Countryside events this July

Solomon's Temple

1 July 2013

A range of exciting countryside events are taking place in Derbyshire this July.

Whether you fancy being entertained 1,440 feet above sea level, visiting WWII airplane wrecks on the moors of Kinder Scout, or simply want a different activity to do every week during the school holidays, we organise a host of activities that are available throughout the year, with about half of them free.

Activities this month:

Saturdays in July

Solomon's Temple, anytime between 12pm-2pm.
The flag will be flying every Saturday this month so put on your boots and head for the tower 1,440 feet above sea level!

Saturday 6 July:

Kevin the Farmer recounts sad, happy and hilarious tales about farming at Grin Low.

Saturday 13 July:

Bring an instrument and join in or just come and listen to the band Blues Party and Friends play acoustic music.

Saturday 20 July:

Tell a story, recite a poem, perform a comedy sketch or just come along to be entertained at our Spoken Word event. 

Meet: Solomon's Temple, Grin Low Country Park, near Buxton.
Cost: Free.

Saturday 6 July, 7am − 10am

Bird ringing − come and meet the Chesterfield Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and find out what 'ringing' is. Licensed ringers will show you how and why it's done.
Meet: Ranger's Base, Linacre Reservoirs, Cutthorpe, off the B6050.
Cost: Adults £3, children/concessions £1.50. Booking essential.
Contact: 01246 551035.

Sunday 7 July, anytime between 12pm − 4pm

Discover the rich wildlife of Kirk Hallam Lake at our Lakeside Festival.
Meet: Kirk Hallam Lake, off Godfrey Drive, Kirk Hallam, Ilkeston.
Cost: Free
Contact: 01773 719961

Saturday 13 July, 10am − 1pm

Can you tell your Grizzled from your Dingy? Take a walk with members of the Pleasely Pit Nature Study Group and see how many of the British Butterfly family 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

Sunday 14 July, 9:15am − 3:30pm

Back by popular demand: Visit the wrecks of several aircraft on the moors with a local historian and learn how Kinder Scout was involved in World War II
Meet: Hayfield Countryside Centre, Station Road, Hayfield.
Cost: Adults £3, children/concessions £1.50. Booking essential.
Contact: 01663 746222.

Sunday 21 July, anytime between 11am − 4:30pm

pARTicipate in 'Love Parks' week at Shipley Country Park. Follow a mini trail to discover a range of arts and crafts activities. There's something for everyone!
Meet: Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre.
Cost: Free, but charges may apply for some activities.
Contact: 01773 719961.

Wednesday 24 July, 11am − 2pm

Bring your teddy bear and a picnic to Elvaston Castle and join us for family fun as part of our 'Love Parks' week. There will be games, crafts and a Teddy Bear Parade at 1pm.
Meet: Lawn terraces in front of Elvaston Castle.
Cost: Free, some activities may have a small cost.
Contact: 01629 533870.

Saturday 27 July to Sunday 1 September, 10am − 5pm

Come and enter the treasure hunt to discover lots of interesting facts about High Peak Junction. Every correctly completed sheet will be entered into a prize draw.
Meet: High Peak Junction Visitor Centre (follow brown tourist signs from Cromford)
Cost: £1.50 per sheet.
Contact: 01629 823204.

Saturday 27 July to Tuesday 3 September, anytime between 11am − 3:30pm

Be a nature detective and discover local wildlife − successful sleuths will receive a certificate. There's a different trail every week during the school summer holidays.
Meet: Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre.
Cost: 50p per child.
Contact: 01773 719961.

Sunday 28 July, anytime between 1pm − 3:30pm

A rare opportunity to visit Elvaston Castle's Gothic Hall. Originally named the Hall of Fair Star, it was built in 1831 by the Earl of Harrington as a token of his love for his wife, the actress Maria Foote.
Meet: Entrance to the Gothic Hall, Elvaston Castle.
Cost: Adults £1, Under 16s free (must be accompanied by an adult).
Contact: 01629 533870

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 on our countryside pages


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