Discover five great family festivals happening in Derbyshire this June

Buxton, Chatsworth, and Chesterfield: A closer look at some great festivals in Derbyshire in June

A photo of Buxton Opera House during the annual fringe festival
Buxton Opera House during the annual fringe festival | Credit: shoults / Alamy Stock Photo

Looking for some exciting local festivities as the summer season kicks into gear. Well, look no further, as we have a line-up of exciting festivals in Derbyshire that are sure to pique your interest.

StoryHub has handpicked a selection of fantastic local events happening throughout June, ranging from the vibrant arts showcase of the Buxton Fringe Festival to the thrilling cricket matches at the Chesterfield Festival of Cricket.

With so much to see and do, Derbyshire is the perfect place to celebrate the start of summer. These events aim to provide something for everyone to enjoy, promising an unforgettable experience.

Let’s dive in and see who our StoryHub correspondent has included in their list:

1) Buxton Festival Fringe (June 5 – 23)

Experience the vibrant arts and cultural scene at the Buxton Festival Fringe, a remarkable 19-day event that showcases an eclectic array of theatre, music, dance, comedy, and even visual arts.

Locals have the opportunity to experience their very own Cannes festival as Buxton comes alive for two-and-a-half weeks, providing an opportunity to connect with fellow art enthusiasts and soak in the town’s lively atmosphere.

2) Chesterfield Festival of Cricket (June 11 – 14)

The Derbyshire team take to the field in Chesterfield
Chesterfield loves its cricket as this photo of the Natwest T20 Blast (Derbyshire versus Yorkshire) from 2015 shows. Photo: Action Plus Sports Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Cricket enthusiasts, rejoice. The Chesterfield Festival of Cricket awaits you with an exciting line-up of cricket matches accompanied by family entertainment, live music and a delightful food and drink village.

Witness some of the county’s finest cricket players compete in thrilling matches, indulge in the rhythms of live music, and enjoy the delicious local cuisine and beverages.

Children can join in on the fun too with cricket coaching on offer everyday, making it a brilliant experience for the whole family.

3) Derbyshire Woodland Festival (June 16 – 17)

Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Derbyshire countryside at the Derbyshire Woodland Festival. This festival showcases an array of engaging activities, from live music to captivating storytelling, enchanting woodland walks, and even craft workshops.

Set amidst the picturesque grounds of Elvaston Castle Country Park, the festival offers an opportunity to delve into traditional woodland crafts while enjoying live music.

Children can revel in the festivities too, with plenty of activities such as face painting and pony rides on offer.

4) Knights Tournament at Bolsover Castle (June 17 – 18)

Step back in time and experience the allure of the Middle Ages at the Knights Tournament held at Bolsover Castle.

This medieval-themed extravaganza boasts thrilling jousting competitions, mesmerising falconry displays, and a vibrant market brimming with traditional crafts and culinary delights.

Witness knights in armour engage in horseback jousts, marvel at the majestic falcons, and sample locally-made cheeses. With an abundance of family-friendly entertainment, including face painting and petting zoos, this event promises a great weekend for all.

5) Chatsworth Country Fair (June 24 – 25)

Chatsworth Country Fair is an annual extravaganza that showcases a diverse range of exhibitors, from artisan food and drink producers, to skilled craftspeople and captivating entertainers.

Explore the magnificent grounds of Chatsworth House, relish in the flavours of local produce, and witness exciting demonstrations of local traditions.

This fair also caters to children; again, offering activities like face painting and pony rides.