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National Trust Properties

4th January 2017 – 1st December 2017


We have some fantastic National Properties throughout Derbyshire with many open throughout the Year

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Matlock Farm Park

13th January 2017 – 31st December 2017

Matlock Farm Park

There is plenty to do for children, with lots of animals to see and feed, as well as smaller cuddly animals to pet in our barn. Learn more about our meerkats through our daily talks, short pony rides are on most days and you can have a free bet on our ferret races! We have a variety of play equipment, go-carts, a lovely café and a shop to browse. We also have a riding school and trekking centre, offering riding to all abilities.

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Medieval Events at Bolsover Castle

3rd February 2017 – 31st December 2017

Bolsover Castle

Perched on a ridge high above the Vale of Scarsdale, on the site of a medieval fortress, Bolsover Castle is an extraordinary 17th-century aristocratic retreat and runs events for all the family to enjoy at weekends and during school holidays. 

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Peak Rail - Saturday & Sunday

3rd March 2017 – 24th December 2017

Matlock or Rowsley Station

Peak Rail welcomes you in 2017 to journey back to a bygone age and experience the thrill of steam and diesel on our preserved railway, operating between Rowsley South and Matlock Platform 2 for a distance of 4 miles and open to the public throughout the year.

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Chatsworth House & Gardens

25th March 2017 – 10th November 2017


2017 is set to be another remarkable year at Chatsworth with so much to see and do, including the exciting calendar of events and exhibitions. The house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground is open every day from 25 March

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Haddon Hall

7th April 2017 – 19th November 2017

Haddon, Near Bakewell

Haddon Hall is probably the finest example of a fortified medieval manor house in existence and is a favourite with TV and film crews. Haddon Hall dates from the 12th Century and holds events throughout the year starting at Easter. 

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Bakewell Food Festival

29th April 2017 – 30th April 2017


The Bakewell Food Festival is once more celebrating the wealth of excellent local produce that the Peak District and this beautiful market town have to offer. As well as the multi-award winning farmers market, the town’s historic streets will host more than their usual splendid offerings of food fayre and Great British Bake Off's 'Star Baker', Howard Middleton will be doing cookery demonstartions. 

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Chatsworth International Horse Trials

12th May 2017 – 14th May 2017

Chatsworth Country Park

The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials is three days of thrilling equestrian sport, combined with entertainment for all the family in the beautiful surroundings of the Chatsworth Park. Join them to enjoy world class competition, from elegant dressage, to exciting show jumping and thrilling cross country. You can also get involved in an array of entertainment and activities for the whole family, or browse their shopping village with trade stands offering country wear and crafts.

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RHS Chatsworth Flower Show

7th June 2017 – 11th June 2017

Chatsworth House

The first RHS Chatsworth Flower Show (7-11 June) is the must see event of 2017. Its overarching theme is ‘Design Revolutionaries’ and will celebrate not only the creative genius of gardeners and garden designers from the past, especially Joseph Paxton who was once the estate’s gardener, but also the talent, ideas and conceptual thinking of today’s generation of designers.

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L'Eroica Britannia

16th June 2017 – 19th June 2017

Peak District

The 4th L'Eroica Britannia vintage bicycle event, known as the most handsome bike event in the world is coming from Tuscany, Italy to the Peak District and taking form as a 3 day festival and bike ride.
The ride has 3 routes to choose from all offering stunning scenery, iconic locations and amazing food stops offering local produce and drinks.

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Bakewell Show

2nd August 2017 – 3rd August 2017

Bakewell Showground

Events Cattle Judging, Show Jumping, Goat Show, Rabbit Show, Arab & Palomino Classes, Working Hunter Ponies, Dog Show, Vintage Farm Machinery, Floral Art Show, Craft Tent, Cookery demonstrations and Children’s Fairground Rides

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The Chatsworth Country Fair

1st September 2017 – 3rd September 2017

Chatsworth House

For a true taste of the very best the countryside has to offer, there's nowhere quite like the annual Country Fair here at Chatsworth. Come and sample some superb local produce, find some exquisite crafts and spend a weekend enjoying a whole host of family activities, displays and performances. Massed pipe and military bands, demonstrations and parades, hot air balloons, parachuting and over 300 varied trade stands and rural crafts make this a memorable event with something for everyone. Many of England's heritage of Country Sports and pastimes are on show including Armed service displays, horse shoeing, Ferret racing, archery and sheep dog trials.

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Available All Year Round

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Near Matlock

Fancy a go at Clay shooting whilst on Holiday? Just 5 miles from Darwin Forest is Joe Nevillle's Shooting Ground, coach to the Great Britain Shooting team. The shooting ground caters for individuals and groups. Please ask reception for details and make sure you book in advance.

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Darwin Forest Country Park

Amanda McConnell is a Lifestyle Photographer who works with people who want something different and individual from their photo shoot experience.  As an experienced ‘natural light’ photographer, Amanda is working with Darwin Forest Country Park to provide couples, families and groups with the opportunity to experience a lifestyle photo session in the comfort of their lodge or in the beautiful surroundings of Darwin Forest, during their stay. When you book a photo session with Amanda, you're not just booking a photographer, but someone who takes a lot of pride in their work, who is truly passionate about what they do and who pays great attention to the small details. Amanda prides herself on creating images that you will fall in love with, that will bring you smiles everyday and that will give you a lifetime of memories you can look back on for many years to come!

Tell your story with Amanda on a lifestyle photo shoot...

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Go Active at Sandybrook

Sandybrook Country Park, Ashbourne

Go Active provides a range of fun activities that the whole family will enjoy and take place at our sister site Sandybrook Country Park near Ashbourne. Activities such as archery, fencing and Body Zorbs, in addition to fun and creative activities designed for 3-7 year olds, are delivered by our qualified instructors who will ensure you not only learn a great new skill but also have a fantastic time. 

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This Certificate of Excellence is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor – the world's largest travel site.

  • 788 Independent Reviews
  • Certificate of Excellence 2016