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What’s On in Derbyshire and the Peak District - August 2017

PUBLISHED: 00:00 04 August 2017

Ashbourne Show  Photo: Ruth Downing

Ashbourne Show Photo: Ruth Downing

Ruth Downing

A round-up of events in and around Derbyshire in August...

2nd August: Pride & Prejudice

Step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company, for a performance of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Buxton Pavilion Arts Centre, 7.30pm. Box office: 01298 72190

4th-5th August: Outdoor Cinema at Markeaton Park

A unique cinematic experience. 4th Mamma Mia (PG) 5th Grease (PG). Markeaton Park Craft Village, Derby. Box office: 01332 255800, visit

4th-6th August: Classic Motorcycle Show

One of the UK’s biggest celebrations of motorcycling. Donington Park, Castle Donington,

5th August: Alonso De Luca: Magic & Illusion

Join magician and illusionist Alonso De Luca for an evening of thrills, laughter and grand illusion in a show for all the family. Bakewell Town Hall, 7.30pm. Tel: 01629 810152

9th August: Ashover Show
The Rectory Fields, Ashover,

12th August: Picnic Proms

Enjoy music from Ilkeston Brass Band in aid of Treetops Hospice Care. Treetops, Derby Road, Risley, 5pm-8.30pm. Tel: 0115 949 1264

5th August: Supper Steam Train

Journey from Wirksworth to Duffield by steam train – with a reception on arrival and refreshments on board, in aid of Derbyshire Children’s Holiday Centre. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth, departing 6.30pm. Tel: 01332 345424 or visit

5th August: World Hen Racing Championship

Chickens are encouraged along a track by their ‘coaches’, in heats which culminate in a grand final. Barley Mow Inn, Bonsall,

5th-6th August: Cromford Steam Rally

Traditional steamers, historic motor vehicles, model marquee, stalls and crafts. Highacres Farm, Dewey Lane, Brackenfield, nr Matlock.

Tel: 01629 534487

6th August: Charity Car boot

In aid of Treetops Hospice Care. Treetops, Derby Road, Risley, 7am. Tel: 0115 949 1264

6th August: Hot August Night

Family-friendly music festival with tribute acts to the Bee Gees, The Beatles, Freddie Mercury and more. Mickleover Sports Club, Don Amott Arena, Mickleover, from 3pm. Visit

10th-13th August: Bloodstock Festival

The UK’s biggest independent metal festival. Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent,

12th-13th August: Bakewell Baking Festival

The world’s first and the UK’s premier baking festival. Demonstrations, celebrity bakers, live music, vintage stalls and ‘quintessential British fun’. Bakewell Showground,

12th August: Manifold Show

The Arbour, Casterne Hall, Ilam,

12th-13th August: WWII Home Front Event in Crich

With re-enactors, music and vehicles from the 1940s – a great day out for all. Crich Tramway Village, near Matlock. Visit

15th August: Allestree Flower Group talk

‘A Summer Evening’ talk with a flower competition. Various stalls include a raffle and tombola. Evergreen Hall, Cornhill, Allestree, 7.30pm. Tel: 01283 702601

17th August: Bark in the Park

Fun dog show in aid of Ashbourne Animal Welfare. Darley Park, Derby. Tel: 01332 300494

19th August: Shell Fayre

Displays of shells, shell art, fossils and several dealers selling shells from around the world. Presented by the British Shell Collectors’ Club.
Cavendish Hall, Edensor, Chatsworth, 9am-4pm

19th-20th August: Model Tram and Railway Exhibition

Crich Tramway Village, near Matlock. Visit

19th August: Ashbourne Show

Osmaston Polo Ground, Ashbourne,

20th August: Food & Craft Fair

Hand-picked stalls offering everything from cakes to crafts in the courtyard at Renishaw Hall. Renishaw, nr Sheffield, 10.30am-4pm. Visit

26th August: Derby Arena Grand Prix

Watch thrilling track cycling races starring national and world champion riders. Derby Arena, 2pm-9pm. Visit

26th-27th August: British BMX Race Series

The biggest event on the UK domestic calendar. Alvaston Park, Derby. Visit

26th-28th August: 1950s Bank Holiday Weekend

Sample life in days gone by with displays, special food and music at Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. Wirksworth Station. Visit

26th August: Islands in the Stream

Celebrating the music of the ‘King and Queen of Country’, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. Conkers, Rawdon Road, Moira, 8pm. Tel: 01283 216633

27th August: Peak District Highland Games

Watch local strong men compete in varied events throughout the day. Matlock Farm Park,

27th Plague Sunday

A service and procession commemorating the sacrifice of the Eyam villagers during the 1664 plague outbreak. Eyam,

27th-28th August: Archery at Haddon

With advice from Haddon’s master bowman, learn the art of archery in the Chapel Fields. Haddon Hall, nr Bakewell. Visit

28th August: Hope Show

The Showground, Marsh Farm, Castleton,


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