WHAT’S ON THIS FESTIVE SEASON
1 CHRISTMAS AT CHATSWORTH Christmas at Chatsworth just sounds magical, doesn’t it? Take in the festive season in the grandeur of Chatsworth House, where no expense will be spared in creating a Christmas to remember for all the family from November 7. Details at chatsworth.org.
2 A FESTIVAL OF CHRISTMAS TREES, CHESTERFIELD What’s Christmas without Christmas trees? With Chesterfield’s famous Crooked Spire the focal point, more than 80 fully-decorated Christmas trees will be on display to get the family well and truly into the festive spirit from November 14. Free, with donations to the church gratefully received. Details at visitpeakdistrict.com/whatson.
3 CHRISTMAS GREAT RIDGE GUIDED WALK, CASTLETON Christmas and walking definitely go hand in hand. This popular six-mile yomp, led by a professional guide, begins at Castleton and follows an easy route to the stunning Mam Tor. Walks begin on November 21 and continue on select days up to and including December 20. Details at visitpeakdistrict.com/whatson.
4 CHRISTMAS WREATH MAKING AT CROMFORD MILLS If you’re into your arts and crafts and want the satisfaction of having your very own homemade Christmas wreath hung proudly on your front door, this one is for you – all with a lovely ambiance of background festive music and refreshments provided. Details at cromfordmills.org. uk/events.
5 ELF TRAIL AT SHIPLEY COUNTRY PARK At just £1 per child, Shipley Country Park’s visitor center, near Heanor, is the place to be for family fun this Christmas. There will be plenty of self-related activities on offer, including a Christmas-themed trail to follow and an elf activity sheet to complete. Details at madeinderbyshire.org/events.
IDEAL CHRISTMAS GIFTS
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Peak National Park and Ride
Andrew Griffihs asks what the future holds for transport in the Peak National Park and talks to Julian Glover about his Landscapes Review
Mike Smith explores the village of Bradbourne, which has a particularly poignant tale to tell
What lies beneath
Exploring the hidden depths of Ladybower Reservoir, which conceals secrets of a fascinating past
Battle for our birds
Paul Hobson analyses our complex relationship with birds of prey and how these fascinating birds are fairing in Derbyshire
Explore the Peak Forest
A walk through autumn fields and forests with far reaching views enriched by snippets of mystery, romance and the area’s industrial past
Pictures to transport you
Chesterfield photographer David Keep continues his photographic journey, this time recalling his favourite landscape images from around the world
The magic of Christmas
Ideas for days out, gifts and where to find local produce in Derbyshire this festive season
PENNY for the Guy
We take a look at Derbyshire’s bonfire tradtions through history
From hardship came happiness
Pat Ashworth speaks with Chesterfield based retired Colonel John Doody about his inspiring life, from a diffiult childhood to overcoming diversity and finding happiness
A place to call home
Lady Edward explains to Derbyshire Life why Haddon Hall is so much more than 900 years of history