Nearby Events & Festivals

Dove Holes Jazz Club

Previously a weekend, summer jazz festival, now a monthly programme of touring jazz musicians on the third Saturday of the month (typically). 8pm at the Dove Holes Village Hall.

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football

Are you an Up’ard or a Down’ard? Well, it depends on which side of Henmore Brook you were born. This customary game of ‘football’ is played on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday throughout the market town of Ashbourne including its streets, rivers and fields. The goals are three miles apart (the old Clifton and Sturston mills) and pretty much anything goes. The leather ball is ‘turned up’ (thrown in the air) at Shaw Croft car park by an honoured guest into a crowd of thousands and doesn’t stop for at least eight hours each day. A sight to be behold!

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

Established in 2017, this popular flower show takes over the impressive grounds of Chatsworth House each June with a delightful mix of gardening inspiration, spectacular summer colour, have-a-go workshops and unique shopping within a magnificent setting.


A beer and food festival at the Bakewell Showground in mid-August hosted by locally-based Thornbridge Brewery.

New Mills Festival and Lantern Parade

A two-week community festival with arts, heritage, science and culture held in nearby New Mills in September. This annual celebration of community spirit features a diverse range of activities from talks and walks to concerts, gigs, exhibitions, trails, quizzes and performances.

Well Dressing

The tradition of giving thanks to the spring waters by dressing the wells with pictures made from flower petals is celebrated throughout Derbyshire. Click here for a list of festival dates for the towns and villages in the area. Find out about Buxton’s Well Dressing festival here

Castleton Garland Day

Held on 29th May (unless on a Sunday) in the nearby, picturesque village of Castleton, the Garland Day is a custom which coincides with Oak Apple Day, commemorating the restoration of King Charles II in 1660. The heavy, bell-shaped Garland, made in the morning, represents the oak tree in which the monarch hid after the Battle of Worcester. The Garland King, on horseback, is covered to the waist in the Garland and leads a procession through the village.

Y-Not Festival

A three-day music festival held in late July at Pikehall, near Matlock. Enjoy great music, great food and carefree fun in the heart of the beautiful Peak District.

Eroica Britannia

“The world’s most handsome bike ride”. A three-day, vintage, family-friendly cycling festival based in the Peak District, celebrating  heritage, the best of food & drink, outfitting & style, craftsmanship, music & entertainment with the joy of cycling leading the way. The event returns to Bakewell Showground from 2020 but this year is replaced by a one-off, ride-only event–The 500–on August 18, 2019.

Matlock Bath Illuminations

A fun-packed, family event featuring spectacular parades of illuminated and decorated boats along the River Derwent each weekend in September and October.

Shrovetide Football at Ashbourne. Image courtesy of Ali Quas-Cohen.
Shrovetide Football at Ashbourne in Henmoor Brook. Image courtesy of Ali Quas-Cohen.
The art of well dressing. Image courtesy of Buxton Wells Dressing.


Dove Holes Jazz



Y-Not Festival

Eroica Britannia & Peakender

New Mills


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