01 May 2015

The Buxton Festival!

Booking has just opened for this year’s Buxton Festival (10-26 July) This has become one of the most popular and highly-thought of festivals in the UK. It includes opera, music, literary events and a fringe, over 3 busy weeks. Operas take place in the stunning Opera House, built in 1903 in the heyday of Buxton’s […]


01 May 2015

Well Dressings


Another season of Well Dressings is upon us. These festivals are a speciality of the Peak District, and date back to ancient times when people gave thanks for their supplies of good water. Most villages still have wells in them, not always easy to find except during the week in which they are dressed with […]


15 Apr 2015

Haddon Hall in Spring

Springtime flowers

Spring is definitely here, with hints of summer on a sunny afternoon. Haddon Hall has thrown its doors open – Saturday through Monday in April, then daily (except May 30th and 31st). This is my very favourite house to visit round here. Described by Simon Jenkins as “the most perfect house to survive from the middle […]


17 Mar 2015

Want to see a film?

If you want to go out for a change to see a film, this is possible. For example, Buxton is about to host the Buxton Festival of World Cinema March 23-29, which has lots of interesting things. All through the year there is a wonderful little cinema at Wirksworth called Northern Light. You can see […]


12 Feb 2015

The Peak District in Winter

For many people, winter is a good time to visit the Peak District. Winter landscapes can be very beautiful, especially on a snowy or frosty morning. And you have the beauty spots to yourself! There are lots of cosy pubs to collapse into after a brisk walk. Or you can visit an old house. Many […]


21 Dec 2014

New Website

We’ve got a super new website so you can have a proper look at the Barn before you book, and so you can see what an amazing spacious, beautiful place it is!