THINGS TO DO

  in The Peak District  

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If you want to enjoy some time exploring all that the Peak District & Derbyshire has to offer, let us show you around a world of contrasting natural beauty, with moors and dales, rivers, springs and caverns and at the heart of it all, there are loads of things to do in the Peak District National Park and Derbyshire.

Our area is known and loved by many for its breath-taking views, bustling market towns and pretty villages, historic houses, famous attractions and hundreds of traditional events.

From the high, moorland plateaus in the north, to the steep-sided, deep dales and rolling green hills in the south of the area, the Peak District & Derbyshire has just about any landscape you can imagine in Britain, making it one of the finest areas in the country to go walking. Couple the fantastic scenery with amazing local food & drink, the Peak District will sure enough become one of your favourite destinations!

The fabulously vintage, award-winning Eroica Britannia is very quickly gaining a reputation as one of the 'must visit' events of the year with its shabby chic look, party atmosphere and of course excellent cycle ride through the stunning Peak District. What more could you ask for? During the summer you'll catch a country fair on nearly any weekend, from Hope Show, Bakewell Show and Chatsworth Country Fair.  And in the Autumn, enjoy glistening displays and family fun at the Matlock Bath Illuminations

Our Peak District attractions are pretty top-notch too! Dangle over a ravine in a cable car as you ascend to The Heights of Abraham, or swing from the heights at Go Ape. Hop on-board an old-style tram at Crich Tramway Village, home to the National Tramway Museum, get up close and personal with nature at Peak Wildlife Park or scare yourself silly on white-knuckle ride at Alton Towers Resort!

Play golf at one of our two golf courses - Cavendish Golf Club or Buxton & High Peak Golf Club.

Take in a show at the stunning Buxton Opera House or see what's on at the Buxton Cinema.  Take a trip on the Buxton Tram and visit the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery.

 

In addition, we have the yearly wells dressing, a traditional Derbyshire event. What better way to enjoy a visit to the Peak District and Derbyshire than by enjoying the hundreds of well dressings that are lovingly – and painstakingly - created by hand each year from May to September? Be inspired by this stunning art form being kept alive by groups of dedicated volunteers.  

 

We also have the renowned Buxton Festival during the Summer, when the Town really does come alive with shows and entertainment.  Recognised nationally and internationally as one of the UK’s leading arts festivals, Buxton International Festival is a summer celebration of the very best opera, music and literature at the heart of the beautiful Peak District.

 

We have a weekly market on Tuesday's and Saturday's and this can be found on the Market Place. The market provides a great choice for a range of goods including food, household goods, clothes and gifts. Alongside the regular market there are specialist markets and events throughout the year.  The first Saturday of each month sees a range of extra Craft, Quirky & Vintage stalls.

Still feeling you're in need of some more ideas for your trip to the Peak District? Check out the links below or visit our friends at Explore Buxton. Explore Buxton is about Buxton and everything that happens in it - news, business listings, reviews, events, history, literally everything about our town.

Peak District Attractions

 

Whether you're looking for a peaceful countryside walk, spectacular show caverns to explore or sites of immense cultural and historical importance to admire, you're sure to find it in the Peak District!

Outdoor Life

 

There’s no end of Peak District and Derbyshire activities that you can get your teeth into - we’ve got all sorts for every type of visitor, from your keen hikers, cyclists, climbers to thrill-seeking adrenaline-junkies!

Retail Therapy

 

Although most famous for its gorgeous countryside, the Peak District & Derbyshire also has bags to offer on the retail therapy front. There are loads of unique shops and some fantastic markets to explore

Food & Drink 

 

When visiting Derbyshire and the Peak District, trying the local produce and food is all part of the experience - and luckily, we're spoilt for choice.

History

 

If exploring castles, historic houses and stately homes is your thing, then the Peak District & Derbyshire is a great place to visit. With estates such as Chatsworth and Haddon Hall we’ve got some of the best in the country.

Gardens & Parks

Discover gorgeous gardens in Derbyshire, picturesque parkland in the Peaks with all kinds of beautiful recreation areas within the Peak District & Derbyshire, you’ll want to visit them all.

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