpieces throughout the spring and summer.

    “It takes 300 hours to make just one well dressing, so it’s understandable why they are such as intiguing draw for visitors” said Sir Richard FitzHerbert of Tissington Hall.

    See our calendar for upcoming dates near to Baslow Hall and visit http://www.welldressing.com/.

    Posted by on 5. April 2014
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  3. Sheffield Food Festival

    “Taste Moor”

    Visit Sheffield’s free urban food festival on Saturday 24th, Sunday 25th and Monday 26th May 2014.

    The event celebrates tastes from home and around the world. Join in with growing, harvesting, buying, cooking and of course eating! A host of events over the weekend include demonstrations, competitions and interviews in ‘The Festival Kitchen’ on The Moor in the city centre, artisan food stalls and the new Moor Market. In the Peace Gardens, dine at one of the pop-up restaurants and enjoy live entertainment.

    Both Rupert and Max will be demonstrating at the event – don’t miss Rupert at 1 pm on Saturday and Max at 11 am on Sunday.

    For more information, visit their website or follow them on Twitter @FoodFestSheff. Pick up the flyer – Rupert is on the cover!!


    Posted by on 14. March 2014
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  4. Chatsworth House & Gardens

    The house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground open on Sunday 16th March 2014. 

    Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family. The house has over 30 rooms to explore, from the magnificent Painted Hall, regal State Rooms, newly restored Sketch Galleries and beautiful Sculpture Gallery. Chatsworth has one of Europe’s most significant art collections and the Devonshire Collection encompasses Old Masters, contemporary ceramics, artefacts from Ancient Egypt, modern sculpture and computer portraits to name but a few.

    In the 105 acre garden, 17th century formal waterworks and sculptures can be seen alongside Capability Brown’s lawns and Joseph Paxton’s rockeries, fountains and greenhouses and more than 5 miles of walks. Families enjoy the farmyard and the woodland adventure playground which thrills and delights children of all ages.

    The 1,000 acre park and the Farm Shop and restaurant are open all year around.

    Chatsworth’s renowned Christmas decorations are on display in the grand rooms on the two lower floors of the house from 8th November to 23rd December. Each year, a different theme offers a unique experience. There are also be inspirational gift ideas and Christmas markets during this time. For more information visit their website.

    During 2014, Chatsworth has the following exhibitions taking place which are free with admission:

    16 March – 29 June: Michael Craig-Martin at Chatsworth

    A major display of contemporary sculpture in the garden with new works made specifically for this exhibition. In the house, Michael Craig-Martin brings his own approach to highlighting sculpture from the Devonshire collection, and selects visually arresting portraits for the Old Master Drawing Cabinet. 

    1 July – 7 November: Old Master Drawings Cabinet – Conflict in Art

    A selection of Old Master Drawings from the Devonshire collection to complement the ‘Chatsworth in Wartime’ exhibition.

    4 April – 23 December: Chatsworth in wartime

    An exhibition to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War and the 75th anniversary of the outbreak of the Second World War.

    8 September – 26 October: Sotheby’s Beyond Limits

    Contemporary sculpture exhibition in the garden.

    Chatsworth is a 10-15 minute drive away from Baslow Hall or some residents may prefer to walk via Baslow Village and through the beautiful estate. Take advantage of one of our dinner, bed & breakfast rates throughout the year and visit this stunning House and Gardens.

    Posted by on 1. March 2014
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  5. Le Tour Yorkshire – 5th, 6th & 7th July 2014

    Title: Le Tour Yorkshire
    Link out: Click here
    Description: The world’s greatest cycle race – the Tour de France – will start in Yorkshire on 5th & 6th July 2014. It will be the first time Le Tour has visited the north of England having previously only made visits to the south coast and the capital. The route will be in the following three stages:

    Stage 1 Saturday 5th July: Leeds to Harrogate
    Stage 2 Sunday 6th July: York to Sheffield (Sheffield is only 14 miles from Baslow Hall)
    Stage 3 Monday 7th July: Cambridge to the Mall, London

    Stay at Baslow Hall on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast rate over the weekend. Call 01246 583259 to check availability. 

    Posted by on 22. February 2014
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  6. Historic Houses, Gardens and Local Attractions to Visit 2014

    Chatsworth House and Gardens

    Opening Times

    Open 16th March to 23rd December 2014.

    House: 11.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (last admission 4.30 p.m.)

    Garden: 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. (last admission 5.00 p.m.)

    Farmyard and adventure playground: 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (last admission 4.30 p.m.)

    Please click here for more information.

    Haddon Hall

    BAKEWELL, Derbyshire, DE45 1LA

    Haddon Hall is conveniently situated on the A6 between Bakewell and Matlock, Derbyshire. This Medieval and Tudor manor house is an absolute gem. Inside, there is a fine example of a medieval kitchen; and an Elizabethan long gallery – the most modern room in the house! The exterior walls are adorned with climbing roses whilst the garden brims with roses, delphiniums and clematis. Haddon Hall is a popular choice as a film and TV location. A restaurant and gift shop complete the visitor’s experience.

    Opening Seasons/Times

    Easter: Friday 18th April until Tuesday 22nd April 2014 inclusive .

    Saturday 5th April until 28th April, Saturday, Sunday and Monday only, except for Easter opening dates.

    May to September: Open Daily (Closed to public Friday 18th July to Sunday 20th July)

    October: Saturday, Sunday and Monday only.

    Opening Times: 12.00 noon – 5.00 p.m. (last admission 4.00 p.m.)

    12.00 pm- 8.00 pm (last admission 7.15pm) every Thursday during June and July

    Christmas: 3rd to 14th December open daily from 10.30 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

    For more information please visit their website or call 01629 812855.

    Hardwick Hall

    Doe Lea, CHESTERFIELD, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ

    This large ruined house was completed in 1591 and was one of the greatest Elizabethan mansions of its time. The owner, Bess of Hardwick, built this stately home on the foundations of an earlier building owned by the Hardwick family. It displays her innovative planning which can also be seen in the New Hall at Hardwick nearby. The view over the Country Park and New Hall are spectacular.

    Enjoy a free audio tour of the Old Hall and hear the story of Bess of Hardwick whose 4 marriages made her one of the richest women in England. A joint ticket to visit the Old and New Halls is available. The ruins of Hardwick Old Hall in the grounds are owned by the National Trust and administered by English Heritage.

    House Opening Seasons/Times

    15th February to 2nd November 2014: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday – Opening Times 12.00 to 4.30 p.m.

    Open Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday

    4th December to 15th December 2014: Saturday and Sunday only

    Opening Times: 11.00 noon to 3.00 p.m.

    Garden & Park open 9.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. every day

    For more information see their website or call 01246 850430.

    Kedleston Hall

    KEDLESTON, Derbyshire DE22 5JH

    A fine example of a neo-classical mansion built between 1759-65 for the Curzon family, who have lived in the area since the 12th Century. The Hall has a series of magnificent state rooms retaining their great collections of paintings and original furniture. The parkland includes five lakes, classical lodges, a three arched bridge and cascades and a fine fishing pavilion. Kedleston Hall is owned by the National Trust.

    Opening Times

    House: 15th February to 2nd March Saturday and Sunday only (12.00 pm- 3.00 pm) 8th March to 2nd November 2014 (12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m.) Open Daily (closed Friday).

    Garden: 9th March to 31st October 2014

    Open Daily 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

    Park: 5th January to 10th February (Open Daily 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.)

    16th February to 31st October 2013 (Open Daily 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.)

    For more information see their website or call 01332 842191.

    Renishaw Hall

    Renishaw, SHEFFIELD, S21 3WB

    Renishaw Hall has been the family home of the Sitwells for nearly 400 years. The Hall is open by appointment to the public for exclusive and intimate tours with knowledgeable and friendly guides to talk about the family, the artefacts they have collected, the history of Renishaw.

    The Gardens are Italian in design and were laid out over 100 years ago by the present owner’s grandfather, Sir George Sitwell. The garden is divided into ‘rooms’ with yew hedges, flanked with classical statues. These ‘rooms’ have recently been filled with an impressive collection of plants. The garden is set in acres of parkland with lakeside and nature walks. A Sculpture  Park was installed in 2002 and features over 20 works by modern sculptors. In the Stable Block are the Sitwell Museum and the Performing Arts Gallery, as well as the John Piper Gallery.

    Opening Times

    29th March 2014 to 28th September 2014

    House: every Friday by guided tour only 1pm & 2.30 pm (Friday, Saturday & Sunday throughout August)

    Gardens, Museum and Gallery Café: Wednesday to Sundays and Bank Holidays

    10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (last admissions 4.00 p.m.)

    Visit their website or call 01246 432310 for more details.

    Eyam Hall

    Church Street, Eyam, HOPE VALLEY, Derbyshire,S32 5QW

    This small but  charming Manor House in the famous plague village of Eyam has been the home of the Wright family since 1671 and it retains the intimate atmosphere of a much loved private home. A Jacobean staircase, fine tapestries and family portraits  are among its interior treasures. Please contact Eyam Hall to enquire of the next ‘Tour of the House’.

    Visit their website or call 01433 639565 for more information.

    Tissington Hall and Gardens

    Tissington, ASHBOURNE, Derbyshire,DE6 1RA

    Home of the FitzHerbert family for over 500 years. The Hall stands in a superbly maintained Estate village and contains wonderful paneling, as well as a 10 acre garden and arboretum. Tissington is well known for it’s well-dressing and draws large crowds. The Tissington Well Dressings are estimated to attract 50,000 visitors each year in the week that the wells are dressed. This year’s Well Dressings week is 29th May – 4th June 2014.

    Opening Seasons/Times

    12.00 pm to 3.00 p.m. on the following dates:

    Easter week – Monday 21st – Friday 25th April 2014 (open 11.00 a.m. Easter Sunday and Monday).

    May Bank Holidays: 5th – 8th May 2014 & 26th – 28th May 2014

    Well-Dressings: 2nd – 5th June 2014

    August Summer opening: Monday – Thursday 4th -21st August 2014

    Bank Holiday Monday 25th August 2014

    The award winning old Coach House Tearooms is open Daily 10.30 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. 1st March 2014 – 31st October 2014 for coffee, lunches and teas.

    Visit their website or call 01335 352200 for more information.

    Hopton Hall

    Hopton Hall, Hopton, Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4DF

    Hopton Hall, dating back to 1414 , lies on the edges of the White Peak National Park.

    Famous for delicate drifts of snowdrops and aconites in spring and rose gardens in summer.

    Opening Season/Times

    Snow Drop Gardens: Daily from Saturday 1st February 2014 until Sunday 2nd March 2014. 10.30 am (Last admission 4.00 pm)

    Summer Gardens: 17th June 2014 until 28th August 2014. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday. 10.30 am (Last admission 4.00 pm)

    View their website for more details or call 01629 540923.

    Lea Gardens

    Lea Gardens, Lea, Matlock DE4 5GH

    A haven for jewel-bright rhododendrons and azaleas, kalmias, plants from all over the world, a rock garden and quiet woodland walks.

    Opening Season/Times

    Lea Gardens are open daily 10.00am – 5.00pm from Friday 1st March until Sunday 30th June 2013

    The Tea Garden Cafe is open everyday until Saturday 31st August 10.00am – 5.00pm and throughout September on Saturdays and Sundays only.

    View their website for more details or call 01629 534380.

    Sir Richard Arkwrights Cromford Mill

    Mill Road, Cromford, MATLOCK,Derbyshire,DE4 3RQ

    Cromford Mill is the world’s first successful water powered cotton spinning mill and acclaimed throughout the world as being the first, complete factory system. Enjoy a guided tour, available every day.

    Opening Times

    Daily 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.

    Closed Christmas Day.

    Open New Years Eve and Day.

    For more information visit their website or call 01629 823256.

    Masson Mills (Working Textile Museum)

    Derby Road, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3PY

    Sir Richard Arkwright’s 1783 showpiece Masson Mills are the finest surviving and best preserved example of an Arkwright cotton spinning mill. A fascinating working textile museum incorporates authentic historic working textile machinery.

    Opening Times

    The museum is open throughout the year (except Christmas Day and Easter Day) Monday to Saturday 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

    Sunday 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

    Call 01629 581001 or visit their website.

    Speedwell Cavern

    Castleton, HOPE  VALLEY, Derbyshire S33 8WA

    Speedwell Cavern takes an incredible journey by boat through the underground flooded workings of an eighteenth century lead mine.

    Opening Times

    April to October Open Daily 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (last tour 4.00 pm)

    November to March Open Daily 10.00a.m. to 4.00 p.m. (last tour 3.00 pm)

    Closed Christmas Day.

    Call 01433 620512 or visit their website.

    Peak Cavern

    Castleton, S33 8WS

    Peak Cavern is a spectacular natural cavern containing historic rope works. Discover why it is called The Devil’s Arse!

    Opening Times

    April to October Daily 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (last tour 4.00 p.m.)
    November to March (Weekends and daily during school holidays) 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (last tour 4.00 p.m.)

    Closed Christmas Day.

    Call 01433 620285 or visit their website.

    Treak Cliff Cavern

    Buxton Road, Castleton, HOPE VALLEY,Derbyshire,S33 8WP

    Visit an underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites, rocks, minerals and fossils. Home of the unique mineral Blue John stone, including the largest piece ever found – still in-situ. Events include an Easter Egg Hunt, Carols by Candlelight and Polish Your Own Blue John Stone activity. If you have mobility problems, please ask for their Accessibility Information Leaflet.

    Opening Times

    Daily from 1st March 2014 10.00 a.m (last tour 4.15 pm. October- February last tour 3.15 pm).

    Closed 24th, 25th and 26th December.
    Open at 12.00 p.m. New Year’s Day

    Call 01433 620571 or visit their website.

    Peak Cycle Hire

    Peak Cycle Hire operates centres at Ashbourne, Derwent and Parsley Hay. Most of their equipment is replaced every year.

    Ashbourne Cycle Hire. Tel: 01335 343156

    Derwent Cycle Hire. Tel: 01433 651261

    Parsley Hay Cycle Hire. Tel: 01298 84493

    Opening Times

    Open Daily from March to October: 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. (or dusk if earlier)
    Limited opening January, February, November & December.

    Please phone centres for details.

    Hassop Station

    Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1NW

    One mile north of Bakewell on the A6020 / B6001 roundabout

    Monsal Trail Cycle Hire is available at Hassop Station Cafe, Bookshop and Cycle Hire. Open Daily 9am-5pm. Enjoy the traffic free Monsal Trail with their range of bicycles. We recommend this as a great day out in the beautiful Peak District! For those feeling less active, why not relax in the cafe or browse the book shop and gift area. For more information, please call 01629 810 588 or visit their website.

    To avoid disappointment, please contact the Event Organiser before travelling.

    Posted by on 1. February 2014
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  7. L’Eroica Britannia: 20-22 June 2014

    Title: L’Eroica Britannia: 20-22 June 2014
    Location: The Peak District
    Link out: Click here
    Description: THE FIRST EVER L’EROICA COMES TO THE UK: 20-22 JUNE 2014

    L’Eroica Britannia is described as ‘the most handsome bike race in the World’. Over the 3 days they will be celebrating a very British take on the values of territory, sustainability and the joys of food and drink. The festival’s pinnacle is on the 22nd June with the ‘Great British Adventure’ as they embrace the romantic idea of heroic cycling as it once was, placed alongside aspects of lifestyle, belonging and the Great British Countryside with a 3 route bike tour of The Peak District.

    Riding classic bikes (only machines built before 1987 are allowed to race), L’Eroica competitors will tackle three routes -30, 50 and 100 miles, each starting and finishing on Bakewell Showground. The routes pass through villages including Castleton, Eyam, Tideswell, Eyam and Beeley and will also include the Monsal Trail and the Chatsworth Estate.

    Stay at Baslow Hall on a Dinner, Bed and Breakfast rate over the weekend. Call 01246 583259 to check availability. 

    For more details, please visit the website.

    Posted by on 22. January 2014
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  8. Guided Walks with Sally Mosley

    With prior notice, Sally can arrange tailor-maded guided walks from 1 – 10 miles within the Peak District or even from our door! Every walk includes a commentary on local history, facts, features and gossip!

    Sally has organised special “Indulgence Days” involving a visit to Baslow Hall, please click here for more details.

    For more information please call 07989 622692 or visit her website.


    Posted by on 26. October 2012
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  9. Extend your Stay in Baslow Village

    Baslow is a pretty village on the edge of the Chatsworth Estate just 4 miles from Bakewell. We have a wonderful array of shops, pubs and restaurants on our door-step! Complete your visit to Fischer’s with a wander around Baslow and take a souvenir home. You may fancy walking to Chatsworth House from Baslow Hall – ask our Reception staff for more details or see below for a walk to Chatsworth, Edensor and Pilsley.

    To view an interesting feature on Baslow Village by Derbyshire Life Magazine (edition August 2010) please click here also view a YouTube video featuring Baslow.

    Rowley’s Restaurant and Bar

    Our sister restaurant has contemporary decor in an old village pub offering good cooking using fresh, local ingredients. Ideal for a light lunch or informal dinner. Call in for a glass of wine or a hand crafted beer from one of our selected local breweries. Open daily from 10 am serving fresh coffee (also available as takeaway). A warm welcome awaits…..

    01246 583880 or view the website.

    Avant Garde

    Avant Garde is popular for numerous unusual gifts including mirrors, clocks, French furniture, soft furnishings and jewellery. The shop is open 7 days a week.

    01246 583888 or view the website.

    Five Little Ducks

    Our local post office in the village. There are a wonderful selection of greeting cards and children’s toys for sale.

    01246 583441 or view the website.

    Church Farm Art Gallery

    Church Farm Art Gallery hosts a unique collection of work by many talented professional and amateur artists. Much of the work in this tiny gallery is of Derbyshire landscapes and local views, but you can also find humorous animals, flowers and even seascapes on the walls.

    01246 582334 or view the website.

    Vintage Living

    This lovely shop offers vintage and antique furniture and accessories, including reupholstered antique chairs and sofas.

    07802494814 or view the website.

    White Pedals and Lace

    Mother and daughter team, Carole and Laura offer quality floral designs for every occasion. Their country flower shop also sells a range of handmade gifts, candles and pottery.

    01246 582098 or visit their website.

    Elliott’s & White’s Sweet Shop

    Located near the main car park in the village, why not call in for a treat whilst on route around the village.


    Popular with the Ladies!! Collections include Marccain, Basler, Joseph Ribkoff, Oska, Michele, La Perla Parfum, Isabel de Pedro and Crea Concept.

    01246 582500 or view the website.

    Baslow Pottery

    This working pottery provides a distinctive showcase of Ray Gridley’s pots and a gallery with work of other local artists. Original oil and watercolour paintings, jewellery, ceramics, turned wood, prints and hand made cards are displayed both to view and to buy.

    We also display several pots in the grounds of Baslow Hall available for sale.

    01246 583838 or view the website.

    Darling Buds Florist

    Pop in and have a bouquet that is truly unique and personal to you made up while you wait to take home with you, or order an arrangement in advance for your bedroom.

    01246 583999 or view the website.

    The Stage Hair Salon

    Arrange to have your hair cut and styled to complete your outfit.

    01246 583322 or view the website.

    Celebration Photography

    Tony Hall specialises in wedding and civil partnership photography. Truly captivating photography – see his website for examples of his work.

    01298 872844 or view the website.


    Posted by on 14. April 2012
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  10. Get Here If You Can!

    Be the first to see the film! Watch the GET HERE film with vocals by Chelsea Redfern. Music under license from Warner / Chapel. Just click on the play button in the centre of the picture below.

    Posted by on 28. January 2012
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