A selection of places to visit this summer...
Ashbourne ShowThis popular show returns for 2008 with many favourite stands - food hall, craft marquee, falconry, carriage driving, hunting dogs, livestock, horses, dog show, cage birds, horticulture, rural crafts, shire...
Ashbourne ShowThis popular show returns for 2008 with many favourite stands - food hall, craft marquee, falconry, carriage driving, hunting dogs, livestock, horses, dog show, cage birds, horticulture, rural crafts, shire horses bouncy castle and Punch and Judy - and more.Polo Ground, Osmaston, Ashbourne16 August
Belper North MillStrutt's North Mill was the world's first iron-framed 'fire-proof' cotton mill and is now a museum displaying the technique and history of spinning with original and replica machinery, framework knitting with the Derby Rib attachment, hosiery, the Brettles Collection, chevening and nailmaking.Strutt's North Mill, Bridgefoot, BelperOpen Wed-Sun 1-5pm
Chatsworth HouseChatsworth Country FairOne of England's most spectacular annual outdoor events. Massed pipe and military bands, demonstrations and parades, hot air balloons, parachuting and over 300 trade stands and rural crafts make this a memorable event with something for everyone.Fri 29-Sun 31 August, opening Fri 12 noon by Alan TitchmarshThe Secrets of Chatsworth Including the Firebolt broomstick signed J K Rowling, a C19 table with an American WW2 bullet embedded in it and a working clock with no apparent mechanism.Chatsworth House, Bakewell 'Secrets' throughout June and July; house and garden open throughout summer.Visit www.chatsworth.org.uk for opening times
Crich Tramway VillageA world from a bygone age, where vintage trams transport visitors along cobbled streets, past enchanting buildings and up into the enchanting scenery overlooking the Derwent Valley. Special weekends throughout the year, inc 1940s Weekend (9 & 10 August) and Transport Extravaganza (24, 25 August)Crich Tramway Village, Crich, nr Matlock Open daily 10am-5pm
Eyam HallAn unspoilt example of a Jacobean manor house and 17th century garden. Craft centre, shop and licensed restaurant. Open air theatre, 18 and 19 July, 'The Winter's Tale', 7pm. Grounds open 5pm for picnics.Eyam, Hope Valley S32 5QWOpen Sunday, Wednesdays and Thursdays (plus Bank Holiday Mondays) from 12:00 - 16:00. The craft shops are open daily.
Meynell Langley GardensA family-run nursery specialising in bedding plants, hanging baskets and perennials during the summer months. Trials garden, stocked with over 150 display baskets, colourful perennial borders and all the vegetable varieties grown for sale, inc. over 80 varieties of apples, pears and other fruit.Meynell Langley Trials Gardens, Lodge Lane, Derby DE6 4NTOpen daily till mid-October, 10am-5pm
The Old House MuseumBakewell's best kept secret. A Tudor delight with eleven oak-beamed rooms to explore. Parlour and Houseplace, rare Tudor garderobe, toy room, Victorian kitchen, wheelwright's shop and blacksmith's forge form an atmospheric backdrop for rooms packed full of treasures. For children, quiz sheets and dressing up box. A delight for all.Cunningham Place, Bakewell Open daily until end October, 11am-4pm
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Shrewsbury Flower ShowFloral splendour and 12 hours of continuous entertainment every day, show jumping, specialist food hall, bands, children's area. Featuring Hayley Westenra (Fri am and Sat eve)Quarry Park, Shrewsbury15 & 16 August, from 10am
Toys of YesteryearOne of the Peak District's best indoor attractions. Step back in time and relive your childhood memories in this fascinating display of vintage toys. Many rare and unique exhibits, including a working Pelham puppet display and a full size model of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Toy shop selling new and vintage toys.Peak Village, Chatsworth Road, RowsleyOpen daily 10am-5.30pm, Suns and Bank hols till 5pm
Treak Cliff CavernAn underground wonderland of stalactites, rocks, minerals and fossils and home to Blue John stone (one of the largest pieces ever found is called 'The Pillar'. See 'Aladdin's Cave', 'Fairyland', the 'Dream Cave' and the most famous formation, 'The Stork'. Guided tours onlyBuxton Road, CastletonOpen daily 10am-4.15pm (last tour)
Wirksworth Heritage Centre ...A family-friendly museum tells the story of our ancient town. Discover the mysteries of lead mining, listen to the quarrymen's story and hear memories of WW2. Find out about the Cromford and High Peak railway and see how wells are dressed. Children can explore the Dream Cave and find out about the woolly rhino. Wirksworth is full of old buildings, little byways, the wonderful Church of St Mary and is home to the newly restored Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.Wirksworth Heritage Centre, Crown Yard, Market Place, WirksworthOpen daily 10am-4.30pm (Suns from1pm)
... and Wirksworth WapentakeThe mayor of Wirksworth, attended by his men at arms, summons a Wapentake of the High and Low Peaks to meet on 26 and 27 July for the first time in living memory. A Wapentake is an old form of democracy where any person able to bear arms was entitled to vote. The Wapentakes, also known as Hundreds, were the administrative divisions of the Kingdom of Mercia, of the Peak was a province. 'Derbyshire is quite new, not created until 920AD. There will be re-enactments, a camp, a battle, military games, a boat burning, torchlight procession and fireworks.National Stone Centre, Porter Lane, Wirksworth26,27 July, 12 noon-5pm; evening events 7pm