50 fun and fabulous things to do in the Peak District - in pictures

The Peak District is renowned across the world for its stunning scenery - but there's lots more to the area than that.

Friday, 5th April 2019, 2:30 pm
Updated Wednesday, 17th April 2019, 3:59 pm
Fun things to do in the Peak District
Fun things to do in the Peak District

The Peak District is also home to a huge variety of fun activities and events. Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire has created the Ultimate Peak District and Derbyshire Bucket List: 101 Great Things to Do and we've rounded up a few of them here. To see the list in full, click here.

The Peak District was the UK's first National Park, established in 1951. And with 555 square miles to go at, there's certainly plenty to explore!
The stunning stately home is always worth a visit, with a variety of events and shows taking place throughout the year. Home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, Chatsworth also has a farmyard, park and beautiful gardens.

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The three mile route from Mam Tor to Lose Hill was once voted one of Britain's best walks. Photo - Visit Peak District & Derbyshire
Discover Ice Age cave art and new for 2019, see the Witches Marks uncovered at Creswell Crags.
Well dressing is a long-held Derbyshire tradition. Each year, art installations created using natural materials go on display in towns and villages across the area.
Talk a stroll by the river or browse the shops in Bakewell, and then learn all about the famous Bakewell Pudding. You can even have a go at making one yourself at the Old Original Bakewell Pudding shop!
Internationally recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Cromford Mills, built by Sir Richard Arkwright was the birthplace of the modern factory system.
The Pennine Way stretches for 268 miles from Edale to Kirk Yetholm in the Scottish Borders. Walkers can take in some stunning scenery along the way including Jacob's Ladder. Photo - Visit Peak District and Derbyshire
617 Squadron, better known as the Dambusters, used the Upper Derwent Valley for some of their training for the deployment of Barnes Wallis's Bouncing Bomb during the Second World War. Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
Hartington Creamery is the only Derbyshire-based Stilton producer and is the smallest Stilton producer in the world. Visit the village's Old Cheese Shop to sample it for yourself!
Spend the day in Buxton, famous for its stunning architecture, and spa history. Take a walk around the Pavilion Gardens, sample the water at St Ann's Well, or stay over at one of the oldest hotels in England, the Old Hall Hotel.
There are many stories about why the spire at St Mary and All Saints Church is crooked but whatever the reason, you'll get a pretty impressive view over the town if you climb to the top of the tower.
This Neolithic henge monument is the most important prehistoric site of the East Midlands. See an earthen bank and ditch, a circle of 50 white limestone slabs and a central stone cove - found only in major sacred sites
The Blue John Cavern is home to eight of the 14 known varieties of Blue John stone. Join a guided tour to see Blue John in its natural state along with stalactites, stalagmites and huge caverns.
At 636 metres above sea level, Kinder Scout is the highest point in the Peak District, Derbyshire and East Midlands. So that means on a clear day, you get some pretty spectacular views. It was also home to the 1932 Mass Trespass
In 1665 a plague swept through the village, killing a large proportion of residents. Locals later quarantined themselves to prevent it spreading further. Plague-related places of interest can be found throughout the village.
Enjoy panoramic views over the castle and surrounding area with the wall walk, or enjoy the 5,000 plants and flowers in the Fountain Garden. Events are also held at the castle throughout the year.
No trip to Dovedale would be complete without walking across the famous stepping stones! Dovedale is known for its impressive limestone ravines and of course, The River Dove, so is the perfect spot for a sunny day walk.
Sheepwash Bridge in Ashford in the Water was actually named as the best place to play Winnie the Pooh's favourite game of Poohsticks by Visit England. So grab a stick, and drop it in the river to see if you can be the winner
Featured in the 2005 film Pride and Prejudice starring Keira Knightley, Stanage Edge is popular with both walkers and climbers offering stunning views over Dark Peak moorlands and the Hope Valley.
Round up the kids and the dog for a leisurely stroll from the Longshaw Estate car park through the stunning woodland and see the Burbage Brook stream, which used to form the boundary between Derbyshire and Yorkshire.
You may have seen Haddon Hall many times on the big screen as it has featured in numerous movies including Jane Eyre and The Princess Bride. It's also been named "the most perfect house to survive from the middle ages.
This traffic-free route for cyclists, horse riders and walkers runs for 8.5 miles along the former Midland Railway line between Blackwell Mill, in Chee Dale and Coombs Road, Bakewell and has stunning views of the limestone dales
This beauty spot is one of the most photographed viewpoints in Derbyshire and it's not hard to see why! Enjoy stunning views down Monsal Dale and up the Wye valley.
Soar high above Matlock Bath in a cable car to the Heights of Abraham where you can explore the hilltop country park, relax with a drink, visit the show caves or just marvel at the view. Photo - Visit Peak District and Derbyshire.
Take a step back in time with a visit to Crich Tramway Village. You can take a ride on a vintage tram, walk along the recreated period street or enjoy a stroll along the sculpture trail. Photo - Visit Peak District and Derbyshire.
Believe it or not, the World Hen Racing Championships take place in the village of Bonsall every August. And World Championship Toe Wrestling takes place near Ashbourne every June too.....
If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, you can't go far wrong with Lathkil Dale. Just 3 miles from Bakewell, it's one of the prettiest areas of the Dales. Take a riverside stroll and see the variety of flora and fauna
Not only is Winnats Pass one of the most impressive roads in Derbyshire in terms of views, it's also a fantastic spot to watch a sun rise, or sun set. Bag yourself a good spot and don't forget to take the camera
If you're feeling energetic, why not take on the tree top challenge at Go Ape Buxton, one of the highest courses in the UK at 1,200 ft? Climb and zip through the trees, and see if you're brave enough to take on the Tarzan swing.
Go behind the scenes at the historic working factory and meet the people who have been making Denby Pottery for over 200 years. Then paint your own piece of Denby and make the iconic Denby frog.
If you're travelling along the A53 Buxton to Leek Road and look up at the rock formations, you'll see what looks like a face, and as you get closer, you'll find him winking at you! Photo - Visit Peak District and Derbyshire
Find out how Jedediah Strutt sparked the Industrial Revolution, transformed Belper into the world's first cotton mill town and how the North Mill inspired the construction of skyscrapers. Photo - Visit Peak District and Derbyshire
Lyme Park was the location for that scene in Pride and Prejudice where Colin Firth's Mr Darcy emerged fully clothed from Pemberleys lake. Explore the house which is surrounded by gardens and a deer park.
Not only is Fischers the only Michelin-star restaurant in the area, it is located at the beautiful Baslow Hall, a Grade 2 listed, stone-built manor house. And there's 11 luxurious bedrooms too if you want to extend your visit.
The stunning Frank Matcham designed Buxton Opera House opened in 1903. It now hosts a variety of shows throughout the year from opera to dance, comedy and much more. It's also the focal for Buxton International Festival each year
Chrome Hill is commonly known as the Dragon's Back as its rugged curve is said to resemble the plates along the spine of a stegosaurus dinosaur. Enjoy stunning views from the top. Photo - Visit Peak District and Derbyshire
The Amber Valley Vineyards have been producing wine since 2014. Or why not visit Renishaw Hall Vineyard, certified the most northern vineyard in the world until 1986? Photo - Rod Kirkpatrick/F Stop Press.
There's a whole range of country shows and events taking place throughout the year. Gather the family together and spend the day at Chatsworth Country Fair, or take a trip to Hope Show for a great day out.
Saddle up and enjoy the stunning scenery of the High Peak and Tissington Trails from horse-back. The former railway lines are traffic free and can be explored either separately or together.
One of four show caves in Castleton, Peak Cavern, is also known as The Devil's Arse. The main entrance is the largest cave entrance in Britain and Peak Cavern also hosts concerts and events through the year.
Each year, members of Matlock Bath Venetian Boat Builders' Association create brightly lit themed models which are then mounted on rowing boats and paraded along the river. Firework displays also take place at weekends.
Your Instagram game will be strong with this one! Wander up a rocky ledge to a vantage point where you can capture the sun setting over the stunning countryside and Ladybower Reservoir. Photo - Visit Peak District and Derbyshire
It may be a landlocked county but there's still plenty of opportunities to enjoy water-based activities in Derbyshire. Try sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding or windsurfing at Carsington Water. Taster sessions run regularly.
Spring, summer, autumn or winter - you can take a dip in Hathersage's outdoor swimming pool. The heated pool is a great place to go for a relaxing dip, while enjoying the views of the surrounding area.
Created by Bess of Hardwick, Haddon Hall is one of the finest Elizabethan buildings in the country. Explore the hall, walk the gardens or take a stroll around the park. There's events throughout the year as well.
Relive a bygone age and take a journey on a steam or diesel train or even take control of the locomotive yourself with a steam experience course.
Restored in 2002, Heage Windmill, a Grade II* listed building is the only working six-sailed stone tower windmill in England. Take a guided tour and learn all about the history of the windmill and how flour is made.
The 5.5 mile off-road trail mostly follows the route of the Great Central Railway and is suitable for walkers, pram pushers, cyclists and horse riders. There are car parks along the route so make it as long or short as you want.
There's something magical about Matlock Bath that always makes you feel like you're at the seaside - even though the beach is nowhere to be seen! Browse the shops, pop in the amusement arcades or tuck into some fish and chips.