Our Patrons' Recommendations

VISITOR ATTRACTIONS
ALTON TOWERS
Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB. Information line: 0990 204060.
The UK's Number One theme park, with rides and attractions, suitable for every member of the family. Set in 500 acres of beautiful Staffordshire countryside. Open daily from mid March to early November. Call information line for exact times and charges.
ARBOR LOW STONE CIRCLE AND GIB HILL TUMULUS (English Heritage)
Arbor Low, the 'Stonehenge of the North', is one of the best examples in Britain of a prehistoric henge, a type of ceremonial monument used in Neolithic and Bronze Age times, four thousand years ago. Open throughout the year - via Upper Oldhams Farm.
BAGSHAWE CAVERN
Bradwell, Hope Valley, S33 9HD. Tel: 01433 620540.
Two-hour adventure caving trip. Muddy and wet with crawling, scrambling, etc plus underground river. Glory hole.
A challenging experience for all.
BAKEWELL OLD HOUSE MUSEUM
Cunningham Place, Bakewell, Derbyshire. For information tel: 01629 813165.
An early 16th Century house with later additions. Contains collections of textiles, ceramics, cameras, tools, toys and two kitchens - one of the 16th century and one of the 19th. Open daily Easter to end of October, 1.30 pm-4 pm. July and August 11 am-4 pm. Parties by appointment: Dr J T Brighton, Heald Bank, The Yeld, Bakewell, DE45 1FH on the telephone number above.
BAKEWELL MEMORY LANE TOY MUSEUM
Bakewell Cottage Crafts, 1 Butts Road (off King Street), Bakewell. Tel: 01629 814271.
A magnificent collection of dolls houses, boys toys, teddies, dolls, etc in the centre of Bakewell. Open Monday to Saturday, April to end of December (shop open all year). Disabled facilities available.
BIDDULPH GRANGE GARDEN (THE NATIONAL TRUST)
Grange Road, Biddulph, Stoke on Trent, ST8 7SD. Tel: 01782 517999.
A 15-acre Victorian garden divided into several smaller themed gardens, Egypt court, Chinese garden, Scottish glen, parterres, avenues and walks. Open 1 April to 1 November - Wednesday-Friday 12 noon-6pm; Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 11 am-6 pm (last entry 5.30 pm). Open 7 November to 20 December - Saturday and Sunday 12 noon-4 pm or dusk if sooner.
BLACKBROOK WORLD OF BIRDS AND ANIMALS
Winkhill, Nr Leek, Staffordshire. (Just off the A523 - behind the Little Chef). Tel: 01538 308293.
Enjoy a day with a difference amongst an amazing collection of birds in an attractive moorland setting. Cranes, storks, Owls, waterfowl, Pheasants and many more. Children's farm and pets area. Gift shop, tea rooms open April 1st - end October 10.30-5.30. Easily accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. Picnic areas inside and out. Open daily Easter to end October 11.30 am-5.30 pm, 1 November to end March, weekends only.
BLUE JOHN CAVERN
Castleton, Hope Valley. Tel: 01433 620638/620642.
Large range of natural water-worn caverns featuring stalactites, stalagmites and Blue John Stone. Eight of the fourteen known veins are found here. Castleton is the only known place where Britain's rarest mineral occurs.
Open Easter-October 9.30 am-5.30 pm, winter season 9.30 am until dusk.
BOLLINGTON CYCLE HIRE
Groundwork, The Adelphi Mill Gate Lodge, Grimshaw Lane, Bollington, Macclesfield, SK10 5JB.
Tel: 01625 572681 . Fax: 01625 574160.
Hire a range of cycles for use on the Middlewood Way. Child seats, helmets available. Open weekends and Bank Holidays. Easter to end October. Saturday 12-6. Sunday 10.30-6. Open weekdays July 6-Aug 31 10.30-6. Hire charges on application.
 
 
BRINDLEY MILL
Mill Street, Leek. Tel: 01538 483741.
Standing by the River Churnet, this restored working mill is dated 1752 and attributed to James Brindley, the renowned canal builder. It also contains a museum with displays illustrating the life and work of Brindley and the history of corn milling. Open Easter Saturday to end September - Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holiday Monday; also from the third Monday in July until the end of August, open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, 2-5 pm. All dates.
BUXTON MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
Terrace Road, Buxton, SK17 6DU. Tel: 01298 24658, Fax: 01298 79394.
Gallery features geology, archaeology and history of the Peak District displayed in a seven section Time Tunnel - compete with sounds and smells! Local history, Art Galleries, Museum Gift Shop. Open all year Tuesday to Friday 9.30 am-5.30 pm, Saturday 9.30 am-5 pm, open Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from Easter to end September 10.30 am-5 pm.
BUXTON OPERA HOUSE
Water Street, Buxton, SK17 6XN. Box Office Tel: 01298 72190 Fax: 01298 27563.
Superb Edwardian theatre presenting Opera, Drama, Ballet, Comedy, Music, Summer Festivals, Christmas pantomime. Guided tours and coffee mornings most Saturday mornings. Open throughout the year.
CASTLETON VILLAGE MUSEUM
Old School Room, Methodist Church, Castleton, Hope Valley. Tel: 01433 620950 (curator).
Village history displays including Blue John, lead mining, Smithy, Joiner's shop, rope making, Garland Ceremony etc. Run by local history group. Open 2 pm-5 pm, Easter weekend, May: Sundays and Bank Holiday weekend, June and July: Sunday and Wednesday, August: Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Bank Holiday weekend, September and October: Sundays. Small parties by arrangement - Easter to end October.
CAUDWELL'S MILL TRUST LTD
Caudwell's Mill, Rowsley, Matlock, DE4 2EB. Tel: 01629 734374 Fax: 01332 880600.
Victorian Grade II* listed. Turbine-water-powered roller flour mill. Four floors of fascinating machinery. Still milling occasionally. Exhibitions, craftspeople in Stable Yard, cafe. Milling days, particularly National Mills Day, Sunday 10 May; Rowsley Festival, 27/28 June and others. Open 1 March to 31 October, 10 am-6 pm every day; 1 November to end February, 10 am-4.30 pm. Weekends only for visitors to mill. Every day for flour sales, except 24-26 December.
CHATSWORTH HOUSE
Bakewell, DE45 1PP. Tel: 01246 582204.
Home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Chatsworth is one of the grandest country homes in England, and known as 'The Palace of the Peak'. The house is richly furnished and decorated with painted walls and ceilings, woodcarvings, elaborate inlay furniture, tapestry and leather. Open daily 18 March to 1 November, 11 am-4.30 pm (last admission). Garden 11 am-5 pm (last admission). June, July and August garden opens at 10.30 am. Guided tours by prior arrangement. Refreshments and self service restaurant.
CHATSWORTH FARM YARD AND ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND
Tel: 01246 583139.
Open daily from 18 March to 1 November, 10.30 am-4.30 pm (last admission).
CHATSWORTH STAND WOOD WALKS
Entrance via farmyard. 5 miles of walks. Children to be accompanied by an adult.
CHEDDLETON FLINT MILL
Cheadle Road, Cheddleton, Leek, ST13 7HL. Tel: 01538 360610.
Twin water-wheel, flint mills. Exhibits include canal narrow-boat, "Vienna". Robey steam engine, flint kilns, lime kiln, furnished mill cottage, 18th century steam engine, boiler, pottery milling machinery, Corne mill remains, Toby Jug connections. Open most days throughout the year, 10 am-5 pm.
CHESTERFIELD MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
St Mary's Gate, Chesterfield, S41 7TY. Tel: 01246 345727.
The story of Chesterfield, from Roman fort to market town to centre for engineering/mining concerns. A feature of special interest is the builder's treadmill, used in the construction of Chesterfield Parish Church, one of only five in the country. Also, art gallery featuring work of local artist and changing temporary displays. Open daily except Wednesday and Sunday, 10 am-4 pm.
CHURNET VALLEY RAILWAY
Station Road, Cheddleton, Staffordshire Moorlands. Tel: 01538 360522.
Victorian railway station, steam locomotives, loco shed, signal box, tea rooms and souvenir shop. Enjoy a journey along the Churnet Valley Line travelling through one of the longest tunnels on a preserved railway. NB steam locomotives subject to availability. Open Easter to October, 11 am-5 pm Sundays.
CROMFORD CANAL
Tel: 01629 823204.
A 5-mile stretch of the canal between Cromford and Ambergate managed for recreation and conservation. Access at Cromford Wharf and High Peak Junction - signed off A6.
SIR RICHARD ARKWRIGHT'S CROMFORD MILL
Mill Lane, Cromford. Tel/Fax: 01629 823256.
Follow brown tourist signs at Cromford Village cross roads on the A6, 3 miles south of Matlock and 15 miles north of Derby. An international heritage site and the world's first successful water powered cotton spinning mill. Guided tours, shops, restaurant. Through 1996 a massive excavation uncovering exciting archaeological remains of the 1779 mill. There is an ongoing restoration programme and a guide will explain the history and plans for the future. Open daily 9 am-5 pm. Guided tours available 10 am-4 pm
'CROOKED SPIRE' CHURCH (CHURCH OF ST MARY AND ALL SAINTS)
Church Way, Chesterfield, S40 1XJ. Tel: The Verger 01246 206506.
Chesterfield's famous landmark, the 'Crooked Spire' is the largest Church in Derbyshire. Dedicated in 1234, its 228 foot spire is covered by 32 tons of lead slates. Open all year. Church - Monday to Saturday, 9 am-5 pm, Sunday - at service times only. The Tower - Summer Bank Holiday Mondays and at advertised times.
DERBYSHIRE AND LANCASHIRE GLIDING CLUB
Camphill Farm, Great Hucklow, Tideswell, SK17 8RQ. Tel: 01298 871270.
If you are looking for something different, why not try the graceful pursuit of gliding? The site is set high in the glorious Peak District.
DUNGE VALLEY GARDENS AND HARDY PLANT NURSERY
Dunge Valley Gardens, Windgather Rocks, Kettleshulme, Nr Whaley Bridge, High Peak, SK23 7RF.
Tel/Fax: 01663 733787.
Like a mini Bodnant Gardens, this beautiful 6-acre garden set in the rolling Pennine Hills gives its visitors a wonderful opportunity to experience a setting similar to a Himalayan Valley, but is only 5 minutes away from the Goyt Valley and 15 minutes from Buxton. The garden, with its wealth of Rhododendrons, trees, shrubs and perennials, is a wonderful blend of colour and foliage with streams and waterfalls completing the picture. Blue poppies, species Rhododendrons and many rare trees, shrubs and perennials are features of the Hardy Plant Nursery. The tea room provides light refreshments. Groups welcome by appointment. Open every day: 1 April to 31 August, 10.30 am-6 pm.
EYAM HALL
Eyam, Hope Valley, S32 5QW. Tel: 01433 631976. Fax: 01433 631603.
This beautiful 17th century manor house, situated in the heart of the picturesque "plague village" of Eyam, offers a glimpse of three centuries of family history in portraits, furniture, costumes and accumulated family memorabilia.
Eyam Hall Buttery, in the award-winning restored stables, offers an imaginative menu of light lunches, snacks and delicious cakes - all home-baked. Eyam Hall Craft Centre houses seven workshops where you can see craftspeople at work and purchase authentic local products. Located approximately 10 miles from Sheffield, Chesterfield and Buxton, Eyam is off the A623 Stockport-Chesterfield road. Eyam Hall is in the centre of the village past the Church.
Open 1 April to 1 November, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. First tour 11 am, last tour 4.30 pm. Victorian Christmas tours for booked groups. Concerts and events - telephone for details. Craft Centre, Buttery and Gift Shop open daily except Mondays, 28 February to 24 December, 10.30 am-5.30 pm
EYAM MUSEUM
Hawkhill Road, Eyam, Hope Valley, S32 5QP. Tel: 01433 631371. Fax: 01433 630777.
Museum telling the story of the village heroism in 1665/6 during the Bubonic Plague. Well-researched and well-presented with an extended story of how the village recovered and embraced the Industrial Revolution. Open 31 March to 7 Novembe, 10 am-4.30 pm Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays.
GLOSSOP HERITAGE CENTRE
Henry Street, Glossop, SK13 8BW. Tel: 01457 869176.
The Centre has two Exhibition Rooms, one illustrating the town's history from Roman times, through Domesday and Industrial Revolution to modern times. A collection of local newspapers from 1890s to modern times. Authentic Victorian kitchen. Art gallery displaying monthly exhibitions of the work of local artists. Exhibitions change regularly, Centre Gift Shop, tea and coffee available. Open all year (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day), Monday to Saturday, 10.30 am-4.30 pm.
GULLIVER'S KINGDOM FAMILY THEME PARK
Temple Walk, Matlock Bath DE4 3PG. Tel: 01629 57100.
Signed from exit 28 of the M1. Theme park for young families. Set on hillside overlooking Matlock Bath. Attractions include chairlift, log flume, mine train, lazy river ride, adventure golf, dodgems, water show, animated bear show. Restaurant and shop facilities. |Open Easter to end October, weekends only April, May, September, October, 10.30 am-5 pm.
GRINLOW & BUXTON COUNTRY PARK
Tel: 01663 746222.
Paths linking the Grinlow Caravan Club site and the main public car park give access to the Visitor Centre, Poole's Cavern, Solomon's Temple and Grinlow itself - superb vantage point and picnic area.
HADDON HALL
Bakewell, DE45 1LA. Tel: 01629 812855.
Originally held by the illegitimate son of William the Conqueror, Haddon has been owned by the Dukes of Rutland since the 16th century. Little has been added since the reign of Henry VIII, whose elder brother was a frequent visitor. Despite its time-worn steps, no other medieval home has so successfully withstood the ravages of time. Renowned throughout the world for its incredibly romantic rose gardens. Flower Festival - 15-24 June. Open 1 April to 30 September every day, 11 am-5 pm.
HATHERSAGE CHURCH (ST MICHAEL AND ALL ANGELS).
Tel: 01433 650215.
Legendary site of Little John's Grave, in village which also has connection with Charlotte Bronte, who wrote "Jane Eyre" while staying here. Brass rubbings may be done of the Eyre family brasses. Open in daylight hours.
HATHERSAGE OPEN AIR HEATED SWIMMING POOL
Oddfellows Road, Hathersage, Hope Valley. Tel: 01433 650843.
The pool surround has changed little since being built in 1936 and still has the original veranda and bandstand with a beautiful grass lawn to sunbathe on. Open May to mid September. Open Monday to Saturday, 10.30 am-12.15 pm and 1.30 pm-7.45 pm (6 pm Wednesdays).
HEIGHTS OF ABRAHAM CABLE CARS, CAVERNS AND COUNTRY PARK
Matlock Bath, DE4 3PD. Tel: 01629 582365.
The cable cars are just the start of a visit to the Heights of Abraham family attraction. Your ticket includes guided tours down two famous Show Caverns, an Owl Maze, Explorer's Challenge, Nature Trail and Victoria Prospect Tower. Also coffee shop, restaurant and gift shops. Open daily from Easter to end October, 10 am-5 pm (later in high season).
HIGH PEAK AND TISSINGTON TRAILS
Tel: 01629 823204.
The Trail covers 17 miles from High Peak Junction near Cromford to Dowlow near Buxton and is a traffic-free route for horse riders, cyclists, naturalists and walkers. All the information centres, picnic sites, car parks and amenities along the Trail have been designed to give visitors unspoilt access to the beautiful Peak District countryside. At Parsley Hay, the Trail connects with the Tissington Trail to Ashbourne.
HIGH PEAK JUNCTION WORKSHOPS
Tel: 01629 823204.
Open with restored main room with forge, railway exhibition, model, video programme, shop and information centre. Open daily Easter to October 10.30 am-5 pm, and winter Sundays 10.30 am-4.30 pm. Groups by arrangement.
ILAM PARK (NATIONAL TRUST)
Ilam, Ashbourne, DE6 2AZ. Tel: 01335 350245. (4? miles NW of Ashbourne).
84 acres of park and woodland, managed by the National Trust, on both banks of the River Manifold. Magnificent views towards Thorpe Cloud and the entrance to Dovedale. Grounds and park open all year. Shop and information - January to end March weekends, 11 am-4 pm. Manifold tearoom also open Easter to October daily, 11 am-5 pm, November to 20 December weekends, 11 am-4 pm - please check times before arrival.
LONGSHAW VISITOR CENTRE (The National Trust)
Longshaw Estate, Hope Valley, S11 7TL. Tel: 01433 631708.
A National Trust property, with 688 ha of open moorland, woodland and farms in Peak District National Park, with dramatic views and varied walking. The Visitor Centre is situated next to the Lodge, the former shooting lodge of the Duke of Rutland, and contains a small shop and tearoom. Estate open all year. Visitor Centre open - weekends all year, 10.30 am-5 pm; Easter to end May, Wednesday-Sunday 10.30 am-5 pm; June to September, seven days a week, 10.30 am-5 pm; October, Wednesday-Friday 10.30 am-5 pm.
LYME PARK (NATIONAL TRUST)
Disley, Stockport, SK12 2NX
Home of the Legh family for 600 years. Part of the original Elizabethan house survives with 18th-19th century additions by Giacomo Leoni and Lewis Wyatt. Set in extensive historic gardens and park, home to red and fallow deer. Magnificent views of Pennine Hills and Cheshire Plain. Setting for exterior filming of BBC's recent adaptation of Jane Austen's novel "Pride and Prejudice". Park: open Easter Saturday to 29 October, daily from 8 am-8.30 pm, November to March 8 am-6 pm. Garden: Easter Saturday to 29 October daily 11 am-5 pm (last entry 4.30 pm). Hall: Easter Saturday to 29 October, Saturday to Wednesday 1.30 pm-5 pm (last entry 4.30 pm).
LYME PARK NATURE TRAILS
Open daily throughout the year.
MATLOCK BATH AQUARIUM AND HOLOGRAM GALLERY
110 North Parade, Matlock Bath, DE4 3NS. Tel: 01629 583624 (when closed - 582350).
Large, thermal pool containing various species of carp. Also indoor aquaria, hologram gallery, petrifying well and gemstone collection. Open Easter to end October daily, 10 am-5.30 pm. Times extend during high season. Winter - weekends only. Christmas and half-term - ring for confirmation.
MIDDLETON TOP VISITOR CENTRE AND CYCLE HIRE CENTRE, HIGH PEAK TRAIL
Middleton by Wirksworth, DE4 4LS. Tel: 01629 823204.
The centre has a range of mountain bikes to suit most ages. Also, we hire tandems, child carriers, trailers and trailer bikes. All bikes are maintained to the relevant British Standard and individually adjusted as necessary. Group bookings of 10 or more accepted - telephone Visitor Centre. Open February to November, weekends at ends of season, full-time during holiday periods, 9.30 am-6 pm or dusk if earlier. Competitive scale of hire charges.
Visitor Centre free, small charge into Beam engine and railway workshops. See current Peak Cycle Hire leaflet or telephone Visitor Centre.
MILL HOUSE ANIMAL SANCTUARY
Mayfield Road, Fulwood, Sheffield, S10 4PR. Tel: 0114 2302907.
The sanctuary is dedicated to rescuing animals that have been abused and neglected. We have all types of animals, including horses, ponies, sheep, cows, goats, pigs, rabbits, guinea pigs, cats, dogs and poultry. Short drive or wooded walk to Forge Dam Cafe and children's play area. Open all year round including Christmas Day, 10.30 am-4 pm.
MOORLANDS FARM PARK
Ipstones Edge, Stoke on Trent, ST10 2LP. Tel: 01538 266479.
Collection of rare breeds, play area, farm walks and gift shop. Open April to end October, 10.30 am-6.30 pm.
NATIONAL STONE CENTRE
Porter Lane, Wirksworth, DE4 4LS. Tel: 01629 824833 (office) or 825403 (shop).
The National Stone Centre is a unique visitor attraction set in the heart of the Derbyshire Dales, amidst stunning limestone scenery. Discover an ancient tropical landscape fossilised in the rocks. Pan for gems, walk the Trail and enjoy the vigorous exhibition. Also treasure shop, refreshments and free parking. Open daily all year round, October to March 10 am-4 pm; Easter to October 10 am-5 pm. Closed Christmas Day.
Prices subject to review.
NATIONAL TRAMWAY MUSEUM
Crich, Matlock. Tel: 01773 852565. Fax: 01773 852326.
Special events throughout the season. Open: April - from 4, then daily except 24; May - daily except Fridays; June/July/August - daily; September/October - daily except Fridays - plus special 'Holiday Friday' openings on 29 May, 4 September, 23 and 30 October, plus Sunday 1 November. 10 am-5.30 pm daily (6.30 pm Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holidays) plus longer opening times in peak season and for some special events - ring for details.
NEW MILLS HERITAGE AND INFORMATION CENTRE
Rock Mill Lane, New Mills, High Peak, SK22 3BN. Tel: 01663 746904.
A simulated coal mine and magnificent model of the town as it was in 1884 are two of the attractions to be seen in New Mills Heritage and Information Centre. The Centre is housed in a refurbished stone-built building of great character next to the bus station and near central railway station. Displays on history of New Mills, inter-active video - Domesday project. Various changing temporary displays. Many interesting local walks including Torrs Industrial Trail and the Sett Valley Trail. Open Tuesday to Friday, 11 am-4 pm, Saturday/Sunday, 10.30 am-4.30 pm (4 pm in winter). Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays. Disabled access and toilet. Cafe.
PAVILION GARDENS
St John's Road, Buxton, SK17 6XN. Tel: 01298 23114.
The Pavilion Gardens are situated close to the centre of Buxton overlooking 23 acres of parks and woodland. Restaurant, Lounge Bar, self-service Cafeteria and Coffee Shop. Open daily 10 am-5.30 pm Easter to September, 10 am-3 pm (Monday-Friday) and 10 am-5.30 pm (Weekends and Bank Holidays) from October to March.
PADLEY CHAPEL, GATEHOUSE AND MARTYR'S SHRINE
Upper Padley, Grindleford, Hope Valley, Tel: 01433 651048.
Late 13th Century Manor House, former home of the Padley, Eyre, and Fitzherbert families. Arrest of John Fitzherbert, recusant, along with two priests Nicholas Garlick and Robert Ludlam 12 July 1588. Martyrdom on Derby Bridge of two priests 24 July 1588. Open Wednesday and Sunday 2-4 pm, 19 April to 20 September. Any other time by arrangement with Barbara Smith on above number.
PEACOCK HERITAGE CENTRE
Low Pavement, Chesterfield, S40 1PB. Tel: 01246 345777.
Early 16th Century timber framed building, housing a changing programme of exhibitions. Video about Chesterfield and its surroundings available on request. Open all year Monday to Saturday 11 am-4 pm.
PEAK DISTRICT MINING MUSEUM AND TEMPLE MINE
Matlock Bath, DE4 3NR. Tel: 01629 583834.
Lead mining museum with climbing shafts. Go underground in Temple Mine and pan for gold. Open all year (except Christmas Day) 11 am-4 pm, longer in summer.
PEAK CAVERN
Castleton. Tel: 01433 620285.
The largest cave entrance in Britain, including remains of a 400 year old village where rope makers lived.
Open daily to end October, 10 am-5 pm. Admission charge.
PEVERIL CASTLE
Castleton, Hope Valley, (English Heritage). Tel: 01433 620613.
Norman Motte and Bailey Castle in ruins. Built by William the Conqueror for his illegitimate son William Peveril, to oversee the lead mines and Forest of the Peak. Looked after by English Heritage. Open 1†April to 30 September 10 am-6 pm, October 10 am-dusk, 1 November to 31 March 10 am-4 pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Party rates on application.
POOLE'S CAVERN AND COUNTRY PARK
Green Lane, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 9DH. Tel: 01298 26978.
Poole's Cavern is a magnificent natural limestone cavern. The vast well lit chambers are adorned with spectacular stalactite formations including the largest in Derbyshire. Cascades of coloured flowstones cover the passage walls. Set in 100 acres of beautiful woodlands with trails to panoramic viewpoints. Open every day 10 am-5 pm, March to end of October. Last tour 4.30 pm out of main season. Family tickets and group rates also available.
RENISHAW HALL AND GARDENS
Renishaw, near Sheffield. Tel: 01777 860755.
Home of Sir Reresby and Lady Sitwell. Seven acres of formal gardens stand in 300 acres of mature parkland, encompassing statues, shaped yew hedges, water garden and lakes. The Sitwell museum and art gallery (display of Fiori de Henriques sculptures) are located in the Georgian stables along with craft workshops and a cafe. Overlooking Rother Valley, equidistant from Sheffield and Chesterfield on the A616, three miles from exit 30 of the M1. A new 20th century exhibition of modern arts opened in May 1998. Tours of house and gardens can be arranged. Telephone for details. Open Easter to end September on Fridays, weekends and Bank Holidays from 10.30 am-4.30 pm and at other times by arrangement.
 
REVOLUTION HOUSE
High Street, Old Whittington, Chesterfield, S41 9LA. Tel: 01246 453554 or 345727.
Thatched cottage, formerly a farm and ale house, furnished in 17th Century country style. Video on the history of the House and the Revolution of 1688 available on request. Upstairs is a changing programme of local exhibitions. (Take A61 towards Sheffield then B6052 to Whittington). Open daily Good Friday to end October, 10 am-4 pm (parties by appointment). Christmas 12-24 December and 27 December to 1 January. Admission: free.
RIBER CASTLE WILDLIFE PARK
Tel: 01629 582073.
Rare, endangered and domesticated breeds housed in the grounds of ruined 19th century Riber Castle. Species range from agouti to zebra, including emus, lynx, otters, owls, peccaries, porcupines, wallabies, wild boar and many more! Cafeteria, licensed bar, picnic areas, gift shop, marble rubbings. Disabled access and toilet.
Party rates on application.
THE ROUND BUILDING
Hathersage, Hope Valley, S30 1BA, Tel: 01433 650220.
The award-winning David Mellor Round Building is a unique small scale cutlery factory. Designed by Sir†Michael Hopkins, it has been described as a 'minor masterpiece of modern architecture'. The Country Shop sells the full range of David Mellor cutlery plus a large collection of kitchenware, tableware and English crafts. Located just outside Hathersage village on the B6001. Open all year 10 am-5 pm Monday to Saturday, 11 am-5 pm Sunday.
RUDYARD LAKE
Tel: 01538 33280
3 miles north of Leek. Day ticket available for coarse fishing. Boat hire service.
SADDLEWORTH MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
High Street, Uppermill, near Oldham, OL3 6HS. Tel: 01457 874093.
The story of a Yorkshire community on the Lancashire side of the Pennines - its traditions, textile industry, transport and people. Family-friendly, hands-on area and free activity boxes. Art gallery display changes monthly. Open 10 am-5 pm Monday to Saturday, Late March to end October (Sunday 12-5 pm). 1-4 pm daily November to late March.
SETT VALLEY TRAIL
Tel: 01663 746222.
This Trail open daily all year provides a traffic-free route of 2 miles for walkers, cyclists and horse riders between New Mills and Hayfield. Facilities include car parking, bus station, picnic sites, cycle hire, toilets, information centre, shop and ranger station. Open daily Easter to October. Information centre and shop open every Sunday through winter.
SPEEDWELL CAVERN
Winnat's Pass, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WA. Tel: 01433 620512. Fax: 01433 621888
This unique cavern is an old lead mine worked in the early part of the 18th Century. It is visited by boat in complete comfort and safety by travelling along a subterranean illuminated canal. Open daily 9.30 am-5pm (except Christmas Day).
STEEPLE GRANGE LIGHT RAILWAY
(The Quarryman's railway), Middleton by Wirksworth. Tel: 01629 55123.
Close to Black Rocks car park on the High Peak Trail or National Stone Centre at Wirksworth. Derby/Matlock (via Wirksworth) bus stops at Steeple Grange. A steep narrow gauge railway on a former quarry branch line. Experience a ride in a miners' train and see the display of mining and quarrying railway equipment. Open Sundays and Bank Holidays, Easter to end October 1-5 pm. Other times by arrangement. Various ticket prices, discounts for parties.
TISSINGTON HALL
Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1RA. Tel: 01335 390246.
Tissington Hall the home of the FitzHerbert family for more than 40 years opened to the public in 1998.
The Hall will be open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons in June and July starting on 1st June 2-5pm.
Open from 2-5pm each day. Access to the Hall will be on four guided tours during the day only allowing a minimum of 15 and a maximum of 25. Access to the gardens is unrestricted.
The Old Coach House below the Hall has been refurbished into a splendid catering establishment serving lunches, snacks and afternoon teas throughout the year. Tickets for the Hall will be sold through The Old Coach House. Sir Richard will welcome enquiries from Groups or Societies at other times of the year and will conduct tours of the Hall and gardens himself. (Groups should be of a minimum of 15 and maximum of 25 persons). Tours cost £6 per head. Stiletto shoes are banned and the Hall is not suitable for wheelchairs.
TITTESWORTH VISITOR CENTRE AND AMENITY SITE
Meerbrook, Leek, North Staffs, ST13 8SW. Tel: 01538 300224.
Limited facilities (due to new Visitor Centre construction). Bird hides, nature trails, play area, trout fishing and limited parking. Limited opening (due to new Visitor Centre construction). Please phone for opening times.
TREAK CLIFF CAVERN
Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WP. Tel: V A Turner on 01433 620571.
Underground wonderland of stalactites and stalagmites. World's richest deposits of Blue John stone easily visible on guided tours of the caverns. Fossils and other mineral and rock formations. Suitable for people of all ages.
Open daily 9.30 am-5.30 pm, 1 March to 31 October. 10 am-4 pm, 1 November to 28 February. Last tour starts 40 mins before closing.
TUNNEL END CANAL & COUNTRYSIDE CENTRE
Waters Road, Marsden. Tel: 01484 846062
Located at the entrance to the Standedge Tunnel, the longest tunnel on the highest stretch of canal in the country. Exhibits on the canal area and surrounding Pennine moorland, much of it National Trust, in former tunnelkeeper's cottages. Please phone for opening times.
WHISTLESTOP COUNTRYSIDE CENTRE
Matlock Bath Railway Station, Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, DE4 3PT. Tel: 01629 580958.
In the main car park off A6 in Matlock Bath. Run by Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, the centre houses gift shop and exhibition. Open daily 1 April to end October 10 am-5 pm, 1 November to end March weekends only 12-4pm.
Admission: free.
WIRKSWORTH HERITAGE CENTRE
Crown Yard, Wirksworth, Derbyshire, DE4 4ET. Tel: 01629 825225.
"The Wirksworth Story", based in former Silk Mill. "The Quarryman's Houseplace", "Dream Cave", and computer game describe historic Wirksworth. Well dressing is explained. Open daily 10 am-5 pm mid July to mid September. Spring and Autumn - 10.30 am-4.30 pm. Closed some Monday, Tuesday and Sunday mornings. Closed December to mid February. Telephone for details.
Contacts from Pat Walker
Adventure Playgrounds
Chatsworth House Farmyard and Adventure Playground 01246 565300
Carsington Water 01629 540478

Antique Fairs
Bob Evans Antique Fairs 01664 812627
Pavilion Gardens, Buxton 01483 422562
Bakewell Antiques and Collectors centre 01629 812496
Aquariums
Matlock Bath Aquarium 01629 583624

Ballooning
Heart of England Balloons 0789 488219
Dragon Balloon Co. 01159 473778

Boat Trips
Canal Boat Trips, Froghall Wharf, nr Stoke 01538 266486

Bookshops
Scarthin Books of Cromford 01629 823272
Country BookStore, nr Bakewell 01629 813444
Book Thrift, Ashbourne 01335 300299

Bowling
Derby Super Bowl and Quasar 01332 270057
AMF Bowling centre, Ilkestone 01159 322092

Castles
Peveril castle, Castleton 01433 620613
Bolsover Castle, Bolsover 01246 823349
Tutbury Castle (ruins)
Wingfield Manor, South Wingfield 01773 832060

Caves
Pooles Cavern, Buxton 01298 26978
Speedwell Cavern, Castleton
Treak Cliffe Cavern, Castleton 01433 620571
Blue John Cavern, Castleton 01433 620638/620642
Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath 01629
Cresswell Crags, Welbeck 01909 720378
The caves of Nottingham, Drury Walk,Nottingham 0115 924 1424
Caving
Perception 01733 314924
Canal Boats and Canals
Jannel Crusers,Shobnall Marina, Burton on Trent

Canoeing
Perception 01733 314924
Carsington 01629 540478

Cinemas
UCI, meteor center, Derby 01332 347765
Showcase Cinema, Osmaston park road, Derby 01332 270300
Metro Cinema, Green Lane, Derby 01332 347765

Climbing Areas
Frogatt Edge, nr Hathersage
Black rocks, nr Cromford
Matlock Bath

Climbing Groups
Perception- Climbing/Abseiling 01733 314924

Cycling Hire and Trails
Tissington Trail Cycle Hire 01335 343156
Brownend Farm Cycle Hire 01538 308313
Carsington water cycle hire 01629 540478
Peak Cycle Hire - Water Houses 01538 30860
Ashbourne 01335 343156
Parsley hay 01298 84493
Derwent 01433 651261
Middleton Top 01629 823204
Hayfield 01663 746222

Derbyshire Dales
Dovedale
Bradford Dale
Manifold Dale
Edale
Berresford Dale
Lathkill Dale
Millersdale
Milldale

Dry Ski Slopes
Kidsgrove Ski Centre, nr Hanley, Stoke 01782 784908
Tamworth snowdome, Staffs 0990 000011

Factory Shops
Alfreton
Courtaulds Textiles factory shop 01773 831035
David Nieper, Alfreton 01773 833335
Pretty Perfects, Alfreton 01773 521929
Ambergate
End of the Line Furniture 01773 821532
Coats Viyella Clothing 01773 853473
Belper
George Brettle and Co. 01773 821532
De Bradelei Mill Shops Ltd 01773 829830
Jaeger Knitwear 01773 829830
Denby
Dartington Crystal 01773 513116
Denby Pottery Visitor Centre 01773 740799
Heage
Budget Fabrics 01773 853552
Heanor
The Fabric Factory 01773 718911
Langley Furniture 01773 765544
Langley Mill
Coppice side pottery 01773 716854
Dayclear Lighting Ltd 01773 763787
P W Shepherd Upholstery 01773 769395
One Stop Factory Shop 01773 717111
Lea
John Smedley Ltd 01629 534571
ext 426/424
Milford
Derwent House Factory Shop 01773 880404
Riddings
Standard Soap Co. Ltd 01773 604063
Charnos 01773 540408
Ripley
Chelsea Design 01773 570047
Nuthall Factory Shop 01773 570000 ext 227
Somercotes
Coats Viyella Factory Shop 01773 727590
Ideco (UK) Ltd 01773 607523

Farm and Craft Shops
The Studio, Alfreton 01773 836907
Artists Cottage Studio 01773 821910
Crich Pottery and Gallery 01773 853171
Ram Furniture, Crich 01773 857092
Yew Tree Studio, Heage 01773 857301
The Old Pine Factory, Heage 01773 570692
Jewellery Factory Shop, Heavor 01773 530439
Little London Gallery, Holloway 01629 534825
Alan Ward Pottery, Holloway 01629 534284
The Coach House Farm and Craft Shop 01629 534346
Riddings Pottery, Riddings 01773 603181
Claycraft, Ripley 01773 746550
FARMS
Sherwood Forest Farm Park,Edwinstowe
01623 823558
Fishing
Course- Brailsford - Birch house angling, A52 Derby to Ashbourne Road (Bailiff operated or tickets from Brailsford Stores
Course- Markeaton and Alvaston Lakes, Derby
Tickets from Artisan Angling 141 London Rd Derby 01332 340081
Reservoir- Carsington
Lakes- Alton Manor Farm, Wirksworth, 01629 822318
Lakes- Yeavely Estate 01335 330247
Lakes- Chatsworth House Angling Fayre 01263 711736
River/fly- R. Dove, Rocester 01889 590347
River- R. Dove, Doveridge 01889 565986
Course- Belper - River Derwent Tickets from local tackle shop Hendersons, Bridge St., Belper. 01773 822525
Course- Ilam carp pond,Ilam (Mr. Hudson) 01335 350500
Course- Ashbourne fish pond (day tickets, Fosters Ashbourne) 01335 343135
Course- Boyleston, top farm - nr Ashbourne. Tickets at bank side
River- R. Derwent, nr. Matlock, day tickets from Derwent Hotel, Derby Rd 01773 856616
River- Wye Monsall Dale 01629 640484
River/Fly- Charles Cotton Hotel 01298 84229

Furniture Makers
Nigel Griffiths, Grangemill 01629 650720
Ram Furniture, Crich 01773 857092

Galleries
Victorian Gallery and Restoration Centre, Ashbourne 01335 348189
Ferrers Centre, Staunton Harold (16 Workshops)
Hoar Park Craft Village and Antique Centre, Nuneaton 01203 394433
Derbyshire Craft Centre, nr Baslow, Hope Valley 631231
Victoria Gallery Studio, Ashbourne 01335 00844/ 343982
Derek Top Gallery, Rowsley, nr Matlock 01629 735580
The Bank Studio Pottery, Crowdecote 01298 83629
Ashbourne Contemporary Art Gallery, Ashbourne 01335 346742
Stapley Water Gardens, Nantwich, Cheshire 01270 623868
Lea Rhododendron Gardens, nr. Matlock 01629 534380
Tansley Garden Centre, nr Matlock 01629 534380
Fairways garden centre, Clifton, Ashbourne 01335 347900
Dunge Valley Hidden Gardens, Kettlesholme 01637 733787
Biddulph Grange Garden, nr Stoke- National Trust 01782 517999
Tissington Nursery, nr Ashbourne 01335 390650
Grange Farm Garden Centre, Mickleover, Derby 01332
The Herb Garden, Pilsley 01246 854268
Chatsworth garden Centre, Beeley 01629 734004

Co-Karting.
Swains Centre, Buxton 01298 71037

Golf.
Brailsford Golf Course, nr Ashbourne 01335 360096
Clifton Golf Course, nr Ashbourne 01335 342078
Leek Golf Club, Staffs 01538 384767
Allestree Golf Course 01332 550616
Sinfin Golf Course, Derby 01332 766462
Belmont Golf Driving Range, Needwood 9283 814381
Belper Golf Centre (Shop) 01773 827884
Kedleston Park Golf Club, Quarndon 01332 840035
Mickleover Golf Club, Uttoxeter rd. 01332 513339
Morley Hayes Golf Course 01332 780480
Strutt Club (indoor golf), Belper 01773 820088

Glass Workshops
Derwent Crystal, Ashbourne 01332 360186
Degma Glass, Chesterfield 01246 545193

Helicopter Flights
Penning Helicopters 01457 877833
0161 7893030

Heritage Centres
Wirksworth Heritage Centre, Wirksworth 01629 825225
Derby Heritage Centre, Derby 01332 299321

Hill Walking
Perception 01733 314924

Horse Riding
Haddon Horse riding stables, nr Bakewell 01629 813723
Ringer Villa Equestrian Centre 01246 810456
Spring Paddock Riding School, Charlsworth 01457 853175
Alton Riding School, Alton Chesterfield 01246 590267
Amber Hills Equestrian, Belper 01773 824080
Barleyfields Equestrian, Ash Lane, Etwall 01283 734798
Birchwood Riding Centre, Somercotes 01773 604305
Breaston Equestrian Centre, Breaston 01332 872934
Brimmington Equestrian Centre, Chesterfield 01246 235465
Buxton Riding School, Buxton 01298 72319
Delowen Stud and Livery Yard, Duffield 01332 843622
Elvaston Castle Riding Centre 01332 751927
Field Farm Riding Stables, Shipley, Heanor 01773 713164
Tissington Trekking Centre 01335 350276

Horse Trials
Chatsworth Horse and Hound International Trials 01295 788492
01246 565300

Ice Skating
Nottingham Ice Rink 01159 50198

Industrial Museums
Derwent Valley Visitor Centre, Belper Mill 01773 880474
01773 841485

Light Aircraft
Derby Aeroclub, Eggington 01283 733803

Market Towns
Ashbourne- Thurs and Sat
Bakewell- Monday
Chesterfield- Mon, Fri, Sat
Ripley- Fri, Sat
Buxton- Tues, Sat
Chapel-en-le-Frith - Thurs
Glossop- Thurs, Fri, Sat
New Mills- Fri, Sat
Longeaton- Fri, Sat

Micro-Light Flights
Ram Air 0797 4466923

Mill Centres
Flour mill- Cauldwells mill, Rowsley 01629 734374
Hosiery- North End Mills, Wirksworth 01629 824731
Industrial- Belper Mill, Belper

Mining Museums
Peak District mining museum 01629 583834
National Stone Centre, Wirksworth 01629 825403

Miscellaneous
Crooked Spire, St. Marys Church, Chesterfield 01246 206506
Derby Cathedral 01332 341201
Derby County Football Club 01332 202202
Derby Museum and Art Gallery 01332 716659
The Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath 01629 582365
Spa Towns- Buxton and Matlock Bath
The Revolution House, Old Whittington 01246 345727
Ridgeway Craft Centre, nr Eckington 01142 2473739
Shipley Country Park, Heanor 01773 719961
Wind in the willows, Rowsley 01539 488303
Wirksworth Heritage Centre 01629 835225
Heritage Wood, ednaston 01335 360488
Oriental Rug Gallery, Ashbourne 01335 346466
Pickfords House, Derby 01332 255363
Moira Furnace Museum, Moira
The Evil Sheriff of Nottingham Mediaeval Banquet 01283 224667
0115 924 0088
The Galleries of Justice,Nottingham 0115 952 0555
The Museum of Nottingham Lace,High Pavement,Nottingham 0115 989 7365
Museums
Bass Museum, Burton-on-Trent 01283 511000
Buxton Museum and Art Gallery 01298 24658
Chesterfield Museum 01246 345727
Eyam museum, Eyam, Hope Valley 01433 631371
DH Lawrence House Museum 01159254891
Newstead Abbey Museum, nr Nottingham 01623 455900
Museum Of nottingham lace 01159 846914
Costume Museum, Castle Gate Nottingham 01159 153500
Greens Mill and Science Museum 0159156878
Great Central Railway, Notts 01159405705
Galleries of Justice, Notts 01159520535

Musical Events
Derby Cathedral 01332 341201
The Derbyshire Singers 01629 733328
Eyam Hall 01433 631976

National Trust
Kedleston Hall, Kedleston, Derby 01332 842191
Calke Abbey 01332 863822
Hardwick Old Hall, Nr. Glapwell 01246 850431
Lyme Park, Disley 01663 762023
Sudbury Hall Museum of Childhood 01283 585337
Harwick Hall nr Chesterfield 01246 850430

Paintball
Wild park Leisure 9335 360485

Potteries
The Bank Studio Pottery, Crowdecote 01298 83629
Rookies Pottery, Hartington 01298 84650
Denby Pottery, nr ripley 01773 740799
Royal Crown, Derby 01332 712841/ 712800
Royal Doulton, Stoke-on-Trent 01782 292434
Wedgewood factory Shop, Stoke 01782 316161
Wedgewood Visitor centre 01782 204218
Gladstone Pottery Museum, Stoke 01782 319232
Staffordsire Enamels, Longton 01782 596596
Royal Winton 01782 598811
Spode Museum 01782 744011
Potteries Museum, Hanley 01782 232323
Portmeirion Factory Shops 01782 326412
Royal Stafford Tableware 01782 834631
Minton 10782 293121
Moorcroft 01782 207943
Anysley China 01782 593536

Quad - Bikes
Swains Centre, Buxton 01298 71037

Race Courses
Uttoxeter Racecourse 01298 27493
Derby Racecourse

Railway Centres (Steam)
Midland Railway 01773 570140
Peak Rail 01629 580381

Roller Skating
Rollerworld, Derby 01332 345828

Shopping Centres
McArthur Glen Outlet Stores 01773 545000
Peak Village 01629 735826

Spa - Towns
Buxton
Matlock Bath

Stately Homes
Chatsworth house nr Bakewell 01246 565300
Haddon Hall nr Bakewell 01629 812855
Hardwick Old Hall, nr Chesterfield 01246 850431
Hardwick Hall
Lume Park Disley 01663 762023
Sudbury Hall Museum Of Childhood 01283 585337
Calke Abbey, Ticknall 01332 863822
Tissington Hall 01335 390650
Shugborogh Estate 01889 881388
Eyam Hall Hope Valley 01433 631976
Melbourne Hall Mel 863502

Swimming Theme Parks
Waterworld Aqua Park, Festival Park Stoke-on-Trent 01782 283838
01782 205747

Swimming Pools
Ashbourne Leisure Centre 01335 343712
Belper Leisure Centre 01773 825285
Moor Lane Leisure Centre 01332 363686
Matlock Swimming Pool 01629 760616

Squash
Ashbourne Leisure Centre 01335 343712
Belper Leisure Centre 01773 825285
`Moorways Leisure Centre 01332 863686
Queens Leisure Centre 01332 716620

Theatres
Buxton Opera House 01298 72190
Theatre Royal, Whittingham 01159 895555
Derby Playhouse 01332 363275
Assembly rooms, Derby 01332 255800

Theme Parks
Alton Towers 0990 204060
American Adventure 01773 541521
Gullivers Kingdom, Matlock Bath 01629 57100
Drayton Manor, Tamworth 01827 287979
Waterworld, nr Stoke 01782 283838
01782 205747

Tramway Museum
Crich Tramway Museum, nr Matlock 01773 852326

Trekking Centres
Tissington Trekking Centre 01335 350276
Tissington Wood Farm, Tissington, Nr Ashbourne 0797 1410513

Villages of Interest
Tissington
Osmaston
Ashford in the Water
Hartington
Ilam
Hathersage

Visitor Centres
Carsington Water 01629 540696
Heights of Abraham, cable cars and caves 01629 582365
Longshaw Visitor Centre near Sheffield 01433 631708
National Stone Centre, Wirksworth 01629 825403
Tittesworth Visitor Centre, Meerbrook 01538 300400
Middleton top 01629 823204
Denby Pottery, Visitor Centre 01773 740799
Tales of Robinhood,Nottingham 0115 948 3284
Walking- Dales
Dovedale, nr Ashbourne
Bradford Dale nr Middleton
Manifold Dale nr Waterhouses
Edale
Berresford Dale, nr Hartington
Lathkill Dale
Millers Dale
Mill Dale

Watercolour Activities
Offcote Grange Holidays, Ashbourne 01335 344795

Watersports
Carsington Water 01629 540478
Perception- Canoeing 01733 314924

Youth Hostels
Hartington Hall 01727 855215
Ilam Hall, nr Ashbourne Thope cloud 350245

Zoos and Open Farms
Riber Castle Wildlife Park, Matlock 01629 582073
Bently Fields Open Farm, Alkmonton 01335 330240
Blackbrook Zoological Park 01538 308293
Fresh Fields Donkey Rescue 01298 79775
Twycross Zoo Warwickshire 01827 880250