3 Things to do In Derbyshire This October

Derbyshire, UK

Derbyshire doesn't grind to a halt over the Autumn. There's still plenty to see and do locally. Here are three lovely places to visit over the course of October.

Matlock Bath Illuminations

Every weekend this month, Matlock Bath are putting on their annual illuminations display. It's a beautiful sight to see all of the boats on the River Derwent lit up.

Sunday nights are 'family nights' at the illuminations, whereas Saturdays come complete with a fireworks display. You can also see fireworks on the last Sunday night - which is unfortunately already booked up. This year, each evening has a theme, which includes things like 'sci-fi' and 'superheroes'. You can find out a lot more information on the Derbyshire Dales District Council website.

Tickets cost £5.50 for adults, under-16s get in free, and those who are disabled or over 65 get discounted entry at £4.50. You can book tickets here. (You better get a move on though, if you want to go, as nearly all of the remaining nights are booked up!)

Did you know that it's a tradition that's been going since 1897?

Ripley/Belper Fairs

It wouldn't be October without the fair visiting various towns around Amber Valley. Unfortunately, this year Heanor Fair is cancelled, but it is still visiting Ripley and Belper.

As per usual, the fair visits Ripley before Belper. You can catch it in Ripley between the 19th and the 24th of the month, before it moves to Belper for the 27th, 28th, and 29th of October. 

More information can be found on the Amber Valley Borough Council website and also the Belper Town Council calendar.


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Chatsworth Garden

Chatsworth Garden closes its doors for the year on the 4th November. The 105-acre garden will be a lovely place to visit during October whilst all of the trees that surround Chatsworth House are changing into those beautiful Autumnal tones.

The water features, like the eye-catching cascade, are still on daily between 10:30am and 4:15pm. And for a little bit of extra money, you can also book a tour of the garden, including a buggy tour.

Tickets for entry to the garden cost £15 per adult and £8.50 for children. If you book online, you can get free parking. (If that's a little out of your price range, then you can visit the Park for a flat parking charge of £5 instead.)

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