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Stately Homes & Houses

1. Chatsworth ﰥn all year

Distance ~4 Miles. Via Rowlsey

Entrance fee : Yes, Premier class stately home

Web : www.chatsworth.org

2. Haddon Hall ﰥn Easter ober

Distance ~3 miles via A6

Entrance fee : Yes, First class medieval fortified house

Web: www.haddonhall.co.uk

3. Hardwick Hall ( National Trust)

Distance 20 miles Via Chesterfield

Entance fee :- Yes, First class Elizabethan stately home given to National trust in exchange for inheritance tax.

Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visit/findaplace/w-hardwickhall

4. Kedleston Hall (National Trust)

Distance 20 miles via Wirksworth towards Derby

Entrance fee; yes. Grade 1 Stately home. Previous home of Lord Curzon Viceroy of India

Web:- www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visit/findaplace/w-kedlestonhall

5. Calke Abbey (National Trust)

Distance 25 Miles nr Derby

Entrance fee ;Yes Grade 1 Stately home (decaying but facisnating)

Large selection of non PC stuffed animals & birds)

Web:- www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visit/findaplace/w-calkeabbey

6. Sudbury Hall (National Trust)

Distance 25 miles nr Uttoxeter

Entrance fee ; Yes Large stately home with collection of dolls houses

Web:- www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-vh/w-visit/findaplace/w-sudburyhall

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Micellaneous Fun for all the family

1. Gullivers Kingdom Theme park

Distance ~ 7 miles Via Matlock or Via Gellia

Entrance fee ; yes Kids day out rides etc

Web: www.guliversfun.co.uk/matlockbath.htm

2. Heights of Abraham

Distance ~ 7 miles via Matlock or Via Gellia

Entrance fee : yes Caverns �es

Web : www.heights-of-abraham.co.uk

3. Peak Rail 㴥am Rail Society Darley Dale (Matlock ⯷sley)

Distance ~ 3 miles; Tickets to ride.

Also Special trains eg. Santa special, Halloween special. Evening meals. Murder mystery theatre on wheels 㥥

Web: www.peakrail.co.uk for events / timetables

4. Derwent Dams Reservoirs and bird nature reserves - Carsington water 

Distance 10 miles (Derwent via Grindleford & Brough)

(Carsington via Wirksworth)

Derwent & Howden reservoirs 稥re the Dambuster squadrons practiced their flying skills . Fishing permits available. Lovely walking/ cycling.

Carsington Resrevoir- Dingy Sailing club 橳itors welcome. Lovely walking /cycling.

Entry fee - No . Parking fee - yes

Web ;- www.stwater.co.uk

5. Caverns (Near Castleton)

Distance 15 miles via Hope

Natural and manmade caverns sites of historical and geological interest.

Entrance fee :- Yes Guided tours only

Web:- www.peakcavern.co.uk, www.speedwellcavern.co.uk, www.bluejohnstone.com

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  1. Buxton Opera House

Distance ~20 miles

A re furbished classical Victorian theatre with choice of comedy, serious drama, musicals and rock bands

Reasonably priced provincial theatre with visiting theatre groups and resident players. Box office Tel 0845 127 2190

Parking free (evenings)

Web: www.buxton-opera.co.uk

2. The Pomegranate (Chesterfield頔heatre

Distance ~ 15 miles

Unusual Victorian theatre in centre of Chesterfied, usual selection of crime, comedy, farce productions. Box Office tel 01246 345222

Parking Free (Evenings)

Web :- www.pomegranate.co.uk

3. Derby Playhouse

Distance~ 22 miles Box Office Tel 0133 236 3275

Web :- www.derbyplayhouse.co.uk

4. Sheffield Theatres

Box Office Tel 0114 249 6000 Distance ~ 25 miles

Crucible Theatre famous for staging the snooker but also open for serious theatre he round࠼/P>

The Lyceum Theatre Classic theatre staging a wide variety of classic , musicals,

Parking nearby is - 

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Local Derbyshire Outdoor events

1. Well dressings. Most local villages have a week during the year when the well or wells in the village are ⥳sed䨩s involves producing a panel with flower petals pressed into a clay base into a beautiful picture scene. Often based on a religious theme but historical events such as the victory at the battle of Trafalgar are sometimes depicted. 䩳tance 桲ious See local papers for dates . Free entry

2. Steam Fair 쯉>(Tansley) During August reasonable Entry charge, parking charge. All day event with stalls hot dog stands steam exhibits. Traction Engines, Road rollers etc. Classic steam Fairground rides. Distance 7 miles

3. Agricultural show 股kewell) show Early August. Entry charge, Three day event with Livestock exhibits, Exhibition stalls hot dog stands Retail displays. Distance 4 miles. Parking charge

4. Classic vehicle rally 䡲ley Dale (organised by Mencap) . Entry charge, Two day event with Military and domestic Vehicle exhibits, many enthusiasts come from far and wide to this event.Exhibition stalls hot dog stands Retail displays. JCB Dancing diggers a big hit. Distance 3 miles. Parking charge.

5. Village fetes. May day, and throughout the summer ,

6. Flagg Races 쯆ONT>Point to Point races Easter Tuesday Distance ~ 12 miles Parking charge.

7. High Peak trail and Tissington Trails for up to 30 miles to High Peak junction (Cromford Canal), to Buxton, or Ashbourne via Parsleyhay . Fantastic views, can be exposed to cold in wintertime due to altitude of 1000 ft + in places. Views as far as Ratcliffe upon Soar (40 miles + on clear days. Stationary Steam winding engines at Middleton Top used for incline slope operate on selected weekend throughout the year. Tea rooms and information points at Middleton Top, Parsley hay, and High Peak Junction. Parking at several locations along trail, Some free, some charge (honesty boxes). Bicycle Hire at Ashbourne, Parsley Hay and Middleton Top. Distance varies 4- 10 miles. See your maps


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National Tramway Museum (Crich)

Huge collection of old trams from around the country, and also trackway with lovely views. Tram rides included with entrance fee. Location used for filming historical television dramas. Distance ~ 8 miles Web:- www.tramway.co.uk

Peak Mining Museum (Matlock Bath)

Museum of Interesting local history museum dealing specifically with the lead Mining Industry. Entance fee.

Also Bookshop. Tourist Information office. Distance ~ 6 miles

Web:- www.peakmines.co.uk

Buxton Museum

Local History museum dealing with local human history from Ice age to present.

Distance ~ 17 miles . Free entry

Sheffield Museums

a).Kelham Island Museum of Industry and technology.

Impressive displays of heavy duty Steam powered steel rolling machinery, Also history of Sheffield Industry. Distance ~22 miles.

Web :- www.simt.co.uk/kelham/index

b). Abbeydale Industrial hamlet

Museum of early water powered industrialsation. Forge, turning workshop.

Entry fee. Distance ~ 18 miles

Web:- www.simt.co.uk/abbeydale/index

c). Groves Art Gallery

City art Gallery, large selection of paintings and sculptures. Free entry. Parking charge in Municipal multistory Car Park.

5. Masson Mills Museum (Matlock Bath)

Arkrightଡter Mill (see below) converted into Museum, and retail (on upper floors) Selection of Parkard looms on ground floor, which when running give you the experience of what it would have been like to be a Textile mill worker. Entrance fee.

Distance 7 mile. Web : www.massonmill.co.uk


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Museums (Continued)

6. Arkwight mills (Cromford)

Now a world Heritage site, Grade 1 Listed buildings currently being restored with the aid of Lottery funding. Cradle of the worldɮdustrial revolution. Local village is interesting with world famous Scarthins secondhand Bookshop. Walking distance from mill.

Distance 8 miles . Free Parking. Web :- www.cromfordmill.co.uk

7. The National Stone centre (Middleton Top)

Geological walks around site of coral Reef (at 800 feet above Sea Level) Old Limestone Quarry with Public access.

.Exhibtion of drystone walling techniques from around the UK. Learn how to pan for gemstones.

Outside walks free of Charge. Inside exhibition 㨡rge

Courses run on Sculpture, Dry stone walling techniques etc.

Distance ~ 8 miles. Free Parking.

Also from here are Walks/Cycle routes along trackbed of Old railway (see High peak trail above)

Web: www.nationalstonecentre.org.uk

8. Derby Museum

Gallery of aero engines including RB211 and history of Frank Whittle developments during ww2. Also Rolls Royce and other engine displays. . Gallery of Derby arts and history of finds along River Derwent including old dug out canoe. Free entry. Parking charge in Municipal multistory Car Park.

Distance ~ 20 miles.

9. Manchester Museums & galleries

Lots available; City art gallery, Industy musuem, Library, etc. Distance ~ 40 miles, all day event due to traffic congestion. Or go by Train from Buxton.