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  • Bakewell: Last Saturday of the month
  • Buxton: 1st Thursday of the month 
  • Chesterfield: 2nd Thursday and last Sunday (except December) of the month
  • Matlock: 3rd Saturday of the month
  • Monday: Bakewell and Chesterfield
  • Tuesday: Buxton and Matlock
  • Thursday: Ashbourne, Chesterfield (flea market)
  • Friday: Chesterfield, Matlock
  • Saturday: Ashbourne, Buxton, Chesterfield

There's loads going on in the Peak District - these are some of the main events in 2014:

Chatsworth House

29 March - 14 April - Easter celebration

3 May Tideswell Food Festival

10-12 May International Horse Trials - equestrian sport and fun for the family in Chatsworth park

1,2,8 and 9 June Food and Drink Fair

10-30 June exhibition of Scottish artist Willian Turnbull including sculpture in the grounds

30 August - 1 September Country Fair- local produce, crafts, family activities, performances, hot air balloon race, sheep dog trails, archery, clay pigeon shooting are just some of the things going on.

14-24 November - Christmas market

Ashbourne Festival 21 June - 7 July - including Abba Revival, comedy night, picnic in the park, art exhibition, streetfest and poetry workshops. 

Bakewell Carnival 29 June - 7 July- lots of different events going on including: day of dance, Bakewell pudding race, raft race, pet competition and a duck race (yes a duck race!)

Buxton Festival 5-21 July - a summer celebration of the very best in opera, music and literature.  2013 marks the 35th year of the festival.

Buxton Fringe Festival 3-21 July- The Fringe provides a showcase for performers and artists of all kinds in a variety of venues. Dance, drama, music, poetry, comedy, film, exhibitions and magic are just some.  Many performers use the Buxton Fringe as a warm up for the Edinburgh Festival.


Well dressing is a tradition of decorating well, springs and other water sources with designs decorated and created from flower petals.  Many villages in the Derbyshire and Staffordshire Peak District have their own well dressing celebrations often coupled with carnivals and other events.  The well dressings are usually held in the summer months from May through to September.  A few dates are given below of villages and towns closer to Riverside House holdiay cottage for 2014 and www.welldressing.com has an extensive listing.

Tissington 9-14 May

Ashford in the Water 25 May - 2 June

Monyash 25 May - 3 June

Cressbrook 8-15 June

Litton 22-29 June

Hope 22-30 June 

Over Haddon 22-30 June

Tideswell 22-30 June

Bakewell 29 June - 7 July

Hathersage 6-13 July

Buxton 7-15 July

Eyam 24-31 August 

Foolow 24 August - 1 September

Chatsworth Country Fair and well dressing 30 August - 1 September

Chesterfield 7-14 September

Hartington 14-22 September



CAMRA Winter Beer Festival, Assembly Rooms Derby 4 - 6 February and CAMRA Beer Festival
7 - 11 July

Great Peak District Fair Buxton
16 and 17 October

Derbyshire Food and Drink Fair Kedleston Hall
22 - 23 May

Derbyshire Food Festival Countywide
21 - 31 May

Leek Fine Food Festival Market every third Saturday in the month

Barrow Hill Rail Ale Festival Chesterfield
21 - 22 May

Denby Pottery Visitor Centre Denby Easter Food Fayre 5 April and Chirstmas Fayre 4 and 5 Dec

Tideswell Food Festival Saturday 3 May 2014

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