15 great countryside events in Derbyshire

PUBLISHED: 00:00 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:31 02 January 2018

Chatsworth Country Fair  Photo: Andrew Eyley

Chatsworth Country Fair Photo: Andrew Eyley


Our pick of the best rural events that you should visit in 2018

20th May

Leaden Boot Challenge

A 26.2 mile walk or run with 5,800 feet of ascent, starting and finishing in the White Peak village of Alstonefield.



26th-28th May

The Bushcraft Show

Try your hand at woodland crafts, firelighting, shelter building, foraging and woodland games, or listen to interesting talks from survival experts.

Beehive Farm, Woodland Lakes, Rosliston, www.thebushcraftshow.co.uk


24th June

Derbyshire County Show

Competitive classes for cattle, sheep and horses plus beautiful floral and craft displays.

Locko Park, near Spondon, Derby, derbyshirecountyshow.org.uk


20th-22nd July

Stainsby Festival

Entirely run by unpaid volunteers, featuring mainly folk and world music, the Stainsby Festival celebrates its 50th year in 2018.

Brunts Farm, Stainsby, Chesterfield, www.stainsbyfestival.org.uk


4th August

World Hen Racing Championship

Chickens are encouraged along a 20-metre track by their ‘coaches’. 

Barley Mow Inn, Bonsall www.barleymowbonsall.co.uk


8th August

Ashover Show

A traditional agricultural show with classes for livestock, light horses and horticulture plus a dog show, vintage cars and tractors.

The Rectory Fields, Ashover, www.ashovershow.co.uk


11th August

Manifold Show

A showcase for the best local produce and livestock, with classes for heavy horses, rare breeds, cattle and pets.

The Arbour, Casterne Hall, Ilam, www.manifoldshow.co.uk


18th August

Ashbourne Show

A popular traditional show – now in its 127th year – with competitive classes, an exciting main ring programme and around 150 quality trade stands.

Osmaston Polo Ground, Ashbourne, www.ashbourneshow.co.uk


27th August

Hope Show 

A celebration of the past farming year with agricultural classes, vintage vehicles, horticulture, crafts and sheep dog trials.

The Showground, Marsh Farm, Castleton, www.hopeshow.co.uk


30th August-1st September

Longshaw Sheepdog Trials

Open class sheep dog trials where many of the ‘One Man and His Dog’ competitors will be taking part.

Longshaw Pastures,  Longshaw Lodge, Grindleford, 



31st August-2nd September

Chatsworth Country Fair

Celebrating all the countryside has to offer with a packed programme of grand ring entertainment, a cookery theatre and fine food village, parades, demonstrations, rural country crafts, have-a-go sports and over 300 quality trade stands.

Chatsworth, chatsworthcountryfair.co.uk


1st September

Turnditch and Windley Show

Horse and pony show, pet show, vintage tractors and classes for flowers and produce.

Wirksworth Road (B5023), Windley, turnditchandwindley.co.uk


7th-23rd September

Wirksworth Festival

Rural arts festival showcasing work from over 150 local and international artists, with a popular Art and Architecture Trail, music, dance, drama, street theatre and Fringe events.



9th September

Hartington Wakes

The 121st Wakes, Sports and Country Show will include equestrian events, handicrafts, dogs, cattle and sheep.

Hall Bank, Hartington, 



3rd October

Brailsford Ploughing Match

Traditional ploughing and hedgecutting competitions plus classes for sheep and cattle, and ladies’ and children’s sections.

Fullwood Farm, Hulland Ward, Ashbourne, www.brailsfordploughingmatch.org.uk



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