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Chatsworth International Horse Trials

2024 Peak District Events

If you plan to visit the Peak District in 2024, you’ll want to know all the year’s key events.

Here’s the Wheeldon Trees 2024 round-up of what we know so far.

Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football – 13-14 February 2024

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than a date at Ashbourne’s Royal Shrovetide Football?

Did you know the oldest football game is just twenty minutes from Wheeldon Trees Cottages? Ashbourne Royal Shrovetide Football is an annual spectacular not to be missed.

Played in Ashbourne every Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday the game is thought to be one of the oldest forms of football in the world. Every year the town’s streets, fields and streams are filled with thousands of players and spectators who follow the match. We live in Ashbourne and you can already see groups in training for the big event most evenings.

Chatsworth International Horse Trials – 17-19 May 2024

Calling all equestrian enthusiasts and thrill seekers! Dust off your picnic blankets and polish your binoculars, because the Chatsworth International Horse Trials are galloping back into Derbyshire from May 17 to 19, 2024. Get ready for three days of world-class competition, breathtaking displays, and family-friendly fun amidst the stunning backdrop of Chatsworth House.

This prestigious event is a true feast for the senses. Witness the grace and precision of dressage, where horse and rider become one in a mesmerising ballet of movement. Feel the adrenaline pump as daring duos tackle the show jumping course, soaring over colourful fences in a test of agility and speed. Then, hold your breath as they navigate the cross-country, a thrilling steeplechase through the picturesque Chatsworth parkland, testing both horse and rider’s courage and stamina.

But the Chatsworth Horse Trials are more than just equestrian excellence. Immerse yourself in a lively shopping village brimming with unique finds, indulge in delicious treats from a variety of catering outlets, and let the kids loose in the family fun zone, featuring everything from dog agility and a fun dog show to an adventure playground.

And if you’re feeling fancy, upgrade your experience to the exclusive ringside members’ enclosure. Enjoy relaxed surroundings, a private garden area, and VIP amenities while soaking up the action in style.

Classic Ibiza – 13 July 2024

Classic Ibiza, the outdoor dance music event that combines iconic house anthems with a 32-piece orchestra, is coming to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire on Saturday 13 July 2024.

The event promises five hours of Balearic-infused dance anthems.

Why not end your rhythm of the night with a spot of luxury? Our retreat of holiday cottages is just 30 minutes away from Chatsworth. And, after five hours of dancing, there’s surely nothing better than watching the sun rise over Chrome Hill back at our place. Just imagine, freshly ground Wheeldon Trees coffee, some mellow tunes and the rising sun – you could almost be in Café Del Mar!

Classic Ibiza is now in its 12th year and has become a popular summer fixture. It attracts crowds of all ages to dance to classic Ibiza tracks from the likes of Fatboy Slim, David Guetta, and Calvin Harris.

The Urban Soul Orchestra will headline the 2024 line-up. DJ sets from Goldierocks and former Pacha Ibiza resident Jose Luis will join them.

There will also be a spectacular laser and light show to accompany the music.

In addition to the music, Classic Ibiza also offers a variety of food and drink options, including bars, street food vendors, and picnic areas.

2024 International Buxton Festival – 4-21 July 2024

Mark your calendars, for the 2024 International Buxton Festival returns from July 4th to 21st, promising an intoxicating blend of opera, music, books, and dance that will tantalise your senses and ignite your imagination.

Operatic Delights

This year’s operatic program is a treasure trove for both seasoned aficionados and curious newcomers. Witness the grand spectacle of Verdi’s Ernani unfold, with its captivating blend of love, revenge, and political intrigue. Be swept away by the wit and charm of Haydn’s La Canterina, a comedic gem exploring themes of domesticity and deception. And experience the raw emotional power of Ethel Smyth’s The Boatswain’s Mate, a poignant tale of forbidden love and sacrifice at sea.

Beyond the Stage

The festival’s reach extends far beyond the opera house. Immerse yourself in the world of literature with captivating talks and discussions featuring renowned authors like Jeremy Bowen and Alastair Campbell. Let your musical horizons expand with a diverse program of concerts, from classical recitals to contemporary ensembles. And ignite your inner bookworm at the Buxton Festival Bookshop, a treasure trove of literary delights nestled within the historic Buxton Opera House.

A Feast for All Senses

Beyond the curated program, the festival itself is a sensory feast. Savour delicious local delicacies at the vibrant Festival Market, lose yourself in the beauty of the surrounding Peak District National Park and soak up the friendly atmosphere that permeates the charming town of Buxton.

A Spark of Magic

Whether you’re an opera aficionado, a literary enthusiast, or simply seeking a cultural escape, the 2024 International Buxton Festival promises an unforgettable experience. It’s a chance to be transported, to be challenged, and to be left with a renewed appreciation for the power of art to ignite our imaginations and enrich our lives.

Relax and unwind at Wheeldon Trees

After a day of exploring the Peak District’s many attractions, return to your cottage and unwind in luxurious comfort. Curl up by the fireplace, unwind in the spa-like bathroom, or simply relax on a comfortable sofa while enjoying a glass of wine or a cup of tea.

Wheeldon Trees offers the perfect escape for your 2024 holiday.

10 stunning cottages

We have 10 stunning cottages in 12 acres of Peak District National Park. Alongside luxury cottages, our rural retreat offers free EV charging and an honesty shop packed to the brim with goodies. In addition, we have a fantastic games room where you can play pool, air hockey or ping pong. We have two new electric bikes for you to borrow to explore the local area. What’s more, we have recently added two new hybrid bikes.

The Farmhouse is our flagship property. The cottage underwent a six-figure refurbishment in 2022 and today oozes luxury and style. Nadin, Ollerenshaw, Priestley and Mycock have also been upgraded in the last year.

Our three dog-friendly cottages are Critchlow, Lomas and Ollerenshaw. Sheldon Cottage is our fantastic accessible cottage with the best views in the house.

TripAdvisor recently named Wheeldon Trees in the top 10% of places to stay in the world. Thanks to our visitors’ amazing reviews, we recently received the TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award 2023 for the second year running. To complete the hat trick, we were also the runner-up in best self-catering accommodation at this year’s Visit Peak District and Derbyshire Tourism Awards.

You can view our availability and pick your perfect cottage by following this link – view our availability.