Things to do around Bakewell

Modern Bakewell has something for everyone, from its many historic buildings, its wonderful riverside walks to its award-winning newly designed town centre with shopping arcades and numerous emporiums of excellence.

We have compiled for you the list of the best things to do in the local area, and some further afield.

Bakewell Town

Well known for is Bakewell Puddings and centred around the River Wye, Bakewell has a variety of shops, tea shops, and friendly pubs. There is an open market every Monday, Farmers Market the last Saturday in every month and the famous Bakewell Show is held every August.

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Matlock

The town itself offers a variety of shops and there are numerous places to dine. A joy to anyone who appreciates a good old-fashioned shopping street, almost devoid of the usual high street chains. Highlights include Matlock Antiques Centre, an Aladdin’s cave of treasures, including railway, tools and textiles alongside the more usual china and furniture.

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Buxton

A rich mixture of shopping that offers retail therapy to both visitors and residents alike. Buxton boasts a wide range of shops from Waitrose to Cafe Nero, Marks & Spencer to Next as well as some of the best in specialist designer boutiques.

Officially the Highest Market Town in Britain, Buxton’s Market days are Tuesday and Saturday on The Market Place in Higher Buxton, which also boasts a variety of outlets for those in need of a little retail therapy. There is also a monthly Farmers’ Market in the Pavilion Gardens and an annual Continental Market bristling with traders from across Europe.

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Monsal Trail

Part of the former Midland Railway Lane over 8 miles of track, all suitable for walkers, some suitable for cyclists, pushchairs and wheelchairs. Stop at Hassop Station Cafe, Bookshop, and Cycle hire one mile north of Bakewell.

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Haddon Hall

With 900 years of history, Haddon has much to offer.

Brimming with history and stories of old, a remarkable tapestry collection; an early English furniture collection reputed to be the best of its kind in England; and stunning Elizabethan Walled Gardens, recently redesigned by Arne Maynard, Haddon is one of the most significant and oldest heritage destinations in the country, and we welcome friends, families, groups and societies to join us for a memorable and fascinating day out.

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Chatsworth

Chatsworth House is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations.

Today, Chatsworth contains works of art that span 4,000 years, from ancient Roman and Egyptian sculpture, and masterpieces by Rembrandt, Reynolds and Veronese, to work by outstanding modern artists, including Lucian Freud, Edmund de Waal and David Nash.

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Peak Village Outlet Shopping Centre

Located in the heart of the Peak District National Park and on the doorstep of the Chatsworth estate. Great for a unique and relaxed shopping experience with national retailers and individual shops.
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For the adventurous

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure in Buxton

Go Ape Buxton is one of the highest adventures, close to a 2 million year old natural limestone cave. Set in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park and within walking distance of the historic Spa town itself.

Suitable for 10 years upwards, a challenge for you, your friends and family or team building, 3 hours of tree top adventure.

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Alton Towers

Just 45 minutes drive away from Greenhills, treat the family to an amazing day out. Major attractions include Nemesis, Oblivion, Air, Runaway Mine Train, Congo River Rapids and Hex – The Legend of the Towers.

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Wild Park Leisure in Brailsford

Only 10 minutes from Derby and Ashbourne, Wild Park Derbyshire is the Midlands Premier Paintball, Laser Tag and Quad Bike Trekking Centre.

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For the children

Gulliver’s Kingdom Matlock Bath

Gulliver’s Kingdom is a family theme park designed to cater for families with children between the age of two and thirteen. All its rides and attractions are designed to offer the whole family a full day out of fun and excitement.

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Abraham’s Heights in Matlock Bath

Looking for a great day out? A visit to Abraham’s Heights in Matlock Bath shows that the cable car journey is just the start! When the cable car arrives at the summit you have FREE ACCESS to the Caverns, Exhibitions and Hilltop Park. Open February to October.

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Matlock Farm Park

A 600 acre working farm with a number of activities, particularly suited to families looking for things to do in the area. Home to pigs, sheep, goats and donkeys as well as llamas, alpacas and a very impressive (and very friendly) fully grown Red Deer Stag. There’s an extensive collection of poultry and smaller domestic animals too!

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Monkey Magic at Trentham

Experience this unique opportunity to visit a monkey forest where walking along the paths you are transported into a different world through close contact with the monkeys. You will be able to discover this amazing species as they exhibit their natural behaviour with no bars or cages to hinder your view.

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Chatsworth Farmyard & Adventure Playground

Chatsworth working farmyard and adventure playground is fun and educational for all ages – with animal handling, milking demonstrations and daily activities, plus a woodland adventure playground with slides, trampolines and more!

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Other local attractions

Carsington Water Reservoir

Something for everyone, Visitor centre, shops, cafe, fishing, sailing and water sports, cycling and walking tracks. The centre is a Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised training centre, and also delivers British Canoe Union (BCU) courses.

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Matlock Golf Club

With every hole different and the Bentley Brook meandering through the course to add further interest, Matlock is a regular choice for many golfing visitors. With a driving course, golf course  and clubhouse everyone can have a great day out.

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Tissington Trail

This traffic free trail is available throughout the year for walkers, cyclist, and horse riders. It is also suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Bike hire at Parsley Hay and Ashbourne, cafe’s and toilets along the trail.

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Great reviews on Tripadvisor

Rachel W
Rachel W
2023-08-28
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Our first visit but it won’t be our last- can’t wait for the bookings to open for next year! What a find- a very busy site but exceptionally well managed. Swift check in ( you can pull Up alongside gate to wait if you arrive before 1 pm) Tight pitch to get on to but have been on worse. Hardstanding caravan pitches well Laid out, equally spaced with e light room for van plus awning, can next to you on the grass slope ( but pitches very flat and even) Site was very busy but at no point did the water run cool, the showers/ toilets were well looked after - sadly as with any site you only need the odd family with little respect for them to fall below par but always someone on hand to freshen them Up. Clubhouse is a lovely, well stocked and well used. On site pizzas once a week were a nice treat, recommend booking in advance as they were busy. Play park was well used- open 9am- 10pm - sadly the older kids congregate here after these hours causing a little disruption but again some families don’t have to much respect for others. The walk into Bakewell is a fair bit further than 10 minutes . Thornbridge brewery and tap room is however a 15 min walk and worth every step- a real find. All staff that where encountered were polite, helpful and efficient. Cannot wait to return with my family but would equally be happy on this site if it was just adults. Tips- Washing machines take 2 x £1 ,1 x 50p and the wash takes 25 mins. (Again sadly some people put washing in and left it For nearly a whole day- )this but could be a bit more ‘policed’ by staff. Games room lovely- £10 deposit and £2 for half hour for pool table
lorraine b
lorraine b
2023-08-12
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Another great stay Currently here for the second year running one of the cleanest and friendliest sites we have stayed on. Hot showers, good sized pitches, very helpful staff whom nothing too much trouble. It is also useful to have a good sized dog area. No doubt we will be back.
ruby
ruby
2023-08-09
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Absolutely amazing. Amazing holiday park, came for 4 nights Thursday while Monday was the best park I've ever been to! Toilets and shower cubicles are immaculate to say alot of people use them. You can't expect them to be clean all the time guys because some people don't mop the showers after use, but that isn't the parks fault. Amazing staff. Checking in was a swift activity and took no longer than a minute for us to get our pitch number! Cute little games room with a football table, game of pool and darts all very entertaining with vending machine aswell! Pub on-site serving amazing drinks this site is just overall amazing and amazing environment!
RP70
RP70
2023-08-09
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Two night stop to end our holiday. Arrived at the site to a warm welcome at the reception. Checking in was straightforward and quick. Handed a site map with clear instructions to our pitch, which was level and on hard standing with electricity. The toilet block is modern and very clean. There is a bar area with a nice mixture of ales and beers, with indoor and outdoor sitting available. It’s in an ideal location and a short 30 minute walk into Bakewell.
SuzyQUKEngland
SuzyQUKEngland
2023-07-30
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Good We have just had a 3 night weekend at the park. We were a group of 4, 2 in a caravan and 2 in a tent. We were placed near each other and the staff couldn’t have done any more for us. The facilities are good. Yes the park was busy but there was a really nice feel about it all. 99% of people were friendly, relaxed and tolerant of each other. We didn’t have an issue with the shower or toilet blocks at any time. I’ve seen previous reviews about dirty showers etc all I can say is it’s a campsite with many people using the same showers in a day. I think it would be impossible to keep them pristine! 100% we would return to the campsite.
Carol M
Carol M
2023-07-25
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Lovely site Had a lovely weekend at this site fabulous toilet and showers on site. Beautifully clean and washing up sinks under cover as well. Have a pizza van on site on Friday evening beautiful as well A lovely small bar onsite as well. It did rain a lot but it did not spoil our stay at all.
Tony J
Tony J
2023-06-15
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Touring Caravan Stay at Greenhills Just had a great 6 days at Greenhills. Our first time there and loved it. Great site run by really friendly and helpful staff some of them the owners family. Modern toilet block, most of the pitches reasonable level. Fantastic position in the Derbyshire Peaks, a 10 minute walk to Ashford on the Water, a village with shops, pub and cafe, and a 15 m inure walk to Bakewell a busy Market town. Site also had a small pub on site which was great, good outside are and really good atmosphere inside. We liked it so much we are on their waiting list and hoping for a seasonal pitch.
smiler888
smiler888
2023-05-14
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Warm Welcome & Excellent Location Not our first visit & won’t be our last. Location is a great place for walking or browsing around Bakewell. Site is a friendly mix of holiday homes & tourers. The on-site team are fantastic with a “nothing is too much trouble” attitude. Onsite bar is also very social. Highly recommended
Sue F
Sue F
2023-04-18
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Lovely base for walking This was our first visit to Greenhill, it's a great base for walking. I did think it a little expensive but that's the price you pay for the area. Staff on site are really nice, the pizza van on Friday is highly recommended too. The showers and toilets are good, water is nice and warm. My only complaint is the use of electric scooters and bikes on the site- there was a couple of kids razzing round on them, could easily take out a small child or dog!