Things to See and Do
in the Peak District
Whether you are a visitor to the Peak District or someone who lives locally and is looking for a reminder of the many varied things to do in our area, here's our list of attractions, activities, what's on, events and days out in the Peak District National Park.
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Richard Whittlestone Wildlife Gallery
The Richard Whittlestone Wildlife Gallery has been established here in the Peak District since 2005. Located on the Chatsworth estate, on the edge of Pilsley village, it is just a short walk from the farm shop.
The gallery is home to Richard's exquisite original paintings, limited edition prints and greetings cards, depicting the wildlife often to be found in the stunning surroundings of Chatsworth and the Peak Park as a whole.
Richard began painting aged five, sold his first work at thiteen and turned fully professional in 1988. He paints in one of his studios at the gallery favouring acrylics or oils, from where sells his work to all parts of the world. He exhibits nationally and currently has a painting on show in The Dog exhibition at Chatsworth House. All of Richard's paintings have a tiny fly hidden somewehere in the composition, it began as a point of interest for the subject but has now grown into a trademark! It can be fiendishly hard to spot - visitors to the gallery can take an age in their mission to find them - though there are now magnifying glasses provided to help aid detection!
The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm and is well worth a visit. 01246 582720. www.richardwhittlestone.co.uk
5.5 miles of historic and idyllic canal to explore Between Cromford Wharf and AMbergate, there are 5.5 miles of historic and idyllic canal to explore. The level and eash to access towpath also provides ideal conditions for walkers, buggies, wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Wildlife is in abundance along the lengh of this once bustling industrial waterway, whichopened in 1794.
Darley Dale, Matlock
Steam trains operate throughout the year Sunday Lunches, afternoon and cream teas on the train Group and Coach Tour Discounts Cafe and Shop Disabled Facilities Special Events All train services have an on-board buffet coach serving a selection of cold refreshments and snacks, and a specially adapted coach for wheelchair users. Various special events are held throughout the year, perfect for the family or enthusiast to enjoy, or why not get your hands on the controls of a steam locomotive and participate in one of our hugely popular steam experience courses. For further information and to request a copy of our Visitor Guide and Timetable, please telephone 01629 580381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org So why not visit us during 2016 and discover within the Derbyshire Dales the magical bygone era of the steam train. Peak Rail, Matlock Station, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 3NA Telephone 01629 580381 Email email@example.com Find Peak Rail
Ecclesbourne Valley Railway
A Great Way to Spend a Day With its headquarters in the fine old Peak District market town of Wirksworth, the Ecclesboume Valley line, at nine miles, is Derbyshire’s longest heritage railway. The line runs through some of the most pleasant scenery in the White Peak, from its joint station with the main line at Duffield to its northern terminus at Ravenstor, close to the High Peak Trail and the National Stone Centre. The line provides services mainly operated by heritage diesel railcars, with four trains a day on summer weekends and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in the high summer. The timetable is designed to connect with East Midlands Trains’ services to and from Derby and Nottingham. Steam hauled services are also operated at peak periods, please call us to check what is running. If you would prefer to see the line from the driver’s cab or realise a childhood dream by taking the controls of one of our heritage steam or diesel locomotives, then you can book that day to remember direct on our website. We offer a range of experiences to suit any occasion and budget. Wirksworth Station, Station Road, Wirksworth, Derbyshire DE4 4FB Tel: 01629 823076 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.e-v-r.com Wirksworth to Duffield in Derbyshire 01629 823076
Bakewell Old House Museum
Five hundred years of History A FUN DAY OUT FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY Group Visits, Quizzes, Award Winning Rat Trail and Dressing Up Box Cunningham Place, Off North Church Street, Bakewell, DE45 1DD Tel: 01629 813642
Come on a journey with us to shape the future of the museum Terrace Road, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 6DA 01629 533540
Crich Tramway Village
All aboard for a taste of vintage tram travel There's so much to learn and enjoy for all the family at Crich Tramway Village Come and experience a trip back in time, to the home of the National Tramway Museum. Vintage trams transport you along the period street into open countryside with breathtaking views of the Derwent Valley, and you can take as many electric tram rides as you wish during the day. Crich Tramway Village is open daily until 30th October 2016 from 10.00am – 5.30pm (Last admissions at 4.00pm). It is situated near Matlock, Derbyshire, eight miles from M1 junction 28. Admission prices: Adult £16. Senior £12. Child (4-15) £.9. Family (2 adults, 3 children) £39. For further information telephone 01773 854321 or visit: www.tramway.co.uk Crich Tramway Village, Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5DP 01773 854 321 Email email@example.com
The story of the Eyam Plague Visit us to learn more about the history of our beautiful village and the story of The Plagues 1665 - 1666 Hawkhill Road, Eyam, Derbyshire S32 5QP When local historian and collector Clarence Daniel died in 1987, his collection became the inspiration for Eyam Museum, which opened in 1994 in the old Methodist Chapel. Lottery funding and local enthusiasm allowed it to expand into the success it is today. The central theme is the 1665 outbreak of Bubonic Plague. This tragic story, including accounts of individual families, is illustrated with dramatic paintings, graphics and models. The display includes remedies for the plague which seem bizarre to us today, and the latest research into the nature of the disease is presented. The story continues with the recovery, and the development of industries such as mining and quarrying, cotton, silk, and shoes. This includes a dramatic diorama of an old lead mine, and a display of fine local fossils and minerals. Our Eyam Connections Room opened in 2012. It contains the pre-history of the Eyam area and a rather chilling display on 17th-century medicine. A major new display commemorating the centenary of the outbreak of World War One opened in Spring 2014, based on the experiences of local servicemen and their families. There is a free car park – come and see us! 01433 631 371 Group Bookings 01142 305 723
Peak District Lead Mining Museum
Guided tours of Temple Mine available The Peak District Lead Mining Museum in Matlock Bath has been open to visitors since 1978. The Museum cares for a collection of thousands of items relating to the history of the lead mining industry in Derbyshire, which has been vital to the local economy since the Roman period. The largest item in the collection and the centrepiece of the Museum is a unique 1819 water pressure engine, designed by Richard Trevithick. The engine was used to remove water from Wills Founder Mine near Winster, and was rescued from the mine by volunteers from the Peak District Mines Historical Society in the 1970s. To find out more about these sites and other PDMHS projects visit www.pdmhs.com, or ask at the Peak District Lead Mining Museum. The Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire DE4 3NR 01629 583834
CRAFTS • SHOPS • CAFE A unique, grade II* listed historic roller flour mill. Powered by water from the river Wye, one or more mills have stood on this site for at least 400 years. The present mill was built in 1874 by John Caudwell and run as a family business for over a century. Rowsley, Matlock, Derbyshire. DE4 2EB TELEPHONE 01629 734374
Blue John Cavern
Castleton, Hope Valley
The World Famous Blue John Cavern is situated at Mam Tor, Castleton in the Hope Valley area of Derbyshire. It is home to eight of the fourteen known veins of Blue John Stone, a very rare and beautiful ornamental fluorspar. The mineral was first discovered centuries ago and is still mined to date in the winter months. The Cavern is over 300 feet deep and its beauty can be explored through its various cave systems. Come and see the Waterfall Cavern and the Grand Crystallised Cavern with its multi-coloured dome. Trek deeper into Lord Mulgrave’s Dining Room and learn about where his Lordship entertained miners, and where fine veins of Blue John can be seen in their natural state in the limestone. Stand in the Variegated Cavern and marvel at its huge 150 feet high chamber. Travel down 245 steps into the largest cavern in the area and enjoy a whole new underground experience. Blue John Cavern, Mam Tor, Castleton, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S33 8WA Tel: 01433 620638 / 620642 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Poole's Cavern is open every day. Rain or shine, underground it's always fine! For centuries, curious visitors have explored and marvelled at the natural subterranean world that is Poole’s Cavern. Found deep in the limestone hills close to the historic spa town of Buxton, the cavern once gave shelter to prehistoric cave dwellers. Legend tells of a medieval robber’s treasure hidden deep underground. Known as the ‘First Wonder of the Peak’ after an early travel guide published in 1681, Poole’s Cavern became a popular attraction for wealthy visitors and even royalty. In 1853 the cavern was improved for Victorian visitors by the Duke of Devonshire with paved walkways and gas lighting. Explore Poole’s Cavern today, with our expert guides, and journey through the beautifully illuminated chambers, incredible stalactites and stalagmites and vast limestone caverns to discover for yourself the magnificent underground scenery of the Peak District. T: 01298 26978 E: email@example.com Poole’s Cavern and Buxton Country, Park Green Lane, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 9DH Guided Tours Cafe & Shop Picnic & Play Area A natural wonder of the Peak District
The Heights of Abraham
A unique place, something for everyone! At the summit there are two famous show caverns with regular guided tours, plus films and exhibitions where you can see and hear all about the estate. Panoramic views can be seen if you climb the Victoria Prospect Tower. The excellent Vista restaurant and Terrace Cafe not only offer great food but have floor to ceiling windows and terraces looking south over the valley below. Derbyshire's oldest visitory attraction... much more than just a cable car Matlock Bath, Derbyshire 01629 582365
Treak Cliff Cavern
Castleton, Hope Valley
Treak Cliff Cavern is a genuine wonder in the heart of the Peak District. Treak Cliff Hill is the only place in the world where Blue John Stone naturally occurs. The mineral Blue John Stone is a unique banded form of Fluorspar. It is believed it was originally given its name from the French “bleu et jaune” – the “blue and yellow” stone. It was mined in the eighteenth century with the Derbyshire folk coining the name. Treak Cliff Cavern continues to mine, process and manufacture ornamental items and jewellery from Blue John Stone today. We also have some of the finest stalactites in the Peak District. Dogs are welcome at Treak Cliff Cavern at all times. Telephone 01433 621487
Matlock Farm Park
Come and hand feed and pet our wide range of animals. 01246 590200 Jaggers Lane, Near Two Dales, Matlock DE4 5LH
Peak Wildlife Park
Set on the edge of the Peak District; just 10 minutes from Ashbourne, Peak Wildlife Park offers a truly unique and immersive animal experience. Our large walk-throughs allow you to come face to face with exotic and endangered animals from across three continents. Open 7 days a week 10am till 6pm Tel. 01538 308 880 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Explore the garden throughout the seasons or visit the farmyard and adventure playground for a fun-filled day out. There's something for everyone at Chatsworth. 2017 is set to be another remarkable year, featuring a host of events and activities. The house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground are open every day.
Enjoy this summer at Eyam Hall and Craft Centre. Visit the Hall, relax in the walled garden with a picnic blanket and play garden games. 01433 639565
From artisan summer markets to promenade performances of Jane Eyre, the ever popular Flowers exhibition and a chance to try archery, Haddon Hall, one of the country’s most elegant and timeless stately homes, has a plethora of engaging and inspirational activities to enjoy this summer. Visit www.haddonhall.co.uk for more information and a full event schedule. April & October - Saturday, Sunday & Monday May to September - Daily October half term - 22nd - 30th October Open from 10.30am - 5.00pm +44 (0) 1629 812 855
Hopton Hall, dating back to 1414, lies on the edge of the White Peak region of the Peak District National Park. Spencer, our manager has virtually restored the formal gardens and created many new and interesting features including the one-acre walled garden in which we have planted over 2000 roses in 40 individual beds surrounded by 5000 neatly trimmed box plants. Follow the 2 km of meandering paths along the croquet lawn and rosewalk, around. Two ornamental ponds lead to the wildlife lake, Arboretum, Laburnum tunnel, Birch Avenue and more, creating a wonderful Summer Spectacular with visual surprises at each corner. Hopton Hall, Hopton, Nr Carsington Water DE4 4DF Tel: 01629 540923
Hathersage Swimming Pool
Hathersage, Hope Valley
This hidden gem in Hathersage is a great place for a family outing or to stop off on a walk or bike ride. An outdoor pleasure - it is the perfect way to enjoy a swim. Oddfellows Road, Hathersage, Hope Valley S32 1DU Tel/Fax: 01433 650843
Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club
See the High Peaks as you've never seen them before... Take an introductory flight from £69 call 01298 871270 to book your experience of a lifetime. Derbyshire and Lancashire Gliding Club at Great Hucklow in the Peak District National Park