Held every Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday each year in the historic Market town of Ashbourne this two day medieval event is a sight to behold. With crowds from all over the world either viewing or taking part in this very hands on event. This year it will be the 25th and 26th February 2020 with the throw up of the ball at 1.00pm from Shaw Croft Car park.
Ashbourne resembles a war zone with shops boarded up throughout the game which can take place anywhere between the goal posts which are located at Sturston Mill and Clifton approximately 2 miles apart and swamps the town centre, and roads and river in between with 1000′s of ‘players’, the game will continue until late evening or until a goal is scored.
Come dressed for cold and wet conditions, its a spectacle to enjoy even if once in a lifetime. If you are wanting accommodation over the period of the game then contact us on 0780 8899493
It rained, it blew but it didn’t dampen the spirits of those visiting this small but interesting agricultural show. The Manifold Valley sits above the village of Ilam, atop rolling hills with fantastic views in all directions. Cattle, chickens, sheep, geese, ducks, shire horses, ferrets, tractors and stationary engines, horse jumping, craft and beer tents, dogs and so much more to see, Plenty of great food to tantalise your taste buds. A great day out for all the family, visitors to Derbyshire and our guests at Offcote Grange Cottage Holidays. We welcome large groups to our large, luxury, Derbyshire cottages a great place to stay whilst visiting the many attractions in the area.
Found a lovely little exhibition centre for arts and crafts with a beautiful garden at Leabrooks Arts Complex, Leabrooks situated between Swanwick and Somercotes. Address. 36 Leabrooks Rd, Somercotes, Leabrooks, Alfreton DE55 4HB Phone: 01773 602961 See www.leabrooksartscomplex.com
I attended to see a collection of paintings by local artist Martin Davis, you can view his beautiful works on www.martindavisartist.co.uk. Martin has a passion for oils. Commissions can be arranged for those wanting a special work of art.
We stayed in Billy’s Bothy cottage a few weeks ago and honestly had the best weekend. It was so well maintained and relaxed there and Pat was so helpful. The views were stunning. We would definitely recommend it to anyone and will be returning next year
Derbyshire and the Peak district have some great attractions for all your family holidays. Why not try a day out at some of the Steam Train railways and Museums on offer in the area. A fun day for all ages, experience a ride on an atmospheric steam train, enjoy a meal watching the beautiful scenery go by. There are even activities and special events tailored for groups wishing to celebrate birthdays and hen parties.
Steam trains are to be found at Midland Railway at Butterley www.midlandrailway-Butterley.co.uk where there are several interesting things to see, not only a large collection of trains, but stationary and steam engine, lorries to meander around. Check their site for special events.
Peak Rail provide steam train rides Midlands. Based in beautiful Derbyshire Peak District. Special Events, Santa Specials, fine dining, Kids go free days.
www.e-v-r.com the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway Wirksworth to Duffield where there is a steam train driving experience here, it was a great day out, the station is only small but made up with the enthusiasm of the staff, I have done several steam journeys but this was the first time I felt like part of the family. Plenty of free parking, great events.
Our fabulous, family size luxury, Derbyshire self- catering cottages are within 30 minutes of all of these railways for some great fun and nostalgic days out.
If you are planning a visit to Derbyshire and the Peak District and need large group accommodation at the centre of the many attractions around here, then Offcote Grange Cottage Holidays can offer you large, self-catering, luxury group accommodation at the very heart of this wonderful county.
Specialising in large groups and hen parties we are now working with a company offering a new experience for our visitors.
You can now enjoy a visit to Derbyshire’s first and only whisky and gin distillery ‘White Peak Distillery’.
Based in the village of Ambergate, which is in the centre of Derbyshire, it is part of the regeneration of the aged ‘Johnsons Wireworks’ buildings, sitting alongside the beautiful river Derwent which flows down the UNESCO Derwent Valley World Heritage trail.
This small, family firm focuses on producing small batches of spirits and offering a unique visitor experience.
Take the distillery tour and experience the smells, tastes and atmosphere of a working distillery. You will visit the still house and cask stores before finally moving on to the tasting rooms for samples of Shining Cliff gins.
Adults and children are welcome on regular tours, and for those larger groups wanting a fun experience – such as hen and stag dos – special group parties can be arranged.
Christmas is coming and the goose and some of us will be getting fat, with all that lovely Christmas fayre we all love. Why not plan to visit Derbyshire for a winter break after Christmas to blow away all those cobwebs and unwanted calories with some serious exploring of the myriad of footpaths that are available for walking and cycling in this beautiful county.
From the Peak District National park with pastureland covered with ancient limestone walls in the north to the rolling agricultural countryside in the south there is something to offer everyone.
Winter in Derbyshire
Try some winter fun on the quad bikes or paint balling at Wildpark Leisure, afterwards return to a cosy luxury cottage with a warming meal prepared for you.
We offer some excellent mid week winter holidays for groups able to take advantage of a mid week break in our large luxury Derbyshire cottages.
We have storage for your cycles and for those without Derbyshire has excellent cycle hire centres on the many trails within the county, Ashbourne and Carsington Water being the closest to our cottages .
Explore the many historical stately homes , such as Chatsworth House private home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire , Kedleston, Sudbury and Hardwick Halls which are all National Trust, Bolsover Castle and Wingfield Manor which are English Heritage and my favourite the beautiful and magnificent Haddon Hall . Wonderful places, beautiful settings and great to visit on wet weather days. All but a short drive from our cottages.
We can offer you the option to have caterers and pampering at the cottages to make your stay special.
A visit to the Wedgewood museum just outside of Stoke is a great day out, try one of their wonderful afternoon teas on some of the most beautiful pottery you are every likely to eat off- a wonderful place for a wet weather day.
Wrap up warm and come and enjoy the many delights this county and neighbouring Staffordshire have to offer.
Whatever your tastes summer or winter Derbyshire has it all.
Whether you’re a keen walker or you’re planning a stylish spring wedding, the Peak District with its Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is the perfect place to visit in spring. Here are some of our favourite things to do in Britain’s original country park.
The Peak District is truly one of the UK’s greatest treasures. It is proud to be one of the most visited National Parks in the world and continues to grow and evolve as a holiday destination. It’s conveniently located in basically the centre of England and has good road and rail connections with the rest of the country, both North and South. It’s not just for walkers – recent efforts have been made to encourage cycling and horse-riding – but it is decades of holidaying walkers that have made the area their second home
The days are getting shorter and the nights colder and these are signs that winter is creeping upon us. This means it’s the perfect time to organise a winter break to the Peak District. Filled with beautiful walking routes, breathtaking scenery and a peaceful atmosphere, it’s the perfect place to just relax and soak up the surroundings. Below we’ve listed some of the top things to do during the winter season. Pull on your boots, wrap up warm and get moving!