14th - 31st July 11am - 4pm

Rachel Carter - Sculptural Development Artworks

See Rachels developmental work following a summer of residencies in historic buildings and sites throughout Derbyshire. 

Rachel will also be holding a hands on craft session at our Downton Tea Party (see below).


 25th, 26th July -2pm - 4pm

'Downton Comes to Bakewell' Join us for a fabulous Edwardian Tea

FREE Shuttle Bus 1.45 - 3.45 on Saturday ONLY

Outside the CO-OP Supermarket, Bakewell 



25th July - 4th September - 11am - 4pm

Childrens games through the ages



21st August - 7.30pm

Historical Quiz 

Tease your brain cells and your knowledge of local and national histories with friends whilst enjoying a supper of cheese and wine.



26th August - 6.30pm

(Meet at the Bakewell Tourist Information Centre)

Walking Tour - Bakewell's Secrets and Legends

Follow our experienced guides as they walk you through Bakewell and learn about local buildings, histories and legends.  

After the walk, enter the museum at night and discover our exhibits.  Learn about Bakewell's industrial heritage, wartime experiences and a runaway elephant!



3rd October - 6.30pm

Old House Museum - Past and Present by Mandy Coates

Enjoy a detailed virtual tour narrating the fascinating history of the Old House.  Then enjoy a lavish sit-down supper and the opportunity to explore the building and discover some of our artefacts and displays.




 23rd October - 1st November - 11am - 4pm

Halloween Activities

Follow the Bat and Rat Trail, design shadow puppets and create silhouette pictures. 


25th October - 8pm

Dickens' Ghosts with Stephen Coates

Huddle together in the museum parlour and listen to chilling tales for a winters evening, all penned by the greatest storyteller of all Charles Dickens.

A costumed performance  with hot supper and bar.



12th - 13th December - 11am - 4pm

Dressed for Christmas

Walk through the Museum in its Christmas finery.  Listen to local choirs and musicians.  Enjoy seasonal Dickens readings and take part in children's craft activities.




25th - 26th March Artist in Residence Rachel Carter

 Sculptor Rachel  will be working on site to produce a giant, suspended, woven hanging for the opening of the "Cool, Clean Cotton" 

To celebrate the re-opening of the museums textile exhibition, following a carpet beetle crisis. This has affected the museums important textile collection which dates back to the mid 1800s





Photo credits Chris Hardy Photography.

See more of Rachels work at


28th March - 12th April - Easter Art Activities 

Design your own easter egg to add to our hanging, mobile work of art (Free art materials)


24th April - "Other Boleyn Girl" - Fundraising Film Night

A tale of two sisters competing for the same King.  this little known story of Mary Boleyn who was mistress to King Henry VIII before he married her older sister, Anne

At the Medway Centre, Bakewell.  Adults £5, Child £3 - Advance bookings through the museum office (01629 813642)


 25th April - Classical Bakewell Tea

Delicious Bakewell tarts and tea served on vintage crockery in the atmospheric museum setting

£2 per head for refreshments

Part of the Bakewell Food Festival


14th May - Eventide Event - Time to Read, Time to Act, Time for Poetry

Part of the Derbyshire Literature Festival 

Writers in the Peak read extracts from their stimulating new work.  Tales from the Derbyshire hills, vales and villages

Meet the Author - Michael Howard

Actors from the local U3A group will perform a dramatised reading of  "The Good Lady Ducayne" written by Michael Howard, author of LS Lowry a Visionary Artist, adapted from Mrs Elizabeth Braddon's short story, that was published a year before Dracula - a classic of Victorian sensationalist writing

Performance Poetry from Dave Siddon

7.30 pm Adults £7.50, Child £3 includes light refreshments


16th May - Eventide Event - "White Peak, Dark Peak"

An exciting body of work from local artists and photographers, Debra Stone, Keith How, Billy Bye and Jules L Sewell

 Live music by DDT, performance painting by Keith How

Part of the  International "Night at the Museum" events 

7 - 9pm entry by donation

 Licensed bar serving wine, beer,  soft drinks and snacks



Artist Keith How


23rd  - 31st May - Terrible Tudors

Enjoy childrens courtyard games, tax collectors maths puzzle sheets, Tudor facts and the terrible "Rat Trail"





5th - 24th June - Fin Cop Hillfort

Temporary exhibition, of the discovery of artefacts and human remains, recovered from a recent excavation of the site.


13th - 14th June - Textile Weekend 11am - 4pm

13th June 7.30pm

A peek into the world of historic textiles.  Learn about our recent battle with the carpet beetles and the ongoing restoration project.


27th June - Tudor Dancing in the Courtyard at 11am