10 of the best Heritage Open Days in Derbyshire and the Peak District

Wingfield Railway Station

Wingfield Railway Station has fallen into severe disrepair - Credit: Robin Hodges/Historic England Archive

Heritage Open Days return with a mixture of online and on location events, we pick some of the highlights that will allow you to to go out and experience history in person.

10th, 11th, 12th, 15th September
St John the Baptist Chapel, Matlock Bath
This beuatiful private chapel is over 100 years old and not usually open to the public, a rare opportunity for a self-guided tour, there will printed leaflets available for visitors to take away.
St John the Baptist Chapel, St. Johns Road, Matlock Bath, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 3PQ
www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/ivors-vision-st-john-the-baptist-chapel-matlock-bath

11th September
A Towering Taste of Tideswell
Enjoy a guided tower tour of 'The Cathedral of the Peak' and be rewarded with free samples of Tideswell confections when you reach the top.
St John the Evangelist Church, Commercial Road, Tideswell, Derbyshire, SK17 8PA
www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/simon-gillian-white

READ MORE: Peak District Walk - Tideswell and Wheston

Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey - Credit: John Millar

11th September
Calke Abbey
Discover the extensive grounds and gardens of Calke Park and its National Nature Reserve, if you would like to visit the Mansion, you will need to collect timed tickets from the Ticket Office.
National Trust, Calke Abbey, Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire, DE73 7LE
www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/calke-abbey1

11th-12th September
Tapton Lock Festival
A weekend of arts and well-being activities in a beautiful setting by the historic Chesterfield Canal.
Tapton Lock Visitors Centre, 59A Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 7JB
www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/tapton-lock-festival

11th, 16th, 19th September
Sharpe’s 200th Birthday Celebration - Object Handling
Celebrating 200 years of the Sharpe’s family and the creation of the pottery, experts will be on hand to help you find out more about the Pottery Museum’s collection.
Sharpe's Pottery Museum, West Street, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE11 9DG
www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/sharpes-200th-birthday-celebration-object-handling

12th September
Wingfield Station
​One of the county's top ten most important 'at risk' buildings, Wingfield Station is undergoing an extensive restoration, it's a oppornunity to see the progress made so far.
Holme Lane, South Wingfield, Alfreton, Derbyshire, DE55 7NY
https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/wingfield-station

READ MORE: Wingfield Station awarded £250,000 grant for repairs

14th, 15th, 16th, 18th September
Tastes of the Tudors Time Out Trail
Enjoy the delights of a walled garden at the close of summer, while discovering plants consumed in early Tudor times through recipes of the late Middle Ages.
Friends of Markeaton Park Walled Garden, Markeaton Park, Markeaton Lane, Markeaton, Derby, Derbyshire
www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/tastes-of-the-tudors-time-out-trail

17th September
The Duke’s Legacy at Grin Woods
A walk through Grin Woods to explore the Duke of Devonshire's legacy and the influence they have had on the woods and the town.
Pooles Cavern, Green Lane, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9DH
www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/the-dukes-legacy

18th September
Victoria Hall Open Day/Guided Tours
An opportunity to view this beautiful Grade 2 listed building that celebrated its 130th anniversary last year.
Talbot Street, Glossop, Derbyshire, SK13 7DG
www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/victoria-hall3

18th-19th September
Lyme Unlocked: Escape Room
The Cage at Lyme Park was originally built around as a hunting lodge, but also served as a jail for poachers. For one weekend in September, it becomes an escape room. Can you decipher the clues, unlock the secrets, and reveal hidden characters as you escape from the Cage? 
National Trust, Lyme Park, Disley, Stockport, SK12 2NX
www.heritageopendays.org.uk/visiting/event/lyme-unlocked-escape-room

READ MORE: Peak District walk - Higher Poynton and Lyme Park