Welcome to the Derbyshire and the Peak District Guide for 2014 showing you where to stay, what attractions to see and what activities to do in 2014 to make your stay a memorable one.
Derbyshire's bustling market towns, villages, hills, dales and rivers, offer majestic scenery,
and a rich variety of customs that date back from time immemorial. Many visitors to come not only to enjoy the varied and beautiful landscape, but also to experience a blend of heritage, history and family attractions hard to find elsewhere. Both Derby and Buxton play host to a wealth of festivals throughout the year. The Buxton festival is renowned throughout the world as a summer celebration of the best of music, opera and literature. Castleton is well known for the caverns and the blue john mineral mined at Treak cliff cavern. Wirksworth is a hidden gem of a town, steeped in history with narrow alleys and lanes containing traditional shops and restaurants. Ashbourne is noted for wealth of antique shops as well as many independent , quality shops. It is also home to the game of Shrovetide Football.
Bakewell is a beautiful, small, market town situated on the River Wye which is crossed by a 13th century 5 arched bridge still open to traffic and attracting many tourists both local and from abroad to the large town centre which is busy all year round with plenty of attractions including gardens, pubs, coffee shops, and numerous shops selling books, clothes and gifts.
The Bakewell Show takes place on the first wednesday and thursday of August and is a major agricultural and horticultural event with all sorts of animals being shown along with show jumping and exhibitions of local crafts and produce.
Derbyshire and the Peak District caters for nearly every kind of sport, from rock
climbing and pot holing to fly fishing and canoeing on waters
surrounded by beautiful scenery. Derbyshire today is perhaps best known for the Peak District
National Park, the first to be designated in Britain, in 1951, in
recognition of its outstanding and largely unspoilt scenery. Read more.
Where to stay in Derbyshire
We invite you to take a break and book an affordable holiday in Derbyshire , escape for a few days or for a long holiday. Derbyshire and the Peak District offers a great holiday destination, where you can find an abundance of wonderful attractions and acvtivities which are sure to delight all members of your family. There are hundreds of fine cottages, hotels and b&b's to stay in and many fine places to dine and drink in, dotted around the many towns and villages in the area.
Why not book yourself a short holiday, escape the pressures of everyday life and spend some time recharging your batteries in Derbyshire and the Peak District. Don't delay, come and stay.
See Derbyshire & Peak District Accommodation
Wherever you choose to stay you can be sure of a warm welcome and great service.
What to See - Places to Visit in Derbyshire
What to do - Activities in Derbyshire
Whatever the season, the countryside fills with new life. What better place to experience this than in the Derbyshire 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.
Sailing and other water sports at Carsington Water
Walking in Derbyshire and the Peak District
Activities and things to do in Derbyshire and the Peak District - Something for everyone from easy walking and golf to paragliding and rock climbing See Activities
Eating out in Derbyshire - Restaurants and Pub Food in Derbyshire
Restaurants 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
Events in 2014 - Whats on in Derbyshire
Dates to look forward to in 2014
Christmas at Chatsworth -
Come and share some Christmas cheer at Chatsworth. From 8 November 2014 the house will be transformed as we decorate the lower floors of the house to get everyone in the festive spirit. This year’s theme is Alice’s Wonderland. From Christmas twilight evenings to Christmas Markets and
Evening nativities in the Farmyard . Please see Christmas cheer at Chatsworth
Christmas at Haddon Hall 6th to 17th December, 10.30am until 4pm ( last entry at 3.30pm)
Each Christmas Lord Edward Manners opens the doors of his magical home to offer a truly unique experience. Haddon glows with traditional decoration and lighting. There are open fires, Tudor music and the very best of festive hospitality – the atmosphere is enchanting. Please see Christmas at Haddon Hall
Christmas at Castleton . Castleton Christmas lights will be switched on at 4.30pm on Saturday 15th November 2014 . For information on Castleton please see see Castleton
Buxton Grand Bazaar and Christmas Lights Switch On
Friday 21st November
A Festival of Christmas Trees at Crooked Spire Church in Chesterfield
For one week commencing November 22nd - 30th as well as Chesterfield Christmas Market and Light Switch-On at Chesterfield Market Sun 23 Nov 2014 at 4.45 pm.
VICTORIAN MATLOCK CHRISTMAS WEEKEND
Friday 5th, Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th December 2014 at Hall Leys Park
New Events Calendar for 2014 at Events in Derbyshire and the Peak District
featuring Walking Festivals, Well Dressings, County shows and much more.
Getting married in Derbyshire
The region offers a wide variety of locations for your church, register office or civil wedding, from register offices in beautiful surroundings, through to licenced stately homes and grand hotels. The course of a marriage can never be charted by the surroundings that set it off, of course, but they can provide a hugely memorable context to what is an enormous adventure for any couple. That is why if you're looking for a unique and inspiring location in which to get married, then Derbyshire is the best place to say 'I Do'.
Losehill House Hotel wedding venue with Win Hill backdrop
More wedding information and wedding venues throughout Derbyshire at Weddings
|The Peak District
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. Some of the long-distance trails, such as the Tissington Trail, re-use former railway lines; they are much used by walkers, horse riders and cyclists. The many gritstone outcrops, such as Stanage and the Roaches, are recognised as some of the finest rock climbing sites in the world. The Peak limestone also provides many testing climbs. Some of the area's large reservoirs (for example, Carsington Water) have become centres for water sports, including sailing, fishing and canoeing, in this most landlocked and beautiful part of the UK.
More information at at Peak District Guide
The spa town of Buxton has an opera house with a theatre, a museum , an art gallery and is home to the Buxton Festival which includes literary events , concerts, recitals as well as opera. Another popular event is the Buxton Festival Fringe which features films, drama, dance, music and other cultural events along the same lines but on a smaller scale to the Edinburgh Fringe. The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, founded in 1994, also runs for over three weeks from the end of July through most of August. Matlock Bath is home to the Heights of Abraham as well as the popular
Matlock Bath Illuminations and Venetian Nights
Ashbourne is the southern gateway to the Peak District and famous for the annual Shrovetide Football.
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