What’s on & Things to do – May Bank Holiday 2017 in the Peak District & Derbyshire

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Peak District events May Bank Holiday 2017

The first, or ‘early’ May Bank Holiday is here and that means 3 days off work with some extra time to play around with. There’s plenty happening in and around the Peak District and Derbyshire, with kite flying, markets for foodie fans, Darcy’s walk at Lyme, wildlife trails and lots more…enjoy ūüôā

1. Bakewell Food Festival

The Bakewell Food Festival returns for its sixth year, once more celebrating the wealth of excellent local produce that the Peak District and this beautiful market town have to offer. As well as the multi-award winning farmers market at the Agricultural Business Centre, the town’s historic streets will host more than their usual splendid offerings of food fayre to tempt your palate!

29th Р30th April 2017, 9am Р5pm both days | Market Place, Market Street, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1AH

Entry / Cost: FREE


2. Beer & Bands at Crich Tramway Village
Crich Tramway Village

Photo credit: Crich Tramway Village

This three day event offers a combination of music, local cask ales, cider, wine and gin and the vintage tram experience. Includes the May Day Bank Holiday with the Ripley Morris Men and Ripley Green Garters.

The Bakewell Pudding Parlour and Maycock’s Butchers will tempt you with their delicious puddings and pies.

29th April – 1st May 2017 | The National Tramway Museum, Crich Tramway Village, Nr Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 5DP


3. Hardwick Hall Food Festival

Photo credit: Great British Food Festival

More than ‚Äėjust another food festival‚Äô, The Great British Food Festival combines the nation‚Äôs love of great food and drink with some of the country‚Äôs most treasured locations, providing a unique opportunity to explore new flavours and beautiful venues, all at the same time. (Source: Great British Food Festival). Enjoy¬†the stunning surroundings of one of Derbyshire’s best loved stately homes, Hardwick Hall.

29th April Р1st May 2017 | Hardwick Hall, Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire. S44 5QJ

Entry / Cost: Adult £8, child £5 Рother tickets available Рsee website


4.¬†Princess and the Pirate Weekend at Gulliver’s Kingdom

Photo credit: Gulliver’s Kingdom

Get ready for a princess and pirate takeover across at Gulliver’s Kingdom! There will be treasure treats, fancy dress events, themed activities and so much more. Percy Pirate will be on stage with some swashbuckling songs and Princess Gilly will be making special appearances throughout the day.

There’s a big treasure trade on park every day with surprises fit for royalty. Seek out Princesses and Pirates who will reward you with precious treasure treats. Explore the magical areas of our theme park and enjoy the fantastic rides available along the way.

Wear your best pirate or princess costume and head to the end of the Rainbow for the chance to win even more great prizes. Adults can join in too, make it a day of fun for the whole family.

29th April – 1st May 2017 | Gulliver’s Kingdom,¬†Temple Walk, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3PG

Entry / Cost: See website


5.¬†Buxton’s Big Session Folk Festival

Photo credit: Buxton Opera House

Following its sold-out success last year, The Big Session Festival is back in Buxton¬†for 2017, is taking place for an extended four days over the May Bank holiday weekend, from Friday 28th April to Monday 1st May. Hosted by the Oysterband in the beautiful spa town of Buxton, the gateway to the glorious Peak District ‚Äď join a sparkling selection of musicians and welcome in May at the first folk festival of the summer! There will be a mini beer festival in the Pavilion Gardens Drinks Emporium with 30 barrels of beer and for gin lovers a ‚Äėgin garden‚Äô along with an assortment of wine and other spirits on offer.

28th April – 1st May 2017 | Water Street, Buxton, SK17 6XN

Entry / Cost: See website, various ticket prices


6. Have a go archery with Derby Archery Club + demonstrations at Kedleston Hall

Enjoy watching and even having a go at the archery on the great lawn at this grand stately home! All ages welcome, children must be accompanied by adults.

30th April 2017, 11am – 3pm

Entry / Cost: All entrants £2 for 6 arrows


7.¬†Otters, owls, polecats, giant otter, deers, Scottish wildcats, foxes…all at the Chestnut Centre

Photo credit: Chestnut Centre

A fantastic day out for all the family, the Chestnut Centre is home to a variety of beautiful and interesting animals and without doubt the otters are probably the stars of the show and you cant help being mesmerised by these fascinating creatures when you reach the enclosure after a walk through the woodlands. An ideal bank holiday activity.

Otter, Owl and Wildlife Park, Chapel-en-le-Frith, High Peak, Derbyshire, SK23 0QS

Entry / Cost: Adult £8.50, child £6.50, family ticket £27.50


8. Tractor Day at Heage Windmill

Photo credit: Heage Windmill

Now in its 10th year, Tractor Day is back at Heage Windmill with a wide variety of tractors on display to see and there’s the bric-a-brac stall with lots of bargains to be had, plus, the windmill will open as usual with guided tours, with the last tour at 3.30pm. If you fancy something different and a little less crowded this Bank Holiday weekend for the family, this could be ideal.

30th April 2017, 11am – 4pm | Heage Windmill, Heage, Derbyshire, DE56 2BH.

Entry / Cost: Check website


9. Spring Trail at llam Park, National Trust

Photo credit: National Trust Ilam Park

Spot spring wildlife as you explore Ilam Park on a fun self led trail for families. Ilam is one of Derbyshire’s most scenic locations and nearby pretty Dovedale is certainly worth a visit while your here if you have time too. Dogs on a lead are welcome to join too.

27th April – 1st May 2017, 11am – 5pm each day

Entry / Cost: £1 per person


10. Let’s Go Fly a Kite at Bolsover Castle

Peak District events May Bank Holiday 2017

Learn the art of kite flying this bank holiday at the Bolsover Castle! Children in ancient times played with many of the same toys as children today including board games and kites. Make your very own kite, or try out one from their super selection.

Got your own kite? Bring it along the kite hospital and receive expert advice and top tips. Once you‚Äôre ready, they’ll prepare you with the skills you need to successfully fly a kite in the grounds of Bolsover Castle. Don‚Äôt miss the live kite demonstrations from their team of experts. They‚Äôll show you some fun tricks as the kites take flight over the Vale of Scarsdale this spring.

29 April Р1st May 2017 |  Bolsover Castle,

Entry / Cost: Adult £11.80, child £7.10, concession £10.60, family ticket £30.70


11. Pemberley Walk at Lyme Park
Peak District events May Bank Holiday 2017

Photo credit: National Trust, Lyme Hall

Spend 90 minutes discovering the Lyme filming locations in the BBC’s ‘Pride and Prejudice’ including Darcy’s famous pond. A perfect activity for relaxing this Bank Holiday and the grounds of Lyme are lovely too, even if you didn’t watch the series.

29th April 2017, 1.30pm Р3pm (Also on 27th May 2017, 1.30pm Р3pm) | Lyme Park, Peak District National Park, Disley, Stockport SK12 2NR

Entry / Cost: FREE (normal admission charges apply for the venue)


12. House Style РFive Centuries of Fashion Exhibition at Chatsworth
Peak District events May Bank Holiday 2017

Photo credit: © Mario Testino, Deborah Devonshire & Stella Tennant, Chatsworth, 2006

Chatsworth presents its most ambitious exhibition to date, exploring the history of fashion and adornment: House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion at Chatsworth.¬†The exhibition will bring to life the captivating individuals from the Cavendish family, including Bess of Hardwick, one of the most powerful women of the 16th century; the 18th century ‚ÄúEmpress of Fashion‚ÄĚ Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire; and Adele Astaire, the sister and dance partner of Fred Astaire. Deborah Devonshire and Nancy Mitford, two of the Mitford sisters; model Stella Tennant and John F Kennedy‚Äôs sister ‚ÄėKick‚Äô Kennedy will also be central to the show. Telling the rich history of both international style and the Devonshire Collection, the exhibition will demonstrate the power of fashion to illuminate these extraordinary characters.

An ideal day out for Bank Holiday and there’s the stunning grounds of Chatsworth to enjoy too.

The exhibition runs from 25th March to 22nd October 2017 and is included in the price of entry to Chatsworth House. For full details of ticket types and to book, visit: