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Does this glorious weather make you think about summer holidays? The current heatwave in the UK is getting us all in holiday mood.  The sun is out in the Peak District too.  Lovely Dovedale above in the picture reaching 30 degrees!

There's plenty of things going on in this summer in the Peak District; here's a hightlight or two. 

Heights of Abraham - take the cable car to the top of the Heights for great views over Matlock and the Derwent Valley.  There are caves and woodland trails to discover and if the young ones still have energy two adventure playgrounds.  The underground mining caverns are explored by torchlight to get a feel of how things really were. There is a restaurant and bar at the top with spectacular views.  And why not finish off the day with a trip to Matlock Bath and some traditional fish and chips? Dogs travel free on the cable cars and there are 60 acres of estate to explore with your four-legged friends.   

Summer Nights Festival July - Sept - outdoor movie screenings are taking place in lovely heritage locations during the summer.  Bring a picnic and enjoy a film in beautiful surroundings. 
Calke Abbey - Pretty Woman - 2 Aug and The Greatest Showman - 3 Aug
Hardwick Hall - The Greatest Showman - 17 Aug and Dirty Dancing - 18 Aug

Mason Mills UNESCO World Heritage Site - experience life in an 18th Century Mill that was designed by Sir Richard Arkwright in 1783. Feel what life would have been like with the noise of the looms and smell of the textiles all recreated during your visit.  This working museum is one of the finest surving and best preserved of its kind.  There's also a shopping village and English textiles are on sale and other traditional crafted items.  Enjoy lovely tearooms overlooking the river Derwent. 

Chatsworth Country Fair - 31 Aug - 2 Sept - this annual country fair is a fabulous outdoor event which includes JCB Dancing Diggers, Household Cavalry Musical Ride, a cooking theatre and fine food village.  Opportunities to try your hand at country sports and crafts too. 

Derbyshire Well Dressings - the tradition of dressing wells with flowers, petals and seeds continues throughout the summer.
Stoney Middleton - 21 - 30 July
Bonsall - 28 July - 3 Aug
Great Hucklow - 9 - 15 Aug
Foolow - 24 Aug - 1 Sept
Eyam - 25 Aug - 1 Sept

There's something for everyone this summer in the Peak District.  Get in touch if you'd like further information or if you would like a group holiday cottage stay in the Peak District. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

 

 

 

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As the days get warmer and the evenings get longer it's a great time to get out and about.  If the Peak District is on your list of places to visit we've got a few events and festivals picked out for you during May and June. 

Tideswell Food Festival Sat 5th May, Bank Holiday weekend

With over 50 foodie stalls and many locally produced items, why not pop into Tideswell and sample some goodies.  The local pubs, shops and cafes will all be taking part.  And new this year is a Makers Market based around the stunning Tideswell Cathedral in the Peak (shown in the picture).  With over 20 craft stalls there's sure to be something to take your fancy. 

Devonshire Dome, Buxton, gin event, Sat 5th May, Bank Holiday weekend (afternoon and evening sessions)

The Gin Society Festival returns to the Dome in Buxton, where over 120 gins are available to try.  The gin stations are divided in British, World, Fruit and Cocktail bars and there's a Prosecco bar too.  Over 18s only.

Derbyshire Open Arts, Spring Bank Holiday weekend, 26 May to 3 June

For the 12th year this is a great chance to enjoy the arts and crafts of the county at selected venues, some off the beaten track.  Meet the artists and maybe take something special home?

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show, Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 June (10-6.30 Wed to Sat and 10-5 Sun)

In the grounds of Chatsworth House, the RHS returns for a second year.  Highlights include the Great Conservatory full of orchids, a living labratory and a river of flowers (a mass planting of Cosmos).  Plenty of shopping opportunities too!

Eroica Britannia, weekend of 15 - 17 June

A festival of the heritage of cycling with cycle rides on the Sunday over a choice of distances.  Bikes and gear must be pre-1987 only.  Or enjoy the festival itself with music, entertainment, shopping, food and drink and camping.  

Let's hope that there's something here for you and your family to enjoy.  For some events tickets and registration are available in advance, for others simply turn up and enjoy.  

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There are many events and things to do in the Peak District this Spring.  Here's our pick.

Free guided walking weekend on 19 and 20 May.  

On Sat 19 May start and finish at Hathersage car park and enjoy this lovely circuit with scenery from the tops of Stanage Edge and White Edge as well as the gorgeous Derwent Valley.  This days walk is approx 12 miles and you can bring a friend, your dog or come alone. 

On Sun 20 May the walk starts at Chatsworth House and is a 5-mile loop finishing at the river.  

What an ideal way to get a free taster of the Peak District countryside!  

Tideswell Food Festival on 5 May

Visit the charming town of Tideswell with is Cathedral in the Peak and enjoy the annual food festival too.  Over 60 food stalls as well as entertainment and for 2018 new this year is a Makers Market for gifts and craft products.  This will be the biggest yet!  

Chatsworth renewed opens 24 March

A glimpse of all the work that has been taking place at Chatsworth House.  Visit hidden areas, meet skilled tradespeople, see vast tracts of the new lead on the roof, discover what's under the floor in Chapel Corridor and admire newly renovated tapestries.  

Chatsworth International Horse Trials 11-13 May

A world-class three-day event of sport with family entertainment.  And if you book before 31 January there is 50% off!

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Visit Peaks are family run large holiday cottages providing accommodation in the Peak District for over ten years.  Contact us for further information or visit www.visitpeaks.co.uk

 

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There's plenty going on this Easter in the Peak District.  We've put together a guide of a few of our selected highlights for families young and old.  So why not pop over to the Peak District this Easter and join in the fun?

  • There's Easter holiday fun at Calke Abbey. The Cadbury egg hunt in the meadow runs daily from 14-16 April 11 am to 3.30 pm. Pick up a map and follow the clues to the treasure at the end!  There are also nature-themed activities and lovely walks to enjoy for all the family. 
  • Why not climb the towers of St Mary's and All Saints Churches in Chesterfield?  You'll get stunning views of the Crooked Spire and the town.  The tour lasts about 40 mins and do book in advance. 
  • Loads of family fun at Conkers indoor and outdoor play and adventure in a national forest.  From 1 to 23 April there are various activities and events including a circus, Punch and Judy, sublime science, juggling, craft and ranger activities and and an Easter egg challenge.  
  • At the Tropical Butterfly, Wildlife and Falconery Centre from 1 to 23 April there's an Easter Mad about Madagasgar theme.  You can meet species close up, take part in an Easter Egg hunt (Easter Sunday and Monday), enjoy tractor trailor rides and there are Easter bunnies and chicks to meet.   

These are just a few of the Easter events going on for families in the Peak District.  We've picked a few that offer something a little bit different.  We hope that you enjoy them!  Happy Easter holidays!

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Looking for a Bank Holiday day out in the Peak District?  We've picked our top 5 things to do this Bank Holiday weekend.  From Chatsworth House to well dressing there is something for everyone.

Chatsworth House, A Grand Tour of the Devonish Collection 

Many aristocrats made the Grand Tour in the 17th to 19th centuries, exploring art, culture and politics.  This exhibition, which is part of the house admission fee, shows how the Grand Tour influences Chatsworth as it is today.

For little ones the farmyard, adventure playground, maze and gardens at Chatsworth are ideal for letting off steam.  For parents and grandparents its' worth noting that there is a local brass band playing in the rose garden on Sat, Sun and Mon of the Bank Holiday.  

Eyam Carnival and Well Dressing

From Sat 27 August for one week, and over the Bank Holiday weekend there's the Carnival on 27 Aug with a parade, floats, fancy dress and a sheep roast.  If you are wondering what Well Dressing is all about it is the ancient custom of dressing the well with flowers in the form of lovely pictures (see picture above).  The well blessing will take place on Sat 27 August.  Well dressing is unique to the Peak District.

If you fancy staying longer in Eyam, which is after all the famous Plague village, take a look at the museum which tells the story of how the bubonic plague arrived in Eyam and how the villagers sealed off the village to prevent it spreading further. 

The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Bank Holiday Special

From 10 am Sat 27 Aug to 5 pm Mon 29 Aug why not visit the 23 acres of the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton where there's a special weekend of events in the Garden Marquee and outdoors on the Prom.  There's stalls, children's entertainment and plenty of places to eat and drink including the excellent Pavilion Cafe.  Whilst there take a trip round the spa town of Buxton; visit the source of Buxton spring water, walk to the upper town for independent shops and pubs, take a ride on a vintage tram or visit the famous opera house.

Matlock Farm Park

If you've got little ones to amuse Matlock Farm Park will be a great day out.  Over the Bank Holiday weekend there's some extra events, on Sat 27 Aug, Strongman Day and on 29 August Superheroes and Princesses Day.  The little ones dress up and can take part in interactive shows (11.30 am and 2.30 pm).  And if that's not enough there's the animals; from cuddles with small animals, meerkat feeding, owl encounter, ferret racing, meeting the reptiles and short pony rides.  Horse riding lessons can be booked in advance too.

The Hope Show

A great day out for all the family on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August, open from 8 am.  This is one of the major summer shows in Derbyshire and the Peak District.  Some of the attractions include sheep dog trials, show jumping, heavy and light horse displays, gundogs, vintage cars and tractors, crafts and food stalls.  It's the ideal destination for a full day out where you can enjoy the very best of the Peak District countryside and farming. 

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