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

cala216
cala216
2021-09-22
Touring caravan Lovely quiet site, clean showers,toilets, bar lovely area to relax, pitches we're good size,we was hard standing with tourer, Aldi, 2 min drive, Bakewell close by, had a lovely time,met some lovely people.
Tracey B
Tracey B
2021-08-21
Lovely Site. We first came here about 4 years ago and thought It was a lovely site but never came back until this year!!! I don’t know why. Anyway we are here now, our third visit this year with another one booked for Sept. it’s a lovely well kept site and the staff are really nice and very polite. The views of the Derbyshire countryside are amazing. The pitches are very well set out. Our favourite is Pitch 24 only because it faces the pub and I’m nosey. Lol. The pub is very nice with a proper village atmosphere. There’s a nice outdoor seating area and a play park for the children. There is an Aldi a few minutes drive away or about a 10 minute walk. It’s very close to Bakewell, 5 minutes drive which is a beautiful little town. Buxton is about 20-25 minutes drive which is also a lovely town with loads of shops. All in all a nice relaxing place to stay. Well done Team Greenhills.
RLOH
RLOH
2021-08-13
Good campsite located within walking distance to Bakewell Good campsite within 30 minute walk to Bakewell, Aldi close by, reception selling the basic needs. Friendly and helpful staff. Bar onsite located next to a play park for the children. It was just a shame our grass pitch was a mud patch which wasn’t great with the heavy rain we had for 2 days!!
Ken H
Ken H
2021-08-06
Cracking Campsite Ideal for Bakewell Really nice site. Nice layout and facilities. Playpark for the young ones. Good hard standing pitches. Check in was very easy with staff genuinely very friendly and helpful. Excellent showers and facilities, lots of helpful local information. Drive over grey water drain for motorhomes. Site is ideally located within walking distance of Bakewell and cycling the Monsal Trail. Just down the road is a Aldistore. Highly recommended site.
Tracy S
Tracy S
2021-08-02
OUTSTANDING Our second visit to this caravan park and yet again an outstanding visit. Even though the management look a wee bit tierd they were still helpfull. The only advice i would suggest is remember if you have an awning you need rock pegs. Thank you again Team greenhills
Lynne S
Lynne S
2021-07-31
Lovely week away We stayed 6 nights. 2 adults, 2 teenage boys. Lovely campsite. Check-in was quick and easy. There’s two toilet/shower blocks. Both kept very clean with plenty of showers. I never had to queue once. The on-site bar is lovely and serves a very welcome pint after the busy days. There is an information hut with lots of leaflets/maps etc to help to plan. Our pitch was number 14 and was a level pitch once we’d driven down the small slope to it. It rained heavily throughout our last night so the pitch was a bit boggy at the back of the tent as we were packing up. The way the camping pitches are set out with the hedges and trees makes it feel less crammed in. Aldi is a 10 minute walk from the camp, The little village of Ashford-In-The-Water is a 15 minute walk away. The shop there is small but well stocked and we ate at The Bulls Head, the food there was really good. The Monsal trail is close by and I recommend the walk tunnels/viaduct/Monsal head all make it more interesting and a good walk. Bakewell was about 25 minutes walk away. It has lots of shops, bars and cafes. We also went to Heights of Abraham and the caverns at Castletown -and would recommend both. We really enjoyed our stay and would definitely return.
John23
John23
2021-06-26
Best stay ever I came to visit the site on my first ever touring caravan trip so I was filled with many nerves. I was met with 2 very kind and extremely professional young gentleman, they were extremely helpful and nothing was too much to ask of them. The on-site bar is very clean and tidy and a very nice modern look to it, keeping some old characteristics. I have read some of the reviews on here which questions how clean the site is?The site is extremely clean in all areas of the site. With the fact there are some grass pitches I expected the toilet block to be a little muddy however the floor and toilets are very well cleaned and even have a nice smell. You can tell that this is a very well run site. 5 star
Mark M
Mark M
2021-06-13
Great site near bakewell Check in was swift . Given details of where to pitch on a small map , which also had site rules written on it . Arrival time is from 1pm . Our pitch was level ( some less so ) but access to it was across a sloping field . Not a problem in the June sunshine , but I imagine it could be tricky getting off the field if raining . Plenty of toilets and showers . Showers are free . Main toilet block kept very clean . Laundry room and pot washing facilities good too . Bar was staffed by a young woman who always made time to make conversation.draught beers are a couple of lagers , a bitter and a couple of ipa,s . We had a great 3 night stay here in lovely summer sunshine . Great for people who enjoy the outdoors . Lots of decent walks around . Easy walking distance to bakewell or ashford in the water . Nice site , good staff . Recommend it .