Derbyshire boasts something for everyone, from the stunning natural beauty of the Peak District (incidentally Britain’s first ever National Park!), to great historical buildings such as Chatsworth House, (believed to be the fictional inspiration for Mr Darcy’s residence in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice).
For those of you with a head for heights, there’s a cable car ride to the Heights of Abraham poised high above the former spa town of Matlock. There are quaint market towns to explore as well with their many unique shops and great places to eat.
With the long hot days stretching ahead of us, we’ve chosen a selection of upcoming events taking place this summer in Derbyshire.
5 to 23 July – Buxton Festival Fringe
Over 500 individual performances in one of the largest open access art festivals in the UK.
7 to 23 July – Buxton International Festival
Enjoy this Festival showcasing original opera productions, concerts from world-class ensembles and soloists and literary talks.
9 to 23 July – Poppies: Weeping window, Derby Silk Mill
View this thought-provoking sculpture of several thousand handmade ceramic poppies by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, marking the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.
10 to 15 July – Chelmorton Village 2017 Festival
A week of village festivities and special events including dog shows, exhibitions and a treasure trail.
15 to 16 July – West Hallam Annual Well Dressing Festival Weekend
Enjoy a mixture of music and street entertainment in the beautiful village of West Hallam as well as admiring 10 beautifully decorated wells.
16 July – Family Funfest at Lea, near Matlock
A great day out for all the family on this impressive 25 acre countryside site with a wide range of outdoor activities from a ropes course to climbing and a circus skills act- a chance to try something new!
29 to 30 July – Chesterfield Food and Drink Festival
A celebration of local food and drinks with over 40 local companies showcasing their produce.
12 to 13 August – Bakewell Baking Festival
Experience the fun and food at the World’s First Baking Festival in the beautiful town of Bakewell, famous for its tarts and pies.
27 August – Peak District Highland Games, Matlock Farm Park
Watch the strong men compete at the first ever Peak District Highland Games!
For more ideas on things to do and special places to stay, check our information about Derbyshire
And the fantastic Peak District National Park