The Venue: Bakewell Agricultural Centre and the Peak District


Bakewell is the only market town inside the Peak District. That makes it an ideal point to explore the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales from. It’s close to the cities of Manchester, Derby, Nottingham and Sheffield. It's also near tourist attractions like Chatsworth House.

There is a visitor’s centre in the town centre.

The following sites have more information about Bakewell and the Peak District:

    Bakewell Agricultural Centre

    Bakewell Agricultural Centre usually hosts farmers’ markets and livestock markets. We use its main concourse to hold Bakewell Wool Gathering.

    The Centre is only a short walk from Bakewell town centre, with on site Pay-and-Display parking. It offers offers full disabled access and free WiFi. Food and drink will be available from the cafe next door.

    Please note there's no cash machine on site. While many stallholders can accept card payments, not all will. Bring plenty of cash with you! There are cash machines in Bakewell town centre for you to use. You can pay for tickets on the day in cash or via card.


      If you’re thinking of coming to visit for the full weekend or longer, there are plenty of places to stay in the local area. We recommend looking at the Visit Peak District website for more information.

      We aren’t affiliated with any of the websites listed on this page. While we’ll do our best to answer your questions, official channels will be able to provide impartial, detailed advice better than we can.

      Directions and travel

      Agricultural Way
      DE45 1AH

      Tel: 01629 813 777

      Bakewell is on the A6, midway between Buxton to the north and Matlock to the south. The closest train station is in Matlock, 8 miles away. For information on buses, please visit the Derbyshire Bus website. You may also find this map useful.

      There are several car parks in Bakewell. All are Pay & Display. Derbyshire Dales council run most of them and the closest one is right outside the Agricultural Centre!

      The cost for the day is over £5. They accept card payments but be prepared for this not to work.

      We know that often the Pay & Display machines are broken or slow. We've spoken to the council about this plenty of times! You can use PaybyPhone to pay instead.

      Details of car parks and directions to them can be found on Parkopedia and Peak District Online.