Things to do

Have you ever thought, or been inspired by a programme on TV to try something new … maybe we can help.

We know that time is precious so we have put together a variety of activities you might like to try whilst staying at Blakelow …

The list is developing all the time so if you have a suggestion you’d like to try, just let us know and we’ll do our best to make it happen.

  • Pilates on the Paddock … or in your cottage depending on the weather!
    The Orchard Pilates and Movement Studio is a light, peaceful space surrounded by old apple trees on the edge of the small market town of Wirksworth. It is well equipped with small Pilates apparatus and a Pilates reformer, or you can have one-one lessons here at Blakelow.
    So if you would you like to be stronger, fitter, more supple, to improve your posture, muscle tone, and coordination? Try a session whilst you are here at Blakelow.
  • Bread Making
    If you have been inspired by the Great British Bake Off and fancy trying your hand at bread making – The Loaf Bakery at Crich offer Bread Making Tutorials.One covers standard yeasted doughs and is suitable for both beginners and those looking to hone their skills. The second is all about sourdoughs and you will get the most out of the course if you already have some experience working with bread doughs. The third is French baking. They also introduced ‘Brot’ a course all about German baking.
  • Photography
    Our good friend Guy Badham provides courses tailored to suit your specific requirements. Whether you’re a complete beginner keen to learn the basics or an experienced photographer wanting to get more from the Peak District he can help.
  • Vintage Car Tour … of the Peak District
    If you’re looking for a special activity to do, then sat high up in a 1929 vintage car, looking over the dry stone walls is the ideal way to travel, at the right pace, to experience a carefully designed tour.
  • Sewing Bee
    Betty’s Sewing Box in Ashbourne offer a variety of workshops ranging from quilting to applique to felting and much more. So if you’ve been inspired by the Great British Sewing Bee take a peek what they can inspire you with.
  • Pottery Class
    The Griffin Pottery Studio is an established business at High Peak Garden Centre, Bamford, Derbyshire. They offer full day and two day courses for the beginner, intermediate or advanced potter wishing to learn or develop their skills.Groups up to a maximum of 4 can be accommodated for a fun day out! A Potter’s lunch is included.
  • Rock Climbing at Mount Cook
    Experience something different at the brand new centre, featuring an onsite high-ropes course, climbing board and a range of outdoor adventurous activities and courses.
  • Painting with watercolours
    Karina Goodman is the artist who owns Studio 61 in Holloway. She runs her tutorials and classes from her gallery studio.

Other Seasonal Classes include:

  • Christmas Wreath Making
    At Siddals Plant Centre in Cromford you can make your own traditional Christmas wreath! Using natural materials and following the traditional binding method on a moss backing ring.
    The workshops offer great value and everything you need to create a stunning traditional wreath is provided although you may wish to bring your own additions such as baubles. Bring secateurs and gloves if you have them.
  • Floral Arrangements
    The annual floral extravaganza ‘Florabunbundance’ at Chatsworth House is designed by Jonathon Moseley where he presents exclusive demonstrations and workshops in Chatsworth’s amazing Victorian Theatre throughout the year. And a variety of season specials too.

If all that sounds a little too much, you can just light the fire, curl up on the sofa with a cuddly throw, a good book and a glass of wine!

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