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Your Ultimate Derbyshire Destination

A thriving picturesque market town on the edge of The Peak District, rich in history, Ashbourne is the perfect destination for couples, families and groups.

Combining a medieval street pattern and historic buildings with a wealth of high quality shops. The cobbled market place, hidden alleys and yards are a delight to explore.

Our town hosts a wide range of restaurants, cafés and family friendly pubs and there is something for every budget and taste.

Ashbourne is surrounded by beautiful countryside and is an ideal base for a short break or longer holiday. If you enjoy stately homes, you are in for a treat with Chatsworth, Sudbury Hall, Hardwick Hall, Kedleston Hall, Tissington Hall just to name a few within easy drive from Ashbourne.

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Ashbourne Festival
Ashbourne Festival @ Ashbourne Festival
Jun 17 – Jul 3 all-day
June 17th to July 3rd. Streetfest 18th & 19th June. Follow @ashbournefest on Twitter and Facebook for updates and more information. Website – http://www.ashbournefestival.org/
Free Friday Walks at Ilam Park 11:00 am
Free Friday Walks at Ilam Park @ Ilam Park
Jul 1 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for a free walk in the White Peak this Friday morning. No booking needed, just meet our team of friendly walk volunteers by the visitor centre at 11am and choose from a 1hr or 2hr or 3hr walk. … Read More
New Buggy Walks at Ashbourne Leisure Centre 12:00 pm
New Buggy Walks at Ashbourne Leisure Centre @ Ashbourne Leisure Centre
Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Walking works…. It’s free, simple and gentle on the body.. walking a part of a small group is a good way to start. It’s a fun way of getting together and making new friends, helping you to get out and … Read More
Comedy Night – Ashbourne Festival 8:00 pm
Comedy Night – Ashbourne Festival @ The Empire Ballroom
Jul 1 @ 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Age restriction of 18+ Doors and bar opens from 7pm. Find out more about the comedians here http://www.ashbournefestival.org/comedynight.html
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Matlock Artists Society Exhibition at Carsington Water Visitor Centre 10:00 am
Matlock Artists Society Exhibition at Carsington Water Visitor Centre @ Carsington Water Visitor Centre
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – Jul 10 @ 4:00 pm
Art Exhibition by various artists in the Henmore Room.
Photography Workshop at Ilam Park 10:00 am
Photography Workshop at Ilam Park @ Ilam Park
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Going Digital offer a range of photography workshops at Ilam Park through the seasons, including birds of prey and landscape photography. Advance booking is essential for these photography workshops. Adult cost is £85.
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre 11:00 am
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre @ Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre
Jul 2 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Please contact Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre for more information.
Handmade & Vintage Fair 11:00 am
Handmade & Vintage Fair @ Ashbourne Town Hall
Jul 2 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Unique handmade crafts and art alongside an eclectic mix of everything vintage and pre-loved. Refreshments available too!
Toe Wrestling Challenge at The Royal Oak Inn 12:00 pm
Toe Wrestling Challenge at The Royal Oak Inn @ The Royal Oak Inn
Jul 2 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
To enter there is a £5 charity donation for over 18’s. Under 18’s compete for free. There will be competitions for Men, Women and Under 18’s, leading up to the Grand Finals to decide the 2016 Toe Wrestling Champions!
Roger McGough + Little Machine – Ashbourne Festival 12:03 pm
Roger McGough + Little Machine – Ashbourne Festival @ The Empire Ballroom
Jul 2 @ 12:03 pm – 1:03 pm
Doors and bar open from 7pm. More information here http://www.ashbournefestival.org/rmandlm.html
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Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run – Ashbourne Festival 9:00 am
Half Marathon and 5k Fun Run – Ashbourne Festival @ Ashbourne Recreational Ground
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Everything you need to know about the half marathon and the 5km fun run can be found here: http://www.ashbournefestival.org/ahm.html
Indoor Car Boot Sale 9:00 am
Indoor Car Boot Sale @ The Town Hall
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ashbourne Town Council is pleased to announce an indoor car boot sale is to be held on the first Sunday of every month commencing Sunday 1st November. Tables are £5 each. Bring your pre-loved items and maybe make a bit … Read More
Photography Workshop at Ilam Park 10:00 am
Photography Workshop at Ilam Park @ Ilam Park
Jul 3 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Going Digital offer a range of photography workshops at Ilam Park through the seasons, including birds of prey and landscape photography. Advance booking is essential for these photography workshops. Adult cost is £85.
Wild Summer Drop in Sessions at Carsington Water Visitor Centre 11:00 am
Wild Summer Drop in Sessions at Carsington Water Visitor Centre @ Carsington Water Visitor Centre
Jul 3 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday 27th July | Pond Pals Wednesday 3rd August | Groovy Grasslands Wednesday 10th August | Getting Under the Grass Wednesday 17th August | Peek into the Pond Wednesday 24th August | Wild Woods
Picnic in the Park – Ashbourne Festival 1:00 pm
Picnic in the Park – Ashbourne Festival @ Ashbourne Memorial Gardens
Jul 3 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
We’ve booked the sunshine this year!  So, bring your blanket, food, family and friends for a lovely afternoon in Ashbourne Park and listen to the wonderful sounds of Hot House Jazz, back by popular demand.
Quiz Night – Ashbourne Festival 7:30 pm
Quiz Night – Ashbourne Festival @ The Bowling Green
Jul 3 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Exercise your grey cells with another popular quiz evening to round off the festival and raise money for next year. The last quiz event was extremely popular, so please be sure to arrive early to get a good seat. A … Read More
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Nature Tots at Carsington Water Visitor Centre 10:30 am
Nature Tots at Carsington Water Visitor Centre @ Carsington Water Visitor Centre
Jul 4 @ 10:30 am – 2:15 pm
Booking is essential as numbers are limited. Come along to our playgroup with a difference. Nature Tots has a different wildlife theme for every session and encourages tots and parents to get outdoors to learn together. Sessions include a story, … Read More
Free Monday Walks at Ilam Park 11:00 pm
Free Monday Walks at Ilam Park @ Ilam Park
Jul 4 @ 11:00 pm – Jul 5 @ 9:00 am
Join us for a free walk in the White Peak this Monday morning. No booking needed, just meet our team of friendly walk volunteers by the visitor centre at 11:00am and go on a 2hr walk. Dogs are welcome too.
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White’s on Wednesdays 6:00 pm
White’s on Wednesdays @ Whites of Ashbourne
Jul 6 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
2 courses for £15 and 2 for 1 on selected cocktails every Wednesday. (2 courses is for the starter and main meal. Desserts are charged extra) Click here to see menu http://www.whitesofashbourne.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Wednesday_WoW_SAMPLE.pdf
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Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre 11:00 am
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre @ Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre
Jul 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Please contact Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre for more information.
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Free Friday Walks at Ilam Park 11:00 am
Free Friday Walks at Ilam Park @ Ilam Park
Jul 8 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for a free walk in the White Peak this Friday morning. No booking needed, just meet our team of friendly walk volunteers by the visitor centre at 11am and choose from a 1hr or 2hr or 3hr walk. … Read More
New Buggy Walks at Ashbourne Leisure Centre 12:00 pm
New Buggy Walks at Ashbourne Leisure Centre @ Ashbourne Leisure Centre
Jul 8 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Walking works…. It’s free, simple and gentle on the body.. walking a part of a small group is a good way to start. It’s a fun way of getting together and making new friends, helping you to get out and … Read More
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Ashbourne Sheep Fair 10:00 am
Ashbourne Sheep Fair @ The Market Place
Jul 9 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
 
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre 11:00 am
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre @ Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre
Jul 9 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Please contact Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre for more information.
Handmade & Vintage Fair 11:00 am
Handmade & Vintage Fair @ Ashbourne Town Hall
Jul 9 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Unique handmade crafts and art alongside an eclectic mix of everything vintage and pre-loved. Refreshments available too!
Royal Oak Summer Concert at The Royal Oak Inn 12:00 pm
Royal Oak Summer Concert at The Royal Oak Inn @ The Royal Oak Inn
Jul 9 @ 12:00 pm – 11:00 pm
This free family event starts at mid-day, with live music all day. The bands will be starting in the marquee and moving into the pub for the evening session. We’ll be raising money for Derby Kid’s Camp.
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Wild Summer Drop in Sessions at Carsington Water Visitor Centre 11:00 am
Wild Summer Drop in Sessions at Carsington Water Visitor Centre @ Carsington Water Visitor Centre
Jul 10 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday 27th July | Pond Pals Wednesday 3rd August | Groovy Grasslands Wednesday 10th August | Getting Under the Grass Wednesday 17th August | Peek into the Pond Wednesday 24th August | Wild Woods
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Free Monday Walks at Ilam Park 11:00 pm
Free Monday Walks at Ilam Park @ Ilam Park
Jul 11 @ 11:00 pm – Jul 12 @ 9:00 am
Join us for a free walk in the White Peak this Monday morning. No booking needed, just meet our team of friendly walk volunteers by the visitor centre at 11:00am and go on a 2hr walk. Dogs are welcome too.
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White’s on Wednesdays 6:00 pm
White’s on Wednesdays @ Whites of Ashbourne
Jul 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
2 courses for £15 and 2 for 1 on selected cocktails every Wednesday. (2 courses is for the starter and main meal. Desserts are charged extra) Click here to see menu http://www.whitesofashbourne.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Wednesday_WoW_SAMPLE.pdf
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Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre 11:00 am
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre @ Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre
Jul 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Please contact Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre for more information.
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Free Friday Walks at Ilam Park 11:00 am
Free Friday Walks at Ilam Park @ Ilam Park
Jul 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for a free walk in the White Peak this Friday morning. No booking needed, just meet our team of friendly walk volunteers by the visitor centre at 11am and choose from a 1hr or 2hr or 3hr walk. … Read More
New Buggy Walks at Ashbourne Leisure Centre 12:00 pm
New Buggy Walks at Ashbourne Leisure Centre @ Ashbourne Leisure Centre
Jul 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Walking works…. It’s free, simple and gentle on the body.. walking a part of a small group is a good way to start. It’s a fun way of getting together and making new friends, helping you to get out and … Read More
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Summer Play Trail at Ilam Park 11:00 am
Summer Play Trail at Ilam Park @ Ilam Park
Jul 16 @ 11:00 am – Sep 11 @ 5:00 pm
 
Ashbourne Food and Drink Festival 10:00 am
Ashbourne Food and Drink Festival @ Ashbourne Recreational Ground
Jul 16 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The first Ashbourne Food and Drink Festival is on Saturday 16th July from 10am- 5pm. A celebration of all things food and drink featuring street foods, pop up restaurants, local and national producers and suppliers, fine ales, wines and fizz … Read More
Family Forest School at Carsington Water Visitor Centre 10:30 am
Family Forest School at Carsington Water Visitor Centre @ Carsington Water Visitor Centre
Jul 16 @ 10:30 am – 2:45 pm
For families and children, suitable for 0-13 years. Booking is essential as numbers are limited. Come and join us for our monthly Forest School sessions specifically for children and youths aged 9-15. This event runs twice in the day. First … Read More
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre 11:00 am
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre @ Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre
Jul 16 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Please contact Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre for more information.
Handmade & Vintage Fair 11:00 am
Handmade & Vintage Fair @ Ashbourne Town Hall
Jul 16 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Unique handmade crafts and art alongside an eclectic mix of everything vintage and pre-loved. Refreshments available too!
Village Fete at Carsington 2:00 pm
Village Fete at Carsington
Jul 16 @ 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Traditional fete with lots of stalls and games such as ‘splat the rat’, coconut shy, ‘hook a duck’, tombola, cake stall plus refreshments including a BBQ and bar.
An Evening with Natalie Duncan at Alstonefield Village Hall 7:30 pm
An Evening with Natalie Duncan at Alstonefield Village Hall @ Alstonefield Village Hall
Jul 16 @ 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Natalie Duncan is a soul and jazz-influenced singer-songwriter and painist, who has been compared to the likes of Alicia Keys! Her debut album ‘The devil in me’ received critical acclaim and in 2012 she appeared on ‘later with Jools Holland’.
An evening with Paul Charles at Ashbourne Town Hall 7:30 pm
An evening with Paul Charles at Ashbourne Town Hall @ Ashbourne Town Hall
Jul 16 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
 
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Wild Summer Drop in Sessions at Carsington Water Visitor Centre 11:00 am
Wild Summer Drop in Sessions at Carsington Water Visitor Centre @ Carsington Water Visitor Centre
Jul 17 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday 27th July | Pond Pals Wednesday 3rd August | Groovy Grasslands Wednesday 10th August | Getting Under the Grass Wednesday 17th August | Peek into the Pond Wednesday 24th August | Wild Woods
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Free Monday Walks at Ilam Park 11:00 pm
Free Monday Walks at Ilam Park @ Ilam Park
Jul 18 @ 11:00 pm – Jul 19 @ 9:00 am
Join us for a free walk in the White Peak this Monday morning. No booking needed, just meet our team of friendly walk volunteers by the visitor centre at 11:00am and go on a 2hr walk. Dogs are welcome too.
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White’s on Wednesdays 6:00 pm
White’s on Wednesdays @ Whites of Ashbourne
Jul 20 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
2 courses for £15 and 2 for 1 on selected cocktails every Wednesday. (2 courses is for the starter and main meal. Desserts are charged extra) Click here to see menu http://www.whitesofashbourne.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Wednesday_WoW_SAMPLE.pdf
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Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre 11:00 am
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre @ Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre
Jul 21 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Please contact Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre for more information.
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Free Friday Walks at Ilam Park 11:00 am
Free Friday Walks at Ilam Park @ Ilam Park
Jul 22 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for a free walk in the White Peak this Friday morning. No booking needed, just meet our team of friendly walk volunteers by the visitor centre at 11am and choose from a 1hr or 2hr or 3hr walk. … Read More
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Ashbourne Olympic Family Fun Day at Ashbourne Leisure Centre 10:30 am
Ashbourne Olympic Family Fun Day at Ashbourne Leisure Centre @ Ashbourne Leisure Centre
Jul 23 @ 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Come along and celebrate the 2016 Olympics at Ashbourne Leisure Centre’s Family Fun Day.
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre 11:00 am
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre @ Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre
Jul 23 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Please contact Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre for more information.
Handmade & Vintage Fair 11:00 am
Handmade & Vintage Fair @ Ashbourne Town Hall
Jul 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Unique handmade crafts and art alongside an eclectic mix of everything vintage and pre-loved. Refreshments available too!
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Wild Summer Drop in Sessions at Carsington Water Visitor Centre 11:00 am
Wild Summer Drop in Sessions at Carsington Water Visitor Centre @ Carsington Water Visitor Centre
Jul 24 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday 27th July | Pond Pals Wednesday 3rd August | Groovy Grasslands Wednesday 10th August | Getting Under the Grass Wednesday 17th August | Peek into the Pond Wednesday 24th August | Wild Woods
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Free Monday Walks at Ilam Park 11:00 pm
Free Monday Walks at Ilam Park @ Ilam Park
Jul 25 @ 11:00 pm – Jul 26 @ 9:00 am
Join us for a free walk in the White Peak this Monday morning. No booking needed, just meet our team of friendly walk volunteers by the visitor centre at 11:00am and go on a 2hr walk. Dogs are welcome too.
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Wild Summer Drop in Sessions at Carsington Water Visitor Centre 11:00 am
Wild Summer Drop in Sessions at Carsington Water Visitor Centre @ Carsington Water Visitor Centre
Jul 27 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday 27th July | Pond Pals Wednesday 3rd August | Groovy Grasslands Wednesday 10th August | Getting Under the Grass Wednesday 17th August | Peek into the Pond Wednesday 24th August | Wild Woods
Gymnastics at Ashbourne Leisure Centre 11:25 am
Gymnastics at Ashbourne Leisure Centre @ Ashbourne Leisure Centre
Jul 27 @ 11:25 am – 12:25 pm
£17.50 Free with The £70 Summer Saver Deal 5 years+ An energetic day of different gymnastic disciplines; trampoline, floor work and cheerleading.
Pool Inflatable Fun Session at Ashbourne Leisure Centre 2:15 pm
Pool Inflatable Fun Session at Ashbourne Leisure Centre @ Ashbourne Leisure Centre
Jul 27 @ 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Can you conquer our inflatable obstacle course or will you end up slip sliding your way into the pool? Floats and small toys will also be out in the shallow end of the pool. 27th July 2.15-3.45pm 30th July 2.15-3.30pm … Read More
White’s on Wednesdays 6:00 pm
White’s on Wednesdays @ Whites of Ashbourne
Jul 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
2 courses for £15 and 2 for 1 on selected cocktails every Wednesday. (2 courses is for the starter and main meal. Desserts are charged extra) Click here to see menu http://www.whitesofashbourne.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Wednesday_WoW_SAMPLE.pdf
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Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre 11:00 am
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre @ Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre
Jul 28 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Please contact Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre for more information.
Badminton Coaching at Ashbourne Leisure Centre 2:00 pm
Badminton Coaching at Ashbourne Leisure Centre @ Ashbourne Leisure Centre
Jul 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
£5 Free with The £70 Summer Saver Deal 7-14 years Come and join our fully qualified badminton coach who will take you from a feather tickler to a badminton boss.
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Sports Mania at Ashbourne Leisure Centre 9:00 am
Sports Mania at Ashbourne Leisure Centre @ Ashbourne Leisure Centre
Jul 29 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
£17.50 Free with The £70 Summer Saver Deal 5 years + It’s not manic at all but it is a whole lot of fun. A day packed full of activities including football, rounders, badminton, bouncy castle, quizzes, games, fun session … Read More
Free Friday Walks at Ilam Park 11:00 am
Free Friday Walks at Ilam Park @ Ilam Park
Jul 29 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Join us for a free walk in the White Peak this Friday morning. No booking needed, just meet our team of friendly walk volunteers by the visitor centre at 11am and choose from a 1hr or 2hr or 3hr walk. … Read More
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Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre 11:00 am
Free Guided Walks at Ashbourne Visitor Centre @ Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre
Jul 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Please contact Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre for more information.
Handmade & Vintage Fair 11:00 am
Handmade & Vintage Fair @ Ashbourne Town Hall
Jul 30 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Unique handmade crafts and art alongside an eclectic mix of everything vintage and pre-loved. Refreshments available too!
Pool Inflatable Fun Session at Ashbourne Leisure Centre 2:15 pm
Pool Inflatable Fun Session at Ashbourne Leisure Centre @ Ashbourne Leisure Centre
Jul 30 @ 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Can you conquer our inflatable obstacle course or will you end up slip sliding your way into the pool? Floats and small toys will also be out in the shallow end of the pool. 27th July 2.15-3.45pm 30th July 2.15-3.30pm … Read More
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Plant Hunters’ Fair at Carsington Water 10:00 am
Plant Hunters’ Fair at Carsington Water @ Carsington Water
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
FREE ENTRY to this popular Plant Hunters’ Fair at Carsington Water, Derbyshire featuring highly respected specialist nurseries with a really great mix of plants and specialities to delight plant lovers of every level of experience. It’s just the right time … Read More
Specialist Plant Fair at Carsington Water 10:00 am
Specialist Plant Fair at Carsington Water @ Carsington Water Visitor Centre
Jul 31 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Pay and Display car parks at Carsington Water. Nurseries attending include Bob Brown’s well known nursery Cotswold Garden Flowers, renowned Edrom Nursery from Scotland. Hall Farm Nursery, Pottertons Alpine Nursery, Packhorse Farm Nursery, National Collections of Helenium and Centaurea and … Read More