Traditions & Festivals

Many and varied within the locality. For full details on events visit the Tourist Information Office in the centre of Castleton.

Well Dressing

Every summer the towns and villages of the High Peak throw themselves into the ancient and beautiful custom of decorating their wells. It is thought to have originated as a pagan ceremony to give thanks for the precious gift of water.

Oak Apple Day

Every 29th May, the Garland King and his consort ride on horseback through the village dressed in Stuart costume, with girls dancing and everyone welcomes in the summer.

Christmas and New Year

Castleton is alive during December and throughout Christmas and the New Year. The village is very busy during the day and attracts many visitors in the evening with most of the shops opening late. The high street is adorned with decorations and Christmas Trees, welcoming the visitor to this friendly village.

High Street at Christmas
High Street at Christmas

The Great Peak District Fair

A 2 day autumn event celebrating local foods, arts and crafts, held in Buxton.


Buxton hosts many festivals throughout the summer.


Many villages throughout the High Peak host annual summer carnivals with processions and fairs

Sheep Dog Trials

At Hayfield in September, Hope in August and Bamford in May.