Local Events and Festivals

Upcoming Local Events for 2013

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 informatin 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. 

8th and 9th March - 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. 

Shrovetide Football

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


arts festival

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 of whole flower heads. 

Tissington, Youlgrave,  Middle Mayfield and Middleton are just some of the local villages that hold annual well dressings, 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 down from Rivendale. 

5th - 21th July - Buxton Arts Festival 

Music, opera and literature set in the Peak District hills, the annual Buxton Arts Festival is one of several held in Derbyshire throughout the year. Centred around the opera house concerts and rarely performed operas are perfomred over the festival. 

The Ashbourne Festival is held every year towards the end of June and The Wirksworth Festival in September

Cost: Some events are free but for further detail please enquire with the organisers. 

21st July - Ashbourne Highland Gathering 

The annual highland gathering first held in 1985 hosts pipe band and dancing competitions, tug of wars and hill racing as well as events such as motorcycle stunt diplays teams and fair ground rides. 

Cost: Adults £8.50, OAPS £7.50 and free entry to children under 14 years. Caprpark £1.50.

7th and 8th August - Bakewell Show 

TThe Bakewell Show provides fun for all the family! In its 181st year, the show is no longer just an agricultural event but a celebration of the diversity of farming and the counrtyside with numerous trade stands, livestock judging, food halls and attractions such as the Chariots of Fire display in the centre ring. 

Cost: On the gate - Adults £13, OAPS £11, tickets can be purchased in advance at a lower price. 

Friday 30th, Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September - Chatsworth Counrty Fair 

The Chatsworth estate home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, is host to the annual country fair, one of the largest events of its type in England.  With numerous trade and craft stands and showground attractions and events such as jousting, terrier racing, the Red Arrows and the Tigers Freefall Parachute display team in the grand Ring, Chatsworth Country Fair is a great day out for all the family. 

Cost  - On the gate,  Adults £15-£17 depending on the day and free entry to children under 14. 



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