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Derbyshire and Peak District Visitor Guide

Places to Visit and Things to do in Derbyshire and the Peak District in 2018. Derbyshire and Peak District towns, villages, hills, dales and rivers, offer beautiful scenery, and a rich variety of customs that date back from time immemorial.

Events or things to do in Derbyshire and places to to look forward to visiting in 2018

Well Drressing in Derbyshire
Well Dressing in Derbyshire
Carsington Water in Derbyshire
Sports at Carsington Water

Chatsworth House and Gardens in Derbyshire
Chatsworth House and Gardens
Calke Abbey in Derbyshire
Calke Abbey

Matlock Bath Illuminations season 2018 runs from 8 September to 28 October with fantastic firework displays on Saturday evenings and boats paraded on the River Derwent each Saturday and Sundays from 7pm

Derby Christmas Lights Switch-On Sat 17 Nov 2018 Market Place, Derby, Derbyshire A variety of entertainment on the Market Place stage with the big switch on event around 6pm

Grand Bazaar & Christmas Lights Switch On at The Pavilion Gardens November 23rd 14:00 - 20:00

Ashbourne Christmas Light Switch On 24 Nov 2018 17:30 Ashbourne Market Place, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Castleton Christmas Lights Switch on 2018 The lights will be switched on, on the 17th November at 4.30pm.

Chesterfield Firework Extravaganza 4 Nov 2018 commemorates 100 years since the end of World War One.

Bakewell Christmas Market Weekend Saturday 24th Sunday 25th November 2018,around 100 stalls ,Street Food, Entertainment. Christmas Tree Light Switch On 4.45 on 24th Bath Gardens, Bridge Street with Beauty and the Beast, Disney Mascots, British Legion Riders and Motorbikes.Santa in Old Original Pudding Shop, Bridge Street

More Derbyshire for 2018 events on the Events Calendar and more christmas 2018 events at Christmas in Derbyshire 2018

Whatever the season, the countryside fills with new life. What better place to experience this than in Derbyshire and the Peak District where nature meets you at every turn. Get out on your bike, take your running shoes and just go, fly a kite, or just take a walk through the beautiful Derbyshire Dales or on the Gritstone Edges of the Peak.

Derbyshire and the Peak District offers opportunities for many types of outdoor activity. An extensive network of public footpaths and numerous long-distance trails , as well as large open-access areas, are available for hillwalking and hiking. Bridleways are commonly used by mountain bikers, as well as horse riders.

What to See - Places to Visit in Derbyshire

Places to visit in 2018 - There are hundreds of attractions to visit from Country houses and serene gardens to theme parks, from World Heritage Sites and industrial heritage to museums and galleries. Something for all - See Attractions.

Some Top Attractions

Matlock Bath in Derbyshire
Matlock Bath

View of the river derwent and chatsworth house
River Derwent and Chatsworth House

Chatsworth House



Crich Tramway Museum

Carsington Water

Kedleston Hall


Rosliston Forestry Centre

Haddon Hall

Derwent Valley Mills

Matlock Bath

For photographs from the various attractions see Derbyshire Photographs

Sailing  at Carsington Water
Sailing at Carsington Water
walking in Derbyshire
Walking in Derbyshire

Derbyshire caters for nearly every kind of sport, from rock climbing and pot holing to fly fishing and canoeing on waters surrounded by beautiful scenery For more details see Activities

Eating out in Derbyshire - Restaurants and Pub Food in Derbyshire

Food and Drink in Derbyshire

Dining out is easy because the region has a huge variety of restaurants serving all kinds of food, from traditional old English to Mediterranean and Eastern cuisine. There is always something different to taste.
Many restaurants use quality, locally sourced ingredients. Chefs can often be found leading cooking demonstrations at local shows and country fairs helping to illustrate and promote the quality of local produce. See Restaurants

Pub Food in Derbyshire

Most pubs most serve some form of food these days and of course there are many hundreds of pubs in the region. See Pub Food

Where to stay or Holiday Accommodation in Derbyshire

Near Matlock - Luxury self-catering Pinelodges near Matlock in  Derbyshire

Luxury self-catering Pinelodges near Ashbourne in  Derbyshire

Holiday cottages in Derbyshire and the Peak District

For more please See Holiday Accommodation

Films and film locations

Many visitors both English and from abroad come to the area to visit the locations of the many costume dramas, block busters and other films made in the region. See Films and film locations

Wedding information and venues throughout Derbyshire at Weddings

Photo Losehill House Hotel , spa , aonference and wedding venue at Hope
Losehill House Hotel wedding venue with Win Hill backdrop

For a full list of Derbyshire Towns and villages see Towns and villages


Derby is the UK's most central city benefiting from the best of both worlds - a great cultural base situated in the East Midlands on the edge of the Peak District National park. Derby has much to attract the visitor with its excellent shopping facilities, musuems, galleries , theatres, parks, a vibrant café culture as well plenty of nightlife making this destination lively and modern.

More information on Derby including where to stay , attractions and events at The Derby Guide


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