Events in the Peak District

Find a calendar of event in the Peak District that you may want to attend when staying at Oaker Farm Holidays.

Hope Well Dressings and Wakes Week – 27th June – 5th July 2020

Hope Church Well Dressing



What better way to enjoy a visit to the Peak District and Derbyshire than by marvelling at the well dressings that are lovingly – and painstakingly – created by hand each year.

Teams of villagers create intricate mosaics using natural materials such as leaves, moss, flower petals and even coffee beans, on a bed of rich, moist clay. Each one can take anything up to a week to make, needless to say, well dressers have the patience of saints! Some well dressings can be viewed ‘in the making’ and you may even be able to help before they go on show.

There are many events throughout the week, ending with a carnival on the 2nd Saturday.

Guinness World Record Attempt – 5th July 2020




You can be a Guinness World Record holder by taking part in the Wirksworth’s 2020 attempt to gather the largest number of people dressed as Harry Potter in one place.

The current record is 997 held by a school in Australia. There is news coming in that Bandon in Ireland may have recently beaten this with 1088.

Would you like to be a world record breaker? Can you help bring the record back to the UK?

Wirksworth Wizarding Day’s world record attempt is raising funds for Aquabox, who supply water purification kits to disaster zones. For more info about Aquabox please visit https://www.aquabox.org.

Register online for £1, which will be donated to Aquabox – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/derbyshire/anthony-gell-school-sports-field/largest-gathering-of-people-dressed-as-harry-potter-wirksworth-wizarding-day-world-record-attempt/e-gqlzkx

All registered participants will receive:

Before the attempt you will be emailed:
Details about where and when the attempt will be held – including access gates to Anthony Gell School’s sports field.
What to wear to make sure you are a record breaker

After the attempt each registrant will be emailed:
A personalised certificate with your name on it to prove you helped make it happen.
A group photograph of everyone who attempted the record.

All participants for this record are to have a wand, glasses, Hogwarts school uniform and fake scar on forehead.

Buxton International Festival – 3rd – 19th July 2020




Buxton Festival is a summer celebration of the very best opera, music and literature, at the heart of the beautiful Peak District.

A morning literary series, afternoon concerts and rarely-performed opera in the evening offer a rich cultural experience, attracting big names and a faithful audience. Competitively priced tickets provide the opportunity to enjoy a broad range of arts events for all.

Buxton is one of the only Festivals to specialise in producing rarely performed operas by major composers – each opera is staged uniquely for the intimate Opera House. In addition to the Festival’s own productions, several touring operas feature on the programme.

Our artistic policy is to produce high quality and rarely performed operas, complementing the work of other major opera companies. We also involve the people of Buxton and the Peak District in arts activity through our community and education programme.

http://www.buxtonfestival.co.uk

Hope Show – August Bank Holiday Monday




Sheepdog trials, show jumping, heavy horses, alpacas, cattle and sheep, including rare breeds, gundog competitions, vintage cars and motorbikes, vintage tractors and engines, horticultural tent, crafts, Plus lots of children’s attractions.

A truly traditional show for all the family.

Chatsworth Country Fair – 4th – 6th September 2020




All the fun of the fair

The Chatsworth Country Fair is one of England’s most spectacular annual outdoor events. Held in the Chatsworth Park in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire, it attracts visitors from all over the country for a family fun day out.

Halloween at Chatsworth  24th October – 1st November 2020




Experience fiendish fun finding hidden pumpkins, dare to enter the abandoned tunnel and listen to spine-tingling storytelling in the garden.

Bring you little monsters to the farmyard to meet the animals and join in with creepy crafts. If you’re feeling brave, dare to ride the Fright flight into Warlock Wood, where we need your help taking care of a dastardly array of characters.

More details will be available in early autumn.

Christmas lights at Castleton – 14th Nov – 3rd Jan




At Christmas the village takes on a magical appeal with pretty lights, decorations and an array of Christmas trees, which attracts visitors from far and wide.

Christmas at Haddon Hall – 1st – 23rd December 2020




10.30am to 4.00pm (last admission 3.30pm) Haddon Hall opens its doors in the run up to Christmas. Beautiful decorations using natural materials sourced from the Estate.

Christmas trees on sale in the Car Park.

Christmas at Chatsworth – 7th November – 3rd January

Christmas is everyone’s favourite time of the year, especially at Chatsworth. That’s why every year the house is transformed as we decorate the lower floors of the house to get everyone in the festive spirit. Each year we choose a different theme so please keep your eyes and ears open for the announcement of this year’s theme. Keep an eye on the calendar below as we publish events and activities for the whole family over the winter period. From truly magical nativity performances in the farmyard starring our own farm animals, to gourmet evenings, floral workshops and wreath making demonstrations, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Or if you prefer to get your Christmas shopping off to an early start, you can browse our range of gift shops, visit our Christmas market with over 100 stalls of gifts for the whole family, and why not stop for a mulled wine and mince pie. Select rooms on the upper floor of the house will be closed for annual conservation during the Christmas season. Keep an eye on the calendar below as we publish events and activities for the whole family over the winter period. From truly magical nativity performances in the farmyard starring our own farm animals, to gourmet evenings, floral demonstrations, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. Or if you prefer to get your Christmas shopping off to an early start, you can browse our range of gift shops, visit our Christmas market with over 100 stalls of gifts for the whole family, and why not stop for a mulled wine and mince pie

Castleton Garland 29th May

Peak District Events



Castleton Garland is a flower-covered framework  covering the Garland King, who leads a procession on horseback around the village accompanied by his Queen. It is over 3 feet high and weighs around 30 kg! Spectators are given sprigs of oak to adorn themselves (even dogs take part in this!). The band plays a special tune and the procession includes children who perform the Garland Dance at stops en route before gathering at the maypole for a ribbon dance. Afterwards the garland is winched up the church tower, until the flowers have wilted. The origins of the custom are obscure and go back centuries but the King and Queen wear Stuart costume and 29th May is Oak Apple Day (commemorating the restoration of King Charles II) so there may be a link with a  Seventeenth Century revival.

RHS Chatsworth Flower Show – 10-12 June 2021




The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show will run from 10-12 June 2021 and will be set within the 404.6ha (1000 acre) parkland of the Chatsworth Estate, home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Adding to the show portfolio of the RHS, which already includes shows at Chelsea, Cardiff, Malvern, Hampton Court and Tatton Park in Cheshire, the Chatsworth event will seek to expand on current offerings and surprise and delight visitors with an immersive horticultural event experience.

Ashover Show – 11th August 2021




THE MOUTHWATERING APPETISING ASHOVER WILL BE BIGGER THAN EVER!

SHEEP DOG DISPLAY AND FARRIER DISPLAY

GRAND PARADE; ASHOVER BRASS BAND; PUNCH & JUDY

CHILDRENS’ RIDES; TUG OF WAR; WIDE VARIETY OF TRADE STANDS