Things to do in the Peak District In Autumn

What can I do in the Peak District in Autumn 2021?

We've done the hard work of finding out what's going on in the Peaks so you don't have too. Clear your diary, pick up you pen, because we're going to tell you about some unmissable events happening right here in the Peak District in the upcoming weeks.



1. Artisan Markets

The Peaks are a wonderful place for finding independent small businesses, fabulous food and crafts. If you love your markets, Buxton is great for them.  ​They have regular markets from 9 am to 4 pm every Tuesday and Saturday which you can read more here.


Pumpkins and Presents

2nd and 3rd of October 2021, 

A wonderful two day Artisan Market event in Sheldon, close to Bakewell. Check out our other blog post on it here:

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Peak Village Makers Market

17th October 2021, Rowsley,  Matlock

This market takes place every third Sunday of each month in Matlock.

Peak Village Makers Market




2. Matlock Bath Illuminations


Matlock Illuminations

Each Saturday and Sunday In October

around 7pm

Derwent Gardens, Matlock Dale, Matlock

Tickets for 2021 are £6.50

An iconic family friendly event that every local will highly recommend.

Illuminated models on rowing boats are paraded on the River Derwent. A truly unique and fun event that you should definitely check out.


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3. Pumpkin Picking


Village Pumpkins PYO

No booking or entry fee
Check out their Instagram page to get times!
Johnny Gate Lane, Dronfield
Based in Barlow a small village between Sheffield and Chesterfield. 
A great place if you're looking for some Autumn decoration with a beautiful variety of pumpkins.

Cockfields Farm Toddler Pumpkin Festival 2021

Lees Rd, Oldham, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 8AR

2nd - 31st October 2021
Adult & Child: £20

Under 1s: £8


A little bit out the way of the Peaks, but is still a corker of an event for the kids!

Grab a Wheel Barrow & choose the Perfect Pumpkin and also carve it on site.  Meet Lizards, Snakes and Tortoises. Then hand feed the barn animals!

Cockfields this year have a Pumpkin event just for toddlers as well, Check out there website:


Book Tickets for Cockfield



4. Alton Towers Scarefest

8th - 10th  October

15th - 31st October

Farley Ln,  Alton, Stoke-on-Trent, ST10 4DB

Tickets from £39

Looking for some spine tingling fun and something to spook the family? Alton towers is a theme park not to miss and is holding it's annual Scare Fest. Open until late to enjoy rides in the dark.

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5. Halloween Week at Thornbridge Hall

Thornbridge Hall, Bakewell DE45 1NZ

25th - 31st of October

10am - 4pm

If you've never visited Quackers Cafe before, then you're in for a real treat. This week entails arts and crafts, face painting, costume competitions, films, Halloween hunt and spooky story telling.

To book you need to book Garden Entry for any time from the 25th of October to the 31st of October


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6. Little Monsters Halloween Party

Manifold Inn

31st of October

Manifold Inn, Hulme End, SK17 0EX Hartington

Tickets £5

7pm - 9pm

A good little disco for the young ones! Ticket includes a buffet and also a disco. There will also be some facepainting.


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7. Bonfire and Fireworks

Chatsworth Estate

30th and 31st of October
From £16 per Adult 
£10.50 per child
6pm Onwards

A blazing bonfire in the grounds of a stately home? What a treat. Wrap up warm for the evening and enjoy lots of family entertainment. If you're wanting to have something to nibble, they are also serving up dinner, from hog roasts to churros, washed down with a mulled wine or cider.


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Published on October 1, 2021 in