What’s On Guide Around Chesterfield and Ashover in Derbyshire in 2019
To get a flavour of happening in the Peak District in 2019 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.
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
Chatsworth House Opens 2019
Sat 23rd March until 5th January 2020 (closed during Country Fair 30th Aug to 1st Sep, 24th to 26th Dec and 1st Jan)
Magnificent historic house and gardens open daily. Special events all year round.
Easter Egg Hunt at Hardwick Hall
Friday 19th April to Monday 22nd April 2019
Follow clues to hunt for chocolate eggs around the house and garden and along Lady Spencer’s wood. Celebrate spring with nature-themed crafts.
May Day in Ashover Village
Monday 6th May 2019
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 Area Walking Festival
Saturday 11th May to Sunday 19th May 2019
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.
Tel: 01246 345777
Chatsworth International Horse Trials
Friday 10th May to Sunday 12th May 2019
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.
Derbyshire County Show
Sunday 23rd June 2019
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
Farm to Plate over 200 years
Sunday 30th June 2019
This one-day show is being held at the Bakewell Showground in place of the traditional 2-day agricultural show. There will be workshops, rural games for children and a display of vintage farm machinery. Local food producers and artisans demonstrating local crafts will also feature.
Chesterfield Medieval Fun Day
Tuesday 30th July 2019
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
Wednesday 14th August 2019
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
Friday 30th August to Sunday 1st September 2019
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 and Fireworks
Saturdays and Sundays for 8 weeks in September and October in 2019. 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 2019
Chatsworth at Christmas
9th November 2019 to 5th January 2020 (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 3rd February 2019