Bakewell News

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.

Bakewell One of the Best Small UK Towns for Winter Treats

posted Nov 19, 2016, 5:49 AM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Nov 19, 2016, 5:50 AM ]

An article in the Guardian Newspaper, Bakewell is one of the best ten small towns for a winter break. Follow this link to read more~

Bakewell Christmas Weekend

posted Oct 20, 2016, 12:27 AM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Oct 22, 2016, 10:16 PM by Richard Young ]

Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November 2016

The beautiful, historic town centre of Bakewell, will once again be home to the Bakewell Christmas Market Weekend. Set in the heart of the stunning Peak District National Park, this free event has a long standing reputation for it's festive atmosphere and eclectic range of some eighty quality, festive market stalls, which will line the town's streets on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November 2016 between 9am and 6pm. Bakewell's Christmas lights will be switched on on Saturday 26th November at 4.45pm in Bath Gardens.
This market offers  something for everyone, with stalls  on Market Street, Granby Road and Riverside Crescent situated on pushchair and wheelchair friendly hardstanding. Stalls include gins and locally brewed beers, alongside seasonal gifts, crafts, baubles and traditional market stalls. Street food includes a wood fired pizza oven and  a log cabin smokehouse. The aromas of mulled wine, mince pies and roasted chestnuts and festive sounds from local choirs will all add to the seasonal spirit plus the Wee Dram is again hosting whisky tastings this year,
Children can visit Santa's grotto in the Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop, plus there will be James and his Owls; High Peak donkey rides; Shetland pony carriage rides with Santa's elves; Live reindeer will be again be visiting on the 27th at 2 pm in Bath Gardens; children's roundabout rides; Gully Mouse face painting plus The Minions will be also be on the market from 2.30 pm on the Saturday and again at 4.45 pm  in Bath Gardens.

 For full information of this unmissable event please visit here or

The Northern Hackney Horse Club Annual Show

posted Aug 2, 2016, 12:00 AM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Aug 2, 2016, 3:04 AM by Richard Young ]

Everyone knows about the wonderful Bakewell Show but did you know that straight after the show over the weekend the showground also hosts a free horse show. The Northern Hackney Horse Club has made Bakewell its home for its annual show for well over 10 years. 
The Hackney horse was originally bred at the behest of royalty going back to the 14th century. The Hackney is a recognised breed of horse that was developed in Great Britain. In recent decades, the breeding of the Hackney has been directed toward producing horses that are ideal for carriage driving. They are an elegant high stepping breed of carriage horse that is popular for showing in harness events. Hackneys possess good stamina, and are capable of trotting at high speed for extended periods of time. The show will have Hackney pony classes as well with exhibitors coming from as far away as Holland.

 One of the regular visitors to the show, Donal O'Driscoll from Mirfield in West Yorkshire, said, "My partner's father, George Stringer, was heavily involved with the breed until he passed away back in 2008 and Jacky now sponsors one of the classes in his honour. As an outsider to all this, what strikes me is the grace and beauty of these animals. It is a real pleasure watching all the different classes in the lovely setting provided by the showground. 
The show takes place in the main show ring from 10am on Saturday 6th August and 10:30am on Sunday 7th August. Entry is free to this very pleasant family day out.

Bakewell Carnival Week 2016

posted Jul 3, 2016, 3:36 AM by Whatson Bakewell   [ updated Jul 3, 2016, 3:59 AM ]

Some pictures of the Bakewell carnival week, including the parade, well dressing, raft race and the infamous wheelbarrow and wellie race.

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