Local Events and Festivals

Upcoming Local Events for 2017

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 28th February - Wednesday 1st March 2017 - 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 festivalThe 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.



Well Dressings - May - September

Eroica Britannia - Friday 16th - Sunday 18th June

Chatsworth Flower Show - 7th June - 11th June (10am - 6:30 pm) Tickets available to purchase now On Chatsworth House website



RHS Chatsworth Flower Show - 7th June - 11th June 2017

Ashford in the Water Well Dressing week and Flower Festival - 10th June - 18th June 2017

Buxton Garden Trail - 10th June - 11th June

Chesterfield Race for Life 5K - 11th June 2017

Erioca Britannia - 16th June - 18th June 2017

Ashbourne Festival - 16th June - 2nd July 2017

Jane Eyre at Haddon Hall - 21st June - 23rd June 2017

Elmton Well Dressing - 24th June - 9th July 2017

Bakwell Carnival Week - 24th June - 2nd July 2017

Bradfield Festival of Music - 24th June - 1st July 2017

Youlgrave Well Dressings - 24th June - 29th June 2017

Bakewell-Blessing of the Wells - 25th June 2017

Derbyshire County Show - 25th June 2017




Bakewell Carnival - 1st July 2017

Buxton Military Tattoo 2017 - 1st July 2017

Coal Aston Well Dressing - 1st July - 6th July 2017

Dore Well Dressing - 1st July - 9th July 2017

Hayfield Well Dressing - 1st July - 9th July 2017

Buxton Well Dressing Festival - 2nd July - 10th July 2017

Classic Motorcycle Day - 2nd July 2017

Buxton Festival Fringe - 5th July - 23rd July 2017

Whitwell Well Dressing - 8th July - 15th July

Ashbourne Sheep Fair 2017 - 8th July 2017

Upper Langwith Well Dressing - 13th July - 16th July 2017

Dronfield Woodhouse Well Dressing - 14th July - 21st July 2017

Holmesfield Children's Well Dressing - 14th July 2017

Heath Well Dressing - 15th July - 22nd July 2017

Annual Well Dressing Festival Weekend - 15th July - 16th July 2017

Belper Well Dressing - 15th July - 21st July 2017

Stainsby Festival - 21st July - 23rd July 2017

Y Not Festival - 27th July - 30th July 2017




Bakewell Baking Festival 2017 - 12th August - 13th August 2017

Peak District Trail Running Weekender - 18th August - 20th August 2017

The Haley Sisters - 19th August 2017

1950's Bank Holiday Weekend - 26th August - 28th August 2017




 Chatsworth Country Fair - 1st September - 3rd September 2017

Autumn Footprints Walking Festival - 9th September - 24th September 2017

Chesterfield Well Dressing - 9th September - 16th September 2017

Antiques in the Street - 10th September 2017

Tapton Lock Festival -16h September - 17th September 2017

Abandon Normal Devices Festival - 21st September - 24th September 2017

Derby Feste - 29th September - 30th September 2017

Matlock Bath Illuminations - 9th September - 28th October 2017



Matlock Bath Illuminations - 9th September - 28th October 2017




Christmas at the Nicholson - 25th November - 23rd December 2017





Christmas at the Nicholson - 25th November - 23rd December 2017



Rivendale Disco Dates

Saturday 15th April - Easter Disco

Saturday 17th June - Vicki Lambert singing

Saturday 24th June - Disco

Saturday 22nd July - Disco

Saturday 28th October - Halloween Disco

Saturday 4th November - Bonfire Party

Saturday 25th November - Vicki Lambert singing

Sunday 31st December - New Year Party

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! 

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