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Special Events

Find out what's happening in and near to Ashbourne. Browse the full list or use the filters to narrow it down.

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Annual highlights

Royal Shrovetide football

February or March

An info board telling the story of Shrovetide football.

Royal Shrovetide football

February or March

Ashbourne’s Royal Shrovetide football game takes place throughout the streets each year on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. played between two teams of residents - the Up’ards, traditionally those from north of the Henmore brook, and the Down’ards, from the south side. The game is played over two eight hour periods with the goals three miles apart. Most shops are closed and many car parks and roads are also closed. This is "our game" and visitors are politely requested to stay away.

Ashbourne Festival

June and July

Fire eating jugglers in Dig Street Ashbourne

Ashbourne Festival

June and July

The Ashbourne Festival hosts a varying programme of internationally known musicians, comedians and performers as well as providing a platform for up-and-coming local artistes. It starts with a two-day street fest and ends with a party in the park, bringing the whole town together to celebrate.

Ashbourne half marathon

1st Sunday in July

Map of the Ashbourne half marathon route

Ashbourne half marathon

1st Sunday in July

Ashbourne half marathon is organised by Ashbourne Running Club and is traditionally held on the last day of the Ashbourne Festival. It's a challenging and hilly route through Mapleton, Ilam, Blore and Okeover Park with fabulous views. Not one for a PB but definitely one to boast about.

Ashbourne Show

3rd Saturday in August

Close up of a cow's face looking over a fence

Ashbourne Show

3rd Saturday in August

The Ashbourne Show is a traditional country and agricultural show, with livestock competitions, shire horse and light horse classes, family entertainment, shopping, static displays and a wide choice of outlets for food & drink.  It is both educational and great fun and there is plenty to keep visitors entertained for the whole day.

Bonfire night & funfair

1st Friday in November

Huge funfair ride all lit up

Bonfire night & funfair

1st Friday in November

Ashbourne celebrates bonfire night with an amazing firework display and funfair on the recreation grounds. The whole town comes alive with families making the event a really special night out.

Christmas in Ashbourne

December

Christmas in Ashbourne

December

Christmas events include late night shopping, carol singing, concerts by the town band, a lantern spectacular and Christmas market stalls, all accompanied by a Christmas lights display in town and around the local houses.