What's On Guide

Events Around Chesterfield and Ashover in Derbyshire in 2018

If you're visiting the Peak District to attend a wedding or one of the festivals or special events in our What's On Guide, why not stay for a few days in one of our two holiday cottages - or book both together? Take some time to explore this lovely area, visit a few of the Peak District's many attractions or just spend time with family and friends. See our calendar for holiday cottage availability or check out late deals and special offers. For more details contact us by email, phone or text.

Creswell Crags
Creswell Crags
Open daily from 10am. Ice Age Cave tours weekends February to October and daily in school holidays
Join an expert guide on a fascinating tour and discover what Creswell Crags was like during the last Ice Age. Free to visit site (charge for parking). Charges apply for tours. Booking recommended. Rock Art tours are also available from March to September.
Tel: 01909 720378
Chatsworth Farmyard
Chatsworth Farmyard
11th to 26th February
The farmyard and adventure playground are open for half-term although the house doesn't open until 24th March 2018
Chatsworth House
Chatsworth House Opens for 2018
Sat 24th March until 6th January 2019 (closed 24-26 Dec and 1st Jan)
Magnificent historic house and gardens open daily. Special events all year round.
Easter and April
Hardwick Hall
Easter Egg Hunt at Hardwick Hall
Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April 2018
Hunt for chocolate eggs around the house and garden and along Lady Spencer's wood. Celebrate spring with nature-themed crafts.
Ashover May Day
May Day in Ashover Village
Monday 7th May 2018
An annual event held in the centre of the village. There are numerous stalls and food vendors and entertainment includes the Ashover Brass Band, the Honey Belles choir, a bouncy castle, May Pole dancing and a Tug of War contest.
10am to 4pm
Chesterfield Walking Festival
Chesterfield Area Walking Festival
Saturday 12th May to Sunday 20th May 2018
An exciting programme of 54 guided walks around North Derbyshire. Many walks are free but numbers are limited on each walk so please book early. On Wednesday 16th May why not try the "Ogston and Ashover Circular" walk or try "Bluebells and Buds" at Hardwick Hall on Sunday 13th May.
Tel: 01246 345777
Chatsworth International Horse Trials
Chatsworth International Horse Trials
Friday 11th May to Sunday 13th May 2018
A 3-day event of equestrian sport held in the grounds of Chatsworth House. Includes family entertainment, dressage, falconry, gun dog display plus shopping village.
L'Eroica Britannia
L'Eroica Britannia at Bakewell Showground
Friday 15th June to Sunday 17th June 2018
A wonderfully eccentric bicycle event, described as the "world's most handsome bike ride". There are three different routes to enjoy around the Peak District. Modern and vintage bikes abound with vintage cycling wear, live entertainment, food markets and local, national and international participants.
10am to 5pm
Derbyshire County Show
Sunday 24th June 2018
A traditional country agricultural show with entertainment for all ages.
8am to 5.30pm at Locko Park near Derby
Chesterfield Medieval Market
Chesterfield Medieval Fun Day
Tuesday 24th July 2018
Chesterfield's famous market hosts a day of medieval entertainment including knights, ladies and minstrels taking part in battles and skirmishes. Stalls and fun-fair with refreshments and hog roast. Trips up the Crooked Spire will also be available.
Tel: Chesterfield Tourist Information 01246 345777
Bakewell Show
Bakewell Show
Usually in the first week of August
Sadly this 2-day event has been cancelled for 2018, to enable the showground to recover after bad weather in 2017 and to allow the organisers to plan a reinvigorated show in 2019 to celebrate its 200th anniversary.
Ashover Show
Ashover Show
Wednesday 8th August 2018
An entertaining and fun day out for all of the family to enjoy. A really traditional country show in a beautiful setting. Includes cattle, sheep and shire horse classes. Visit the horticulture and craft tents, sample wonderful food in the Appetising Ashover marquee or listen to the Ashover Brass Band.
Chatsworth Country Fair
Chatsworth Country Fair
Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September
This popular annual outdoor event has something for everyone. Attractions include massed pipe and military bands, hot air balloons, vintage cars, falconry, ferret racing and over 300 varied trade stands and rural crafts.
Gates open at 9am. Closing ceremony at about 6.30pm.
Matlock Bath Illuminations
Matlock Bath Illuminations and Fireworks
Saturdays and Sundays between 8th September and 28th October in 2017 - dates for 2018 to be announced. Firework displays each Saturday night . Visit the Derwent Gardens in Matlock Bath on Saturday and Sunday evenings for family entertainment and for the parade of illuminated and decorated boats along the River Derwent at 7.45pm.
November & December
Chatsworth House
Chatsworth at Christmas
10th November 2018 to 6th January 2019 (closed 24-26 Dec and 1st Jan)
The lower floors of the House will be decorated for Christmas, inspired by a different theme each year. A Christmas market will be taking place - dates to be announced - with musical entertainment, a bavarian beer tent and festive food. A range of unique gifts can be found in the Stables shops.
Tel: 01246 565300
We have availability during November and December in both cottages. Short breaks from £235.
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Events Last Updated on 1st August 2018

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