Listed are a few of the local events and festivals that have been popular amongst our guests in the past, for a full list of events in the local area please click here.
Please note that although we try to keep the information on dates, times and cost as accurate as possible, events and festivals are constantly changing so if in doubt please contact the event organiser or visit their website for current information.
Tuesday 9th - Wednesday 10th February 2016 - Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football
Held annually over Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday, the town of Ashbourne takes to the streets to host the ancient game of Shrovetide football. Two teams consisting of members born North of the River Henmore "Up'ards" and those born South "Downards", play on a 3 mile long field across the town, with goal posts located at two old mill sites at Clifton and Sturston. Shops and cafes are boarded up as the ball is kicked.
The game starts at 2pm each day where the ball is thrown up from Shawcroft carpark, ending at 10pm unless the ball is scored beforehand. If the ball is scored before 6pm, the ball is turned up again and play resumes until 10pm. For obvious reasons it is not advisable to park in the town centre over the two days!!
Cost: Free! Although you may have to pay to park.
May to September - Well Dressings
The traditional art of well dressings runs throughout this period each year at many of our local villages. An ancient custom, wells have been decorated with flowers and other natural resources since the time of the Celts. Each village soaks wooden boards for several days, where they are then covered in soft clay, picture designs are then transferred on to the boards and coloured in with either petals or whole flower heads.
Tissington, Youlgreave, Middle Mayfield and Middleton are just some of the local villages that hold annual well dressing, for a complete list and this years dates please click here.
Cost: Free! Although you may have to pay to park. Tissington well dressings can be accessed from the Tissington trail, just a couple of miles South from Rivendale.
Summer Play Trail at Ilam Park - 16th July - 11th September 11:00 and 17:00
Punch and Judy at Heights of Abraham - 23rd July - 4th September
The Great War - Life in the Bath at Matlock Bath - 6th August - 2nd October
Model Railway Exhibition at The Gothic Warehouse - 9th August - 29th August
Summer Camp 2016 at Mount Cook Adventure Centre - 15th August - 19th August
Summer Gardens at Hopton Hall - 16th August - 18th August and 23rd August - 25th August
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre - 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th August and 1st and 2nd September 11:00 - 12:15
Sports Days at Ilam Park - 18th August and 25th August - 11:00 - 16:00
History of Long Lane, Alkmonton and Yeaveley at Cubley - 18th August - 19:00
Tri Golf at Ashbourne Leisure Centre - 18th August - 13:00 - 14:30
Gold Extreme at Ashbourne Leisure Centre - 18th August - 14:30 - 16:00
Paddle Boarding FULL at Ashbourne Leisure Centre at Ashbourne Leisure Centre - 18th August - 14:00 - 15:00
Sports Mania at Ashbourne Leisure Centre - 19th August - 11:00 - 13:00 and 26th August 11:00 - 13:00
Gins & Trains at Churnet Valley Railway - 20th August - 10:30 - 21:50 and 21st August - 10:30 - 16:50
Model Tram and Railway Exhibition at Crich Tramway Village - 20th August - 21 August - 10:00 - 17:00
Tissington Village Hall Crafts Fairs at Tissinton - 20th August - 21st August and 27th August - 29th August - 10:30 - 16:30
Guy Davis at Alstonefield Village Hall - 20th August - 19:30
Kayaking Taster at Ashbourne Leisure Centre - 20th August - 15:30 - 16:30
Please note all events are subject to change, including BBQ's which are weather permitting. If you would like more information or would like to buy a ticket for one of our tickets only events please contact reception on 01335 310441. Thank you!