Events Ashover Chesterfield Derbyshire

What’s On Guide Around Chesterfield and Ashover in Derbyshire in 2020

To get a flavour of happening in the Peak District in 2020 see our list of special events around Ashover, Chesterfield and Derbyshire. If you’re visiting the area 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, Columbine or Foxglove. 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.

February 2020

Creswell Crags

Creswell Crags

Creswell Crags

Open daily from February to October. November to January weekends only. 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. Ice Age Cave tours February to October and Rock Art tours from March to September.

Tel: 01909 720378

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall

Roof Top Tours of Hardwick Hall

10th, 11th 17th, 18th, 24th & 25th February 2020

Step on-to Hardwick Hall's roof to enjoy breathtaking views across Derbyshire. Can you spot Columbine & Foxglove Cottages on the other side of the valley? Price £12.50 per person. Booking essential

Chatsworth Adventure Playground

Chatsworth Adventure Playground

Chatsworth Farmyard

15th to 23rd February 2020

The farmyard and adventure playground are open for half-term although the house is closed until 21st March 2020. Enjoy creative crafts & animal handling in a working farmyard. The woodland playground has a rope park, trampolines, slides & sand pit. Free parking every day until 19th March.

10.30am to 4.30pm. Last entry 3.30pm

March 2020

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House Opens 2020

Sat 21st March until 3rd January 2021 (closed during Country Fair 4th to 6th Sep, 24th to 26th Dec and 1st Jan)

Magnificent historic house and gardens open daily. Special events all year round.

Stay in Columbine Cottage  from Friday 20th March for 3 nights for £308. More information

April 2020

Bolsover Castle

Bolsover Castle

Dragon Egg Quest at Bolsover Castle

Saturday 4th April to Sunday 19th April 2020

Track down dragon eggs as you follow a garden trail at Bolsover Castle. Solve the clues and you will be rewarded with a certificate and Hotel Chocolat treats.

Hardwick Hall

Hardwick Hall

Easter Egg Hunt at Hardwick Hall

Friday 10th April to Monday 13th April 2020

Follow clues and solve puzzles to hunt for chocolate eggs around the house and garden and along Lady Spencer's wood. Celebrate spring with nature-themed crafts.

We have availability in Columbine & Foxglove Cottages during April from £350 for a 3-night short breakMore information

May 2020

Ashover May Day

Ashover May Day

Ashover VE Day 75th Anniversary Celebrations:

May Day Carnival

Friday 8th May 2020

The May Day carnival is an annual event held in the centre of the village along Church Street.  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

VE Day 40's Evening

Friday 8th May 2020

This free ticket event takes place at the Ashover Parish Hall. Live music, licensed bar. Period dress is optional. Tickets available from the Hall or Stamp Coffee shop.

7pm to Midnight

Firework Display

Friday 8th May 2020

Ashover parish council presents a firework display on the Milken Lane playing field in Ashover.

Approximately 9.30pm

Commemorative Service

Sunday 10th May 2020

A commemorative and celebration service of “VE Day” with the Ashover Brass Band will take place at All saints Church in Ashover.


Derbyshire Walking

Chesterfield Walking Festival

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival

Saturday 9th May to Sunday 17th May 2020

An exciting programme of over 50 guided walks around North Derbyshire. Many walks are free but numbers are limited on each walk so please book early. Full programme of walks will be published soon. Try the Chesterfield Round Walk for a 34 mile trek or enjoy one of the many shorter walks around this beautiful area.

Tel: 01246 345777

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth International Horse Trials

Friday 15th May to Sunday 17th May 2020

A 3-day event of equestrian sport held in the grounds of Chatsworth House. Includes family entertainment, dressage, show-jumping, cross-country, falconry, gun dog display plus shopping village.



Bakewell Baking Festival

Saturday 23rd to Monday 25th May 2020

This two-day festival of food is being held at the Bakewell Showground. There will be celebrity baking demonstrations, live music, an array of food and vintage stalls and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

June 2020



Matlock Food & Drink Festival

Saturday 13th to Sunday 14th June 2020

Returning to Hall Leys Park, this free event will feature more than 80 stalls, a craft marquee and live music. Sample award-winning food from around the world, experience free taste sessions and cookery demonstrations.



Derbyshire Show

Derbyshire Show

Derbyshire County Show

Sunday 28th June 2020

A traditional country agricultural show with entertainment for all ages. Food fayre, craft and retail marquee, livestock and vintage.

8am to 5.30pm at Locko Park near Derby


July 2020

Chesterfield Medieval Market

Chesterfield Medieval Market

Chesterfield Medieval Fun Day

Tuesday 28th July 2020

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

August 2020

Ashover Show

Ashover Show

Ashover Show

Wednesday 12th August 2020

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.


September 2020

Chatsworth House in Derbyshire

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth Country Fair

Friday 4th to Sunday 6th September 2020

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.


October 2020

Matlock Bath Illuminations

Matlock Bath Illuminations

Matlock Bath Illuminations and Fireworks

Saturdays and Sundays for 8 weeks in September and October in 2020. 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 and December 2020

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House

Chatsworth at Christmas

6th November 2020 to 3rd January 2021 (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

Events last updated on 9th February 2020