All the websites are functioning, as of 24th April, 2018, as is the information about the Markets and such like, however, please let me know if they fail you.



Peak Forest is on the edge of the Peak National Park and close to many interesting towns and villages. It is a popular spot for walkers, horse and bike riders, and is within easy reach of many fascinating and beautiful places.

Some places focus on entertainment and other on historicity and yet others, simply on the natural beauty around us in nature. Whatever your interest and family size, you are sure to find something special to grasp your imagination.

There are places where good food can be found, or you can even attend courses to create or develop your own culinary skills.

There are activities that continue throughout the year, regardless of the weather. There are traditional and specialist markets, Illuminations, Music and Art festivals, Agricultural shows, and Leisure centres. There are Museums, World heritage Sites, Eco centres, and even a Farm Park at Matlock Moor and a Country Park at the Heights of Abraham, near Matlock Baths.

Railway enthusiasts can ride on stream trains from Matlock and Wirksworth and Tram enthusiasts visit the Tram Museum at Crich, near Matlock.

You can download a free App, Peak Explorer for both Android and Smart Phones. This is obtainable from  - having said this I have failed to find the app.

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I found this site really helpful and up to date. There was lots of info about places and events and useful things to know when visiting the Peak District.

 If you want to visit churches and find out about church activities in Derbyshire visit 


Should you be interested in issues related to living here such as, planning permission, conservation areas and such like, try


Places of Interest

The AA Guide to the Peak District highlights 8 villages of interest within easy driving distance from Peak Forest. 

Ashford in the Water, where Oak Trees won't grow, and trout can be seen from the bridge, swimming in the Wye. The church, Holy Trinity has a Norman Tympanum above the porch. The food, I am told is out of this world, in the main hostelry.

Whaley Bridge, where the Peak Forest Canal runs, linking the village to its past where coal and textiles were the main employers. Nowadays, many holiday makers come on their canal boats to enjoy Buxworth basin which has been faithfully restored in recent years.

Castleton, where caves and a castle attracts many visitors. The world famous Blue John and Speedwell Mines show visitors some of the underground beauty of the Peak District. The 'Shivering Mountain' Mam Tor towers over the village and lures hikers to climb its ridge and view Kinder and Edale and the Hope Valley from it's dizzy heights.

Winster, where the 18th century village buildings demonstrate why the Old Market Hall, that dates from the end of the 17th century, became the first National Trust property in Derbyshire. The Winster Morris Men are one of the oldest teams in the country with their own dances and tunes.

Hayfield, where most people approach Kinder Scout, and was the starting point for the famous Mass Trespass in 1932. It has become famous as the setting of the BBC play "The Village" in recent years. The Box-pewed Church of St Matthew is the sight of two "resurrections" during the 18th century, when in 1745 'several witnesses recorded seeing bodies rising from their graves and ascend to heaven and then three years later a flash flood washed through the churchyard sweeping many bodies away downstream. It is also the setting for a Jazz festival and Sheep Dog trials.

Longnor, where the Manifold brook runs and a cobbled Market Square and a Victorian Market Hall can be found.

Monyash, where the stump of an ancient market cross stands, marking the place where a weekly market charter was granted in 1340. Lead mining in the area and farming led to the building of typical White Peak cottages. The 13th century Parish Church of St Leonards is very pretty, with an elegant spire arising from a solid battlemented and unbuttressed tower.

Bonsall, where this lovely former lead mining village contains a circular ball-topped 17th century cross in the market square. The church is battlemented and is distinguished by its Perpendicular pinnnacled tower and spire and its beautiful clerestory that lights the nave. 

Historic Houses:

Chatsworth House : Horse Trials 11th-15th May. Gates open at 8.00am

Haddon Hall

Sudbury Hall

Tissington Hall



Traditional Markets:

Ashbourne         Thursday and Saturday

Bakewell             Monday

Matlock              Tuesday and Friday

Wirksworth         Tuesday

Buxton                Tuesday and Saturday


Farmers Markets:

Bakewell             Last Saturday of the month

Matlock               Third Saturday of the month

Wirksworth          First Saturday of the month

Buxton                 First Thursday of the month - Pavilion Gardens. 9.30 - 2.30pm

Whaley Bridge    Second Wednesday of the month - Uniting Church. 10-2pm

Hathersage         First Saturday of the month - Methodist Church, Main Road, 9.00 - 2.00pm.

Castleton            First Sunday of the month - Village Hall, Castleton. 10 - 3 pm

Macclesfield        Last Sunday of the month - Treacle market. Macclesfield market place. 10 - 3.30pm.


Craft Markets

Baslow                 First & third weekend - Baslow Village Hall. 10 - 4.30pm

Bakewell               Last Saturday of the month. Bakewell Town Hall. 10 - 4.30pm


Seasonal Things to see and do

4th-22nd July 2018 - Buxton Fringe Festival


The websites of these places contain the most up to date information



Places of Interest

Buxton Museum and Art Gallery: Terrace Road, Buxton. Open Tuesday - Saturday. Entrance is free. 

See the hoard of Gold and Silver coins discovered in Reynard's cave, in Dove Dale that date back to 43AD.

01629 533540

Buxton Opera House:


Largely staffed by volunteers: Offers traditional shows, films,  music and ballet.


St Anne's Fountain:

At the west end of Spring Gardens, across the road. See and taste the warm water that made Buxton a Spa Town from Roman times. Access is difficult at present due to ongoing restoration of the find building facing the fountain.

Green Man Gallery, Hardwick Hall, Hardwick St. Buxton.