What's On Guide

Events Around Chesterfield and Ashover in Derbyshire in 2017

If you're visiting the Peak District to attend a wedding or one of the festivals or special events in our What's On Guide, why not stay for a few days in one of our two holiday cottages - or book both together? Take some time to explore this lovely area, visit a few of the Peak District's many attractions or just spend time with family and friends. See our calendar for holiday cottage availability or check out late deals and special offers. For more details contact us by email, phone or text.

February
Creswell Crags
Creswell Crags
Open daily from 10am. Ice Age Cave tours weekends February to October and daily in school holidays
Join an expert guide on a fascinating tour and discover what Creswell Crags was like during the last Ice Age. Free to visit site (charge for parking). Charges apply for tours. Booking recommended. Rock Art tours are also available from March to September.
Tel: 01909 720378
www.creswell-crags.org
Chatsworth Farmyard
Chatsworth Farmyard
11th to 26th February
The farmyard and adventure playground are open for half-term although the house doesn't open until 25th March 2017
www.chatsworth.org
March
Chatsworth House
Chatsworth House Opens for 2017
Sat 25th March until 5th January 2018 (closed 24-26 Dec and 1st Jan)
Magnificent historic house and gardens open daily from 11.00am. Special events all year round.
www.chatsworth.org
April
Hardwick Hall
Easter Egg Hunt and Easter Nature Crafts at Hardwick Hall
14th to 17th April
Hunt for chocolate eggs around the house and garden and along Lady Spencer's wood. Celebrate spring with nature-themed crafts.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardwick-hall
May
Ashover May Day
May Day in Ashover Village
Monday 1st May
An annual event held in the centre of the village. There are numerous stalls and food vendors and entertainment includes the Ashover Brass Band, a bouncy castle, May Pole dancing and a Tug of War contest.
10am to 4pm
Chesterfield Walking Festival
Chesterfield Area Walking Festival
Saturday 6th May to Sunday 14th May
An exciting programme of over 60 guided walks around North Derbyshire. Many walks are free but numbers are limited on each walk so please book early. We recommend local Ashover walks including "A Tale of Two Loos" on Monday 8th May, "Aspire Ashover" on Friday 12th May, "Making Hay in Ashover" on Saturday 13th May and "I-spy Ashover" on Sunday 14th May.
Tel: 01246 345777
www.chesterfieldwalkingfestival.co.uk
Chatsworth International Horse Trials
Chatsworth International Horse Trials
Friday 12th May to Sunday 14th May
A 3-day event of equestrian sport held in the grounds of Chatsworth House. Includes family entertainment, dressage, falconry, gun dog display plus shopping village.
www.chatsworth.org/horsetrials
June
L'Eroica Britannia
L'Eroica Britannia at Bakewell Showground
Friday 16th June to Sunday 18th June
A wonderfully eccentric bicycle event, described as the "world's most handsome bike ride". There are three different routes to enjoy around the Peak District. Modern and vintage bikes abound with vintage cycling wear, live entertainment, food markets and local, national and international participants.
10am to 5pm
www.eroicabritannia.co.uk
Derbyshire County Show
Sunday 25th June
A traditional country agricultural show with entertainment for all ages.
8am to 5.30pm at Locko Park near Derby
www.derbyshirecountyshow.org
July
Chesterfield Medieval Market
Chesterfield Medieval Fun Day
Tuesday 25th July
Chesterfield's famous market hosts a day of medieval entertainment including knights, ladies and minstrels taking part in battles and skirmishes. Stalls and fun-fair with refreshments and hog roast. Trips up the Crooked Spire will also be available.
Tel: Chesterfield Tourist Information 01246 345777
www.visitchesterfield.info
Columbine Cottage is available from 22nd to 29th July at £580 for 7 nights or £375 for 3 nights.
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August
Bakewell Show
Bakewell Show
Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd August
Derbyshire's premier agricultural and horticultural event for the whole family. Exhibitors displaying horses, livestock, rabbits, dogs, pigeons and poultry.
8.30am to 6.30pm. Advance ticket adult entry with all accompanied under 16s free. Tickets also available on the gate.
Tel: 01629 812736
www.bakewellshow.org
Foxglove Cottage is available from 29th July to 5th August at £525 for 7 nights or £330 for 3 nights.
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Ashover Show
Ashover Show
Wednesday 9th August
An entertaining and fun day out for all of the family to enjoy. A really traditional country show in a beautiful setting. Includes cattle, sheep and shire horse classes. Visit the horticulture and craft tents, sample wonderful food in the Appetising Ashover marquee or listen to the Ashover Brass Band.
www.ashovershow.co.uk
September
Chatsworth Country Fair
Chatsworth Country Fair
Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September
This popular annual outdoor event has something for everyone. Attractions include massed pipe and military bands, hot air balloons, vintage cars, ferret racing and over 300 varied trade stands and rural crafts. The Red Arrows perform on Friday and Sunday.
Gates open at 9am. Closing ceremony at about 6.30pm.
www.chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk
October
Matlock Bath Illuminations
Matlock Bath Illuminations and Fireworks
Saturdays and Sundays between 9th September and 28th October. Firework displays each Saturday night from 9th Sep to 28th Oct.
Visit the Derwent Gardens in Matlock Bath on Saturday and Sunday evenings for family entertainment and for the parade of illuminated and decorated boats along the River Derwent at 7.45pm.
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We have availability during late September and October in both cottages.
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November & December
Chatsworth House
Chatsworth at Christmas
11th November 2017 to 5th January 2018 (closed 24-26 Dec and 1st Jan)
The lower floors of the House will be decorated for Christmas, inspired by a different theme each year. A Christmas market will be taking place - dates to be announced - with musical entertainment, a bavarian beer tent and festive food. A range of unique gifts can be found in the Stables shops.
Tel: 01246 565300
www.chatsworth.org
We have availability during November and December in both cottages.
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Events Last Updated on 5th July 2017

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