50 Fun Things To Do

  • Within 5 miles of Carsington
  • Ashbourne area
  • A little further afield
  • Special events
  • What's On

Within 5 miles of Carsington

  1. Relax and enjoy the views from Breach Farm
  2. Walk or cycle the trail around Carsington Water (8 miles)
  3. Explore the ancient market town of Wirksworth
  4. Walk over the hill for a pint in the Old Gate Inn Brassington
  5. Try windsurfing or canoeing on Carsington Water. Let the children explore the play area and then go for an ice cream or cream tea.
  6. Catch a train on the recently restored Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in Wirksworth (sometimes a Steam train ) or book a day to drive the engine
  7. Enjoy a glass of wine in the Mistral Wine Bar Wirksworth
  8. Take a craft course at Zantium Studios – mosaic, stained glass, willow weaving etc
  9. Hire a boat on Carsington Water – maybe catch a trout
  10. Explore Hopton Hall’s garden – snowdrops in the spring, roses in the summer.
  11. Have a day cycling on the High Peak Trail
  12. Have a pint in the Barley Mow Pub Kirk Ireton, one of the finest unspoilt pubs in England
  13. Pass the hours in Scarthin Books in Cromford, a traditional book shop

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Ashbourne Area

  1. Skip over the stepping stones at Dovedale
  2. Browse the Antique shops in Church Street Ashbourne
  3. Enjoy the coffee and view the art at The St John Street Gallery
  4. Remember that Thursday and Saturday are market days in town
  5. Selection of independent shops –especially for the girls (if needed on a wet day)
  6. Go buy a hat in Pachacuti – The Fair Trade Panama Hat Specialist
  7. Visit charming Tissington village and its tea room, candle workshop, old fashioned sweet shop.
  8. Also at Tissington the White Peak Butchers, go and buy a selection of delicious homemade sausage
  9. Wander by the river at the National Trusts Ilam Hall
  10. Call in at the Cheese shop Hartington and sample the wide variety of cheeses
  11. Lunch or supper at the George Inn Alstonfield (worth the drive)
  12. Check out Wild Park at Brailsford – paintballing, laser tag and quad bikes

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A Little further Afield

  1. Go to Bakewell and enjoy a taste of an original Bakewell Pudding
  2. Explore the National Trusts Calke Abbey – the house time forgot
  3. Spend a day riding the trams at Crich Tramway Museum
  4. Fish and chips at Longnor
  5. Cycle through the tunnels on the Monsal Trail
  6. Marvel at Chatsworth – a must for the House, Gardens, Grounds, Restaurants, Farm Shop, Farmyard and Adventure Playground
  7. Monday is Market Day in Bakewell – traditional market and livestock
  8. History comes to life exploring the world Heritage Sites along the Derwent Valley Mills Trail
  9. Dare yourself to try the rides at Alton Towers
  10. Enjoy an evening’s entertainment at Buxtons wonderful Opera House
  11. Roam the Dark Peaks
  12. Try Buxtons spa water in the Crescent
  13. Sudbury Hall (National Trust) for the Museum of Childhood Exhibition of toys through the years, many hands on toys to try.
  14. Ride the cable cars in Matlock Bath
  15. Discover the tranquillity of Lathkill Dale
  16. Take a boat down the Speedwell Cavern at Castleton
  17. Wander Medieval Haddon Hall with its scented Elizabethan gardens

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Special Events

  1. Ashbourne Shrovetide football – madness in the streets
  2. Raft race at Matlock Bath on Boxing Day
  3. Derbyshires Famous Well Dressings from May to September
  4. Wirksworth Art and Architecture Festival in September
  5. The world famous Bonsall Hen races on the 1st Saturday in August
  6. Enjoy a day at Ashbourne Show in August or the Highlands Games Festival in July
  7. Watch the Mappleton bridge jump on New Year’s Day
  8. The Y Not music festival at Pikehall in August

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What's On

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