9 things to see and do in Derbyshire in August

Ilkeston's Market Place and surrounding streets will be full of amazing, classic cars later this month

Ilkeston's Market Place and surrounding streets will be full of amazing, classic cars later this month - Credit: Kevin Palmer

August 3-31
Chatsworth Young Farmers
Make your way to the historical Chatsworth House for a day of family fun in the farmyard.
Spend an afternoon getting stuck into farm jobs as you help the team in their daily duties. Collect eggs from the hens, groom guinea pigs and get a cuddle from a goat.
Perfect for children aged 7-16 who love to interact with animals.
1.30pm - 4.30pm. Tickets are £25 per child and £15 per adult, book at chatsworth.org/events
Chatsworth House, Bakewell, DE45 1PP

August 5-7
Dog Lovers Festival
Fancy heading to a festival, but don't want to leave Fido at home? Dog Lovers Festival is for you!
Some of the UK's top tribute bands come together to preform at what's set to be a top weekend this month.
Humans can get stuck into a range of food and drink offerings, while canines can compete in the fun dog show - along with agility classes, scurry runs and a doggy dip. 
Tickets start at £12.50, to book and for more information visit dogloversfestival.org
Elvaston Showground, Derby, DE72 3EN

August 6-7
Cromford Steam Rally
Cromford Steam Rally is back for its 51st show featuring a huge array of classic steam tractors, vintage cars, motorcycles, period caravans, military vehicles, and much more.
There'll also be a Victorian re-enactment group and wonderful performances of vintage music with a silver prize band and 1940s singers. 
8.30am - late on Saturday and 8am - 5pm on Sunday. Tickets start at £7. For more information and to book, visit cromfordsteamrally.co.uk
Highacres Farm, Dewey Lane, Brackenfield, Alfreton DE55 6DB


August 10
Ashover Show

Young winners at last year's Ashover Show

Young winners at last year's Ashover Show - Credit: Ruth Downing

One of the finest agricultural shows in the country, Ashover Show is known locally as the 'friendly show' so it's an event the whole family can enjoy.
The Sheep Dog Display team is one not to be missed featuring both sheep and ducks, while the falconry display team and traditional tug of war are always favourites. 
Families will love relaxing in the village green section where Punch and Judy shows, rides and slides entertain the kids.
​​​​​​​9am - till dusk. Tickets start at £12 for adults and £4 for children over 5. For more information and to book, visit ashovershow.co.uk

August 14
Ilkeston Heritage and Classic Vehicle Show

Ilkeston's Market Place and surrounding streets will be full of amazing, classic cars later this month

Ilkeston's Market Place and surrounding streets will be full of amazing, classic cars later this month - Credit: Kevin Palmer

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, this show - organised by Erewash Partnership Events, a sister company of enterprise agency Erewash Partnership - is set to be one to remember.
An amazing array of vintage and classic cars will fill the square with colour and cool as people come from around the country come to exhibit and enjoy.
Expect everything from sports cars and motorbikes to lorries and buses. 
10am - 4pm. Free to attend, but tickets must be pre-booked at eventbrite.co.uk/ilkeston-heritage-classic-vechile-show-2022
Borrowash Road, Derby DE72 3EN

August 19-20
Thornbridge Peakender
This family-friendly beer, food and music festival is run by the legendary Peak District institution, Thornbridge Brewery.
As well as a winning selection of beers to help quench your thirst, there'll be plenty of street food stalls to get stuck into and a great line up of musical entertainment.
Beer buffs will love the tutored tastings and opportunities to meet the brewers throughout the weekend.
Tickets start at £22.50 for adults, for more information and to book visit peakender.co.uk
Bakewell Showground, Bakewell DE45 1AH

August 27-29
Legendary Joust at Bolsover Castle
This exhilarating weekend is bound to delight history lovers and thrill seekers alike, as fearless fighters placed on horseback charge at full speed toward one another in this Grand Medieval Joust.
Marvel at the speed and skill of the riders as they battle it out for glory in a spectacle like never before. 
10am - 5pm. Tickets start at £5.50 for adult members and £2.50 for child members. For more information and to book, visit production.english-heritage.org.uk
Bolsover Castle, Castle St, Bolsover, Chesterfield, S44 6PR



August 27-28
Matlock Food and Drink Festival

Hall Leys Park will be the venue for Matlock's eagerly-awaited Food and Drink Festival

Hall Leys Park will be the venue for Matlock's eagerly-awaited Food and Drink Festival - Credit: Gary Wallis

Celebrate the very best food and drink over this two-day festival set in the beautiful surroundings of Hall Leys Park.
Browse an abundance of street food stalls and artisan offerings before sampling some craft ales, ciders, wines or gourmet gins.
Live music and children's entertainment will also be on offer throughout the weekend.  
10.30am - 4.30pm. Free to enter. 
Hall Leys Park, Causeway Lane, Matlock DE4 3AR

August 28-29
Teddy Bears Picnic
Come down to Crich Tramway Museum with your teddy bears in tow and sandwiches packed for a teddy bears picnic like no other.
Taking place at Derwent View enjoy fabulous views as you tuck into your tasty treats with plenty of children's entertainment to keep little ones occupied.
Afterwards, why not take to the Teddy Trail in the Woodland Walk?
12.30pm - 2.30pm. For more information, visit tramway.co.uk
Crich Tramway Village, Crich DE4 5DP

​​​​​​​Rectory Fields, Ashover, Chesterfield S45 0BA