Bakewell News

Bakewell Town Hall Paranormal Investigation

posted Apr 21, 2017, 9:58 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 9:59 PM ]

Brave ghost hunters have been snapping up the chance to take part in a paranormal investigation in one of Bakewell’s most iconic buildings.

Bakewell Town Hall has a long history, with many stories of weird and wonderful happenings.

Now, paranormal investigators are to return to the building after capturing what they believe was strong evidence of the afterlife.

And members of the public have been eager to take the chance to join them, with just a few tickets remaining for the overnight investigation.

Paranormal Friends first investigated the building in December and gathered lots of evidence, including glass divination, table tipping and there even appeared to be a partial apparition emanating from the table which was captured on camera.

Co-founder of the midlands based team, Christopher Morris said, “I've taken possibly thousands of similar images and never have I seen such an anomaly before.

“The team just can’t wait to make our return visit.

“Bakewell was such an intriguing and active location and we are delighted to be coming back.

“Lots of people are joining us again too, but there is still chance for a few more people to come along and see what we might discover this time.”

Military and naval connections and strange noises are just some of the reported links between Bakewell Town Hall and the paranormal world.

Members of staff have heard noises in parts of the building and mediums have sensed the connections with armed forces.

The investigation takes place on Saturday, May 6, with the team having access to all the public areas of the building.

Investigators will use a combination of spiritual and scientific methods of investigation including Victorian style séances, table tipping, glass divination and K2 meters.

The last few tickets for the ghost hunt, which runs from 8pm to 1am, cost £25 which includes light refreshments.

For more information or to book tickets, visit or join the Facebook group by searching Paranormal Friends.


posted Apr 21, 2017, 9:50 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Apr 21, 2017, 9:50 PM ]

It’s Cabaret time!  Once again an exciting evening of Comedy, Magic, Music, Sketches and Fun arrives at the Medway Centre, Bakewell. Friday 5th May -7.30pm
Among the cast this time includes your host Comedian/Compere Mick Partridge. Comedy Magic with Steve Faulkner ( recently seen with Artic Monkeys ),  the Hilarious Dr Pandemonious Fish on the amazing ‘Cyr Wheel’ + Trevor Organ ‘Circus in a Suitcase’ - Music by Sarah Bownes and up and coming Guitarist/Vocalist Jack T Harper.
The ‘Live at the Medway’ Show supporting ‘Helen’s Trust’ will be turned into a Cabaret Club for the night with table seating, candles and a full bar.
Tickets £12.00 available from
The Bakewell Bookshop or at the Medway Centre 01629 813638

FRIDAY 7th April 2017 – Tickets:£12.00
7.30pm Medway Centre, Bakewell
Full Bar
Press Release Contact: Jonathan Rowlands,4 Parsonage Croft,Bakewell DE45 1DF
H: 01629 814954  M: 07973 289756

Doggy Dancing at the Old House Museum

posted Apr 7, 2017, 10:02 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Apr 7, 2017, 10:03 PM ]

Heelwork to Music – Dancing Duo Success

Saturday 22nd April 2017

Bakewell Museum are delighted to announce a very special event. Local, Derbyshire Duo, Karen Sykes and Kath Hardman are absolute masters in the world of canine training of Heelwork to Music – HTM – doggy dancing.  They have perfected their incredible training skills over a number of years.  Winners at Crufts, European and World championships the duo are also international judges and teachers.  Their training techniques have travelled as far as Australia, Japan. Russia and Israel.

Anita Spencer manager at the Old House said “ We are so excited to have Karen and Kath here with us on the 22nd.  Their audience can expect an absolute masterclass and a chance to have-a-go plus a dancing demo if the weather is kind to us.  A real family event”

The performance is FREE of charge but tickets are restricted due to space so please contact the museum to reserve seats on 01629 813642.  There are two sesions at 12noon and 2pm.

Anita said “ Kath and Karen are heading to the European championships this summer and we will be passing a donation bucket around to help them get there”.

Bakewell Secures Place at RHS Well Dressing Competition

posted Apr 1, 2017, 9:44 PM by Whatson Bakewell

BURTON Closes Hall Care Home and Bakewell AJ Welldressing have been selected to participate in the new RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

The team is one of only five to showcase their well-dressing skills at the prestigious event – the first ever RHS Well Dressing Competition – when visitors will be able to vote for their favourite design.

More than 62,000 tickets have already been sold for the Show, which takes place from 7th to 11th June, when the Bakewell team’s A.J. well-dressing will be on display.

The design focuses on one of Bakewell’s oldest buildings, Burton Closes Hall, which now operates as a care home.

Carl J D Fisher, home manager at Burton Closes Hall, said: “We’re delighted to be chosen along with A.J. Welldressing team to display at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show Well Dressing Competition.

“Burton Closes Hall is a beautiful building with a great deal of history and worthy as the centerpiece for a magnificent well-dressing design by the talented and passionate Sue Hudson of Bakewell AJ Welldressing team. 

“Our residents are absolutely thrilled to know their care home will be featured in such a prestigious competition. We can’t wait to see the final design in full bloom in June.”

Burton Closes Hall was built in 1848 and has retained the majority of its original features. Architect Augustus Pugin, known for designing the interior of the Palace of Westminster, incorporated many of his gothic revival stylings into the building.

The well-dressing design is the creation of Sue Hudson who has continued the tradition of Bakewell well-dressings along with sister, Christine Barks, following its revival by their father and horticulturalist A. J. Goudie in 1967.

Marking the golden anniversary of the town’s well-dressing revival, Sue and Christine will lead a team of local volunteers in their creation for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

The sisters are following in their father’s footsteps, who was passionate about the tradition of well-dressing, using it to put Bakewell on the map and help bring tourists to the town.

In 1977, A. J. Goudie presented a well-dressing at the RHS Royal Chelsea Flower Show, honouring the Queen on her Silver Jubilee, and winning The Lindley Medal for Outstanding Beauty.

Two years later, he returned to the Chelsea Flower Show with the support of the then Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, who offered a gold-leaf frame and use of the Chatsworth House gardens.

A. J. Goudie won The Banksian Medal and the success lead to a yearly well-dressing in Bakewell’s Bath Gardens, a tradition continued by his daughters today.

Tickets to RHS Chatsworth Flower Show can be bought at

Star Baker to Appear at Bakewell's 6th Food Festival

posted Jan 24, 2017, 3:02 AM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Jan 24, 2017, 3:18 AM ]

On Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th April, the beautiful, historic market town of Bakewell, will again be celebrating the wealth of local produce and its excellence in the rural areas of the UK. This Peak District town will feature over 50 food and drink related stalls and there will be a tempting 'tasting trail' to help you explore the streets and all that's on offer.

Exciting news for this year is that Bakewell based Hartington School of food will feature Great British Bake Off's 'star' baker, Howard Middleton , who will be demonstrating his cookery and baking skills all day Sunday. He will be baking madeleines and stilton and walnut biscuits as well as taking part in a Q&A session about Bake Off and signing copies of his Gluten Free Baking Book.

Bakewell's wealth of shops, pubs and cafes will be open as normal, plus on the Saturday the regular Farmers Market will also take place in the Agricultural Centre.

Propose at The Lovelock Bridge

posted Dec 16, 2016, 9:53 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Dec 16, 2016, 9:53 PM ]

According to the Visit Peak District & Derbyshire Official Travel Blog,the Lovelock Bridge at Bakewell has been noted as one of the top 10 Places to propose in Derbyshire & the Peak District.

Read more here

Bakewell Christmas Market Weekend in Pictures

posted Nov 26, 2016, 12:40 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Nov 27, 2016, 10:38 AM ]

Bakewell made up from the bad publicity of last week to show how it can really put on a Christmas market. Here are some pictures from today.

Free Festive Parking for 9th Year

posted Nov 24, 2016, 10:42 AM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Nov 24, 2016, 10:42 AM ]

For the 9th year in a row, your District Council is encouraging people to shop locally this Christmas, with free parking across the district from 1st December.

In a scheme designed to boost trade, it will be free to park in all District Council car parks after 2pm throughout December.

The free parking initiative was introduced by the District Council in 2008 to help local residents and businesses during the economic recession.

District Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:

“Promoting a thriving district is our number one priority, and although local government finances are tighter than ever, we remain absolutely committed to doing everything we can to encourage people to shop locally.”
The free parking from 2pm throughout December comes on top of residents’ parking concessions that allow local people to park free every day of the year up to 11am and after 4pm.

This means Dales residents have free parking for 21 hours each day over the festive period, which helps local people and local traders.

Free parking extends to midnight each day and motorists are reminded not to leave anything valuable in their vehicles as the lead up to Christmas can also be a choice time for thieves.

Councillor Rose added:

“It is great news that we have managed once again this year to retain the free parking permit for every one of our 34,000 households.

“In an ideal world we would like nothing more than to make parking free at all times, but the reality is that car parking income plays an important role in helping us to maintain some of the excellent car parking, environmental and recreational services we provide for local people and visitors.”

Winter Lantern Walk

posted Nov 23, 2016, 2:00 AM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Nov 23, 2016, 2:00 AM ]

We would love you to join us on our community Winter Lantern Walk which supports 2 vital local services Bakewell & Eyam Community Transport and Helen's Trust.
If you fancy a lantern lit walk with refreshments at Thornbridge Hall and transport back to Bakewell we can offer a special price for our local traders of £5, please contact Helen's Trust on 01629 812759 or pop into our office above Boots for tickets.
All details in this poster, we really look forward to you joining us!

We are NOT Bakewell Winter Wonderland, say Bakewell Christmas Market Organisers

posted Nov 21, 2016, 12:45 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 12:46 PM ]

The Bakewell Christmas Market organisers are using Facebook to reassure people their event is NOT Bakewell Winter Wonderland.

Beautiful Bakewell is the place to be this weekend - 26th and 27th November. The fun starts from 9am each day. Traditional English Christmas Market. FREE ENTRY. Free entertainment programme.
Live music and entertainment - Street Food - Mulled Wine - Hot Roast Chestnuts - Festive Choirs - Whisky tastings at The Wee Dram - Santas Grotto at The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop - Shetland Pony Sleigh Rides - Children's Roundabout Rides - Gully Mouse - Minions - Face Painting - British Bus Bar - Traditional Festive Food - Birds of Prey - PLUS around 100 of the very best festive food and gift stalls. All in Bakewell Town centre on hard standing. 

Bakewell Christmas market is in no way connected to the Winter Wonderland.

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