Explore Derbyshire countryside this September

28 August 2013

The Woodland Festival at Elvaston Castle Country Park takes place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September and is the highlight of our countryside calendar.


Other events taking place this month include the Amber Valley and Erewash walking festival, a chance to learn how you can help nature and wildlife this autumn and a walk through time on an ancient track above Hayfield.  Many of our events are free. 

Countryside events in September:

Elvaston Castle Woodland Festival
Saturday 21 September and Sunday 22 September, 10am − 5pm
An annual celebration of traditional and contemporary woodland crafts.
Take a shuttle horse from the car park to the festival grounds, Watch expert woodcraft professionals at work, learn how to survive in the woods and to cook wild food or simply take a walk through the magnificent Elvaston Castle grounds.  This is a weekend for everyone of all ages to enjoy with lots to see, do and experience.

Friday 6 September, 7pm − 9:30pm
Bangers and Bats - there are seven species of bats living at Elvaston Castle Country Park. Join us for a bat hunt then stay for a batty BBQ.
Meet: Elvaston Castle main car park.
Cost: Adults £3, children/concessions £1.50.  Booking essential.
Contact: 01629 533870.

Saturday 7 September, 10am − 1pm
Discover Dragonflies − take a walk with members of the Pleasely Pit Nature Study Group and see how many of these pre-historic creatures you can spot.
Meet: Colliery car park, Pit Lane, Pleasley.
Cost: Free in partnership with Pleasley Pit Nature Study Group. Booking essential.
Contact: 01629 533020.

Saturday 14 September to Sunday 29 September
Amber Valley and Erewash walking festival (part of autumn footprints events)

Saturday 14 September, 10am − 10:30am
Amber Valley and Erewash walking festival
Launch and guided walk
Everyone is welcome to attend the launch of this excellent walking festival.  There will be a guided walk in the park after the launch.
Meet:  Shipley Country Park visitor centre
Cost: Free
Contact: 01773 719961.

Friday 13 September, 7:30pm − 9pm
Go batty at Linacre − turn bat detective and search the woodlands for the signs and sounds of these fascinating night flyers.
Meet: Lower car park by the totem pole, Linacre Reservoirs, Cutthorpe, off the B6050.
Cost: Adults £3, children/concessions £1.50 per child. Booking essential.
Contact: 01246 551035


Tuesday 17 September, 2pm − 4pm
Amber Valley and Erewash walking festival (Part of autumn footprints events)
Map reading for beginners − learn more about map symbols, grid references so that you can read Ordnance Survey maps with more confidence. Meet: Shipley Country Park visitor centre
Cost: Free
Contact: 01773 719961

Sunday 29 September, 10:30am − 4:30pm
Hidden Hayfield − walk through time on ancient track ways above Hayfield. Bring a packed lunch and let the rangers serve you Neolithic tea and Celtic drinks in an historic barn.
Meet: Hayfield Countryside Centre
Cost: Free. Booking essential.
Contact: 01663 746222

Sunday 29 September, anytime between 12noon − 4:30pm
Do one thing-autumn
Join us to learn what you can do to help nature and wildlife this autumn.
Meet: Shipley Country Park visitor centre
Cost: Free entry (small charge for some activities).
Contact: 01773 719961

For bookings and general enquiries please contact Call Derbyshire on 01629 533190. You can also find out about events in the latest countryside events booklet which is available from any library, tourist information centre or countryside centre, or from our countryside events page

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