Local Events

Events in Derbyshire and Staffordshire 2019

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2019 Dates
Regular events

Take a guided tour of Buxton on the Buxton Tram
Daily guided tours on an open top, vintage tram from the Pavilion Gardens next to the Opera House. Hourly from 11am March – October (10am during Peak Season).

Cromford Canal Narrowboat Trips Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays
Take a trip along the canal on the narrowboat ‘Birdswood’. Horse drawn trips are available on selected dates. Additional Thursday trips April – Sept.

Free Guided Walks in Ilam Country Park Every Monday & Friday at 11am.
Meet at the visitor centre and join the walk leaders for a 2 hour walk on Mondays or choose from a 1hr, 2hr or 3hr walk on Fridays. Dogs welcome.

Lea Rhododendron Gardens
A hidden gem in Derbyshire. The best time to visit is late April & during May to enjoy the rainbow of blooms at their best. There’s also plant sales and a tea room with lovely homemade cakes.

Uttoxeter Car Boot Sale Every Saturday from end of March
Bag yourself a bargain at this boot sale which takes place at Uttoxeter Racecourse. From 6am.

Tansley Market & Car Boot Sale Sundays & Bank holiday Mondays
Visit this mammoth car boot sale set in fields overlooking the stunning Derbyshire countryside. 7am – 4pm

Leek Car Boot Sale Every Sunday
Held on the cattlemarket 7am – 1pm

September
Matlock Bath Illuminations
7th September – 27th October
See the parade of decorated and illuminated boats float down the River Derwent every Saturday and Sunday evening. Every Saturday there’s also a spectacular firework display lighting the skies above.

Ashbourne Beer & Cider Festival 5th – 7th September Run by CAMRA, pop into the town hall to sample a wide range of local ales and ciders. Live entertainment on some evening sessions.

Ashbourne Soapbox Race 8th September
Watch the spectacle of soapbox cars hurtling through the streets of Ashbourne in the first of what will hopefully become an annual event.

Hartington Wakes 8th September
Sports and country show with events for all ages. A traditional village event with animal displays, sports events, trade stands, food & drink, vintage tractors, handicrafts and equestrian events.

October & November
Alton Towers Scarefest
5th, 6th, 12th, 13th Oct & 18th Oct – 3rd Nov
Do you dare take on the terrifying scare mazes? The park also stays open late so you can enjoy your favourite rides in the dark. For little ones there’s the Halloween Playland and the CBeebies Monster Ball.

Matlock Bath Illuminations
7th September – 27th October
See the parade of decorated and illuminated boats float down the River Derwent every Saturday and Sunday evening. Every Saturday there’s also a spectacular firework display lighting the skies above.

Monster Mania at Gulliver’s Theme Park 26th Oct – 1st Nov
Look out for some spooktacular events alongside all the rides and attractions. See Moxy & Lucky Bat, your favourite Uglydolls characters, throughout October.

Ilam Park Hedgehog Trail October Half Term
Buy a map from the shop £1 and follow the trail around the park to find out more about hedgehogs and what they like to feast on. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous then you can choose the family orienteering course instead.

Autumn Half Term Fun at Chatsworth 26th Oct – 3rd Nov
Autumnal fun and Halloween horrors at Chatsworth House, gardens and farmyard.

Starlight Event at Crich Tramway Village 28th Oct – 3nd Nov
The whole village is lit up with illuminations and you can ride the trams in the dark!

Half Term & Halloween at the Heights of Abraham 31st Oct – 3rd Nov
Ride the cable cars to the Heights and follow the treasure map to release the pirates from their 300 year curse. Toast marshmallows over the firepits, have fun on the adventure play area or take a cavern tour below ground.

Chatsworth Fireworks 2nd & 3rd November
A spectacular fireworks display in the skies above Chatsworth House plus bonfire, live music, dancing, circus performers and face painting. Needs to be booked well in advance!

Dovedale Dash 3rd November
A cross country race, run by well over a thousand people, through the village of Thorpe & Dovedale. Watch the runners splash through the River Dove across the famous stepping stones (or take part yourself!)