Revamped Derbyshire festival of food and music for the first time in five years

A summer festival dedicated to local food, music and produce will make its way back to a Derbyshire town this year after a hiatus of a number of years. The Bakewell Country Festival makes its welcome return this July.

The one-day family event, which will fill the Bakewell Showground on Sunday July 17, will replace the long-running Bakewell Show. The organizers have revised the show according to local opinions and will replace the previous event, which was last held in 2017.

The festival offers free entry for children under 14 and also offers three-night camping spots for those visitors who want to extend their stay and explore the area outside of the festival. The event is run by the non-profit organization Bakewell Agricultural & Horticultural Society (BAHS) and supported by lead partners Frederick’s of Chesterfield, JW Corporate Ltd, BeeSafe Supplies and B&B Tractors.

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Bridget Hope, BAHS Manager, says: “We have spent a lot of time listening to feedback and planning the Bakewell Country Festival to showcase some of the most popular elements of The Bakewell Show alongside some fresh new ideas.

“The festival is our largest annual fundraising event, which we will host to continue our work to support the local rural economy through initiatives such as our apprenticeship grant scheme.

“It is important to us that we can continue this work and we are committed to forging new friendships and relationships with individuals and companies who wish to attend and help us create a successful event with a strong future.”

Two food courts offer produce from local vendors, including Sunshine Pizza Oven and Ginger Butchers, with pints at bars operated by Bradfield Brewery and Thornbridge Brewery. Musical performances by The Old Time Rags and The Jelly Roll Jazz Band will also continue.

There will also be a culinary theater tipi that will be home to some of the stars of the local food scene including Adam Harper, Executive Chef at The Cavendish in Baslow; Mark Aisthorpe, Patron Chef at The Bull’s Head in Holymoorside and recent competitor on the Great British Menu; Lee Smith, Patron of the Chef at Bakewell’s Lovage Restaurant; Chris Mapp, Patron of the chef at The Tickled Trout in Barlow; Darren Goodwin, Executive Chef at The Devonshire Arms in Baslow; and Denise Tollyfield, a cooking presenter, home economist, and food stylist.

A range of children’s activities are also offered, with helter skelter, crafts and face painting. Experts will also host workshops to make wildflower seed bombs and beeswax candles.

Animal lovers will find numerous cattle and sheep breeds in the central ring, where farmers are ready to chat.

There’s more for dog fans and the Bakewell Dog Show will return again this year. The Kennel Club registered competition will take place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July with free entry to the public.

Festival supporter John Frederick, Managing Partner of Frederick’s of Chesterfield, says: “As a local family business we are delighted to support the Bakewell Country Festival as a Principal Partner.

Tickets can be purchased both in advance and at the door, and on-site parking is also available.

“Frederick’s has a long historical association with the Bakewell Agricultural & Horticultural Society through its involvement in the Bakewell Show and we look forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new ones along the way.

“We wish the festival every success this year and for many years to come and we are all very much looking forward to the day.”

Adult tickets are £12 in advance and £17 at the door, while children under 14 are free. Three-night pitches for tents and caravans are £100. Tickets and parking spaces can be purchased on the BAHS website at .

There is ample on-site parking available at a cost of £5 per car per day, payable in cash or by card on arrival.


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