Derbyshire boasts a calendar bursting with events and activities, from annual well dressings and village carnivals, fine agricultural shows, food festivals, to world class theatre and opera in beautiful Victorian theatres.
A full list of what to see and do is available at Visit Peak District
Key Festive dates for your diary.
Over Christmas and the New Year, a number of our favourite attractions are open for business and are well worth a festive visit.
Chatsworth House and Gardens
Chatsworth’s Christmas decorations are on display in the grand rooms on the two lower floors of the house from 11th November to 7th January 2016 (closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January). Each year, a different theme offers a unique experience.
This year Journey through scenes of the time – Charles Dickens. Join Charles’s Christmas, in all his bluff and hearty honesty; it was his season of hospitality, merriment, and open-heartednes.
This year a timed ticket entry will be operating to reduce queuing times for the house. Please call 01246 565300 or visit www.chatsworth.org for booking information.
17th November – 5th December – Christmas Markets. Enjoy live seasonal music, sample delicious food, mulled cider & German beers whilst shopping for the perfect Christmas gifts. Over 100 stalls offer a range of crafts, gifts, decorations and seasonal produce.Weekdays £5 per car, open 10am – 5.30 pm & Weekends £10 per car, open 10am – 6pm.
5th, 6th & 7th December – Christmas Wreath Making. Learn how to make a festive wreath from our own Chatsworth foliage, cones and berries. £50 per person, pre booking essential, 9.30am, 12pm or 2.30pm.
Opening Times: 11am-5.30 pm (4.30 pm last admission)
Christmas at Haddon Hall
At Christmas Lord Edward Manners opens the doors of his magical home to offer a truly unique experience. This year music will fill your ears, with different carols in each room Haddon Hall explores the meaning behind some of our favourite Christmas Carols. See the Hall decorated for the festive season, with roaring fires, golden decorations and music filling the air, an enjoyable time for all the family.
Opening Times: 1st – 20th December 2017 10.30 to 4 pm (last admission 3pm)
17th, 18th & 19th November – Winter Artisan Market – Browse stalls from our favourite local florists, artists, gourmet artisans and crafts people. Admission is £5.00 per person and tickets can be bought in the Ticket Office on the day.
3rd December – An Evening exploring the Origins of Christmas – Dr Patrick Harding a freelance broadcaster, author and adult teacher offers a number of illustrated talks suitable for a wide range of societies. He is inviting you to come and discuss and explore the origins of Christmas, which he touches on in his book ‘The Christmas Book’. £28 per person. Pre-booking is essential.
4th, 5th, 6th, 13th, 14th, 15th & 18th December- Candlelight Tours – Explore Haddon Hall by Candlelight. Candlelight Tour and Meal available 5th and 6th December. £24 per person. Pre booking essential.
For further information please call 01629 812855 or visit www.haddonhall.co.uk
Purchase your tickets from reception to avoid the ques, priced at £10.50 (usually £12, does not include car parking)
Christmas at Hardwick Hall
Discover the festive season at Hardwick Hall, with traditional decorations and a festive song theme in each room, follow the trail around the Hall. Explore the wider estate and take a family selfie in their own sleigh.
Hall Opening Times: 18th November to 17th December Wednesday to Sunday 11 am – 3 pm (Last entry 2 pm). £11.54 per adult, £5.77 per child, £28.86 per family.
For more information please call 01246 850430 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardwick
Kedleston Hall & Parkland
Kedleston Hall Park is open daily through the winter, and is the perfect place to enjoy a bracing winter stroll.
For more information please call 01332 842191 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/kedleston
4th, 11th & 18th December – Sherry and Mince Pie Tour. Take a guided tour of the State Floor, decorated for Christmas, followed by a festive mine pie and a glass of sherry by the fires in Caesar’s Hall. £5 per person.
Renishaw Hall will be open their award winning gardens and hall for public tours on 30th November to 3rd December and 7th to 10th December. There will be plenty to see with winter walks and guided tours of the hall and the new cafe will be serving a delicious festive menu. Open from 10:30-16:00 from 30th November to 3rd December and from 7th to 10th December. Public tours of the hall will be available on Thursday to Sunday at 13:00 and 14:30 throughout this period, pre-booking essential. Visit www.renishaw-hall.co.uk
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