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Derbyshire UK Guide 2016

Derbyshire Tourist Information and Visitor guide, with accommodation, attractions, events, activities

Welcome to the Derbyshire Visitor Guide for 2016 showing you where to stay, what attractions to see and what activities to do in 2016 to make your stay a memorable one.

Watch out for CASTLETON CHRISTMAS LIGHTS which are being switched on at 4.30pm saturday, 19th November 2016. A touch of Christmas magic comes to Castleton. Also look out for the illuminations and fireworks in Matlock Bath at weekends throughout October.

Derbyshire's bustling market towns, villages, hills, dales and rivers, offer majestic scenery, and a rich variety of customs that date back from time immemorial. Many visitors to come not only to enjoy the varied and beautiful landscape, but also to experience a blend of heritage, history and family attractions hard to find elsewhere. Both Derby and Buxton play host to a wealth of festivals throughout the year. The Buxton festival is renowned throughout the world as a summer celebration of the best of music, opera and literature. Castleton is well known for the caverns and the blue john mineral mined at Treak cliff cavern. Wirksworth is a hidden gem of a town, steeped in history with narrow alleys and lanes containing traditional shops and restaurants. Ashbourne is noted for wealth of antique shops as well as many independent , quality shops. It is also home to the game of Shrovetide Football.

Bakewell is a beautiful, small, market town situated on the River Wye which is crossed by a 13th century 5 arched bridge still open to traffic and attracting many tourists both local and from abroad to the large town centre which is busy all year round with plenty of attractions including gardens, pubs, coffee shops, and numerous shops selling books, clothes and gifts.

The Bakewell Show takes place on the first wednesday and thursday of August and is a major agricultural and horticultural event with all sorts of animals being shown along with show jumping and exhibitions of local crafts and produce.

Derbyshire caters for nearly every kind of sport, from rock climbing and pot holing to fly fishing and canoeing on waters surrounded by beautiful scenery. Derbyshire today is perhaps best known for the Peak District National Park, the first to be designated in Britain, in 1951, in recognition of its outstanding and largely unspoilt scenery. Read more.

Where to stay in Derbyshire

We invite you to take a break and book an affordable holiday in Derbyshire , escape for a few days or for a long holiday. The area offers a great holiday destination, where you can find an abundance of wonderful attractions and acvtivities which are sure to delight all members of your family. There are hundreds of fine cottages, hotels and b&b's to stay in and many fine places to dine and drink in, dotted around the many towns and villages in the area.

Why not book yourself a short holiday, escape the pressures of everyday life and spend some time recharging your batteries. Don't delay, come and stay.

See Holiday Accommodation

Wherever you choose to stay you can be sure of a warm welcome and great service.

What to See - Places to Visit in Derbyshire

Places to visit in 2016 - There are hundreds of attractions to visit from Country houses and serene gardens to theme parks, from World Heritage Sites and industrial heritage to museums and galleries. Something for all - See Attractions

Some Top Attractions

View of the river derwent and chatsworth house

Chatsworth House



Crich Tramway Museum

Carsington Water

Kedleston Hall


Rosliston Forestry Centre

Haddon Hall

Derwent Valley Mills

Matlock Bath

Scarthin Bookshop at Cromford in the Derbyshire Peak District
Scarthin Bookshop at Cromford
 Peak Cavern ( Devils Arse ) at Castleton
Peak Cavern ( Devils Arse ) at Castleton

Many visitors both English and from abroad come to the area to visit the locations of the many costume dramas, block busters and other films made in the region. See Films and film locations

What to do - Activities in Derbyshire

Whatever the season, the countryside fills with new life. What better place to experience this than in the Derbyshire Peak District where nature meets you at every turn. Get out on your bike, take your running shoes and just go, fly a kite, or just take a walk through the beautiful Derbyshire Dales or on the Gritstone Edges of the Peak.

Sailing and other water sports at Carsington Water
Sailing and other water sports at Carsington Water
Walking in Derbyshire and the Peak District
Walking in Derbyshire and the Peak District

Activities and things to do in Derbyshire - Something for everyone from easy walking and golf to paragliding and rock climbing See Activities

Eating out in Derbyshire - Restaurants and Pub Food in Derbyshire

Restaurants in Derbyshire

Dining out is easy because the region has a huge variety of restaurants serving all kinds of food, from traditional old English to Mediterranean and Eastern cuisine. There is always something different to taste.
Many restaurants use quality, locally sourced ingredients. Chefs can often be found leading cooking demonstrations at local shows and country fairs helping to illustrate and promote the quality of local produce. See Restaurants

Pub Food in Derbyshire

Most pubs most serve some form of food these days and of course there are many hundreds of pubs in the region. See Pub Food

Events in 2016 - Whats on in Derbyshire

Dates to look forward to in 2016

Christmas at Chatsworth 5 November 2016 - 3 January 2017 Closed 24 - 26 December 2016 and 1 January 2017

Bakewell Christmas Market will be held on sat and sun, 26 and 27 November. The market will feature a selection of speciality festive foods and wines from Derbyshire and the Peak District, arts and crafts, gifts as well as family entertainment during the weekend.Bakewell Christmas Lights Switch On will be at 4:45pm on the 26th in Bath Gardens.

CASTLETON CHRISTMAS LIGHTS which are being switched on at 4.30pm saturday, 19th November 2016.

Matlock Bath Illuminations during the weeklends in October

More Christmas events at Christmas in Derbyshire 2016

Events Calendar for 2016 at Events in Derbyshire and the Peak District

featuring Walking Festivals, Well Dressings, County shows and much more.

Getting married in Derbyshire

The region offers a wide variety of locations for your church, register office or civil wedding, from register offices in beautiful surroundings, through to licenced stately homes and grand hotels. The course of a marriage can never be charted by the surroundings that set it off, of course, but they can provide a hugely memorable context to what is an enormous adventure for any couple. That is why if you're looking for a unique and inspiring location in which to get married, then Derbyshire is the best place to say 'I Do'.

Photo Losehill House Hotel , spa , aonference and wedding venue at Hope
Losehill House Hotel wedding venue with Win Hill backdrop

More wedding information and wedding venues throughout Derbyshire at Weddings

The Peak District

The Peak District offers opportunities for many types of outdoor activity. An extensive network of public footpaths and numerous long-distance trails , as well as large open-access areas, are available for hillwalking and hiking. Bridleways are commonly used by mountain bikers, as well as horse riders. Some of the long-distance trails, such as the Tissington Trail, re-use former railway lines; they are much used by walkers, horse riders and cyclists. The many gritstone outcrops, such as Stanage and the Roaches, are recognised as some of the finest rock climbing sites in the world. The Peak limestone also provides many testing climbs. Some of the area's large reservoirs (for example, Carsington Water) have become centres for water sports, including sailing, fishing and canoeing, in this most landlocked and beautiful part of the UK.

Derbyshire Towns

The spa town of Buxton has an opera house with a theatre, a museum , an art gallery and is home to the Buxton Festival which includes literary events , concerts, recitals as well as opera. Another popular event is the Buxton Festival Fringe which features films, drama, dance, music and other cultural events along the same lines but on a smaller scale to the Edinburgh Fringe. The International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival, founded in 1994, also runs for over three weeks from the end of July through most of August. Matlock Bath is home to the Heights of Abraham as well as the popular Matlock Bath Illuminations and Venetian Nights . Ashbourne is the southern gateway to the Peak District and famous for the annual Shrovetide Football.

For a full list of Derbyshire Towns and villages see Towns and villages


Derby is the UK's most central city benefiting from the best of both worlds - a great cultural base situated in the East Midlands on the edge of the Peak District National park. Derby has much to attract the visitor with its excellent shopping facilities, musuems, galleries , theatres, parks, a vibrant café culture as well plenty of nightlife making this destination lively and modern.

More information on Derby including where to stay , attractions and events at The Derby Guide

Facts and figures about Derbyshire
Holiday accommodation in Derbyshire - Where to stay for your Holiday
Places to Visit in Derbyshire - Derbyshire Attractions
 What activities are available in Derbyshire and in the Peak District or What to do on holiday in Derbyshire
What on or what is happening throughout the year in Derbyshire
Derbyshire Weddings - Getting married in Derbyshire

Holiday Accommodation in Derbyshire

Near Matlock - Luxury self-catering Pinelodges near Matlock in  Derbyshire

Luxury self-catering Pinelodges near Ashbourne in  Derbyshire

Holiday cottages in Derbyshire and the Peak District

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