Bakewell is about 20 minutes away from Buxton and is easily accessible by bus or car. It is a beautiful historic town which is the home of the famous Bakewell Tart, which of course is widely available to purchase there! There are lots of shops, restaurants, cafes and things to do and see. It is home to a huge agricultural show which is the largest of its kind in the UK. It has a fair, a food hall and hundreds of competing animals. The town is well worth a visit!
Ashbourne is a quaint town about 30 minutes from Buxton, it is on the Transpeak bus route and easily accessible by car. It has some lovely little shops, cafes, restaurants, walks and is home to the ‘Shrovetide’ football game which sees spectators play football in the streets over an 8 hour period, with the goals 3 miles apart! A very interesting watch!
Carsington Water is a reservoir just outside of Ashbourne which is home to water sports such as kayaking, wind surfing, canoeing and sailing. There is also a great cycle route around the reservoir, for the keen cyclist and the not so keen! It is a great place to get some fresh air, with cycle hire facilities or water sports hire facilities, it really has it all! There is a café, some shops and a visitor centre to explore too!
Matlock is a really fun place to visit and is best described as the seaside in land! Easily accessed by bus or car, it has fish and chip shops, amusement arcades, a mini aquarium, a mining museum and its own version of Blackpool’s illuminations that run for a couple of months in the year. It also has the ‘Heights of Abraham’, cable cars which take you up a cavern system, a fossil display and of course a lovely tea room! Matlock also offers some English heritage in the Form of Masson Mill. Richard Arkwright built it in 1783 and it is still a working textile museum today with shopping village and restaurant. Matlock is my favourite place in the Peak and I would recommend a visit!
Derby is the closest large City to Buxton and is home to an Intu Shopping Centre, with over 190 shops inside and outside, along with a food court, cinema and tons of restaurants to choose from. There is also a darker side to Derby as it is reported to be one of the most haunted cities in the country! Ghost Walks around the centre and the Derby Gaol are popular and an exciting experience. If ghosts and the paranormal aren’t your thing, The Assembly Rooms is host to plays, pantomimes, live acts and stand-up comedians regularly.
There is plenty to do for free in Derby too; there are lots of great outdoor spaces to explore such as Darley Park, Markeaton Park and Locko Park. Derby Museum is an interesting place to visit as it covers WW1, the Egyptians and Derby’s own heritage such as Joseph Wright.
The night life in Derby is a really good night out. There is somewhere for every type of music lover. From Mosh, for the indie, rock and drum and bass crowd to Walkabout which plays pop, current music and some classics and many more places to choose from. Both host student nights in the week and offer discount on the night out with drinks offers and reduced entry! There are loads of other great pubs and bars to choose from. There are independent places which brew their own beer or chains such as Revolution and Wetherspoon’s.
The UK’s largest theme park is less than 25 miles away and can be reached in around 40 minutes by car. During fresher’s week, a trip to Alton Towers is arranged for free, transport included! If you have never visited before you are in for a treat as it is home to amazing roller-coasters, the log flume, a mini sea life centre, a 4D experience and live shows. A day out not to be missed!