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Polish your own Blue John stone

1st October 2019 – 31st January 2020

Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton

From October 1st 2019 to January 31st 2020, visitors can polish and take home their very own Blue John Christmas tree decoration or window hanger.

Our skilled craftspeople will guide you through the processes of creating your own unique Blue John ornament in our new visitor workshop area.

Prices for this activity start at £10 per hanger / decoration.

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Christmas at Chatsworth

9th November 2019 – 5th January 2020

Chatsworth House

In a land far, far away...

Discover lands afar at Chatsworth this Christmas, following in the footsteps of explorers Phileas Fogg and Amelia Earhart. The guides at Chatsworth will lead you on a festive adventure around the globe as you travel from a Nordic winter wonderland, through blossom trees in Japan, to a baroque Portuguese church on the journey of a lifetime.

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Christmas Weekends

30th November 2019 – 22nd December 2019

Calke Abbey

Christmas weekends at Calke are a magical time to make memories with the family. As darkness falls, follow a twinkling trail of lights and illuminations through the Pleasure Grounds to the church, and catch a glimpse of the house lit up in festive lights. In the Riding School, you'll find a range of gift and food fairs, while Squirt's Stable is packed with Christmas cheer to keep the kids entertained.

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Candlelight Tours *Selected Dates*

6th December 2019 – 21st December 2019

Haddon Hall

Once again in 2019 Haddon Hall will be offering wonderful Candlelight Tours when visitors can enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie before walking the Hall with our knowledgeable guides, when it is at its most atmospheric.

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Victorian Markets and Christmas Lights

6th December 2019 – 8th December 2019

Matlock Hall Leys Park

You can expect to find over 170 stalls (local / European produce and craft), live entertainment and fun for all the family throughout the weekend.  This is combined with the “switch-on” of the Town’s Christmas lights (Saturday) and Fireworks (Sunday) that light up the skies of Matlock.

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Santa Special *Selected dates*

7th December 2019 – 24th December 2019

Peak Rail

Get Christmas off to a magical start by riding Santa’s festive steam train. As you sit back and enjoy the journey Santa with his many helpers will stroll through the train bearing wonderful age suitable gifts together with a Christmas treat and activity pack for every Boy and Girl.

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Christmas Nativity *selected dates*

7th December 2019 – 22nd December 2019

Chatsworth House Farmyard

Join us in bringing the nativity to life with our farmyard animals and your children as the stars of the show in a heart-warming Christmas performance.

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Carols by Candle light (Sat & Sun)

7th December 2019 – 22nd December 2019

Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton

Enjoy the magical experience of carol singing in the ancient Treak Cavern, home to Blue John. All Carol events are at 2.00pm and last for approx 1 hour with free mulled wine and mince pie afterwards. A guided tour and a present for younger ones from Santa are also included in the ticket price. Tickets are available from 01433 621487. Adults £10 Children £5 under 5s free.

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Festive Fun Weekend

13th December 2019 – 16th December 2019

Landal Darwin Forest

Join us at Landal Darwin Forest for a weekend of Festive Fun. Meet Mrs Claus and her Elves, enjoy a range of Christmas crafts, activities and a Christmas party. 

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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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Wild Park Derbyshire


Wild Park Derbyshire is a family run Paintballing, Laser Tag , Quad Biking Trekking and Archery venue. 

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Deception Escape Rooms


Do you have what it takes to defeat Deception? Choose from 4 different game experiences and see if you can escape.... 

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