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May Day Bank Holiday in Derbyshire

April 20th, 2016


The May Day bank holiday weekend is fast approaching so why not plan a day out now? And don’t worry, you don’t need to go far to find fun events or places to visit, there’s plenty to do on the May Day weekend right here in Derbyshire! Take your May Day bank holiday picks from our top choices below and enjoy a day out to remember… We just hope the sun has its hat on for us all!


The Bakewell Food Festival

If you’re free on Sunday May 1st, head to The Bakewell Food Festival where you’ll find fun for all the family. Bakewell itself is a beautiful riverside town and there will be over 60 stalls (selling locally made food, drink, gifts and crafts) dotted throughout these historic streets. You’ll also find cookery demos, road shows and donkey rides for the children. Sounds great, doesn’t it? And don’t forget, when you want great local food, we’re here too!

Find out more here.


Magic and Fun

Keep the kids entertained with a trip to Matlock Farm on May Day Bank Holiday Monday. Magician and Children’s entertainer Roger Dunn will be running magic and puppetry shows throughout the day and kids can also have a go at lamb bottle feeding and even meerkat feeding! Oh, and there will be sheep and ferret racing too, as well as the chance to meet some wallabies.

For more details and magic show times, head to their website.



Go under siege at Bolsover Castle and step back in history! Children and adults alike will love watching sworn enemies – the Roundheads and Cavaliers – get ready for a Civil War battle. Whose side will you be on?

This sounds like a great Bank Holiday event. For full details log onto the English Heritage website.


Cruise on

Enjoy a leisurely bank holiday cruise, right here in Derbyshire! Tapton Lock visitor centre is offering 45 minute canal trips on the John Varley trip-boat but make sure you get there in plenty of time as it is first come, first served! Don’t forget to stop buy one of our shops after for fresh, hot chips (and whatever else takes your fancy) after all, leisurely canal cruises will leave you hungry!

For full details of times and navigation, go to the Peak District & Derbyshire website.


Rocks and Rails

The Steeple Grange Light Railway has teamed up with Ecclesbourne Valley Railway to celebrate the importance to Wirksworth of the stone industry.

For locations, tickets and times, take a look on the Steeple Grange website.


Belper Festival Trail

Release your inner artist on the Belper Festival Trail this May bank holiday and discover over 100 artists who will be showcasing and selling a diverse and stunning range of art. You’ll discover painters, photographers, glass artists and jewellery makers, and have the opportunity to buy affordable art and support local talent at the same time!

Find out times, trails and prices here.


We hope you’ve enjoyed our May Day bank holiday guide and don’t forget to pop in for some supper on the way home and tell us all about it. We’ll be ready with a great range of freshly cooked food to give you the perfect end to your day out. See you soon!



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