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.
Ashbourne Festival at Ashbourne - 17th June - 4th July
Summer Gardens at Hopton Hall - 28th Jun 2016 - 30th Jun 2016 10:30-16:00
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre - 25th Jun 2016 11:00-12:15 & 30th Jun 2016 11:00-12:15 & 2nd Jul 2016 11:00-12:15
Divertimenti Quintet at Ashbourne - 24th Jun 2016 19:30
Free Friday Walks at Ilam Park - 24th Jun 2016 11:00-13:00 & 1st Jul 2016 11:00-13:00
Exile Music Festival at Darley Dale - 24th Jun 2016 - 26th Jun 2016
New Buggy Walks at Ashbourne Leisure Centre - 24th Jun 2016 12:00 and 13:00 & 1st Jul 2016 12:00 and 13:00
The Jive Aces at The Empire Ballroom - 25th Jun 2016 20:00
Open Gardens at Belper - 25th Jun 2016 - 26th Jun 2016 11:00-16:00
Dethick, Lea and Holloway Carnival at Lea - 25th Jun 2016 14:00
Hidden Gardens and Courtyards at Wirksworth - 25th Jun 2016 - 26th Jun 2016 12:00-17:00
Tissington Village Hall Craft Fairs at Tissington - 25th Jun 2016 - 26th Jun 2016 10:30-16:30
Handmade and Vintage Fair at Ashbourne Town Hall - 25th Jun 2016 11:00-16:00 & 2nd Jul 2016 11:00-16:00
Martyn Joseph at The Whitworth Centre - 25th Jun 2016 19:15
Choral Workshop led by J Willcocks at Ashbourne Methodist Church - 25th Jun 2016 10:00
Youlgreave Well Dressing at Youlgreave - 25th Jun 2016 - 30th Jun 2016
Mayfield Well Dressing at Mayfield - 25th Jun 2016 - 1st Jul 2016
Anything Goes 2016 at Churnet Valley Railway - 25th Jun 2016 - 26th Jun 2016 10:00-16:00
Horse Tram Day at Crich Tramway Village - 26th Jun 2016
John Smith's Summer Cup at Uttoxeter Racecourse - 26th Jun 2016 12:00-18:00
THE TROUBLE with WOMEN is MEN at Ashbourne Town Hall - 26th Jun 2016 19:30
Parwich Open Gardens at Parwich - 26th Jun 2016 14:00-18:00
Band Concert at Hall Leys Park - 26th Jun 2016 14:00 and 16:00 & 3rd Jul 2016 14:00 and 16:00
Free Monday Walks at Ilam Park - 27th Jun 2016 11:00-13:00
The Peakland Players 'Rebecca' at Ashbourne Town Hall - 28th Jun 2016 19:30
'Playing Maggie' with Pip Utton at Ashbourne Town Hall - 29th Jun 2016 19:30
Afternoon Cream Tea Train at Churnet Valley Railway - 29th Jun 2016
Professor Robert Winston at St John's Church - 30th Jun 2016 19:00
Battle of the Somme, Anniversary talk at Redfern's Cottage - 1st Jul 2016 18:30
Comedy Night SOLD OUT at The Empire Ballroom - 1st Jul 2016 20:00
Hay Day at RSPB Coombes Valley - 2nd Jul 2016 12:00-16:00
Roger McGough & LiTTLe MACHiNe at The Empire Ballroom - 2nd Jul 2016 19:30
Matlock Artists Society Exhibition at Carsington Water Visitor Centre - 2nd Jul 2016 - 10th Jul 2016 10:00-16:00
Quiz night at The Bowling Green - 3rd Jul 2016 19:30
Annual Classic Bus rally at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway - 3rd Jul 2016
Lunch Trains at Churnet Valley Railway - 3rd Jul 2016
Picnic in the Park at Memorial Gardens - 3rd Jul 2016 13:00
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!