Local Events in and around Ashbourne Derbyshire

This is a list of regular annual events that take place locally (the dates shown may change) - if anybody would like to add to it - please let me know .
Also look at Visit Ashbourne Site

Also visit our "Things to do page" for more activities.

Please note that I update the dates here if somebody emails me with an update, or I see it advertised.
So if the date is unclear or old, please do not email me and ask me when it is as I do not know.

Other Local "Events" Sites
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Dates Get Added asn and when I know them

Month Dates Event Notes
Jan 11 am - 1st January 2014 Mappleton News Years Day Bridge Jump Watch people paddle down the River Dove, then jump 30 ft into ice cold water and then run to the pub! All in the name of charity!
Feb Shrove Tues & Ash Wed Royal Shrovetide Football Shrove Tuesday /Ash Wednesday EVERY YEAR - kick off 2 pm each day in the Shawcroft Carpark (behind the supermarkets in the town centre) (Shrove 4 !!) (If I had 10 bob for every email I get asking "when is Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday" - I'd have £ 3. heathens!, they'll be asking when is Christmas next!!)


Bank Holiday Monday - End of May Dove Dale Fete 12 Noon onwards - A very popular annual event held in the picturesque village of Ilam. Traditional village fete - cakes, stalls, entertainments, maypole dancing, morris men, fair, rides etc. etc. Ample parking


20th June - 6th July

Ashbourne Festival Various music and arts events over a 2 week period in June throughout the town at different venues.
July 20th July Ashbourne Highland Gathering - (See photos!) Annual event - Highland games, dancing, pipebands etc. - a great day out!!!!
13th July Mappleton Fun Day Village fete - Mappleton sports ground - games, stalls etc.
August 9th Manifold Show Ilam - Tel 0198 83423

Dovedale Sheepdog Trials

Held over 3 days in fields at Blore, by the Ilam turn off.

Annual event.Watch sheepdogs and handlers competing in a "One Man and His Dog" style competition. Home-made refreshments available.

For further details contact: 01335 372889

Cost: £1.50 - £2.00


Ashbourne Agricultural Show

An agricultural and country show with entertainment and interest for all the family whatever age.  Classes for cattle, sheep, goats, horses, shires.  Pet, poultry and pet dog show. Handicraft and Horticulture competitions.Over 100 trade stands, craft marquee and food hall.

Full programme of event in the main ring throughout the day.

The Polo Ground, Osmaston, Ashbourne, Derbyshire situated in the village 3/4 mile off A52 Derby to Ashbourne
All enquiries and pre-show discounted tickets on 01889 507497 or www.ashbourneshow.co.uk


Ashbourne Half Marathon
"Ashbourne Half"

Annual Fun Run & Half Marathon
Lions Family Fun Run - 3 1/2 miles (fancy dress optional

Oct 1st October Brailsford Ploughing Match

Admission to the Ground:Adults - £5 Senior Citizens & children (under 14) - £3

Car Park Free

Nov   Dovedale Dash - 4 3/4 mile cross country fun run - A cross country running event around Dovedale -
Location - Thorpe
9 am Registration - £ 3.00 entry fee, 11 am start, £ 2 carpark
  Rememberence Sunday parade & service . The Mayor, Councillors, local service, ex-service and other organisations, parade to the memorial gardens to lay Poppy Wreaths on the Annual day of Rememberance

Ashbourne Christmas Late Night Shopping Evenings

FESTIVE FUN NIGHT AND LATE NIGHT SHOPPING. Something for everyone. Fun Fair, Live Entertainment, Market and Charity Stalls. Shops open until 9pm.

  Carol Singing Join the Mayor and Town Band carol singing around the tree in the Market Place at approximately 7:30 pm.

Derbyshire Well Dressing Dates - Link to Derbyshire UK Website with all 2005 dates!! .
Tissington Well Dressings - May/June each year (latest info on Tissington Web Site)


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