Bakewell is a must-see destination when staying in the Peak District. This quaint town has lots of great activities to keep the kids busy, and enough shops and eateries to fill a whole day of your holiday. Read on to discover more…

We’ve got lots of lovely guests staying here at Hargate Hall over the Easter break and we love nothing more than suggesting things to do in the Peak District. As Hargate Hall is best placed for exploring the area, you can easily cover some of the best towns the Peak District offers.

Fun Things to do in BakewellBakewell Sign

1.   Monsal Trail

The Monsal Trail is ‘a traffic free route for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and wheelchair users through some of the Peak District’s most spectacular limestone dales. The trail runs along the former Midland Railway line for 8.5 miles between Blackwell Mill, in Chee Dale and Coombs Road, at Bakewell’.

The best part of the Monsal Trail is that it ends in Bakewell! A short walk down from the trail and you’re in the heart of the town. You can stop for lunch or pick up snacks for your cycle back. It’s a great activity to keep the whole family entertained.

2.   Eat Bakewell pudding

Whilst most people have heard of the infamous Bakewell tart, with its classic white icing and iconic cherry, fewer people have heard of the Bakewell pudding. What’s the difference between a Bakewell pudding and a Bakewell tart? We’re glad you asked! This local dish is the traditional version of the now classic dessert. Be sure to note the difference and try a Bakewell pudding when in Bakewell. Head to The Old Original Bakewell Pudding Shop – The Square, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1BT.

3.   Wonder the shops

Take some time to explore Bakewell. You’ll find a mix of staple shops and independent treasures. If you’re lucky, you may also be in town for the local farmers’ market.

4.   Visit Thornbridge Hall and Brewery

You can’t visit Bakewell without making a pit-stop at Thornbridge Hall. Thornbridge Hall is first and foremost a family home, but you can book a tour of this stunning house. The crown jewels of this attraction, though, are the gardens. Surrounded by 12 acres of quirky and quintessentially English gardens, set in the heart of the Peak District National Park, it’s a sight not to miss. You can also visit the delicious café on site.

Did you know Thornbridge Hall is also home to Thornbridge Brewery? You’ll find popular brews like Jaipur, Lukas, Green Mountain. Why not make a stop for a little tipple? You can book a tour or simply stay for a drink. A perfect end to your day in Bakewell.

Did you know we host short breaks, weekend get-a-ways and longer holidays here at Hargate? There is plenty of room for all the family to enjoy a break. We’d love to talk to you about your holiday. You can call us on 01298 872591. Or email us at with the dates you’d like to book, and we’ll get straight back to you.