Top Events in Derbyshire in 2017

Staying at one of our luxury lodges in Derbyshire will guarantee you a fabulous relaxing holiday, and while you’re here it’s well worth knowing what’s on offer in the beautiful county of Derbyshire so that you can get the most out of your trip.

One oddity of the county is its ancient tradition of well dressings – a series of community events taking place between May and September in which art ‘tableaux’ are created using a range of natural materials. It happens nowhere else so if you want to pop in on one of these occasions, check out for dates.

Gourmands will adore Derbyshire with its huge range of wonderful food, and if you’re here in May we highly recommend a trip to the famous Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair, which is taking place in the expansive grounds of The National Trust’s Kedleston Hall in May. The website has details.

If you’re visiting in the autumn, there are quite a few tempting outdoor events which should provide a day out to remember. You can of course explore the spectacular grounds and interiors of the magnificent Chatsworth House at any time but the house also plays host to its own country fair in September which is a glorious celebration of the finest in English countryside traditions. ( Taking place from September 1st to 3rd this year, expect cookery and riding demonstrations, plus shopping and much more.

On a more quirky note, you won’t get much more uniquely Derbyshire than the brilliantly odd Matlock Bath Illuminations, which incredibly first started in the 19th century! The illuminations take place in September and involve beautifully lit boats floating down the river Derwent at dusk, in Venetian style. There is a small charge for entry but under-16s go free. (

Finally, if the arts are your thing, there is plenty of world-class art going on in Derbyshire. The pretty towns of Wirksworth and Melbourne are both around half an hour’s drive away and well worth a visit at any time, but you might particularly enjoy the arts festivals featuring the now highly popular format of the “arts trail” – in which visitors can view art works in people’s homes and in other interesting buildings. See for more.

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