17 Things to do in Ashbourne for Any Occasion

17 Things to do in Ashbourne for Any Occasion

Located in lovely Derbyshire, Ashbourne is a market town with a friendly community and lots of independent businesses. In this post, we'll be going over things to do in Ashbourne.

Things to do in Ashbourne this weekend

Ashbourne Market

Ashbourne’s outdoor market is the place to go if you’re looking for a lively, unique shopping experience. It runs every Thursday and offers a variety of stalls with something bound to suit everyone, whether you're looking for a unique gift, homeware, fresh food or a bite to eat.


Shrovetide Walk (between Shawcroft Car Park and Ashbourne Library), Ashbourne

Carsington Sport and Leisure

Carsington Sports and Leisure is the ultimate water activity day out. Take part in a range of watersports including rowing, canoeing, windsurfing and kayaking. You can choose to book lessons or hire the equipment. The facility operates on the gorgeous Carsington Water reservoir, where there are other activities to take part in on land, including horse riding, bird watching and even a spot of fishing.


Carsington Sport & Leisure Ltd, Carsington Water, Ashbourne, DE6 1ST

Yeaveley Estate

Yeaveley Estate offers a large selection of distinctive outdoor group activities, including clay shooting, air rifling, archery and crossbows, suitable for all skill levels. The estate also offers superb log cabin accommodation and bespoke, action-packed stag and hen party experiences for group bookings.


Yeaveley Estate Ltd, Yeaveley, Ashbourne, DE6 2DT

Things to do in Ashbourne with dogs


Dovedale is a limestone valley owned by the National Trust and forms one of the most picturesque spots for dog walking adventures in the whole of Ashbourne. It’s home to the River Drove, the most beautiful of the Peak District rivers, along with the picture-perfect stepping stones that join its surrounding lands. 


Dovedale, Peak District, Ashbourne, Derbyshire

Ashbourne Tunnel Dog Walk

This mapped out trail offers a more intermediate walk with routes for all skill levels. Ideal for those who are up for a leisurely hike across some beautiful surroundings. The walk spans just over 7 miles in a loop starting (and ending) at the Ashbourne swimming pool. One of the main highlights of this walk has to be the Ashbourne Tunnel, which spans an old, historical railway line.


Ashbourne Leisure Centre, Clifton Rd, Ashbourne, DE6 1DR

Stepping Stones

Stepping Stones is a family (and dog) friendly bistro pub, with a carefully selected menu and beautiful garden. Enjoy a well-deserved rest after a day of adventuring, whether it’s a pint of real ale, a British pub meal or its tender Red Tractor farm-assured rotisserie chicken. There’s even a separate dog-adapted menu so that your furry friend can join you!


Stepping Stones, Carnation Way, Ashbourne, DE6 1AY

Things to do in Ashbourne on a rainy day

Sally Montague Town Spa, Salon & Studio

Sally Montague Town Spa, Salon & Studio is a place not just to go for a new haircut and style, but to leave feeling rejuvenated. The entire facility hosts an array of hair care and beauty services led by a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in her industry. The spa offers a range of pampering facials, massages, nail treatments, spray tanning and more.


4 Horse & Jockey Yard, St John St, Ashbourne, DE6 1GH

Nether Farm Barns and Roundhouses

Nether Farm Barns and Roundhouses offer romantic retreats that are perfect for washing away the stresses of the everyday. Its ethos is built around creating a space to enable contemplation and to reconnect with partners, families and the natural country environment.

Visitors are given welcome baskets of local produce along with the pleasure of looking at the rain from the shelter of a terrace or from the cosiness of a luxury king-sized bed.


Nether Farm, Mill Lane, Sturston, Ashbourne, DE6 1LN

The Clayrooms

The Clayrooms offer local, professional pottery, sculpting workshops and courses. Try your hand at something new on a rainy country day. There’s also a shop to buy creations of resident artists and seasonal events to take part in, depending on the length of your visit.


The Clayrooms, 19 Dig Street, Ashbourne, DE6 1GF

Things to do in Ashbourne with a toddler

Ashbourne Detective Mystery Trail

Ashbourne Detective Mystery Trail is a 2 mile themed treasure trail for those looking for a fun day out with the little ones. The Treasure Trails Mini Clubs are perfect for 4 - 8-year-olds, they provide goodie bags, keepsakes and on-trail entertainment to keep them excited for their trail adventure.


Park Road, Ashbourne, DE6 1FN

Ashbourne Park and Recreational Ground

Ashbourne Park and Recreational Ground offer a beautiful formal garden area, commemorating the life of Catherine Booth, co-founder of the Salvation Army, who was born in Ashbourne. The park has designated areas for local bowls, cricket, 5-a-side football, rugby, tennis and basketball, whereas its adjoining Memorial Garden is purely designed for relaxation.


Ashbourne Park and Recreational Ground, 19 Cokayne Ave, Ashbourne, DE6 1EJ

Little Sparkles

Little Sparkles is a Parent & Toddler Group run by Ashbourne’s Elim Pentecostal Church. The morning includes crafts, songs, stories and healthy snacks for the children plus refreshments for the parents/carer. It runs every Thursday 9.15 – 11.15 am during term time and is open to anyone who has or looks after young children.


Ashbourne Elim Pentecostal Church, Ashbourne, DE6 1DG

Things to do in Ashbourne for families

National Trust Museum of Childhood

The National Trust Museum of Childhood forms part of Sudbury Hall, a late 17th-century house with lavish interiors. It’s a striking and historically rich attraction where families can enjoy exploring cherished museum collections, playing with toys, sharing stories and watching indoor and outdoor exhibitions.


National Trust Museum of Childhood, Main Road, Sudbury, Ashbourne, DE6 5HT

Wild Park

Wild Park is considered Derbyshire’s ultimate, action-packed outdoor activity experience. It’s fun for the whole family, providing paintballing, quad biking, laser tag, archery, crossbow shooting and even pistol shooting 7 days a week.


Wild Park Derbyshire, Middle Wild Park Farm, Brailsford, Ashbourne, DE6 3BN

Ilam Park

Ilam Park has a number of peaceful woodland trails and circular walks to explore, whilst seeing the open parkland being gently grazed by sheep. Ilam Hall also has its popular Manifold Tea-room garden, where you’re able to sit back and enjoy the sweeping views across the Italian Gardens towards Dovedale.


Ilam Park, Ilam, Ashbourne DE6 2AZ

What can you do for free in Ashbourne?

Peak District

The sensational country splendour of the Peak District is an experience every visitor of Ashbourne should have the privilege of during their stay. There are a number of walking, hiking and cycling routes designed for people of all ages. Many of which start directly from Ashbourne without the need for a car or public transport. It’s important to plan your routes, so the best place to go first is the Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre to find out everything you need to know.


Ashbourne Visitor Information Centre, Town Hall Yard, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1ES

Burrows Gardens

Burrows Gardens is a collection of loved and cared for gardens set across 5 acres of Ashbourne countryside. A place for plant lovers, gardeners or simply lovers of peacefully walking amongst tranquil, natural surroundings. It even hosts outdoor theatre productions in the summertime that pay tribute to the gardens’ beauty.


Burrows Gardens, The Burrows, Burrows Ln, Brailsford Green, Ashbourne, DE6 3BU

Tissington Trail

The Tissington Trail is a 13 mile long traffic-free trail for walkers, riders and cyclists. The trail stretches from Parsley Hay to Ashbourne and holds stunning views of landmarks and countryside, with an array of picturesque pit stops and villages along the way.


Tissington Trail Car Park, Ashbourne, DE6 1FD

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