Winter Breaks and offers at Troutsdale Farm near Leek Peak District
Winter Breaks and offers at Troutsdale Farm near Leek Peak District
Troutsdale Farm Luxury Barn Holiday Cottages... "a special place to stay"
Troutsdale Farm Luxury Barn Holiday Cottages... "a special place to stay"

Winter Breaks ..... November, December .... Christmas and New Year .... special times

A quiet and restful stay .... with.....

  • a little bit of independent shopping ...
  • a local Christmas Fair or market ....
  • a breath of fresh air with a beautiful countryside walk....
  • return to a roaring log fire ....
  • homemade mincepies on your arrival ....
  • choose your own fresh Christmas Tree from our plantation to take back home ...
  • or a locally grown turkey ...


"A special place for pre Christmas get-togethers with family and friends ... without 'all' the 'razz'"



Pre-Christmas Get-togethers

Live too far apart ... or for whatever reason you just can not  get together on the big day ... spend a little special time at Troutsdale pre Christmas with family, friends and loved ones


Take part in a creative workshop - make a door wreath or decoration to take home - learn a new technique or skill - enjoy quality time with your group of friends.


Visit one of our historic houses such as Chatsworth House or Haddon Hall ... all decorated and festive ... 

Early December

Light our cosy log fire and hear it roar  ... enjoy the comfort and warmth ... take a winter walk with breathtaking scenery .. enjoy a meal out with family at one of the great local pubs serving homecooked food and real local ales. ... just take out time ... amidst all the rush ... and spend with loved ones

Christmas Shopping

Do it differently this year ... get together and go independent shopping ... at some of our great local Christmas Fairs, fine food and makers markets and market towns with independent shops with unique and creative presents and gifts.

Christmas at Troutsdale Farm Cottages

Come and enjoy with us .....

For Christmas and New Year the barns will be decorated and will include a decorated homegrown Christmas tree from the farm, homemade mince pies on arrival, and initial basket of logs for a cosy log fire.

Christmas 2018

From Friday 21 December 2018

  • Old Shire Stables - 7 nights
  • £1195
  • The Old Cartshed - 7 nights 

New Year 2018/19

From Friday 28 December 2018

  • Old Shire Stables  -7 or 5 nights
  • The Old Cartshed - 7 or 5 nights

Find a local December event, a festive market or a Christmas Craft:-


Here is just a taster of some of the Seasonal 2017 events happening ..... decide what you would like to do with your family and friends, book your accommodation dates with us and enjoy your stay...... or click on the 2 'event links' above to see so much more!


(2018 dates will be updated when they become available - but at least this gives you a little taster of some of the lovely things happening in this Peak District area over the festive season)


Although we have tried to be accurate - please just check dates/times/all details with event organiser first.........


Chatsworth House 

Christmas at Chatsworth House 11th Nov 201 - 1 Jan 2018 (closed 24-26 December and 1 January)

Immerse yourself in Dickensian London when you visit this Christmas.


Scenes inspired by Dickens' classic tales are sure to capture the imaginations of all ages. Keep a look out for Miss Havisham haunting the halls and the villainous Fagin who could be anywhere ...

Tickets are now available to book online


Christmas Nativity at the Farmyard - 2 - 17  Dec 2017 (selected dates daytime and evening,)

Join in bringing the nativity to life with our farmyard animals and your children as the stars of the show in a heart-warming Christmas performance. Please check if you need to book online.



The Chatsworth Christmas Market & shops - 17 November to 5 December 2017

Join in the festive spirit this November

Soak up the Christmas market atmosphere as you browse more than 100 stalls offering a wide range of Christmas gifts and decorations – you’ll be sure to find perfect presents for all the family, and it's a great way to start the festive season.

You can also explore our their own exclusive ranges in the Chatsworth shops – the Orangery shop in the garden and the Stables shop in the Stables courtyard – with a wide range of home and fashion gifts, and lots of lovely stocking fillers.

Take a break from shopping and enjoy a mulled wine or a German beer at one of our outdoor bars, or sample some delicious food, with gourmet burgers and sausages, hot pork rolls, pancakes, churros and more.

There's live music too, guaranteed to get you in the festive spirit.


Christmas willow: angels, stars and wreaths - 2 & 16 Dec 2017

Weave your own willow angels, stars and wreaths to decorate your home or garden this Christmas, led by the basket maker Maggie Cooper.

Price includes all materials, entrance to the garden on the day, as well as tea and coffee.



Christmas Wreath Making - 5, 6 & 7 Dec 2017

An informal session where Chatsworth's garden team show you how to make a decorative festive wreath from our own Chatsworth foliage, cones and berries. The wreath is yours to take home at the end of the day. A great way to get you in the festive mood.


Traditional Christmas decorations workshop -3 Dec 2017

If you love all things natural at Christmas, then this workshop is for you.

Using natural materials from the Chatsworth Estate, you will make some special decorations to take home for Christmas or give as a gift.

Price includes all materials, entrance to the garden on the day, as well as tea and coffee


Masquerade Ball - 2, 9, 16 Dec 2017

Celebrate Christmas in style with the ever-popular magical masquerade ball and an elegant three-course dinner.

The evening begins with a drinks reception in the Painted Hall, followed by a tour to see the North Wing of the house decorated for Christmas, dinner and live entertainment.

The dress code is black tie and evening dress, and masks are essential.


Christmas twilight evenings - 23 Nov - 22 Dec 2017

Get into the festive mood with Chatsworth magical twilight evenings. After the house closes to the public, enjoy live music from traditional bell ringers and a strings trio as you explore the house dressed for Christmas.

Enjoy a mince pie and a glass of wine or orange juice as you see the house after dark, dressed and decorated for Christmas with this year's theme, Oh Dickens!


Haddon Hall - Christmas opening dates 1 - 20 Dec 2017

Haddon with its 900 year history has always come alive at Christmas .... 


A Chorus of Carols

If you visit during their Christmas period this year, music will fill your ears, with different carols in each room Haddon Hall explores the meaning behind some of our favourite Christmas Carols. Come and see the Hall decorated for the festive season, with roaring fires, golden decorations and music filling the air, an enjoyable time for all the family.


Winter Artisan Market - 17, 18,19 Dec 2017

Browse stalls from their favourite local florists, artists, gormet artisans and crafts people.

Admission to the market is £5.00 per person and tickets can be bought in the Ticket Office on the day.

The market will be open from 10am - 5pm, last entry 4pm


An Evening Exploring the Origins of Christmas - 3rd Dec 2017

Dr Patrick Harding a freelance broadcaster, author and adult teacher offers a number of illustrated talks suitable for a wide range of societies. He is inviting you to come and discuss and explore the origins of Christmas, which he touches on in his book 'The Christmas Book'.


His book includes, "facts behind the myths and magic of Christmas. When was Jesus born; who was Father Christmas? What have robins to do with Xmas? From puddings to pantomime, carols to cards, trees to turkeys - everything you need to know about Christmas." So if you're interested in the origins of Christmas and the festive season this evening event is one not to be missed.

The evening will begin with a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie at 5.30pm by the Banqueting Hall fire, with the talk commencing at 6pm running until 7.30pm.


Candlelight Tours

Their very popular evening Candlelight tours will be running again this year. Visitors are invited to walk the Hall with our knowledgeable guides when it is at its most atmospheric. Haddon comes alive with Christmas spirit by candlelight, so join them for a special treat and take in the beauty of the rooms dressed for the festive season, during twilight hours.


Music at Haddon Hall

As part of Lord and Lady Edward Manners’ focus on bringing outstanding music to Haddon Hall, a series of formal and informal musical performances will return this year for visitors to enjoy.

General admission tickets gain you entry to the Hall and the performances.

Performances run at 12pm and 2pm


Burbage Handbells - Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd December

The Burbage Handbell Ringing Team are enthusiastic musicians who play using original handbells which were manufactured over 100 years ago. They will lay a selection of traditional carols and Christmas favourites.


Tideswell Singers - Sunday 3rd December


Nick Gravestock (Lute) - Monday 4th December

Nick will perform in an intimate environment at Haddon Hall, to give visitors the chance to experience the beautiful sound of the Lute.


The Barlow Singers - Tuesday 5th December

Barlow Singers are a community choir of over 50 members.  They perform for charity events, and also in nursing homes and for various social groups.  Recently a group travelled to Germany to sing at the street festival in Sindelfingen, Dronfield’s Twin town.


Dronfield Hadbells - Wednesday 6th December


Dalesmen Performers - Thursday 7th December


Duo Praeludium Lute/Recorder (Sara Liber Salloum & Naomi Waverly-Hudson) - Friday 8th December

Manchester-based lutenist Sara Liber Salloum is currently studying on the renowned 'joint' music course at the Royal Northern College of Music and University of Manchester. She will present a program of English and Spanish renaissance lute music, including works by John Dowland, Robert Johnson and Luis de Narvaez.  


Doncaster Waites  -  Saturday 9th December 


Musicwork Vocal Ensamble - Sunday 10th December


Fishpond Choir - Monday 11th December

An accomplished group of singers , who over the years have built an eclectic musical repertoire of songs from around the world.  An enthusiastic mixed group with a happy informal style.  They enjoy performing under the guidance of their musical director, Dana de Waal, who composes and arranges all their music.

They rehearse at the Fishpond Pub in Matlock Bath.  Performances are several times a year locally and further afield on request. They are well known for singing African songs arranged by Dana, but also sing well known music and some unique songs written by choir members.


Duffiled Singers  - Tuesday 12th December   


Belper Recorders - Wednesday 13th December


Dronfield Handbells - Thursday 14th December


Nick Gravestock (Lute) - Friday 15th December

Nick will perform in an intimate environment at Haddon Hall, to give visitors the chance to experience the beautiful sound of the Lute.


Vocalium - Saturday 16th December


Singing by Sunday Best - Sunday 17th December


 Belper Singers - Monday 18th December

This local chamber choir is delighted to return to Haddon Hall for a second year, offering an enchanting programme of fine English songs, anthems and madrigals.


Santa and Steam dates:-

2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20,21 ,22, 23, 24 December 2017

Sit back and enjoy everyone's seasonal favourite, the Santa and Steam specials through Staffordshire's'little Switzerland', the beautiful Churnet Valley.

As Santa strolls through the train bearing wonderful gifts for each little boy and girl mums, dads, grandmas and grandpas can relax and enjoy a mince pie and a glass of sherry in garland filled coaches which will delight all.
Begin your journey from their splendid stations at either Kingsley and Froghall or Cheddleton with festive atmosphere, period attractions, music and merriment, souvenirs and curio's.


Christmas Wreath Making - 5, 6, 7, 8 December 2016 

Come along to the annual wreath making workshop to create a fabulous item to adorn your home! Join their gardening team to create a wreath made from hollies, berries and foliage from the garden. This is also the perfect opportunity to see our gardening behind the scenes area. All materials are included as well as lunch and hot drink in our tea room.


Father Christmas's Magical Christmas Present Hunt - 9, 10, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23 Dec 2017

Follow the trail of presents around the garden collecting the letters to make a magic password. Once you find the Christmas Cottage whisper the magic password to the elf to meet Father Christmas.


Breakfast with Father Christmas - 9, 10, 16, 17, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 December 2017


Meeting Father Christmas adds that extra bit of magic to the festive season for little ones (and the young at heart).

Enjoy breakfast and meet Father Christmas! He'll be there to sing a song, wish you a Merry Christmas then his helper will escort you over to the Garden Room to sit in front of the fire and have your own family magical moment telling Father Christmas your Christmas wish list. Each child will receive a small toy.

THE PAVILION GARDENS , Buxton Open daily 9.30 - 5pm (except Christmas Day)


Christmas Fairs - 9 & 10 Dec 2017

Their Christmas Wonderland is the perfect place to go to get you into the festive spirit. The Gardens Marquee is full of stalls who can offer some unique and thoughtful gifts for your loved ones. During the event, Santa Claus himself will also be paying us a visit and you’ll be able to go and see him in his Grotto, situated in the resturaunt


Grand Bazzar & Buxton Christmas Lights Switch on - 17 Nov 2017

There couldn’t be a more perfect way of getting into the Christmas spirit than a good Light Switch On. 

If your ready to start Christmas shopping then our Gardens Marquee and Pavilion Gift Boutique are the perfect location to find something unique and special for the ones that you love, with everything from jewellery, food, and craft we are sure you will find something unique and different which cant be found anywhere on the high street.

There will also be plenty of festive food and drink available from both the Pavilion Gardens and independent food traders. We are sure you will find something that will make your mouth water.

We also have plenty of entertainment to keep the whole family entertained with our big switch on, Miniature train, Festive school choir, Santa’s Grotto and children’s rides.

The event will be opening at 2pm and will be running until 8pm with the lights due to switch on roughly at 6:30pm


Artist and Designer Fairs - 18 & 19 November 2017

Local Artists and creators are a massive part of the Pavilion Gardens and there is no better place for artists to showcase their talents at one of our Artist and Designer fairs running from 10am until 4.30pm.

Set in the beautiful Pavilion Gardens Marquee which over looks the picturesque grounds of the Pavilion Gardens which are filled with beautiful flowers and rolling hills this makes the perfect setting for our Artist and Designer fairs.

Our Gardens Marquee will be filled to the brim with a variety of different exhibitors all showcasing an amazing amount of artistic talents and creative skill expanding from Local artists, local photographers, jewellers, garden ornament design, furniture, stained glass, ceramics and textiles from local artists and beyond.


Farmers Markets - 2 Nov, 7 & 23 Dec 2017

Our Farmers' Markets are the perfect place to pick up delicious and fresh local produce all year round. Now taking place in our new Gardens Marquee situated on the Promenade, and overlooking our beautiful Gardens, this really is a delightful market. Stall holders attend from all over the region to ensure that there is a fantastic variety available to purchase including: meats, cheeses, pastries and breads, desserts, preserves, fruits and vegetables. Purchasing from our Farmers’ Market allows you to support the many local producers of the region whilst also reducing your carbon foot print.

You’ll also find that the produce at our Farmers’ Markets is of a higher quality than what you will find elsewhere as the farmers select their produce at the peak of their flavour, preserving the delicious taste and nutritional content.

Alongside the fantastic produce on offer, you will also find stalls offering plants, crafts, and home ware items which make a perfect addition to your food purchases. Many of the items are handmade and unique: unlike anything you will find on the high street!

Below is just some of what you will find at our Farmers’ Markets:

Variety of locally reared meats, including organic produce

Fabulous range of home baked cakes, breads and desserts and handmade chocolates.

Homemade lemon curd, jam, pickles and chutneys all made to the stallholder's own special recipes.

Freshly picked, locally grown vegetables.

Homemade ready meals, soups and pies including Greek and Italian dishes.

Hanging baskets and tubs sold throughout the year to add a splash of colour to your garden even in the coldest months. There is also a good selection of seasonal garden plants and herbs.

Fabulous selection of interesting local cheeses and free range eggs.

Personal items including handmade crafts, jewellery and soaps.


Indoor Dickensian Market - 25 Nov 2017


Antique and Collectors Fairs 2 & 3 Dec



17 November 2017

Thousands of families enjoy this festive extravaganza each year in Leek.

The celebration for this year's Christmas Lights Switch on tonight with a Santa on his Sleigh leading a parade down Derby Street. Joining the parade will be local school children and their families, local dignitaries, dance groups and bands. 


The Festive season starts in Leek with the switch on of the town’s Christmas lights. Activities begin with a lantern parade will set off from Moorlands House, Stockwell Street at 6.30pm led by two REAL REINDERER, 5th Leek Scout & Guide Band, local school children and civic guests.
Moorlands Radio will be on the stage at the bottom of Derby Street, with Carols from the Salvation Army Band, local duo Smile, professional singers Liz and Marcus Birks and Thunder Hammer!

The annual Totally Locally night market market will be in Market Place selling unique gifts and delicious food, including Lymer's Hog Roast. John Collins funfair rides will be in High Street and Market Street and community groups will be fundraising in Derby Street.


20 December 2016

Take a step back in time and enjoy celebrating a traditional Christmas by visiting Leek's Dickensian Christmas Market and Victorian themed boutique shops, all in the heart of the beautiful Staffordshire Peak District.

Experience a great family event as Leek's traditional shops go Victorian, accompanied by a Dickensian Market which will include Fine Food stalls, cooking demonstrations, Artisan, Antique and Collectables, all with traditional street entertainers, Christmas lights and live music.




Local lady providing willow courses and events - if you want to come and stay in the cottages for a pre-Chrismas girly get-together or with family and there is a group of you contact Rachael to see if she can arrange a 1/2 day or full day group workshop just for you! - Great idea for our 'craft' gentle hen do's! - and you will make something personal for each other or the special bride to take home with memories!


23 & 27 November, 9 December 2016 Christmas Willow, Wreaths and Stars

Make a variety of Christmas items from wreaths, stars, christmas tree wall decorations and hearts

Contact us

Troutsdale Farm

Springbank Wood


Blackshaw Moor

Leek ST13 8TJ


Tel 01538 300101


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CHRISTMAS - We have just had a cancellation for Old Shire Stables Cottage - it will be decorated for Christmas including a real decorated Christmas tree, a basket of logs for a cosy log fire and freshly baked mince pies on arrival




Both Cottages available - sleeps 6/8 and 10 (total of 18).

Special Breaks throughout November & December .... ideal for family or friends get-together ... if you can't just manage it over the Christmas period - with our lovely large tables to all sit around. 

Include a little bit Christmas Shopping in the Peak District!  Buxton Spa Town, Leek's historic market town, Pottery bargins at Emma Bridgewater Factory,Chatsworth House Nativity, or medieval festivities at Haddon Hall, see Santa on a steam train ...... independent local shopping, farmers markets, festive events and fun ...... in the build up to Christmas in search of those special pressies..... combined with Peak District Walks, good local pubs and a cosy log fire to return to and wrap everything up! Make Shopping a pleasure in the Peaks this year .... make a weekend of it!

Various MIDWEEK BREAKS available - Not tied to school hols or working week? - Checkout our excellent midweek break rates (with 4 nights for the price of 3)  


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