Events in Derbyshire and Staffordshire 2018
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 25th 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
October & November
Matlock Bath Illuminations 8th Sept – 27th Oct
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.
Autumn Half Term Fun at Chatsworth 27th Oct – 4th Nov
Events for the whole family through the house, gardens and farmyard. Follow the frighteningly fun trail in the house, hunt for hidden pumpkins, dare to enter the abandoned tunnel and listen to spine-tingling storytelling in the garden
Creepy Crawly Trail & Crafts Week commencing 27th Oct
Visit Sudbury Hall & Museum of Childhood and explore the gardens to find hidden Halloween decorations. On selected days you can join the team to make a spider’s web wreath.
Spooky Trail at Ilam Park Week commencing 27th Oct
Talk a walk through the park on a spooky trail for families and get in the Halloween mood!
Starlight Extravaganza at Crich Tramway Village 29th Oct – 3rd Nov
A week of special events for Half Term & Halloween. Unicorn Day, Illuminations, Halloween celebrations, Supe Hero Day, Alice’s Tea Party and lots more.
Halloween Paintball Special 1st November
At Wild Park Brailsford – full day of paintballing £35 including 500 paintballs.
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 4th 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!)