A summer festival dedicated to local food, music and produce will be making its way to a Derbyshire town again this year after a number of years out of action. The Bakewell Country Festival is looking to make its welcome return in July this year.
The one-day family event, filling Bakewell Showground on Sunday 17 July, will replace the long-running Bakewell Show. Organisers have revamped the show according to local opinions and will replace the previous event, last held in 2017.
The festival, offering free entry to ages 14 and under, will also be offering three-night camping pitches for those visitors wishing to extend their stay and explore the local area outside of the festival. The event is run by charitable organisation Bakewell Agricultural & Horticultural Society (BAHS), supported by principal partners Frederick’s of Chesterfield, JW Corporate Ltd, BeeSafe Supplies and B&B Tractors.
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Bridget Hope, BAHS manager, says: “We’ve spent a lot of time listening to feedback and planning Bakewell Country Festival in order to showcase some of the best-loved elements of Bakewell Show alongside some fresh, new ideas.
“The Festival is our largest annual fundraising event, which we will hold in order to continue our work supporting the local rural economy through initiatives such as our training grant scheme.
“It’s important to us that we are able to continue this work and we’re keen to build new friendships and relationships with individuals and businesses who would like to participate and help us to create a successful event with a strong future.”
Two food courts will offer produce from local traders including Sunshine Pizza Oven and Ginger Butchers, with pints at bars run by Bradfield Brewery and Thornbridge Brewery. Musical performances will also be ongoing by The Old Time Rags and The Jelly Roll Jazz Band.
A culinary theatre teepee will also be set up and will be home to some of the stars of the local food scene, including Adam Harper, head chef at The Cavendish in Baslow; Mark Aisthorpe, chef patron of The Bull’s Head in Holymoorside and recent Great British Menu competitor; Lee Smith, chef patron at Bakewell’s Lovage Restaurant; Chris Mapp, chef patron at The Tickled Trout in Barlow; Darren Goodwin, head chef at The Devonshire Arms in Baslow; and Denise Tollyfield, a cookery presenter, home economist and food stylist.
There will also be a number of activities on offer for children, with a helter skelter, craft sessions and face painting. Experts will also be running workshops to make wildflower seed bombs and beeswax candles.
Animal lovers will find numerous breeds of cows and sheep in the centre ring, where farmers will be on hand to chat.
There’s more for dog fans as well as the Bakewell Dog Show is set to make its return this year too. The Kennel Club-registered competition will run on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 July, with free entry for the public.
Festival supporter John Frederick, managing partner of Frederick’s of Chesterfield, says “As a local family business we are delighted to be supporting Bakewell Country Festival as a Principal Partner.
“Frederick’s has a long historical connection with Bakewell Agricultural & Horticultural Society through involvement in Bakewell Show and we are looking forward to reconnecting with old acquaintances and making new ones along the way.
“We wish the Festival every success this year and for many years to come and are all very much looking forward to the day.”
Adult tickets cost £12 in advance and £17 on the gate, while children aged 14 and under attend for free. Three-night camping pitches for tents and live-in vehicles cost £100. Tickets and camping pitches can be purchased on the BAHS website at bakewellahs.co.uk .
Extensive parking will be available on the Showground at a cost of £5 per car per day, payable by cash or card on arrival.