There's a unique magic that takes hold of the Peak District over the festive season. Whether it's the hill's blanketed with snow, finding hidden shops with one of a kind trinkets, or a roaring fire warming your cold toes after a long walk.
Peak Venues have gathered together all our local knowledge to bring to you a guide of Christmas events to get you into the festive spirit. So wrap up warm and start planning your visit with our guide!
What's in this guide:
1. Ten Country Pubs To Visit
3. Local Businesses
4. Christmas Walks
5. Stately Homes transformed into Christmas wonderlands
6. Festive Activities for the Kids
Country Pubs with roaring fires and hearty food. Why not spread Christmas cheer, with cheers over a beverage or glass of mulled wine in a genuine country pub (or several!) next to a roaring log fire. Great pubs and cafes with even better food are at the heart of the Peak District. Our top 10 Peak District pubs to visit this Christmas are:
1. The Royal Oak in Hurdlow
2. The Flying Childers in Stanton in the Peak
3. The Manners in Bakewell
4. The Packhorse in Little Longstone
5. The Bulls Head in Foolow
6. The Blind Bull in Little Hucklow
7. The Church Inn in Chelmorton
8. The White Lion in Great Longstone
9. The Yorkshire Bridge Inn in Bamford
10. The Devonshire Arms in Beeley
Your Christmas shopping doesn’t need to be a hard slog. Enjoy looking around amazing independent retailers in the Peak District and Derbyshire. Many of them can be found in our pretty market towns of Bakewell, Ashbourne, Buxton, and Wirksworth. They can also be found at the Christmas Markets, even in stately homes.
10.00 am - 4.00 pm
A great chance for you to meet Santa and his Reindeer! Explore an independent Market to find and make some unique Christmas gifts. Children can enjoy Christmas Craft sessions with Chesterfield's respected StraightCurves, and Bakewell AHS will also have Christmas card making sessions.
For the grown-ups, there will be seasonal floristry demonstrations, with the opportunity to buy centrepieces and wreaths
A Christmas market not in a city centre! You won’t be out of a Christmas gift or decoration ideas with over 100 market stalls. Listen to live music, warm up with mulled wine and cider and take your pick from lots of food stalls. You are guaranteed to be plunged into the festive season.
10.00am – 5.00pm
Adults: £6.00 | Children 0-15: free
A carefully considered winter market held within a nine hundred-year-old home in the valley of the River Wye. This is Haddon Hall, a medieval manor house. A beautiful seasonal market to pick up thoughtful and unique gifts from a wide range of artisan markers set in the hall and around the twinkling gardens. There's also delicious street food and music.
Bakewell Christmas Markets
09.00 am - 5.00pm
November sees the return of Bakewell's annual Christmas Weekend. Free entry and with over 100 stalls on Market Street, Granby Road and Riverside Crescent. This year, the markets proudly support British Legion Riders, Age UK Bakewell Day Centre, Helens Trust and Weston Park Hospital
Meet Santa in the Old Original Pudding Shop or even have Breakfast with Santa (advance bookings only) at The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Disney characters and a fun fair to keep the kids entertained too.
There's lots of lovely local businesses to buy from in Bakewell. Help us support the community and buy local!
Here are a few shops you should put on your radar:
For country's clothing and to find something to wrap up warm in, Brocklehurst’s is a family-run in the heart of the Peak District National Park. It had humble beginnings from the back of the family Land Rover, visiting local farmers and attending agricultural shows back in the early 1960s. If you are looking for something extra special, head to their original Bridge Street shop where you can find the Personal Tailoring Service from Magee.
Handmade Design | Ashbourne
Handmade Design is based in the heart of Ashbourne. Bringing together unique handmade, upcycled and vintage items, stocking over 50 locally designed and handmade gifts, homeware and crafts.
Scriveners Book Shop | Buxton
A second hand bookshop that looks like it’s been taken from the pages of a Harry Potter book. A wide range of over 40,000 books over 5 floors. They’ve been voted one of the Guardian's ten best second-hand bookshops in 2019. An amazing quirky shop to get yourself lost in.
Bow Boutique Interiors | Matlock
A gorgeous shop in Matlock with lots of charm. They hold a collection of design-led products with lots of quirky charm.
A way to get rid of the guilt of Christmas indulgences is to clear the cobwebs and get outdoors. Set off for a blustery winter walk, Here are our top 3 walks that will reward you with some stunning views of the Peak District:
1. Monsal Head - Ashford Lane, Monsal Head, Derbyshire DE45 1NL
Map reference: SK 185715
Ordnance Survey: Ordnance Survey: Explorer OL24, Landranger 119
Refreshments: Monsal Head Hotel, which sits directly above Monsal Dale; Hobb’s Café is next to it for tea and cakes.
2. The Roaches - Roach Road, Upper Hulme, Leek, Derbyshire ST13 8UA
Map reference: SK 005621
Ordnance Survey: Explorer OL24, Landranger 118
Refreshments: Roaches Tea Rooms a little further along Roach Road
3. Mam Tor, Sparrowpit, Peak Forest, Derbyshire S33 8WA
Map reference: SK 127836
It's safe to say that the Peak District & Derbyshire has its fair share of stately homes, royal residences and medieval manor houses. If you have never been to one of our landmark houses then Christmas is definitely the time to take a tour. Here is our top 3
Adults: £23.00 | Concessions: £21.50 | Children 0-15: Free
3rd - 23rd December
4. Thornbridge Hall Christmas Tour
Ticket Prices on Website
Starting with a mince pie and mulled wine in the Orangery, you'll be guided on a Christmassy tour through Thornbridge hall and stay for afternoon tea or lunch.
You'll learn about the history of the Hall and Estate and see Thornbridge Hall all dressed up in Christmas attire, a sight usually only reserved for the household and close friends.
Sat 11 Dec 2021 – Sat 1 Jan 2022
Pantomimes are so traditionally Christmas and the Peak District is home to one of the most beautiful opera houses in the country who this year will be playing Aladdin! Buxton Opera House is nestled on the banks of the Pavilion Gardens. Lovingly restored to its former glory in 2001, Buxton Opera House is an exquisitely beautiful Edwardian theatre.
(If Panto isn't your thing, The Pavilion Arts Centre is just next door and features a 360 seat Cinema. Check out their calendar for a full list of screenings.)
Santa & Mrs Claus will be visiting each weekend from:
5th to the 20th December.
Then the 21st, 22nd & 23rd December.
Get your Christmas letters for Santa written and sent off at Matlock farm. You’ll be able to send them via special delivery in a special North Pole box. Mr and Mrs Claus will be wandering the farm park for a chat with families in the morning and the afternoon, you may even get a sweet treat or two!
3. Breakfast with Santa | Bakewell
That concludes our 2021 Christmas guide! Festive greetings from the Peak Venues team, we hope you have a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
If you're still looking for somewhere to hunker down for Christmas, maybe we can tempt you with a stay in one of our fabulous properties, (All of our properties have Christmas Trees!)
Click below for offers on last minute stays.
Published on November 6, 2021 in