Royal Shrovetide Football

When: Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday
Where: Town Center, Sturston, Clifton

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football is a game played every Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Unlike a conventional football match, this game is played over two eight hour periods with the goals three miles apart and very few rules!

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Ashbourne Festival

When: June
Where: Various venues throughout the town

Ashbourne Festival aims to bring the best possible classical and contemporary arts for the town, the surrounding area and its many summer visitors. The festival has hosted some of the best street theatre, musicians, comedians, artists and writers working in the region, nationally and internationally.

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Ashbourne Highland Gathering

When: July
Where: Ashbourne Playing Fields

The Ashbourne Highland Gathering takes place each year in mid July and includes the Highland Games,
Pipe Band competition, Hill race, stalls and much more. A great day out for the whole family.

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Ashbourne Show

When: August
Where: Osmaston

A traditional country and agricultural show providing interests and entertainment in a family friendly environment.

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Christmas Late Night Shopping

When: December
Where: Town Centre

On a Friday evening at the beginning of December traders throughout the town centre stay open late for Christmas shopping. Attractions include a lantern procession, hog roast and market stalls.