The town is famous for its annual agricultural and horticultural show, which is one of the oldest in the country. Held on the first Wednesday and Thursday in August, it is staged on its own 32-acre ground close to the town centre. The show has a spectacular programme of events and displays, making it a great day out for everyone.
Every year in June/ July, Bakewell Carnival culminates in a large procession through the town, but the week leading up to it is jam-packed with events to watch and enjoy. There’s a 5-a-side football tournament, dog races, a raft race, welly & wheelbarrow race, the day of dance, and much more to entertain the entire family.
Dogs Unleashed is an exciting fun-filled day out for the whole family. Taking place in June on the showground close to the town, there is plenty to fill the whole day, not to mention free entry for your dogs.
Blessing of the Wells
This ancient custom is only found in Derbyshire. It is the art of decorating springs and wells with pictures made from natural materials. Bakewell boasts as many as 8 well dressing, which give a real taste of Derbyshire history.
Bakewell Baking Festival
The world’s first baking festival is back for its fourth year with star bakers, demonstration theatres, live music, vintage games, camping, comedy night and lots of good old family and vintage fun.
Bakewell Summer Show
Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August, on Bakewell Show Ground, featuring donkey rides, birds of prey, paintball, bouncy castle, face painting, chainsaw carving, speciality gin, textiles & craft kits, jewellery, wood crafts, clothing and much more! Only £3 admission, with under 15’s free.