It's the start of a New Year and the Peak District & Derbyshire has a host of exciting new developments coming up for visitors to enjoy. To help you plan your break, we’ve curated the latest openings, events and key moments happening in 2022.


New event: Burning Man comes to Chatsworth


Burning Man

Huge sculptures from Burning Man, held in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert, USA will be making their UK debut at Chatsworth this spring at a free-to-access exhibition in the stately gem’s parkland.
Radical Horizons: The Art of Burning Man at Chatsworth is a large-scale exhibition in the publicly accessible 1,000 acre park surrounding the house, which sees 12 monumental sculptures from Burning Man going on display in the UK for the first time from 9 April to 1 October 2022.
While Radical Horizons takes place in Chatsworth’s parkland, a second exhibition Living With Art We love: An exhibition presented by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire will be taking place inside the house from 26 March to 9 October.
It features favourite items from their acquisitions over the past 40 years, few of which have been on public display, including paintings, sculpture and furniture, and including some works from the historic collection with a section dedicated to Lucian Freud in that artist’s centenary.

Find out more at chatsworth.org/events/burning-man


New activities: Even more to see and do at the Heights of Abraham


There’s more to see and do than ever before at the award-winning Heights of Abraham, Derbyshire’s oldest tourist attraction. 2022 promises to be a bumper year for new features that celebrate visitors of the past 230 years including a collection of stunning willow sculptures, a butterfly trail for younger visitors, a new film theatre and gift shop, and – later this year – a new walkthrough exhibition that brings the past to life.
The estate first opened in 1787 and this year the 60-acre estate will be open from 4th March for long weekends (Fridays to Mondays inclusive) and then daily from 25th March until 6th November.
The Heights has many fascinating stories to tell, with links to the industrial revolution, tales of visits from royalty and a rich mining history.
Begin your day by taking a flight in one of the famous cable cars then take a tour underground in the two famous show caverns. Explore the new film theatre to learn more about the caverns and the construction of the cable cars, delve into the estate's history with interactive features in the Longview Exhibition and enjoy refreshments in the Vista Restaurant and Terrace Café.
New for 2022, willow sculptures by artist Caroline Gregson capture important moments of the history of the Heights of Abraham. For the kids, take a walk down into the woodland and spot the 12 new butterflies in the treetops.
Events in 2022 include visits from Morris dancers, live theatre and musical performances, treasure hunts for children at Easter, and Jubilee celebrations this June.

Find out more at www.heightsofabraham.com


New restaurant: The Catch at The Cow


Love seafood? The Cornish coast has come to the Derbyshire countryside in an exciting new dining concept from The Cow at Dalbury. Head chef Nathan Senior hails from Cornwall and is passionate about the produce of his home county - especially fish.
He's been inspired to launch 'The Catch at the Cow' to bring Cornish fish and seafood to local people, directly from boats in Newlyn, Looe, Mevagissey and other Cornish ports. To ensure optimum freshness, all fish is landed on the day, packed on ice and delivered to The Cow the following morning!
While the restaurant’s focus is on Cornish Seafood, there's also the chance to enjoy prime Derbyshire beef, vegan and vegetarian options. The Cow is also offering bottomless brunch and new Bed, Breakfast & Bubbles packages - and the cosy inn is also dog friendly.


New whisky: Peak District region's first whisky set to launch in 2022


White Peak Distillery, the first full-scale craft whisky distillery in the Peak District region, is set to launch its first single malt whisky in February 2022.
Founded in 2016 by husband-and-wife team Max and Claire Vaughan, the distillery has won numerous awards for its stable of spirits - including the popular Shining Cliff Gin range - and for its distillery visitor experiences in the atmospheric setting of an old Wire Works by the River Derwent.
The lightly-peated single malt Wire Works whisky is smooth and fruity - and has been designed to be accessible to a wide audience, with light peat adding background flavour complexity.

For details see whitepeakdistillery.co.uk 


New hotel: Get back to nature at Wildhive at Callow Hall Hotel


Wildhive, a new boutique hospitality brand rooted in nature, launched its first property - Callow Hall - last year. Surrounded by ancient woodland and 35 acres of wild open space, it’s the perfect launchpad for the Peak District, offering guests the chance to 'get away from it all'.
Built in the 1850s, Callow Hall has undergone an extensive refurbishment and now boasts 15 individually designed bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms and bespoke detailing by interior designer Isabella Worsley.
Dotted amongst the woodland are 11 one-bedroom Woodland Hives offering a unique experience immersed in nature, with en-suite bathrooms, kitchenette and outdoor bathing.
The hotel's glass Garden Room restaurant serves inspiring seasonal dishes from breakfast through to dinner and has a sedum roof to provide a habitat for birds and insects. There are also 15 beehives providing honey for the house!
At the far end of the ancient woodland will be two custom-built treehouses, geared for self-catering with relaxed open plan sitting rooms and kitchens, en-suite bathrooms and luxurious outdoor baths.

For more details see www.wildhive.uk


New attraction: Sudbury Hall becomes the Children's Country House


This spring, Sudbury Hall and The Museum of Childhood will complete its transformaation into the world’s first Children’s Country House. Providing a heritage experience especially designed for children, The Children’s Country House at Sudbury will see all three aspects of the property - the Hall, Museum and Gardens - coming together to form a place where children of all backgrounds feel comfortable, welcome and can lead their own visit.
The Children’s Country House is being created with, for and by children, underpinned by a range of expertise and research. The team has also recruited a group of 90 child ambassadors to help in its development.
Sudbury Hall (1660-1690) was the home of the Vernon family from its creation until the property was given to the Treasury in 1967, and boasts a mix of Jacobean features and more up to date classical styles. The Children's Country House is set to open in Spring 2022, watch this space...

For details click here


New attraction: Bennerley Viaduct opens after 50 years of dereliction


A previously at-risk Victorian viaduct, which runs between Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, has officially opened to the public in January 2022 after more than five decades of dereliction. Bennerley Viaduct opened as a railway bridge in 1877 but was closed as part of the Beeching railway cuts in 1968. An investment of £1.7m has allowed it to be turned into a footbridge for cyclists and pedestrians, with terrific views of the Erewash Valley near Ilkeston!

For details click here


New installation: Blue John table installed at Treak Cliff Cavern 


Deep below the hills of Castleton, Treak Cliff Cavern has long been famous for its large display of Blue John Stone, a rare semi-precious mineral found nowhere else on earth. For 2022, their Blue John Museum Collection now includes a spectacular Blue John table top measuring an impressive 26 inches in diameter!
The project has been two years in the making and, thanks to the help of local business John George Fine Cabinetry in Hathersage, the table has been fitted with legs, and finished with gold leaf to create a modern piece resembling a famous table that was once in the Cavendish Museum in Castleton for many years.
A must-see when taking a tour of these unique caves!

For details click here


New walk: Peak District launches new Ranger-led Walks


National Park Rangers are welcoming walkers to their new programme of guided walks in the National Park. The popular Peak District walks are back and available to book online now, with walks throughout the year from January to December.
Engagement ranger Paul Wetton said: “We are delighted to offer our guided walks again and we’re looking forward to helping visitors explore the Peak District’s hills and dales once more.
“Lockdowns and Covid-19 restrictions in 2020 and 2021 stopped the walks programme in its tracks, but now our walk leaders are ready and raring to go with a fresh list of walks to refresh mind, body and soul."
All the walks are led by experienced, knowledgeable National Park Rangers. Highlights of the walks programme in coming weeks include:

Sunday 13th February: A Wander from White Lodge – discover dramatic Deep Dale, distant views and ancient settlements along the way.

Sunday 13th March: Explore Longstone Moor – follow a fascinating route back in time in the Great Longstone area to see Bronze Age monuments and evidence of lead mining.

Wednesday 13th April: Hidden Past of the Upper Derwent – explore off the beaten track to find lost farms, old stories and hidden paths among deep cloughs and dark forests.

For details click here 


What's on: Buxton International Festival is back from 7-24 July 2022


The iconic Derbyshire spa town will once again host a friendly crowd of opera, music and literature lovers from all over the country during July’s Buxton Festival. Following a scaled-back event due to Covid restrictions in 2021, this year's festival will include over 100 events held in a range of atmospheric venues including the town's famous Buxton Opera House, Pavilion Arts Centre, St John’s Church and the Octagon.

For details see buxtonfestival.co.uk


What's on: Chatsworth Country Fair returns from 2-4 September 2022


One of England’s most spectacular annual outdoor events, Chatsworth Country Fair, will return to the Peak District from 2-4 September 2022. Offering a unique blend of excitement, family entertainment, culinary inspiration, country pursuits and rural crafts, it's a great day out for the whole family against the stunning backdrop of Chatsworth.
Alongside demonstrations and parades, hot air balloons, parachuting, varied trade stands and rural crafts, there'll be a packed programme of grand ring entertainment, a cookery theatre and fine food village.

For details click here


Keep checking back for the latest updates on What's New for 2022.
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