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.
Leek Arts Festival at Leek - 16th April - 25th June
Tissington Well Dressing at Tissington - 5th May - 11th May
Plant Share with Family Activities at The Foxlowe Arts Centre - 7th May - 11:00-14:00
Waingroves Well Dressing at Waingroves - 7th May - 11th May - 11:00-14:00
Carsington Water Walk at Carsington Water - 8th May - 11:00
Afternoon Cream Tea at Churnet Valley Railway - 8th May
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!