Bakewell Country Festival - What's On
TIMETABLES FOR ALL ENTERTAINMENT ACROSS TIPIS, THE STAGE, CULINARY THEATRE AND CENTRE RING WILL BE PROVIDED ON ARRIVAL AND ALSO AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE CLOSER TO THE FESTIVAL.
A rare opportunity to come for a three-night stay in the heart of the beautiful Peak District National Park. Visit our ticket page for information on tent and live-in vehicle pitches. Further details also on our FAQs page.
Join in with a craft session run by Chesterfield's StraightCurves and make a bee or flower magnet or pencil topper, or make a mask, handprint lilly or decorate a biscuit with BAHS. Simply head to the tipi and join in - no need to book! Small fees apply.
Mayfield Alpacas Animal Park will be joining us with six of their alpacas - join them for feeding sessions on the hour throughout the day. The team passionately focuses on animal welfare, education and conservation. Not only is their park a popular visitors attraction, but they also engage in a range of educational and training programmes for schools, communities and individuals interested in animal management.
UNICORNS, DUCKLINGS & CHICKS!
The wonderful Lane End Farm Trust, based at Flagg, will be joining us with Shetland unicorns and small animal handling sessions all day (ducklings, turkeys, chicks, rabbits and guinea pigs). The organisation is a not-for-profit charity offering animal care and horticulture to disabled, disadvantaged and disengaged young people.
FREE TETHERED HOT AIR BALLOON RIDES
With Virgin hot air balloons - TBC. A pre-booked balloon ride is also scheduled to take place from Bakewell Showground around 5pm, towards the close of the event.
INTERACTIVE MUSIC SESSIONS
Youngsters can visit our children's tipi to participate in interactive energetic musical workshops with multi-instrumentalist Luke Carver Goss and musician and early years specialist Martin Harwood. Just turn up and enjoy!
BAKEWELL'S PEAK PERFORMANCE THEATRE SCHOOL
Strictly fans and budding dancers can join Bakewell's Peak Performance Theatre School for fun afternoon dance sessions - try your hand (feet!) at the Charleston and rock'n'roll moves during these energetic and free sessions.
WOODLAND WAYS BUSHCRAFT & SURVIVAL SKILLS
Internationally renowned but based from the Haddon Hall Estate, Woodland Ways Bushcraft & Survival Instructors will be providing you the opportunity to drop in and have a go at rubbing to sticks together to make fire, a skill that is transferable globally in the wilderness. Their esteemed team will also be undertaking various craft demonstrations including spoon carving and utility pouch making and you can source Bushcraft equipment from their stand.
One of our Principal Partners, BeeSafe Supplies, will be bringing observation hives and running workshops for visitors to create wildflower seed bombs and beeswax candles.
TRADITIONAL HELTER SKELTER & SIDESHOWS
Fly down our Victorian lighthouse helter skelter or try your hand at the sideshow stalls. Helter skelter, sideshow and craft session tickets can be purchased from our fairground ticket booths located alongside the attractions.
COMPANION DOG SHOW
Visit our Dog Show page for more information.
JUBILEE CAKE COMPETITION - ADULTS & CHILDREN
Details to be announced shortly.
PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED...
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LOCAL FOOD & DRINK
FOOD COURTS, BARS & TRADERS
Head to one of our food courts to enjoy refreshments from local producers and breweries and keep an eye out for additional refreshments points as you head round the Showground.
Once you've chosen your fare, pull up a hay bale and sit down while you enjoy entertainment on our stage or simply watch the world go by.
CENTRE RING PROGRAMME
HEAVY HORSE COMPETITIONS
We are delighted to see heavy horse competitions return to Bakewell Showground, commentated by Delma Nulty. Please click here for our schedule and entry form.
SLOW TRACTOR RACE
Details to follow.
SHEEP AND COWS
Get up close and personal with a variety of rare and well-known breeds of sheep and cows and listen to commentary and interviews hosted by a local expert. Wander round the pens in one half of our large centre ring and talk to farmers to learn more about their livestock and what it's like to farm in the Peak District.
PROGRAMME OF TALKS & DEMOS
Details to be announced.
TUG OF WAR
COOKERY DEMO TIPI
Visit our cookery marquee for demonstrations by renowned local chefs in a programme curated by Robert Stordy - a multi-award-winning chef and former lecturer in culinary arts at the University of Derby. Chefs will be showcasing ingredients sourced locally where possible.
Demos will run from 10:30am featuring:
- Adam Harper (The Cavendish Hotel, Baslow)
- Mark Aisthorpe (The Bull's Head, Holymoorside)
- Chris Mapp (The Tickled Trout, Barlow)
- Lee Smith (Lovage Restaurant, Bakewell)
- Darren Goodwin (The Devonshire Arms, Baslow)
- Chris Higham (Stones Restaurant, Matlock)
- Denise Tollyfield (cookery presenter, home economist & food stylist)
- Robert Stordy
BAKEWELL DOG SHOW
SATURDAY 16TH & SUNDAY 17TH JULY
We are delighted to announce the return of Bakewell Dog Show. This long-established event will take place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July.
For more information please visit our Dog Show page.
The Bakewell Dog Show schedule and entry form are available here via Fosse Date. Please refer any questions to the secretary, as detailed in the schedule.
FARRIERS & RURAL CRAFTS
Always a popular spectacle, we are delighted to be welcoming local farriers to Bakewell Country Festival for competitions and demonstrations.
Witness additional traditional crafts, such as besom making and wooden furniture making, up close and admire experts including a chainsaw carver at work.
VINTAGE TRACTORS & ENGINES
Our vintage tractor and engine exhibits are being arranged by Martin Ambrey of Ambrey Agricultural. If you are interested in exhibiting please send your details using our contact form.
CONSERVATION & AGRICULTURE
CHESTERFIELD & DISTRICT BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION
Learn more about the importance of bees with a beekeeping equipment display and honey sales.
Darley Dale School students will be displaying a garden they have been working to grow and will be on hand to chat about their experiences. Kids can also join them for charcoal making and to plant a pot to take home and nurture.
DRY STONE WALLING ASSOCIATION
We are delighted to be welcoming the Derbyshire branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association - a registered charity that works to advance education in the craft and heritage of dry stone walling for the public benefit.
Meet representatives from Derbyshire Constabulary's Rural Crime Team, The Peak District National Park Foundation, The Farming Life Centre, the NFU, Peak District Moorland Group, the National Sheep Association, The Derbyshire Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs, The Woodland Trust and more.
THE FISHING VILLAGE
FOR FISHING FANATICS
Our busy Fishing village will be packed with trade stands, information and activities such as learning to cast and fly tying.
More details will be announced shortly.
Our bustling market areas will focus on local producers who will be selling everything from handmade art, crafts and jewellery to food, drink and more.
Bakewell Country Festival is a fundraising event for Bakewell Agricultural & Horticultural Society (Charity No. 1045165).