Fall for the Peak District
Why November is the perfect autumnal month for a holiday in the Peak District
Visit The Peak District this November
The Autumnal Equinox has been and gone, it's officially Autumn, although we can't quite bring ourselves to admit it just yet! As September comes to a close and with October still seeing many visitors to the area, we thought we would shine a light on the most overlooked Autumn months - November. Here is why the Peak District is the perfect holiday destination in late Autumn:
The crowds have thinned.
Once the kids have gone back to school after the October half term, there is room to explore the Peak District National Park once more. Even the tourist honeypots have space, so it's the perfect time to discover all the area has to offer. And if it's raining? Well, that's the only excuse you need for lounging in a cosy country pub nestled up by a roaring log fire, Bliss! Check out our Autumn Adventures Blog for more inspiration
Crisp mornings, perfect for an adventure in the rolling hills of the Peak District.
Explore the autumn colours of the mighty Kinder, Chrome Hill (aka the Dragons Back), or wander beautiful Dovedale. Rest assured, wherever you go; you will be rewarded with uninterrupted views, quiet walking and cycling routes and an abundance of stunning scenery in its full autumnal glow. Check out our Six Best Views Blog for more walking inspiration
Budget Friendly Stays
From 1st November, our prices drop, so whether you are looking for a large house for a family reunion, or a rural idyll to hole up in and relax, our venues are much easier on the wallet. Many are dog friendly and cycle-friendly, and our 'Cosy for Two' offer on our small holiday cottages are perfect for couples looking for a romantic break away in a Peak District.
Christmas is just around the corner
Let's not forget that November also brings along those thoughts of the Winter solstice and of course, Christmas; yes, sorry, we said it. But the Peak District loves Christmas, and we have some fantastic events in November to help get you in the spirit. Here is our top three to add to your list...
Christmas at Chatsworth. A pre-Christmas must!
When: 6th November 2021 - 9th January 2022
Each year the team at Chatsworth House go all out to decorate the house with incredible scenes of Christmas, outstanding themed displays and the most beautifully decorated Christmas trees you ever did see. This year celebrates 20 years of magical Christmases at Chatsworth and focuses on the nostalgia of Christmas past.
With inspiration from previous displays, festive music in the Chapel and a chance to see some of their gem and mineral collections on display alongside the inventive use of recycled materials to showcase sustainable decorations. And of course, there will also be lots of beautiful Christmas trees and maybe even a sprinkling of snow. Open to the public from November through to January 2022, booking tickets online is required.
Peak Venues top tip: Christmas at Chatsworth starts on 6th November, as does the hugely popular Chatsworth Christmas Markets. To make a day (or weekend) of it, be sure to book between 6th and 24th November, and your ticket will include access to the markets too!
Haddon Hall Mercatum Winter Artisan Market
When: 18 Nov, 19 Nov, 20 Nov, 21 Nov, 25 Nov, 26 Nov, 27 Nov, 28 Nov
10.00am – 5.00pm
Haddon Hall's Mercatum Artisan Markets are a treasure trove of craft and artisanal products made in Derbyshire and beyond. All beautifully presented in the 900-year-old hall and grounds.
Each market showcases a broad selection of carefully curated artisans and makers, chosen for their talent, diversity of product and skill.
The Mercatum markets are becoming synonymous with fine craft and discovery and offer an exceptionally high quality retail experience. Visitors will have plenty of time to browse, shop and enjoy the exciting range of food and gift choices available. Most marquees will be located outdoors, along the drive, courtyard and on the Fountain and Bowling Green terraces, with a few within the stunning hall itself.
Tickets go on sale mid October so keep an eye on the website for more details. You can also buy tickets on the day, but we recommend booking in advance to avoid missing out!
Bakewell Christmas Market Weekend
When: 20th & 21st November 2021
November sees the return of the annual Christmas Market 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
There will be plenty of mulled wine to keep you warm, entertainment, decorations, baubles, lights, festive gifts, and a varied selection of stalls that will no doubt get everyone in the festive mood.
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. Car parking in and around Bakewell town centre and further car and coach parking is available at the Agricultural Business Centre.
For more details on this event head to Whats On Bakewell