Easter in the Peak District

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Easter in the Peak District

The Easter bunny will soon be making an appearance! Why not take a break and enjoy your chocolate eggs in some truly stunning surroundings? Easter in the Peak District Easter in the Peak District             If you’re staying with us this Easter, there’s a variety of activities taking place to keep you and your family busy during your stay. Our luxury holiday cottages and caravan park are situated in the heart of the Peak District National Park and serve as the perfect base to explore beautiful walks, stunning scenery, amazing views and picturesque villages. You’re sure to find something to suit. We’ve put together a list of fun, family-friendly activities in the Peak District to take part in over the Easter weekend. Take a look!

Chatsworth House

Experience a day out in the Peak District with a visit to one of the most enchanting stately homes in England. It’s a great time of year to visit and explore the gardens while admiring the abundance of daffodils and stunning scenery. Plus, the variety of Easter events they’re hosting means that children of all ages will have something to do. Learn more: https://www.chatsworth.org/events/easter-at-chatsworth/

Longshaw Estate

Instead of hunting eggs, why not enjoy the relaxing sound of baby birds? Well, you can do just that at Longshaw Estate’s Spring Chick Trail! Have a pleasant stroll through the stunning grounds and be on the lookout for new spring chicks as they chirp away. You’ll learn how and where the birds nest, including some birds who are endangered or protected such as the pied flycatcher. What’s more, you’ll also receive a special gift for wildlife to take home with you, so it’s well worth a trip. Learn more: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/longshaw-burbage-and-the-eastern-moors/features/visit-longshaw-this-easter

Lyme Park

This Easter, explore the extensive grounds of Lyme Park, which comprise of a glorious house, opulent gardens, vast moorland and a deer park. It’s simply ideal for nature lovers and better yet, their Easter egg hunt (sponsored by Cadbury’s) provides a bit of challenging fun for everyone. Learn more: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/69be05f9-a068-496f-a1b5-8a9c825e485b/pages/details

Carsington Water

A great day out for the whole family, visit the children’s playground, have a walk around the reservoir and enjoy the picturesque views or enjoy a family bike ride. Visit the Gallery Café for a bite to eat, enjoy an icecream and wander around the little shops. Learn more: https://www.stwater.co.uk/wonderful-on-tap/our-visitor-sites/come-visit-us/carsington-water/

Pavillion Gardens

Come and enjoy the Easter Extravaganza at the Buxton Pavillion. You can roam in 23 acres of garden with a miniature railway, lake and many pleasant walkways, and there’s plenty of family fun to be had over Easter weekend. Activities range from donkey rides to Easter egg hunts and walkabout entertainment - there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Learn more: https://explorebuxton.co.uk/pavilion-gardens-easter-buxton/

Hardwick Hall

Between the 19th and 22nd of April, you can look forward to an Easter egg hunt along Lady Spencer’s Walk. Hardwick Hall has partnered up with Cadbury’s to bring little ones this fun-filled day out and it promises to be a wonderful event. So, put on your detective’s cap and solve the string of clues that lead to some delicious chocolate eggs! Learn more: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardwick/features/easter-holidays-at-hardwick

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway has a fun twist on your average Easter weekend fun; there’s a circus in the mix! You can partake in exciting activities like plate spinning and juggling whilst enjoying a spectacular performance of professional pyrotechnics. And after the circus acts are done, you can get involved in their Easter egg hunt around the station. Learn more: https://www.e-v-r.com/easter/

HAPPY EASTER!

Easter in the Peak District
Easter in the Peak District

Best walks in Peak District

The first signs of Spring are beginning to show in the Peak District, with an abundance of daffodils raising their heads along its picturesque villages, country parks and grass verges. (more…)
Lavender growing in the woods at Peak District Holiday Parks

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

We have put together some fantastic places where you can enjoy afternoon tea and treat your mum to make this mother’s day truly special. With so many beautiful places to visit in the Peak District, we are sure you will find a few places you will want to visit from our list below. (more…)
Edensor Tea Cottage for Mothers Day afternoon tea

Mother’s Day, March 31st

Mother’s Day is only 3 weeks away. It’s a day to honour mums for all that they do for us and come together as a family to celebrate. So, why not do something special this year and have a family gathering at one of our luxury holiday cottages? We’re situated in the heart of the Peak District and surrounded by beautiful countryside, perfect for a relaxing break. Mother’s Day, March 31st

Farditch Farm Holiday Cottages

If you’re planning a nice meal or spa day in Buxton, then Farditch Farm Holiday Cottages in Chelmorton are the perfect home base for your Mother’s Day activities. Caxterway Cottage sleeps up to 10 people in 5 spacious bedrooms, and both Redhurst Cottage and Pippenwell Cottage each sleep up to 6 people. However, all of these cottages have an interconnecting door which you can open to create one large cottage, sleeping up to an impressive 22 guests. If you don’t need quite so many rooms, then you also have to option of either of our two smaller cottages, Sterndale or Cheedale. These cottages sleep 2 people each and are located directly behind the larger cottages, making this an ideal location to join your family.

Endmoor Farm Holiday Cottages

Rather be near to the market town of Bakewell? Endmoor Farm Cottages in Monyash are just a short drive away. Our Rakes, Tagg and Milkens cottages each have 2 double bedrooms and sleep up to 4 people. Derby, Moor and Ferndale cottages sleep 2 people each in one double bedroom. These cottages therefore give you the option of a little more privacy, whilst still enabling you to spend time with the whole family. Mother’s Day, March 31st

History of Mothering Sunday

Mother’s Day has its roots in religion. It is celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent, 3 weeks prior to Easter Sunday, and is supposed to be a celebration for the Virgin Mary, Mother of God. This is because, according to the Christian Bible, Mary was the one who discovered that Jesus Christ had been resurrected on Easter Sunday. Mother’s Day celebrations generally began with families visiting their local church or parish, as it was considered imperative to be with family during the occasion. This was great for the children of the time since they would usually be out working all day from as young as aged 10, and so Mother’s Day gave them the chance to see their mothers and take a break. With the spread of Christian ideas, the celebrations became more popular and eventually evolved from only celebrating Mother Mary to celebrating mothers in general. At this point, it was then a commonplace occasion and one that we still celebrate today. To book one of our luxury holiday cottages for a special Mother’s Day celebration, call us today on 01629 815 683 or 07943 665 428. But be quick, we have limited availability – see individual cottage page for details.
Mother’s Day, March 31st

Scenic Winter Walks in the Peak District

Winter is the perfect time to wrap up warm, blow away those cobwebs and come and explore some of the beautiful places the Peak District has to offer. There’s nothing better than seeing the best of nature against a frosty background or with a sprinkling of snow adding that touch of magic. Here are some of our top picks for the most scenic winter walks to take in the Peak District. Enjoy! (more…)
Scenic winter walks to take in the Peak District

The 3 best places to see Snowdrops in Derbyshire

Snowdrops are fascinating little flowers; they are some of the only flowering plants that can grow in the freezing temperatures of January. To many, the little white buds also symbolise the coming of Spring. This makes them somewhat of a tourist attraction. With that in mind, here are 3 of the best places to see snowdrops in Derbyshire. Places to see snowdrops in the Peak District

Hopton Hall, Matlock

From Friday 1st February until Sunday 3rd March, Hopton Hall has a snowdrop walk for you to enjoy. Here, you can explore the 5 acres of woodland and gaze upon the tiny snowdrop flowers that cover the ground. After you're done exploring, they also have a cosy cafe on site where you can have a bite to eat and a nice, warm drink. How perfect does that sound?!  

Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire

Beneath the yew trees of Hardwick Hall's gardens, you can find little clusters of pure white snowdrop flowers. As the Hall's website details, the snowdrops were originally planted in such a way that they spelt out the names of the 6th Duke's nieces, although they have spread out too much now to be legible. Still, the story is quite touching and makes this area extra special.  

Rode Hall, Stoke-on-Trent

Rode Hall's snowdrop walk is available to the public from February 2nd until March 3rd. To mark the event, they have prepared a special 'snowdrop menu' of warming soups and hearty bites, so there's an extra something to look forward to during your visit. You can even bring your dog to this walk, so Rover doesn't have to miss out.  

Will you make the trip to see snowdrops this winter?

Although we only have 3 places on our list, there are many other places to see snowdrops in the Peak District if you look around. Why not come and see them for yourself? And whilst you're on the search for the little white flowers, book a stay at one of our luxury holiday cottages. You'll be able to scour the Peak District by day and enjoy luxury cosy, luxury accommodation by night. We also allow pets, so if you have a faithful companion, then they can come along, too! And pets stay free with us.
The 3 best places to see Snowdrops in Derbyshire

5 of the most romantic places in the Peak District

If you and your significant other aren't exactly foodies, that doesn't mean you can't still have a truly romantic evening this Valentine's Day. In fact, all it means is that you have to be a little more creative! To help you plan your day, here are our top picks for the most romantic places in the Peak District.

Stanage Edge

Stanage Edge, romantic places in the Peak District Stanage Edge is a gritstone rock formation that provides a pleasant walk for hikers of all skill levels. The hike to the top is slightly steep, but the walk along the bottom is quite easy and enjoyable. At its summit, however, you can enjoy some of the most breathtaking views of the Dark Peak. This is an ideal walk for active couples to go on for Valentine's Day, and a romantic trip at dusk will give you fantastic photo opportunities as the sun sets over Hope Valley.  

Monsal Head

Monsal Head, the most romantic places in the Peak District Monsal Head is easily one of the most popular areas in all of Derbyshire - and for good reason! The views are simply stunning. From here, you can see the entirety of the valley below and the beautiful bridge that runs above the River Wye. Whether the weather is nice or not, this spot still gives you a feeling of awe that just compels you to stop and stare. Plus, the walk up to the Head is quite gentle, so it's a great place to go if you're not up for a hike.  

Dovedale

Dovedale, most romantic places to visit in the Peak District Dovedale Valley is a gorgeously romantic place to visit, with the River Dove running straight through it. Hop across the stepping stones together, enjoy the beautiful views, or go for a calming walk - the choice is yours. Whatever you do, don't forget your camera because this valley is so utterly picturesque that you'll be want to snap away the whole time you're there.  

Chatsworth House

chatsworth House 10 best places to visit in the Peak District Perfect for artsy couples, Chatsworth House is full of classical artwork, sculptures and beautiful architecture. Outside, you can explore the acres of garden and pretty water features. There's plenty to enjoy, and as an extra treat, they are having a Valentine's Day afternoon tea this year. Yum!  

Lathkill Dale

Lathkill Dale, the most romantic places to visit in the Peak District Lathkill Dale is a relaxing and somewhat magical gorge area, with parts of the River Lathkill running through it. Crystal clear water cascades over the rocks and provides a relaxing ambient noise to enjoy during your walk, and the local flora and fauna add to the ethereal atmosphere. Utterly romantic and captivating.  

Will you visit any of these romantic places this Valentine's?

As you can see, there's plenty more to do in the Peak District than simply going for a romantic meal. Although, you could do that, too. If you fancy visiting one of these romantic places, why not book a stay at one of our luxury holiday cottages? They're simply perfect for a couples' weekend away and we're in an ideal location to explore the local area. We're also dog-friendly, and you can bring your pet along for free!  
5 of the most romantic places in the Peak District

The most romantic restaurants in the Peak District

Valentine's Day is fast approaching. If you've still not made plans, why not escape to the Peak District for a weekend of romance? With picturesque views all around, the Peaks provide the ideal setting for an intimate meal, and we have a fantastic selection of romantic restaurants for you to enjoy.

Simply Thai, Buxton

Simply Thai, most romantic restaurants in the Peak District Simply Thai is an authentic Thai restaurant in the heart of Buxton. Ideal for those who have a taste for spice and won't settle for imitation recipes. The chefs have worked at some of the finest hotels and restaurants in Thailand, and bring their expertise to the Peak District in this award-winning venue. What's more, many of the raw ingredients are imported straight from Thailand to assure their authenticity. This means that the only way you could get a more true experience of Thai food is if you were to visit the country yourself! So, turn the heat up this Valentine's and book dinner for two at Simply Thai. Their Valentine's Day menu this year consists of 5 courses for just £30 per person, and there is plenty of choice available. Plus, you get a free glass of champagne upon arrival! You won't want to miss it.  

Piedaniels, Bakewell

Most romantic restaurants in the Peak District For those who love a bit of French fare, Piedaniels is the perfect place to have a romantic meal. The menu features traditional French recipes with a European twist and the atmosphere is fabulously unpretentious. Even better, all food is prepared using fresh, local produce so as to bring out the rich flavours to their fullest. They also have a wine list that is sure to 'wow' even the most seasoned of drinkers. Because of this, you can enjoy your meal with a wine to suit whatever dish takes your fancy. And why not treat yourself? It is Valentine's, after all.  

Fischer's, Baslow Hall

Most romantic restaurants in the Peak District Fischer's Restaurant is definitely a top pick on our list of romantic restaurants in the area. The epitome of luxury, Fischer's accommodates the modern British palate whilst staying true to the classics. All produce is local, fresh, and mouthwateringly good, and the venue has stunning views of the Derbyshire hills. The dining room is classic and distinguished, so smart attire is recommended. Fischer's also require you to book in advance, so do make sure you give enough notice prior to a big event.  

Hassop Hall, Bakewell

Most romantic restaurants in the Peak District Step back in time this Valentine's Day at Hassop Hall. The nearly-millennia-old manor is simply stunning and the surrounding Italian gardens provide a gorgeous backdrop for photos. Inside, you can enjoy a variety of foods from an ever-changing menu and the sheer amount of choice will have you feeling well and truly spoilt. Booking is not essential, but it is advisable. The Hall can get very busy during holidays and special occasions.  

The Riverside, Ashford-In-The-Water

Most romantic restaurants in the Peak District For a classic fine dining experience, look no further than The Riverside Restaurant. The quiet venue is the ideal place to experience local, seasonal cuisine in a town that practically transports you to a long-forgotten time. This quaint tranquillity only serves to accentuate the restaurant's unique atmosphere, making this a real Valentine's Day treat. Dinner is £48.95 per person and consists of 7 creative courses to delight the senses. Prepared by chefs who are masters in their field, each dish is sure to leave you wanting more.  

Do you plan on visiting any of these romantic restaurants?

The Peak District is full of wonderfully romantic restaurants, and the scenic views add a special something to the experience that is simply unmatched. This year, treat your loved one to a Valentine's Day meal they will always remember at one of these lovely establishments. And to complete the evening, why not book a stay at one of our luxury holiday cottages? The quality of our accommodation speaks for itself and we are in an ideal location to visit the restaurants on this list.
The most romantic restaurants in the Peak District

Special Winter Offers

Why not stay at Endmoor Cottages between now and 20th December 2018?   A 3 night stay in Rake, Tagg or Milken cottages for only £280   A 3 night stay in Derby, Moor or Ferndale for only £200   Endmoor Farm Peak District
Luxury Cottages In The Peak District

Dog Friendly Days Out in the Peak District

You’ve probably read our blog posts on dog friendly pubs and dog friendly restaurants in the Peak District, but what are you supposed to do once you’re finished eating? Well, we’ll tell you. Here is our guide to dog friendly days out in the Peak District to keep you and Fido entertained all day long.

Take a walk on the mild side

It’s no secret that the Peak District has many fantastic walking routes for you and your furry friend. Some of the best ones for dogs include Mam Tor, Derwent Valley, Chatsworth House gardens, Lathkill Dale and Buxton Country Park. These are great because of the wide, open plains and slight hilly areas. They're nice and safe for your pooch whilst still being scenic places to go for a walk.  

Explore Treak Cliff Cavern

dog friendly days out in the Peak District These caves in Castleton are famous for their large deposits of Blue John stone. In fact, they are one of only 2 caverns in the UK where you can find these purple, semi-precious stones. During the guided tours of the caves and mines, your tour guide will tell you all about the history of the place, and afterwards you can enjoy a light bite in the visitors centre. Tours last for roughly 40 minutes. Dogs are allowed in both the visitors centre and the cavern as long as they are on a lead.  

Settle down with a book

10 Dog Friendly Days Out in the Peak District For a relaxed, cosy day in, stop on by the High Peak bookstore and café in Buxton. Dogs are welcome throughout and it is a lovely place to relax. You can browse the wide collection of books on offer, have a cup of tea or coffee and watch the birds outside as they eat from the birdfeeders. The venue also has free parking, so you won’t have to pay by the hour to enjoy this little gem.  

Pamper your pooch

10 Dog Friendly Days out in the peak district Le Moulin Pooch in Buxton is a doggy boutique and spa. Here, your dog can enjoy a range of treatments. Some of these include teeth cleaning, a facial, hydro bath and blow dry, or even a lovely pawdicure. Whilst they enjoy their treatments, you can either check out the luxury boutique to treat them even further, or you can go have a spa treatment of you own! You’ll both be looking fresh as daisies.  

Be the King of Peveril Castle

10 Dog Friendly Days out in the Peak District Peveril Castle in Castleton is an 11th century building that now lies in ruin. However, it is still open to the public for anyone that fancies a climb to the top. The Norman fortress gives you an amazing view of Hope Valley. On your visit, you will be able to explore its remains before popping into the visitors centre to see a few interactive displays. These are great for kids. Your dog might not care so much about the history aspect of the trip, but they will love the walk around!  

Tram along the way

Tramway Village, dog friendly days out peak district The Tramway Village in Crich, Matlock, is a restored period town that is incredibly dog friendly. You can take your dog into any of the shops (apart from the eateries), on the tram, or in the National Tram Museum. This little pseudo-village is even recommended by Dogs Trust, so it’s well worth a visit. Before you leave, don’t forget to take your pup on a little walk through the Woodland Walk & Sculpture Trail. It is full of interesting sculptures that are handmade by the wood’s resident sculptor.  

Get crafty at Caudwell's

10 Dog Friendly Days Out in the peak District Caudwell Crafts and Café in Matlock is a unique experience. Here, you can see master artisans craft beautiful works of glass, metal, wood, upholstery and more. Workshops are scattered all around the area and you can also purchase some of the pieces. If you get a little peckish, there is a stunning café that serves delicious vegetarian and vegan food, plus a great selection of teas and coffee. You can even buy flour that is made on site at the mill. Tours are available of the mill, although not with your dog, unfortunately. This place really is incredible and the views will blow you away.  

Discover Hardwick Old Hall

10 Dog friendly days out in the Peak District This Tudor manor in Chesterfield is a marvel of ahead-of-its-time architecture. The building was inspired by Italian design and its interiors are covered in decorative plaster work. Today, the manor lies in wreck and ruin. However, you can still visit to see the stunning intricacies of this now empty home. Come along to discover the history of this unique building for yourself. Bring along your dog, too, for some furry company.  

Reach new heights

10 Dog friendly days out in the Peak District Take to the skies on the Heights of Abraham cable car. Your pup will have the time of their life, and you’ll both be able to see Matlock from a new, bird’s eye view. After you get off, you and Rover can take a slow stroll around the countryside before having a bite to eat in one of the nearby cafes. As if that wasn’t good enough, there are also complimentary bowls of water for your dog all around the site. No need to worry about running out of water.  

Have a sleepover

If you don’t think you’ll be able to get through everything you’d like to, why not stay over? Our luxury holiday cottages and caravan site are dog friendly and offer the perfect place to rest after a day of exploring. Farditch Farm is in the ever-popular Buxton and Endmoor Farm is in the famous town of Bakewell. Both complexes are near excellent walking routes and plenty of local eateries. Check them out for yourself.   So, there you have it: 10 dog friendly days out in the Peak District. We hope this gave you some new information and inspiration on what to do with your dog in the Peaks. We hope to see you soon!
Dog friendly days out in the Peak District