Make the most of your August bank holiday in Derbyshire and the Peak District. Did you know that this is the last bank holiday we will have before Christmas? With that in mind, we wanted to make sure we make the most of it. Take a look at our top picks to do over the bank holiday weekend.
Visit Chatsworth House
There is currently a ‘Life stories’ art exhibition which tells the history of this stately home through paintings and objects of its past inhabitants. This can be coupled with viewing the Devonshire Hunting Tapestry which is over 500 years old and is the old surviving 15th-century hunting tapestry. When you have had enough culture you can enjoy some incredible food at the farm shop.
The Chatsworth estate also happens to be a short drive from the historic town of Bakewell which has a Craft and Gift Fair for the Bank Holiday weekend. You could complete your trip with a sweet treat from the Original Bakewell Pudding Shop in the town centre.
Bank Holiday Guided Walk – Kinder Scout
If you are looking for something a bit more active take a guided walk to the highest point in the Peak District. Starting in the Bowden Bridge car park this is one of the easier routes up the mountain you will pass beautiful landscapes and historic sites along the way.
Step back in time with Legendary Joust at Bolsover Castle
Built in the early 17th century Bolsover Castle is hosting a bank holiday weekend full of medieval entertainment with Knights competing for honour and glory. You will be able to learn about cookery and crafts from centuries ago whilst enjoying music and entertainment to accompany the fearless display on show.
Track Down The Chesterfield Ripper
A slightly different option for getting immersed in Derbyshire this bank holiday weekend. CluedUpp is bringing a day of crime-solving fun to the streets of Chesterfield on Saturday 28th August. Do you have what it takes to catch a killer?
Last Chance to explore the Flowerpot trail in Buxton
Collect a trail map from the Buxton Visitor Centre and discover Buxton. Local community arts group, Funny Wonders, have created the annual flowerpot trail with dozens of flowerpot creations for you to hunt down. Local residents and businesses have contributed to the designs and this is a great way to explore Buxton with the whole family.
Take a Magical Train Ride
Depart from Wirksworth on a theatrical production onboard a steam train. This immersive experience has mystical characters dance and sing their way through a performance that lasts about 1 hour 30 mins. This summer experience is new in 2021 following a sell-out Christmas performance so be sure to book tickets in advance. We can’t think of a more exciting way to see the Derbyshire Dales.
Discover Derbyshire’s Distillery
For those of you looking for something that is a bit more adult, it’s time to enjoy some whiskey. The White Peak Distillery offers a look at the regions first whisky distillery. Learn about how spirits are made before a tasting. This could be the perfect start to your bank holiday weekend that allows an extra day to recover. The Whitepeak Distillery also hosts lots of other events so make sure you take a look at the exciting things they have coming up.
Let someone else do the heavy lifting
Spend bank holiday Sunday watching the Peak District Highland Games at Matlock Farm Park. Some of the worlds strongest men will be competing in a range of events including a tractor pull and GIANT stone throw. With market stalls, games, food and drink there is plenty to make this a fun day out.
Classical Music in the Park
Don’t forget the fireworks. The Hannells Darley Park Concert is one of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts and if tickets are purchased in advance they are only £6. Bring a picnic and enjoy the entertainment. The Concert begins at 6:15 pm and ends at 9:30 pm. You are sure to know many of the classic hits that will be played with everything from Adele’s Skyfall to Coates, Dambusters.
There is something happening to suit all tastes so it’s time to start planning your August bank holiday weekend to Derbyshire. It also isn’t too late to stay with us at Combs Valley Campsite in the High Peak.