Summer in the Staffordshire Peak District is a vibrant season filled with a variety of festivals, fairs, and events that celebrate the rich culture, history, and natural beauty of the area. Whether you’re staying at Foxtwood Cottages or exploring the wider region, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Here’s your comprehensive guide to the best summer events you can attend.

1. Leek Arts Festival

Date: May – June

Location: Leek, Staffordshire

The Leek Arts Festival is a month-long celebration of music, theater, and the visual arts. This festival features a diverse range of performances, including live music from local bands, theatrical productions, art exhibitions, and workshops. Visitors can enjoy events at various venues across the town, making it a cultural highlight of the summer.

Highlights:

  • Live music performances in local pubs and outdoor stages.
  • Art exhibitions showcasing works from local artists.
  • Workshops and interactive sessions for all ages.

2. Churnet Valley Railway’s 1940s Weekend

Date: Late June

Location: Churnet Valley Railway, Froghall

Step back in time at the Churnet Valley Railway’s 1940s Weekend. This event recreates the wartime atmosphere with vintage trains, period costumes, and live reenactments. Enjoy a nostalgic journey on a steam train while experiencing the sights and sounds of the 1940s.

Highlights:

  • Vintage steam train rides through scenic countryside.
  • Live reenactments and displays of wartime vehicles.
  • Dance performances and live music from the era.

3. Alton Towers Live Concert Series

Date: Various dates throughout the summer

Location: Alton Towers Resort, Alton

For a dose of excitement and entertainment, head to Alton Towers Resort for their live concert series. The theme park hosts a variety of music events featuring popular artists and bands. It’s the perfect combination of thrill rides and live music, making for an unforgettable day out.

Highlights:

  • Concerts featuring top music artists.
  • Access to all theme park rides and attractions.
  • Fireworks and light shows in the evenings.

4. Staffordshire County Show

Date: Late May

Location: Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford

The Staffordshire County Show is a traditional agricultural show that offers fun for the whole family. With livestock displays, equestrian events, and rural crafts, this event showcases the best of Staffordshire’s farming heritage. There are also plenty of food stalls, craft booths, and children’s activities.

Highlights:

  • Livestock competitions and displays.
  • Equestrian events and dog shows.
  • Artisan food stalls and craft demonstrations.

5. Buxton International Festival

Date: July

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

Just a short drive from the Staffordshire Peak District, the Buxton International Festival is a renowned celebration of opera, music, and literature. Held in the picturesque spa town of Buxton, the festival features performances from world-class artists, making it a cultural gem of the summer.

Highlights:

  • Opera and classical music performances.
  • Literary talks and book signings.
  • Art exhibitions and workshops.

6. Etruria Canals Festival

Date: Early June

Location: Etruria Industrial Museum, Stoke-on-Trent

Celebrate the region’s rich industrial heritage at the Etruria Canals Festival. This lively event features historic canal boats, traditional crafts, and live entertainment. It’s a wonderful way to experience the local history and enjoy a day by the water.

Highlights:

  • Historic canal boat displays and rides.
  • Traditional craft demonstrations.
  • Live music and family entertainment.

7. The Big Bake Festival

Date: August

Location: Various locations in the Peak District

Foodies won’t want to miss The Big Bake Festival, a summer celebration of baking and culinary arts. With baking competitions, cooking demonstrations, and plenty of delicious treats to sample, this festival is a delight for the senses.

Highlights:

  • Baking competitions for all skill levels.
  • Cooking demonstrations by professional chefs.
  • Food stalls offering a variety of baked goods and local delicacies.

8. Leek Blues & Americana Festival

Date: Late July – Early August

Location: Various venues in Leek

Music lovers should mark their calendars for the Leek Blues & Americana Festival. This multi-day event brings together talented musicians from around the world, offering a blend of blues, country, and Americana music. Enjoy performances in intimate venues across the town.

Highlights:

  • Live performances from renowned blues and Americana artists.
  • Workshops and jam sessions.
  • Festival merchandise and local food vendors.

Tips for Attending Summer Events

  • Book in Advance: Popular events can sell out quickly, so it’s a good idea to book tickets in advance.
  • Plan Your Accommodation: Stay at Foxtwood Cottages for a comfortable and convenient base from which to explore the region.
  • Check Event Schedules: Make sure to check the event schedules and plan your visits accordingly.
  • Bring Essentials: Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, hats, and plenty of water to stay hydrated during outdoor events.

Conclusion

Summer in the Staffordshire Peak District is a season of vibrant celebrations and exciting events. Whether you’re a music enthusiast, history buff, or foodie, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Stay at Foxtwood Cottages for the perfect home base and make the most of your summer adventure in this beautiful part of England.