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
24th March to 21st October – Chatsworth renewed: The House, past, present and future.
For five hundred years people have carefully manipulated nature’s materials and managed the elements to create the house, garden and park. Hear from these skilled men and women as Chatsworth highlights hidden corners of the house, peel back layers and share their stories past and present.
May to September – Well Dressings
Whilst staying with us throughout spring and summer, enjoy the ancient art of well dressing unique to the Peak District & Derbyshire. Over 80 towns and villages come together to create living art installations using natural materials. These floral masterpieces are displayed from May to September.
“It takes 300 hours to make just one well dressing, so it’s understandable why they are such as intriguing draw for visitors” said Sir Richard FitzHerbert of Tissington Hall.
11th May to 13th May – Chatsworth International Horse Trails
World-class equestrians sport from elegant dressage and exciting show jumping to gripping cross country, combined with family entertainment and a shopping village with over 100 quality trade stands.
26th to 28th May – Sheffield Food Festival
Sheffield Food Festival is a celebration of the city’s vibrant food scene, showcasing our great local produce, talented chefs, mouth-watering street food and outstanding brewers and distillers.
The city’s largest free to attend event takes place for its eighth year from 26th – 28th May 2018 in the city centre, spreading across the Peace Gardens, Winter Gardens, Millennium Square, Town Hall Square and Fargate, attracting over 40,000 visitors across the weekend.
6th June to 10th June Chatsworth RHS Flower show
A show that breaks boundaries and blends tradition with unexpected, innovative design
10am – 6.30pm (Wednesday to Saturday)
10am – 5pm (Sunday)
15th to 17th June – Eroica Britannia
Join the beautiful peak district for one of the most talked about events in the cycling and festival calendars.
Choose the Ride distance that suits you and your ability. You’ll marvel in the pain of the up, relish the joy of the flat and delight in the thrill of the down – cheered home by crowds of thousands. All in it together, collectively riding over 250,000 miles in the spirit of a time gone by.
Go to Eroica for the weekend from Friday 15th June to soak up a truly unique atmosphere, as there is an eclectic mix of music, entertainment, exquisite shopping, incredible food & drink, boutique camping, and much more.
Buxton International Festival 6th – 22nd July
“A happy marriage of music, opera and books”
A renowned summer festival celebrating opera, music and literature.
Buxton Festival is recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s leading arts festival. Over three weeks visitors can enjoy a music series featuring some of the finest musicians in the country and rarely performed operas by major composers in the Buxton Opera House. The successful literary series includes a variety of politicians and speakers and up to 40 authors
Make it a day you will remember; join us for a delicious Michelin Starred lunch before a special evening at the opera. Call reservations on 01246 583 259 to reserve your table.
3rd July to 30th August – Hopton Hall Summer Rose Gardens
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Opening times 10.30am with last admittance at 4.00pm
Admission: Adults £4, Children £2 (6 to 16 years) – pay on gate
11th to 12th August – Bakewell Baking Festival
Championing the world of baking through an eclectic mix of entertainment, baking and vintage stalls, themed fun and demonstrations with well-known bakers.
30th August to 1st September – Longshaw Sheepdog Trails
Open class sheep dog trails where many of the “One Man and His Dog” competitors will be taking part.
Longshaw Lodge – Grindleford
31st August to 2nd September – Chatsworth Country Fair
Celebrating all the countryside has to offer with a packed programme of grand ring entertainment, a cookery theatre and fine food village, parades, demonstration’s, rural country crafts, have-a-go sports and over 300 quality trade stands.
7th to 23rd September – Wirksworth Festival
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.
For further information please see here.