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Aside from stunning landscapes, world-class attractions, idyllic towns and villages, magical events and adrenaline pumping activities, the Peak District and Derbyshire offers a range of new and exciting happenings every year. You may find yourself relaxing in a state-of-the-art spa hotel, rediscovering our hidden heritage or getting hands-on with unique experiences – there is so much to look forward to. Bring on 2020!

1. It's official ⁠— the Peak District and Derbyshire is one of Britain's best holiday destinations!

The Peak District and Derbyshire has been officially recognised as one of the UK’s best holiday destinations after it scooped bronze in the prestigious 2019 British Travel Awards. Considered the benchmark for excellence in the travel industry, it's the second year in a row that the public have voted for the Peak District & Derbyshire to win third place in the ‘Best UK Holiday County or Region’ - beating the likes of the Lake District and the Scottish Borders. See what all the fuss is about and plan your break here.

2. Relax in 5-star luxury at the new Buxton Crescent Hotel & Thermal Spa

Buxton’s Grade I listed architectural masterpiece, The Crescent, will offer the ultimate health and wellness experience when it opens this spring. Just one hour by train from Manchester, Buxton has been famous for its ‘healing spa waters’ since Roman times and this spectacular renovation project will return the grand Georgian building back to its former glory, with a luxury 80-bedroom hotel, an elegant restaurant and a thermal natural mineral water spa offering state-of-the-art treatments. It will also be the only spa in the UK where guests can bathe in natural thermal mineral water. Keep an eye out for opening details!

3. Discover one of the UK’s most cycle-friendly places on two wheels

From short, family-friendly day trips to challenging mountain bike descents, the Peak District and Derbyshire has plenty to offer cyclists of all abilities. And now four fantastic cycle guides can help visitors discover the area on two wheels. With 20 cycle routes in total, you can marvel at breath-taking views on cycling adventures in Matlock, Bakewell, the Hope Valley and Ashbourne.
All routes use quiet roads, traffic-free trails and sections of the National Cycle Network, linking cycle hire, local sights and places to enjoy refreshments - everything needed for the perfect day out!

4. Explore Britain’s most popular place to start a hike in the Peak District village of Edale

Britain's favourite spot to start a walk is Edale in the Peak District, according to a survey by the Ordnance Survey (OS). Data from the mapping organisation found the best-loved parts of the country for hikers to be in the heart of the Peak District National Park! At the start of the Pennine Way and within easy reach of Manchester and Sheffield, the Derbyshire village was the most popular starting point. Standing in the shadow of Kinder Scout (the highest point in the Peak District) Edale is surrounded by fantastic walks, with famous routes including Jacob's Ladder. Click here to discover more great Peak District walks.

5. Take a look inside Derby’s brand-new Museum of Making

If you’re a history fan, you can celebrate the re-opening of the world’s oldest factory in autumn 2020, as Derby’s historic Silk Mill transforms into the Museum of Making. Aiming to shine a light on objects that have shaped the modern world during the last 300 years of local history, one of the gems housed within the new venue will be the Eagle Engine, used in the first transatlantic flight over a century ago. There’s never been a better time to explore the UNESCO Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site, which includes a fascinating series of mill complexes stretching 24km from Cromford to Derby.

6. Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale

To honour 200 years since the birth of Florence Nightingale, the World Health Organisation has nominated 2020 the Year of the Nurse and Midwife. And to celebrate the Lady with the Lamp, who was born in Derbyshire, there are a range of events happening throughout the country. And if you really fancy digging deeper into her life, you can book a night at her childhood home in the Peak District, too!

7. Get hands-on with unique experiences in Britain’s first National Park

From feeling the wind in your hair as you get to grips with climbing on the area's gritstone crags, to foraging for ingredients to create your own bespoke gin. Step off the usual tourist trail and experience the destination like a local through the English National Park Experience Collection. Get caught up in their stories, follow in their footsteps and be inspired by their passion for timeless rural life and the great outdoors. Browse the incredible possibilities, then book the experiences directly - making your trip to the Peak District truly unforgettable.

8. Take a trip down memory lane with a vintage car experience at the Great British Car Journey

Derbyshire's newest attraction, the Great British Car Journey, opens in the spring. Featuring over 100 British made cars made between 1921 and 1995, this unique museum will tell the story of the rise and demise of the British motor industry. See the cars that put motoring within the reach of ordinary families and get behind the wheel with the Drive Dad's Car experience!

9. Discover a packed calendar of incredible events

Whatever time of year you visit, there’s always exciting events taking place in Derbyshire and the Peak District! 2020’s calendar includes the world-famous Buxton International Festival in July; the colourful RHS Chatsworth Flower Show in June; and the much-loved Chatsworth Country Fair in September. Add to this a vibrant mix of street festivals, music events and country shows, and you've got all the ingredients for a perfect trip.
Don't miss the popular annual spectacle of Well Dressing from May to September. This unique local tradition dates back hundreds of years and sees local towns and villages display handmade works of art, created using only natural materials, at local wells to give thanks for the area's fresh water springs.

10. Rest and recharge in award-winning accommodation

From country escapes in handsome hotels and weekends away in beautiful bed and breakfast accommodation, to a night under the stars at a beautiful campsite, you’ll find warm and welcoming accommodation in the Peak District and Derbyshire. Looking to stay in a luxury lodge? Landal Darwin Forest, at the heart of picturesque woodland near Matlock, was recently crowned Best in Britain at the Hoseasons awards!

11. Treat your tastebuds to an adventure

Treat your tastebuds to local classics such as the famous Bakewell Pudding from the historic market town of Bakewell, sample delicious local cheese made in the village of Hartington, enjoy freshly-made Ashbourne Gingerbread, or try tasty local Derbyshire or Staffordshire Oatcakes and see if you can taste the difference! There's never been a better time to uncover Derbyshire's culinary delights. For hearty homemade meals followed by local ales, check out cosy local pubs (you may even find a roaring log fire). Go behind the scenes on brewery or distillery tours, relax in a romantic restaurant, and enjoy the quintessentially English experience of afternoon tea at tea rooms and cafes. Looking for inspiration? Check out our Taste Adventures and plan your own itinerary!

12. Get your adrenaline pumping on an adventure-filled break

Fancy catching a unique bird's eye view of the Peak District whilst paragliding high above the countryside? Or getting to grips with some of the most famous rock climbing locations in England? You've come to the right place. Discover a host of activities to sink your teeth into, from kayaking and caving to wild watersports!

13. Marvel at two super moons above the Peak District

In 2020 there will be not one, but TWO Supermoons that will light up the night skies over the Peak District and Derbyshire. On 9th March and 8th April, a stunning sight of the moon looking larger than usual will appear overhead. If you miss out, not to worry! There are plenty of locations across the Peak District where you can gaze at the night sky and marvel at the various stars and constellations that appear. Find out more about our Dark Sky Parks.

14. Discover award-winning attractions

Whether you're looking for family fun, cultural sights or underground adventures, see the area's amazing attractions in a fresh light in 2020. Take a cable car ride to a clifftop country park at the Heights of Abraham (pictured), discover the unique home of Blue John Stone at Treak Cliff Cavern, come face to face with exotic animals at Peak Wildlife Park, and uncover the 'jewel in the Peak District's crown' at the magnificent home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth. You'll find plenty of things to do for half term holidays, bank holiday weekends, rural escapes and fun-filled breaks.


Of course, these are just a few of the great reasons to visit the Peak District and Derbyshire in 2020, make sure you keep an eye out for even more attraction openings, activities and events that are on. Browse some of the great places to stay - and plan your trip today!

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