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Derbyshire Woodland Festival

Our popular Festival will be returning to Elvaston Castle on 21 and 22 September 2019 and is a celebration of traditional and contemporary woodland crafts.

The annual festival is set within the beautiful grounds of Elvaston Castle Country Park, which add to the unique feel of this special event. Visitors also have the opportunity to explore the woodland, formal gardens, lake and parkland that surround the castle.

This is a great day out for all the family with lots of fun activities for children, unique crafts and furniture to buy. Professional demonstrators and performers will share their amazing skills, from sawmills and carving to wood turning, weaving, horse logging and many opportunities for you to have a go.

Visitor attractions will include the Arbor, the incredible 18 feet tall puppet of a tree - enjoy his show and walkabout performance. You can see more about Arbor on YouTube. Vikings of Middle England will re-create an amazing Viking camp, with crafts, re-enactment, live combat and lots to entertain you. The Green Man is also fun with popular songs and stories.

With beautiful shire horses, birds of prey, wild food and campfire cooking, plus the huge array of stalls and catering, there really is plenty to keep you entertained.

Join our Woodland Festival 2019 Facebook event


Special event parking charges apply all weekend:

  • £10 a car per day
  • £5 a motorcycle per day
  • £15 weekend ticket available on the gate

Payment is cash only, giving all visitors entry to both the festival and the country park on these dates.

Download the flyer attached to this page for a money-off parking voucher.

What to expect

Take a look at our Flickr gallery to see images from previous festivals for an idea of what to expect.

You can view the festival highlights in the flyer attached to this page.

Elvaston Castle Country Park is open all year round. With seasonal events, a café, shop, play and picnic areas. There are endless opportunities to explore the park and nature reserve. The buildings and gardens are both registered (Grade 2 and Grade 2*) as being of special architectural and historical interest.

Caterers and stall holders

If you're a caterer or stall holder who has never attended our Derbyshire Woodland Festival and would like to join us, please email

Elvaston Castle Country Park
Borrowash Road (B5010)
DE72 3EP

Tel: 01629 533870

Image of Arbor used on the event poster by Graham Whitmore.