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.
Belper Arts Festival at Belper - 1st May 2016 - 30th May 2016
Milford Well Dressing at Milford - 7th May 2016 - 13th May 2016
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre - 12th May 2016 11:00-12:15 + 14th May 2016 11:00-12:15 + 19th May 2016 11:00-12:15 + 21st May 2016 11:00-12:15
Free Friday Walks at Ilam Park - 13th May 2016 11:00-13:00 + 20th May 2016 11:00-13:00
Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair at Kedleston Hall - 14th May 2016 - 15th May 2016
Multiple Memories Weekend at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway - 14th May 2016 - 15th May 2016
Handmade and Vintage Fair at Ashbourne Town Hall - 14th May 2016 11:00-16:00 + 21st May 2016 11:00-16:00
Plant Sale at Arkwright's Cromford Mills - 14th May 2016 13:30-16:00
Music Live After Racing with The Human League at Uttoxeter Racecourse - 14th May 2016 15:00
Friendship Concerts at St Oswald's Church - 14th May 2016 19:30
Flower Festival at St Giles Church -Great Longstone - 14th May 2016 -21st May 2016 10:00-18:00
Friendship Concert at Ashbourne Methodist Church - 15th May 2016 14:30
World Toe Wrestling Championship 2016 at Bentley Brook Inn - 15th May 2016 12:00
Derbyshire Woodcrafts at Arkwright's Cromford Mills - 15th May 2016 10:00-16:00
May Open Day and Allsorts Dog Show at Ashbourne Animal Welfare - 15th May 2016 11:00-16:00
Model Railway Day at Churnet Valley Railway - 15th May 2016 11:00-16:00
Car Rally at Crich Tramway Village - 15th May 2016
Free Monday Walks at Ilam Park - 16th May 2016 11:00-13:00
Etwall Well Dressing Under Construction at Etwall - 16th May 2016 - 20th May 2016
Guided Tour of the Bodleian Library & Oxford at Arkwright's Cromford Mills - 17th May 2016 07:30-19:30
Ghost Walks at Ashbourne Town Hall - 17th May 2016 19:15-20:45
History of the Church Choir at St Giles Church - Great Longstone - 20th May 2016 19:30-21:00
Calan at The Whitworth Centre - 21st May 2016 19:15
Etwall Well Dressing at Etwall - 21st May 2016 - 23rd May 2016
Carsington Flower Festival at St Margaret's at Carsington - 21st May 2016 - 25th May 2016 10:00-18:00
Horse Tram Day at Crich Tramway Village - 21st May 2016
Afternoon Cream Tea Train at Churnet Valley Railway - 22nd May 2016
Food and Drink Festival at Hall Leys Park - 22nd May 2016 10:00-16:00
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!