Peak District Event Calendar


Whichever month you choose to visit the Peak District and the Staffordshire Moorlands there is so much to see and do! Here is just a selection, from the World Toe Wrestling Championships, to Shrove Tuesday Street Football, to Tissington well dressings, to the Trout Run – you can’t see them anywhere else!

For exact dates and details (as things change!) this year please call one of the local Tourist Information Centres listed below.


Buxton Opera House pantomime

Indoor Climbing and Caving, Upper Limits, Longnor (all year)

Peak Wildlife Park (all year)

Kingsley Bird & Falconry Centre (all year)

Winter bird visitors, Tittesworth Water, Meerbrook

Waking the House at Calke Abbey



CAMERA National Winter Ales Festival, The Roundhouse, Derby

Folk, Jazz and Blues Festival, Buxton

Wedgwood Factory Tour, Wedgwood (all year)

Dove Valley Centre (all year)

Scarecrow Festival, Tatton Hall

Newfields Gallery, Foxt (all year)

The Retreat Spa Day, Leek (all year)

Jodrell Bank Observatory and Lovell Telescope, Holmes Chapel – view the stars

Shrovetide Street Football, Ashbourne

Pancake Race, Winster



Leek Food and Drink Festival

Alton Towers Opens

Cheadle Arts Festival

Brown End Cycle Hire (all summer)

RSPB Coombes Valley Nature Reserve (all year)

Rudyard Lake sailing

Derby Format International Photography Festival (Biennial)



Flagg Races (point to point horse racing)

Spotting the Mermaid, Kinder Scout

Watching the Sun dance, Castleton

Easter Egg Hunt, Carsington Water

Great Easter Egg Hunt, Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton

Brindley Mill Open day, Leek (open weekends in summer)

Easter Services St Giles Roman Catholic Church, Cheadle – the fabulous gothic church designed by AW N Pugin



Barmote Court, Wirksworth

Cheadle Continental Food Market

Plant Fair, Biddulph Grange Gardens, Biddulph



Peak District Walking Festival

Leek Arts Festival

Wincle Scarecrow Festival

Trout Fell Run, Wincle

Tissington Well Dressing

Alstonefield Horse Show

Chatsworth International Horse Trials

The Castleton Garland

Morris Dancing, Buxton and Winster

Bamford Sheepdog Trials

Steam Rally, Crich

Garlanding, Castleton

Derby Film Festival

Holmfirth Festival of Folk


World Toe Wrestling Championships, Whetton

Teapot Parade, Flash

Double Sunset, Leek

Summer Solstice, Arbour Low

L’Eroica Britannia Cycle Festival

Well Dressing, Ashford,, Winster,…

Morris Dancing, Wakes and Well Dressing, Tideswell

Derbyshire County Show

Congleton Food Festival

Froghall Wharf Boat Trips, Froghall

Well Dressing:- 2nd week of June

Cressbrook, Marston Montgomery

Whitwell, Wyaston & Edlaston, Penistone

Well Dressing:- 3rd week of June

Flash, Norbury, Derby, Mayfield, Tideswell, Over Haddon, Litton, Kniveton, Youlgrave

Well Dressing:- 4th week of June-

Whaley Bridge, Bugsworth Basin, Hope, Rowsley, Bakewell, Old Wittington



The Internationally famous Buxton Festival and Festival Fringe

Ashbourne Highland Gathering

Biddulph Festival, Biddulph

Stainsby Folk Festival

RHS Show Tatton Park

Y Not Festival

Leek Club Day

Padley Martyrs Pilgrimage

Church Clipping, Burbage

Alport Love Feast, Alport Woodlands

Well Dressing:- 1st week of July-

Peak Forest, Dore,

Well Dressing:- 2nd week of July-

Old Tupton, Coal Aston, Wessington, Hathersage, Chapel in th Frith, Buxworth, Buxton, Harthill, Dronfield, Bamford, Aston on Trent, Pleasley, Tansley, Grindon, Pilsley, Hayfield, Gee Cross,

Well Dressing:- 3rd week of July-

Upper Langwirth, Heage Windmill, Great Longstone, Little Longstone, Heath, Ault Hucknall

Well Dressing:- 4th week of July-

Barlborough, Stoney Middleton



Eyam Wakes Week

Rewind Festival

Plague Sunday Commemoration, Eyam

World Championship Hen Races, Bonsall

Chatsworth Country Fair

Dovedale Sheepdog Trials

Leek Carnival and Show

Barrell Inn Fell Race, Bretton

Country Fair, Heaton

Rush Bearing ceremony, Forest Chapel

Bakewell Show

Steam Rally, Cromford

Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, Buxton

Danebridge Church Tea Festival and local Photography completion, Danebridge

Well Dressing:- 1st week of August-

Bradwell, Wingerworth,

Well Dressing:- 2nd week of August-

Barlow, Great Hucklow, Taddington,

Well Dressing:- 3rd week of August-

Holymoorside, Eyam, Foolow, Wormhill,

Well Dressing:- 4th week of August-




Great Longstone Chase fell race

Wirksworth Arts Festival

Longnor Horse Races

Hayfield Sheepdog Trials

Autumn Footprints Walking Festival

Jenkins Chapel Harvest Festival, Salterford

Church Clipping, Wirksworth

Chatsworth Country Fair

Heritage Open Day, David Mellor Design, Hathersage

Antiques in the Park, Kedleston Hall

Chesterfield Day of Dance and Well Dressing

Historic Dance Week, Sudbury

Well Dressings:- 3rd week September

Hartington, Chesterfield

Derby Feste -Live outdoor performances



Matlock Bath famous Illuminations

Caking Night, Dungworth

Wallaby Walking Festival, Staffordshire Moorlands

Great Peak District Fair, Buxton

Apple Day, Calke Abbey

Charter Fair, Ilkeston

Honey Fair, Carsington

Halloween Walks, Leek and other towns

Vintage Festival of Light, Ashover

Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Day, Derwent

Derby Folk Festival



Dovedale Dash, Thorpe

Fireworks Displays – throughout the district

Hadfield Well Dressing

Behind the Scenes Tour, Kedleston



Matlock Bath Boat Race

Curfew Bell, Scarliffe

Santa Specials, Churnet Valley Steam Railway, Cheddleton

Christmas decorations at Kedleston Hall, Haddon Hall, Sudbury, Chatsworth and others

Christmas lights at Ipstones

Christmas Markets, Chesterfield

Dickensian Leek Saturday

Carols by Candlelight, Treak Cliff Cavern, Castleton

The Devil’s Arse Sings, Castleton

Boxing Day Walk, Roaches Rocks



We hope this gives you a small flavour of what’s on offer locally. However, event dates and details do change so please check before travelling!

Tourist Information Centres:-


Ashbourne Tourist Information Centre: 13, Market Place, 01335 343666

Leek Tourist Information Centre: Nicholson Institute, Stockwell Street, ST13 6DW 01538 483741

Buxton Tourist Information Centre: The Crescent,Buxton 01298 25106

Bakewell Tourist Information Centre: Old Market Hall, Bridge Street, 01629 813227