Countryside events in Derbyshire this October

24 September 2013

There's lots happening in the Derbyshire countryside in October. 

It's autumn and we've got lots of countryside events taking place this month including gentle strolls, arty activities and survival techniques. There's also lots happening around Halloween including creepy crafts, fiendish fun and spooky tales of ghosties and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night. Here's a list of countryside events this month, many of which are free. 

Countryside events in October:

Sunday 6 October, 10am − 5pm

Hayfield Mini Woodland Festival

Free fun for all the family at our mini woodland festival in Hayfield. Make a bird or bat box, watch a wood carver at work, sample campfire cooking or have a tour around Bluebell Wood.

Cost: Free

Meet: Hayfield Countryside Centre, Station Road, Hayfield.

Contact: 01663 746222. 


Sunday 13 October, 11am − 4pm

Big draw fun day

A brilliant day of arty activities as part of the UK's largest art events. Mostly aimed at children, but everyone is welcome just turn up and join in.

Cost: Free

Meet: Shipley Country Park Visitor Centre.

Contact: 01773 719961.


Sunday 13 October, 2pm− 3:30pm

Earls and Trees

A gentle stroll around the grounds of Elvaston Castle taking a look at its exotic trees in autumn colour and delving into the historical past of the estate, including a glimpse of the Gothic Hall.

Meet: Elvaston Castle main car park.

Cost: Adults £3, children/concessions £1.50.  Booking essential.

Contact: 01629 533870.


Wednesday 30 October, 10am-2:30pm

Bushcraft Westthorpe

It's not quite living off the land 'Bear Grylls' style, but come and have a go at shelter building, coppicing and campfire cooking.

Meet: Car park, off Green Lane, Killamarsh.

Cost: £5 per person (includes cost of food). Booking essential.

Contact: 01245 551035.


Wednesday 30 October, turn up anytime between 1pm-3pm.

Fun on the Green

Join members of Derbyshire County Council's Countryside Services and Findern Footpath Group for seasonal family activities on the Green.

Cost: Free, certain charges may apply

Meet: Findern Village Green

Contact: 01773 719961. 


Halloween Holiday Events:

Sunday 20 October, turn up anytime between 11am-3pm

An exceedingly eerie adventure at Elvaston

Join us for a spooktacular day making magic wands, potions in our potion parlour and carving pumpkins. Fancy dress competition judged at 2pm.

Meet: Elvaston castle courtyard.

Cost: Children £3, adult free if accompanying a child.

Contact: 01629 533870.


Saturday 26 October − Sunday 3 November, turn up anytime between 11am-3:30pm

Pumpkin week (un)natural trail

Treasure trail to track down the hidden pumpkins.  Kids in fancy dress welcome!

Meet: Shipley Country Park visitor centre

Cost: £1.50 per child.                                                                                           

Contact: 01773 719961.


Sunday 27 October, 4:30pm-6:30pm

Pumpkin day − creepy crafts and fiendish fun

Join in on this fun, family friendly event to have a go at some Halloween crafts, activities and games.  Aimed at 7-11 year-olds, but all welcome.

Meet: Shipley Country Park visitor centre

Cost: £4 per child (includes treats for each child). Booking advisable.

Contact: 01773 719961.


Thursday 31 October, 2pm − 4pm

Halloween Crafts

Come along in fancy dress and have a go at Halloween crafts to take you into the spookiest night of the year.

Meet: Hollingwood Hub, Works Road, Hollingwood

Cost: £5 each (includes cost of materials)

Contact: 01246 551035.


Thursday 31 October, 6:00pm, 6:45pm and 7:30pm

Halloween Hauntings

All aboard the John Varley, the Chesterfield Canal Trust trip boat, to hear ghostly tales of the towpath − come dressed up and see who you can scare!

Meet: Hollingwood Hub, Works Road, Hollingwood

Cost: £6 each. Booking essential.

Contact: 01246 551035.

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 at (opens in a new window)

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