ur friends at Visit Peak District & Derbyshire are back with their carefully curated highlights of not-to-be-missed events which are scheduled across the county in 2024. Ideal if you had a new diary for Christmas!

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide

February 13-14

Played every Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday for hundreds of years, since at least 1667, this dramatic and famous game is thought to be one of the oldest forms of football in the world. Unlike a conventional football match, Shrovetide Football is played over two eight-hour periods, the goals are three miles apart and there are very few rules.

Peddler Market at Chesterfield Market

March 222-23

Taking over New Square at Chesterfield Market, Peddler Events will once again be bringing some of the best street food the UK has to offer this spring, championing great food producers alongside craft drinks, live music and much more.

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Chatsworth International Horse Trials

May 17-19

Three days of thrilling world-class equestrian sport, from elegant dressage and exciting show jumping to gripping cross country, plus family-friendly entertainment, activities, and over 100 high-quality trade stands.

chatsworth.org/events/horse-trials

Chesterfield Area Walking Festival

May 11-19

Whether you prefer a gentle stroll through local parkland or a more challenging ten-mile ramble, the Chesterfield Walking Festival provides the perfect opportunity to get out and about. Most walks will be free and all are led by fully trained guides.

visitchesterfield.info/whats-on/walking-festival

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National Forest Walking Festival

May 18-30

This popular annual event, now in its 15th year, offers a variety of trails and experiences for all walking levels and abilities.

Nationalforest.org

Staffordshire Moorlands Walking Festival

April 26–May 6

A variety of beautiful local walks, mostly free, to suit various abilities and interests all over the Staffordshire Moorlands.

staffsmoorlandswalkingfestival.co.uk

Barrow Hill Rail Ale Festival

May 18-20

Sample over 350 real ales – many brewed locally – plus craft beers, ciders, gin, prosecco and wine, all in the atmospheric surroundings of Britain’s last surviving operational roundhouse and enjoy live music.

railalefestival.com

Seaside at Crich Tramway Village

May 25-31 May

Enjoy the fun of the seaside with a fun fair, mini-beach, bingo, crafts, Punch and Judy, Flea Circus (25th May- 27th May) and Juggling shows (28th-31st May).

tramway.co.uk/whatson

Bearded Theory Festival

May 23-26

A multi-award winning creative and performing arts festival set in the beautiful grounds of Catton Hall, in the heart of the National Forest.

beardedtheory.co.uk

Knights’ Tournament at Bolsover Castle

June 15-16

Step back in time and get closer to the action as rival knights compete in the ultimate test of strength and skill at the Bolsover Castle Knights’ Tournament.

Download Festival

June 14-16

The UK’s premier rock festival, taking place at Donington Park, with headliners including Queens Of The Stone Age, Fall Out Boy and Avenged Sevenfold.

downloadfestival.co.uk

Ashbourne Festival

June 21-July 7

A celebration of some of local, national and international street theatre, musicians, comedians, artists and writers.

ashbournefestival.org

Sausage & Cider Festival

June 27-30

Indulge in a variety of sausage and cider flavours from around the world at Catton Park whilst grooving away to live music and DJs.

sausageandciderfest.co.uk

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Buxton International Festival

July 4-21

Experience world class opera, music, books and jazz in the heart of the Peak District. Recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK's leading arts festivals.

buxtonfestival.co.uk

Derbyshire County Show

June 23

A highlight event with fun for the whole family, held at The Showground in Elvaston. Including a food fayre, craft and retail marquee, livestock section, dog show, countryside area, vintage vehicles and more.

derbyshirecountyshow.org.uk

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Timber Festival

July 5-7

This three-day forest festival connects people to the natural world through music, talks, workshops and wellbeing sessions in the beautiful Feanedock woodland near Swadlincote.

timberfestival.org.uk

Bakewell Country Festival

July 14

A great family day out combining a mix of traditional agricultural elements, family activities, entertainment, food, drink, shopping and more.

bakewellahs.co.uk/bakewell-country-festival

Chesterfield Children’s Festival

July 27-28

A free weekend of fun for families at the town’s scenic Queen’s Park, including live music, theatre, storytelling, dance, and art workshops.

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Y Not Festival

August 2-4

This top-class festival in Pikehall draws national attention, offering a line-up that includes some of the biggest names in indie, rock and pop music.

ynotfestival.com

Chesterfield Eat in the Park

August 10-11

A family-friendly festival of music, food and entertainment, in the heart of Chesterfield’s Queen’s Park.

eatinthepark.uk/chesterfield-festival

Bloodstock Outdoor Heavy Metal Festival

August 8-11

The UK's biggest independent metal festival plays host to up to 20,000 metal fans from across the world at Catton Park.

bloodstock.uk.com

Ashover Show

August 14

One of the finest agricultural shows in the country, with competitions for cattle, Shire horses, sheep, light horses, poultry, horticulture, dog agility, vintage tractors and more.

ashovershow.co.uk

Cromford Steam Rally

August 3-4

Derbyshire’s premier steam heritage and vintage rally showcases the very best in steam and transport, with fun for the whole family to enjoy.

cromfordsteamrally.co.uk

Ashbourne Show

August 17

A great family day out with the traditional showing of horses, cattle, sheep and more, alongside a busy arena with family fun and trade stands.

ashbourneshow.co.uk

Legendary Joust at Bolsover Castle

August 24-26

Watch fearless fighters and their magnificent horses as they charge at each other at full speed in and unforgettable display of chivalry and sheer courage at Bolsover Castle.

Hope Show

August 26

A celebration of farming, countryside and community, with a wide range of displays, classes and competitions including sheepdog trials, show jumping, and classes for heavy and light horses.

hopeshow.co.uk

Longshaw Sheepdog Trials

August 29-31

The oldest continuous trials in the country and a much-loved local tradition, taking place in the Peak District since 1898.

longshawsheepdog.com

Peak District Highland Games

August 25

See the country’s leading strongmen and women compete in this popular annual event at Matlock Farm Park. Cheer them on as they tackle challenges including the Eight Tonne Tractor Pull and the Tossing of the Caber.

matlockfarmpark.co.uk

The Darley Park Weekender

August 30-September 1

Three days of family-friendly musical entertainment at Darley Park. Ultimate 90s features pop-tastic names and a 90s Hangover DJ set from Chris Moyles. 80s Mix Tape returns with Jason Donovan, Chesney Hawkes and a DJ set from Scott Mills. The Darley Park Concert will delight once again with one of the UK’s biggest outdoor classical concerts.

derbylive.co.uk/whats-on/the-darley-park-weekender

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Chatsworth Country Fair

August 30-September 1

Enjoy three action-packed days of thrilling Grand Ring entertainment, cooking masterclasses, food, shopping and plenty of have-a-go activities.

chatsworth.org/events/chatsworth-country-fair

Tapton Lock Festival

7-8 September 2024

A free festival that brings outdoor theatre, music, dance, arts and crafts workshops, stalls and activities to the banks of the Chesterfield Canal at Tapton Lock Visitor Centre.

Shardlow Inland Port Festival

September 7-8

A celebration of the Trent and Mersey canals, the port and the historic village of Shardlow.

Derby Feste

September 20-21

Enjoy vibrant family-friendly fun in the city as Derby Festé returns for a truly exciting 16th year of outdoor dance, music, art and theatre.

derbyfeste.com

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Matlock Bath Illuminations

September and October

See a spectacular parade of illuminated boats on the River Derwent at weekends and watch fireworks displays on selected dates.

derbyshiredales.gov.uk/leisure/matlock-bath-illuminations

Bolsover Winter Festival

November 29-30

A fun-packed weekend that marks the start of the festive season. From illuminated castle walls to festive market stalls, Bolsover will be bursting with festive traders, street entertainment, live music, and one of the UK’s biggest lantern parades!