Nine things to do this weekend

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BANK Holiday weekend has arrived, and there are some exciting events taking place in Derbyshire.

From music festivals to food, medieval clashes to green activities, here is our pick. By Tom Sedgwick.

Friday August 26

• Matlock’s third annual Mychoone festival kicks off this weekend on the main road between Matlock and Alfreton.

High profile acts such as Glasto rockers Reef and The Cheeky Girls will be playing.

There will be fair rides, a large beer tent plenty of stalls and games throughout the weekend.

Kids under 12 go free, and ticket prices range from £30 to £60. Visit for tickets and details.

•The Ashover Music Ale Festival takes place between August 26 and August 28 at the Ashover Show Ground, with local bands and tribute acts to U2, Lynyrd Skynyrd Jim Hendrix on the bill.

The festival begins on Friday with music starting at 4pm, and Saturday and Sunday bands run from midday until 5.45pm. Tickets cost £25.

• Saturday August 27

Take a trip to the Holymoorside village family fun day at Holymoorside Village Hall and Recreation Ground, between 2pm and 5pm.

Attractions include a fairground with rides and games, a martial arts demonstration, a bird of prey display and exhibitions.

•Have a look at the Ashover Flower Festival at the All Saints Church, which will hold beautiful flower displays and a ‘Songs of Praise’ service on the Sunday.

Don’t forget to check out the the art exhibition at the Basset Rooms opposite the church. The event takes place from the Saturday until the Tuesday, each day between 10am and 5pm

Sunday August 28

•Baslow Village Hall is hosting a food fair, featuring a mouth-watering lineup of tasty dishes and treats from regional cheeses to award winning fruit liquers.

Just outside the entrance to Chatsworth, the free event takes place from 10.30am to 4.30pm.

•Bolsover goes medieval this weekend with Clash of the Knights: The Battling Barons, which takes place at Bolsover Castle from the Sunday until the Monday.

The brave knights show off their skills, and even the children can take part in small battles of their own.

Suitable for families, it takes place between 11.00am and 5.00pm each day, English Heritage members can go free, prices range between £5.10 and £22.10.

•Visit Hardwick Hall for Go Green! and see how simple it can be to be environmentally friendly.

A packed programmes of activities and demonstrations will take place, as well as regular tours of the Stableyard. It takes place from 11am till 4pm, no admission fee, parking fee £2.

Bank Holiday Monday August 29

•Experience some live music at The Badger in Brockwell, Chesterfield, with the inaugaral Brockstock & 2 Rockin’ Badgers festival, as well as fun activities at family day from 11.30am where there will be a bouncy castle and face painting. Free admission. Raising money for local charities.

•There will be a special fundraising day for a young boy who was diagnosed with cancer at the Double Top pub in Inkersall.

The fundraiser is in aid of Sheffield Children’s Hospital, and will feature a sponsored head shaving and plenty of fun activities such as dancing, football fun and a BBQ.