Gold Award 2019

A warm welcome to Bakewell

'The Ancient Capital of the Peak'

This Bank Holiday Monday 31st August 2020

The weekly stall market in beautiful Bakewell will be up and running this Bank Holiday Monday - with Covid-secure measures in place. Open 9.30am to 3.30pm

Bakewell Christmas Market Cancelled

Sadly, but in consultation with Bakewell Town Council and Derbyshire Dales District Council and in the interests of everybody concerned, we have collectively decided to cancel this years Bakewell Christmas Market due to the coronvirus outbreak.

The Monday Stall Market will reopen on Monday 22nd June.


Bakewell is best known not only for its puddings and tarts but for its independent shops, beautiful surrounding scenery and Monday market. It is also known for the many varied events held throughout the year, the monsal trail, the love lock bridge, the quaint courtyards with its many cafes and eateries and much more…

Set in the centre of the Peak District and close to Chatsworth House, it is ideal for a base for sightseeing, photography and outdoor activities.

The Monsal Trail is situated within walking distance of the town centre and offers traffic-free walking, cycling and horse riding taking in some beautiful scenery along the way.


Award for Bakewell Market

Bakewell market was voted the best large outdoor market in the country in a competition organised by NABMA (National Association of British Market Authorities) and sponsored by Blachere Illuminations.

The Great British Market Awards celebrate excellence in retail and wholesale markets across the UK.

Free Parking Throughout December

'Shop Local this Christmas’ is our big message as we reintroduce free parking across the district again from 1st December.

In a scheme designed to boost trade, for the 12th year in a row it will be free to park in any District Council pay and display car park after 2pm throughout December. We introduced the free parking initiative in 2008 to help local residents and businesses during the economic recession.

“Supporting and encouraging a thriving district is a key priority for us and we are committed to helping local people and our business community at this vital time of the year," said District Council Leader Councillor Garry Purdy (pictured).

“That’s why we are delighted to announce the continuation of this important initiative. In a perfect world we would love to make parking free all the time, but local government finances are still incredibly tight and car parking income plays an important part in helping us to maintain some of the excellent car parking, environmental and recreational services we provide for local people and visitors.”

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.

Free parking permits were issued to every one of the 34,000 households across the Derbyshire Dales back in March.

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

Eroica Britannia returns to Bakewell

Sunday 18th August 2019

After an absence of two years Eroica will return to Bakewell this year. The team at Eroica are proud to present a special Eroica Britannia for 2019. The ‘500’ is a small, one-off event to celebrate and document the sixth year of Eroica Britannia hosted from the market town of Bakewell, read more...


Rotary Bakewell will be holding its first evening meeting at The Castle Inn, Bakewell on Wednesday 23rd January.

All are welcome to come along and meet us and learn a little more about what we do. We also have a speaker at this informal get together which we hope will be of interest to you. Our speaker will be from ‘Simply Milk’, the brainchild of the local Dilks farming family, who have gained an excellent reputation producing raw milk from their 130 strong herd of free range cattle.

There is no need to book, just come along – 5.30 for 6.00pm start. We look forward to you joining us for this early evening social gathering.

If you are interested, but unable to make this date, future meetings are scheduled for the same time on the following Wednesdays – 27th February, 27th March, 22nd May, 26th June.

For further information about Rotary Bakewell please visit our website or contact our Club Secretary, Carol Clegg on 01629 57445

Bakewell Christmas Market Weekend was once again a resounding success, and thank you to everyone who supported the event. A special thank you to whatsonbakewell website for their support and promotion. The event attracted thousands of visitors from near and far which boosted the local economy and feedback from traders saw comments 'best trading weekend ever' . Feedback received from visitors has likewise been overwhelming and the bigger picture is these visitors will return to Bakewell.

The event supported British Legion Riders, Weston Park Hospital and Age UK Bakewell Day Centre charity stalls. Stalls also included traders who have businesses in town and from the Peak District. The event is complimented by entertainment, again from the Peak District with Brass and Silver Bands, Salvation Army, Choirs etc. and working with Bakewell Town Council at the Christmas Tree Light Switch On in Bath Gardens, provided Rachels Magical Entertainment with Beauty and the Beast, Disney Mascots counting down to the switch on, and singing Christmas carols. This year Father Christmas (courtesy of Bakewell Rotary) shouted ho ho ho and rang his bell as he rode along by carriage pulled by two ponies to the delight of children and huge crowds seeing santa.

The whole event is organised by Gall Events a dedicated team of 4 volunteers from Bakewell Monday market who have worked tirelessly to enhance the shopping experience for visitors to Bakewell during the festive weekend. To organise the event is time consuming, challenging but extremely rewarding. Bakewell Christmas market is not for profit and outstanding monies go to Bakewell Charities.

Gall Events are so proud to present cheques to Age UK Bakewell Day Centre, a lifeline for so many and it is truly inspiring to see the dedication love and care the centre provides also Air Ambulance and Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. A further donation will be made to Sheffield Children's Hospital from one of our traders who had an outstanding weekend trading. We hope the money we have donated, totalling £10,000 will provide facilities and not only save lives, but enrich the lives of those less fortunate and it has been our absolute pleasure to be part of this and to give something back to these very worthy causes.

We would like to extend Seasons Greetings and wish you all a Happy New Year and look forward to you visiting Bakewell Christmas Market Weekend 23rd 24th November 2019.