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A selection of places to visit this summer...

PUBLISHED: 14:59 17 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:04 20 February 2013

Ashbourne ShowThis popular show returns for 2008 with many favourite stands - food hall, craft marquee, falconry, carriage driving, hunting dogs, livestock, horses, dog show, cage birds, horticulture, rural crafts, shire...

Ashbourne Show
This popular show returns for 2008 with many favourite stands - food hall, craft marquee, falconry, carriage driving, hunting dogs, livestock, horses, dog show, cage birds, horticulture, rural crafts, shire horses bouncy castle and Punch and Judy - and more.
Polo Ground, Osmaston, Ashbourne
16 August

Belper North Mill
Strutt's North Mill was the world's first iron-framed 'fire-proof' cotton mill and is now a museum displaying the technique and history of spinning with original and replica machinery, framework knitting with the Derby Rib attachment, hosiery, the Brettles Collection, chevening and nailmaking.
Strutt's North Mill, Bridgefoot, Belper
Open Wed-Sun 1-5pm

Chatsworth House
Chatsworth Country Fair
One of England's most spectacular annual outdoor events. Massed pipe and military bands, demonstrations and parades, hot air balloons, parachuting and over 300 trade stands and rural crafts make this a memorable event with something for everyone.
Fri 29-Sun 31 August, opening Fri 12 noon by Alan Titchmarsh
The Secrets of Chatsworth
Including the Firebolt broomstick signed J K Rowling, a C19 table with an American WW2 bullet embedded in it and a working clock with no apparent mechanism.
Chatsworth House, Bakewell
'Secrets' throughout June and July; house and garden open throughout summer.
Visit for opening times

Crich Tramway Village
A world from a bygone age, where vintage trams transport visitors along cobbled streets, past enchanting buildings and up into the enchanting scenery overlooking the Derwent Valley. Special weekends throughout the year, inc 1940s Weekend (9 & 10 August) and Transport Extravaganza (24, 25 August)
Crich Tramway Village, Crich, nr Matlock
Open daily 10am-5pm

Eyam Hall
An unspoilt example of a Jacobean manor house and 17th century garden. Craft centre, shop and licensed restaurant. Open air theatre, 18 and 19 July, 'The Winter's Tale', 7pm. Grounds open 5pm for picnics.
Eyam, Hope Valley S32 5QW
Open Sunday, Wednesdays and Thursdays (plus Bank Holiday Mondays) from 12:00 - 16:00. The craft shops are open daily.

Meynell Langley Gardens
A family-run nursery specialising in bedding plants, hanging baskets and perennials during the summer months. Trials garden, stocked with over 150 display baskets, colourful perennial borders and all the vegetable varieties grown for sale, inc. over 80 varieties of apples, pears and other fruit.
Meynell Langley Trials Gardens, Lodge Lane, Derby DE6 4NT
Open daily till mid-October, 10am-5pm

The Old House Museum
Bakewell's best kept secret. A Tudor delight with eleven oak-beamed rooms to explore. Parlour and Houseplace, rare Tudor garderobe, toy room, Victorian kitchen, wheelwright's shop and blacksmith's forge form an atmospheric backdrop for rooms packed full of treasures. For children, quiz sheets and dressing up box. A delight for all.
Cunningham Place, Bakewell
Open daily until end October, 11am-4pm

Shrewsbury Flower Show
Floral splendour and 12 hours of continuous entertainment every day, show jumping, specialist food hall, bands, children's area. Featuring Hayley Westenra (Fri am and Sat eve)
Quarry Park, Shrewsbury
15 & 16 August, from 10am

Toys of Yesteryear
One of the Peak District's best indoor attractions. Step back in time and relive your childhood memories in this fascinating display of vintage toys. Many rare and unique exhibits, including a working Pelham puppet display and a full size model of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Toy shop selling new and vintage toys.
Peak Village, Chatsworth Road, Rowsley
Open daily 10am-5.30pm, Suns and Bank hols till 5pm

Treak Cliff Cavern
An underground wonderland of stalactites, rocks, minerals and fossils and home to Blue John stone (one of the largest pieces ever found is called 'The Pillar'. See 'Aladdin's Cave', 'Fairyland', the 'Dream Cave' and the most famous formation, 'The Stork'. Guided tours only
Buxton Road, Castleton
Open daily 10am-4.15pm (last tour)

Wirksworth Heritage Centre ...
A family-friendly museum tells the story of our ancient town. Discover the mysteries of lead mining, listen to the quarrymen's story and hear memories of WW2. Find out about the Cromford and High Peak railway and see how wells are dressed. Children can explore the Dream Cave and find out about the woolly rhino. Wirksworth is full of old buildings, little byways, the wonderful Church of St Mary and is home to the newly restored Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.
Wirksworth Heritage Centre, Crown Yard, Market Place, Wirksworth
Open daily 10am-4.30pm (Suns from1pm)

... and Wirksworth Wapentake
The mayor of Wirksworth, attended by his men at arms, summons a Wapentake of the High and Low Peaks to meet on 26 and 27 July for the first time in living memory. A Wapentake is an old form of democracy where any person able to bear arms was entitled to vote. The Wapentakes, also known as Hundreds, were the administrative divisions of the Kingdom of Mercia, of the Peak was a province. 'Derbyshire is quite new, not created until 920AD. There will be re-enactments, a camp, a battle, military games, a boat burning, torchlight procession and fireworks.
National Stone Centre, Porter Lane, Wirksworth
26,27 July, 12 noon-5pm; evening events 7pm


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