Bakewell News

Free Parking in Bakewell

posted Nov 25, 2017, 9:35 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Nov 25, 2017, 9:36 PM ]

Derbyshire Dales District Council is encouraging people to shop locally this Christmas, by once again giving them the gift of free parking. In a now annual tradition, councillors hope the scheme will offer convenience to shoppers and a vital boost to the local economy. Throughout December, there will be no charge for parking in any council car park from 2pm until midnight. The initiative was first introduced by the District Council in 2008 to help residents and businesses suffering in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis. Council leader Councillor Lewis Rose said: “These remain tough times financially for local government, but encouraging a thriving district is our number one priority. “We are confident this initiative will help local businesses and our residents at this important time of the year.” The offer 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. Coun Rose added: “We are delighted that we have managed once again this year to retain the free parking permit for every one of our 34,000 households. “It is important to remember however that car parking income is vital in helping us to maintain some of the excellent car parking, environmental and recreational services we provide for local people and visitors.” 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. For details of council car park locations, go to

Two Events in aid of Village Aid's West African Projects

posted Oct 9, 2017, 11:19 AM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Oct 9, 2017, 11:19 AM ]

Village Aid Rock & Roll Night
Village Aid presents a night of ‘Rock & Roll’ with 50’s and 60’s band ‘The Rapids’. Join us for an evening of jiving, drinks and merriment.
Join us for a special evening of live Rock & Roll music and dancing at the Medway Centre in Bakewell. All proceeds from this event will go to supporting Village Aid’s work in West Africa.

Village Aid Christmas Bazaar
This year, Village Aid, the Peak District’s international development charity, are hosting a Christmas Bazaar in Bakewell Town Hall. We invite you to join us on the day!
There will be stalls from a variety of local artisans and makers, showcasing the finest in local talent. Come along pick up some last minute christmas gifts- some of the best hand-made, locally sourced products Bakewell has to offer.
All proceeds from this event go directly to supporting Village Aid’s projects in West Africa.
There are a limited number of stalls for traders still available. To learn more, please contact Chrissy on 01629 814 434 or email
We can’t wait to see you there!

Bakewell Show to Take a Year off for 2019 Celebration

posted Sep 29, 2017, 9:16 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 9:31 PM ]

The Bakewell Show is to take a year off in preparation for 2019 celebration

As preparations get underway for the 200th anniversary of Bakewell Agricultural & Horticultural Society in 2019, directors announce a ‘year off’ for its Bakewell Show event.

After being blighted by adverse weather conditions this August, show organisers have decided to rest the ground for a year and reassess the event.

Ian Else, joint Show director, said: “Bakewell Show visitor numbers have been falling - a nationwide trend amongst country shows - which suggests that we need a rethink.

“We want to ensure that the show meets peoples needs; a year off in 2018 will not only give the ground time to recover from use in hostile weather conditions, but will also give us time to reconsider the show’s content and focus on our aim of promoting agriculture and horticulture in Derbyshire.

“One of our strengths over the last 200 years has been our ability to change and we now have the perfect opportunity to look to the future and ensure that we are robust enough to face the challenges of the next century.”

Despite the regular Show not taking place, some sections are discussing the organisation of stand-alone events on the Showground during its ‘fallow’ year in order to interact with visitors and determine the popularity of different elements of the existing Show.
Organisers are keen to welcome volunteers who have ideas or are interested in being involved in the new-look show in 2019.

The Society will be arranging a meeting of interested parties in the coming months to form a creative planning group, which will be a creative forum to discuss all ideas on a theme of celebrating 200 years of agriculture and horticulture in Derbyshire.
To be involved contact the Bakewell Show office on 01629 812736 or

On Broadway Musical by Bakewell's Theatre School

posted Sep 14, 2017, 9:09 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Sep 14, 2017, 9:22 PM by Richard Young ]

The musical On Broadway will be performed by Bakewell's Peak Performance Theatre School at the Pomegranate, Chesterfield October 25th.  It will be a night of Broadway inspired choreography featuring dance styles from Ballet through to Jazz, Tap and Street Dance. If you love musicals, there will be colourful routines inspired from the Astaire Era through to Hairspray and Fame, plus zesty choreography to some great iconic and contemporary dance tracks.

Care home supermarket bag pack raises over £500 for charity

posted Jul 3, 2017, 7:26 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Jul 3, 2017, 7:26 PM ]

A Charity bag pack at a Chesterfield supermarket has raised hundreds of pounds for the Alzheimer’s Society.

Staff from several care homes across Derbyshire spent the day on the checkouts at the town’s Marks and Spencer helping customers with their packing.

Generous shoppers donated a total of £504.74 – with all proceeds going towards research and support for those living with dementia.

Staff from four Hill Care Group homes took part, including three from Chesterfield, Holmewood Care Home, Barnfield Care Home and Springbank House Residential Care Home, alongside Burton Closes Hall Care Home in Bakewell.

The funds will add to Hill Care’s year-long campaign for the Alzheimer’s Society, which has raised over £6,000 so far, with homes across the north of England all contributing.

The campaign will culminate in a 330-mile cycle ride from London to Paris by Hill Care managing director Wendy Waddicor, who also took part in the bag pack.

She said: “The Marks and Spencer bag pack in Chesterfield was a huge success, helping us to far exceed our original target, taking our total to over £6,000 for the Alzheimer’s Society.

“I’d like to thank the staff at all four of our homes in Chesterfield and Bakewell for taking part. 

“It was a long day at the checkouts but worth it when you think we raised so much for a charity so close to all our hearts.”

To sponsor Wendy on her London to Paris charity cycle ride taking place between the 19th and 22nd July 2017, visit

Free Parking for Bakewell Show Visitors

posted Jun 18, 2017, 11:54 PM by Whatson Bakewell

This year The Bakewell Show will start with the Equestrian Day on Tuesday the 1st August with the show days Wednesday & Thursday 2nd & 3rd August 2017.

Bakewell team unveils well-dressing at RHS Chatsworth

posted Jun 8, 2017, 12:27 PM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Jun 8, 2017, 12:28 PM ]

BURTON Closes Hall Care Home and Bakewell AJ Welldressing have unveiled their well-dressing at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

More than 90,000 people are expected to attend the five-day event, which takes place from 7th to 11th June.

The Bakewell team is one of only five to showcase their well-dressing skills at the first ever RHS Well Dressing Competition.

The design focuses on one of Bakewell’s oldest buildings, Burton Closes Hall, which is now a care home operated by the Hill Care Group.

Carl J D Fisher, home manager at Burton Closes Hall, said: “We’re delighted to unveil the stunning design from the AJ Welldressing team at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

“The well-dressing has already attracted a lot of attention, including from the Duke of Devonshire and President of the RHS Sir Nicholas Bacon, who have all been impressed with the attention to detail and craftsmanship. 

“Burton Closes Hall is a beautiful building with a great deal of history and is a worthy centerpiece for the design. Our elderly residents are absolutely thrilled to know their care home is featuring in such a prestigious competition.”

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 lead a team of local volunteers in their creation for the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show.

The sisters follow 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 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 purchased at

A Celebration the Amazing Songs of Elton John & Billy Joel.

posted Jun 2, 2017, 11:46 AM by Whatson Bakewell

Singer songwriter John Reilly, voice of Boy on a Dolphin and Acoustic Angels, together with Canadian pianist Lewis Nitikman celebrate the amazing songs of Elton John & Billy Joel. A unique evening of live music. Medway Centre Bakewell 

Sunday 6th August 7.00pm. 

Tickets £10 from the venue (01629 813638) or on-line at or phone/text 07918 556552


posted Jun 2, 2017, 11:42 AM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Jun 2, 2017, 11:42 AM ]

Five actors, with all manner of musical instruments, present an inventive take on Shakespeare’s infamous story of whirlwind romance and bitter tragedy.

This summer, The Three Inch Fools take to the road for the third year running, touring their brand new productions of Twelfth Night and Romeo & Juliet. The Three Inch Fools are a five-strong troupe of actors with all manner of musical instruments, travelling with set, props, costumes and camping gear, performing a highly imaginative and vibrantly musical take on Shakespeare's plays.

The Fools perform Shakespeare in almost any kind of setting - to date, they have performed at castles, stately homes, gardens, churches, market places, village greens, an old fire station, a medieval crypt, a crowded pub and a garlic farm – all the world's a stage!

The Three Inch Fools will be performing Romeo & Juliet at All Saints Church, Bakewell, on 21st June at 7:00 pm. This performance is an indoor performance. Audience are invited to bring picnics from 6:00 pm.

This summer, The Three Inch Fools are performing 68 times at over 60 venues across the UK, including National Trust and English Heritage properties, cathedrals, churches, village greens, castles and many other places besides. You can find full details of their UK Summer Tour schedule on their website (

The Fools can be found on various social media platforms (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook): @threeinchfools

For tickets and further information please contact James Hyde: / 07714 028770

For marketing and press enquiries please contact Izzie Price: / 07531 113010

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.

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