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June Newsletter

The Summer is finally here and as always there is lots to keep you busy in the Peak District. Lots of festivals in and around the area include toe wrestling and teapots! For the more active amongst you a visit to Carsington Water is not to be missed where there are lots of individual and group activities to join in. So you can come and enjoy all that there is going on, check out our special offers this month and book that Summer break you have been thinking about and don't forget our guests get 20% off at the Brackendale Day Spa! If you are getting married soon, why not check out Egginton Hall as a venue - we might even be able to get you some swans!

What's on in June - Let The Show Begin!

 Events and Festivals

8th World Toe Wrestling Championships at Bentley Brook Inn, near Ashbourne

12th Bakewell Green Festival

13th - 22nd Derby Comedy Festival

15th Flash Teapot Parade at Buxton



20th - July 6th Ashbourne Festival

20th Highland Gathering in Ashbourne

28th & 29th Chesterfield Canal Festival


 Click here to see all the events above

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13th & 14th Annual Charity Event Knockerdown Inn, next door to Knockerdown Holiday Cottages

Click here to see charity event


Get Set for a summer of cycling


Whether you are a beginner or expert, you can join in the Peak District Summer of Cycling to discover the thrill and freedom of life on two wheels.

In the Peak District we have from traffic free routes to off road upland trails.

Exicting News!! The Italian-inspired L'Eroica Britannia, based on an annual Tuscan Festival, will come to the Peak District from 20th to 22nd June 2014


Enjoy a three day feast of vintage cycling and fashion, local food and much more at the  Bakewell Showground, where the starting and finishing points for three rides covering 30,50 and 100 miles.

Click here to discover all the routes and maps available in the Peak District!!

Site News - Egginton Hall's very own Swan Lake!


It has taken the Swan approximately three weeks to build the nest. After this the egg laying process begins with an egg being laid every 12-24 hours, this process can take 2-3 weeks in itself - wow!! The male takes turns protecting the nest while the female leaves the nest to feed.



The Swan has a long journey ahead, as apparently she will sit on the eggs for a period of nearly six weeks. The warmth from the parent swan makes sure that the chicks inside develop properly, a process called incubation. A special warm patch grows on the tummy of the parent bird to keep the eggs warm.

For more information on Swan Life please click here....

We will keep you upto date on our nesting swans so Watch This Space!!


What we can offer you at Egginton Hall....

Egginton Hall has an 18th Century petite iron bridge leading to a restored Summer House where you can have your wedding ceremony with all your guests surrounding you. Walk back through the woodland to a beautiful drinks reception by "Swan" lake or on the island area with the Country House as a stunning backdrop.

For your reception a marquee or tent can be erected in a variety of locations with your own caterers, entertainment, drinks, decorations and ideas and styles so your wedding day is exactly what you dreamed of. An adjacent paddock provides plenty of parking for up to 120 guests.

Getting Married? Looking for a Unique Venue in the countryside? Looking for a special place to hold a celebration?

Come and see us and the Swan - Viewings are taking place throughout June so give us a call on 01629 540525 and book a viewing with the events team



Local Place of Interest - Carsington Water - Get ready for summer

From June Carsington Water have the most adventurous hours, half days and days out to keep everyone occupied and we wanted to give you time to prepare and plan ahead. What better time to join us on us on one of our stunning holiday sites; remember we have our new pricing structure to take advantage of.

 Carsington Water boasts the following:-

·         Fly Fishing, Bird and Wildlife Watching

·         Walking and Cycling

·         Bridleways for Horse Riding

·         Sailing, Kayaking and Windsurfing

·         Adventure  Playground for children

·         Restaurant, Cafe and Shops

·         Picnic Areas & BBQ stands

What to do:-

· 8 mile perimeter route around the reservoir for walking, cycling or horse riding, make sure you stop off half way round to visit The Miners Arms a traditional pub in Carsington village. The pub offers varieties of delicious meals that are home cooked and are all freshly prepared on the premises with the finest ingredients. Children and pets welcome.

· Try water sports “taster sessions” to sample the delights of the reservoir

· Visit the shops for gifts, clothing, books, toys, souvenirs and ceramics

· Children’s learning activities

Lets look ahead for summer and plan those activities

To help you make the most of your visit please Click here to download a map of Carsington Water.  

Come and try a variety of watersports & landbased activities. All activities are designed for total beginners from  8 - 15yrs of age.Click here to see the Holiday Activities listed

For all Up and Coming events for Water sports Click here to scroll down the list

Click here to see prices for cycle hire

Click here for information on Fly Fishing


June and Summer Break - Special Offers


Fathers Day Special Offers

Why not treat your Dad to a weekend in one of our luxurious Derbyshire Peak District Holiday Cottages

A weekend of treats await you from relaxing in the swimming pool, playing a game of table tennis, visiting the local traditional pub, taking a stroll in the beautiful countryside, going for an adventurous challenge on the water at Carsington Reservoir or a quad bike race at Wild Park Leisure.

The Huge Saving Offer - Break to cover Father's Day Sunday 15th June 2014, stay for a minimum of 3 nights and choose from either:-

A minimum of 8 people to stay in one of our larger cottages &30pppn thats &720.00 per cottage instead of &1133.00 or a minimum of 4 people to stay in one of are smaller cottages &25pppn thats &300.00 per cottage instead of &470.00.

Go on give your Dad a treat; come and celebrate Fathers Day at Gainsborough Retreats stunning holiday locations.

To make a booking please call 01629 540525


 Summer Break Special Offer

There's no doubt about it, summer holidays give us the chance to recharge our batteries and spend time together as a family. We want to make it easy for you to find the best location for you, for less. As you know we have had for a limited period "our new streamlined pricing structure" which we have extended for a few more weeks to help families. We have a few dates left to choose from so hurry and start to plan your summer.

10% discount is being offered on specified dates on both holiday sites for any size cottage but remember we already reduced  the prices with our new pricing structure for a limited period but we want to give you an even bigger discount to help out with family holidays in the Derbyshire Peak District for 2014.


Nether Burrows Farm availability - July 25th for short breaks or week stays




Knockerdown Cottages availability - July 4th and 11th for short breaks or week stays



All bookings must be for a stay for the specified dates above and offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.

Ring our booking line on 01629 540 525 for more details

June's Recipe of the Month - Kedgeree Fish Pie

Serves 6, Preparation time 30 minutes, Cooking time 1 hour 15 minutes


For the filling:

12 quails eggs (optional)

400g can light coconut milk

400ml whole milk

15g coriander - leaves chopped and stalks left whole

15g parsley - leaves chopped and stalks left whole

350g smoked haddock cut into 2-3cm cubes

350g white fish such as cod, haddock or pollock cut into 2-3cm cubes

85g butter

1 large onion finely chopped

85g plain flour

zest and juice of 1 lemon

200g frozen peas

For the mash topping:

1.4kg King Edward potatoes, peeled and cut into large chunks

2 teaspoons turmeric

25g butter

2 tablespoons mild curry powder

300ml milk


1. First make the mash topping - bring a large pan of water to the boil and add the potatoes with the turmeric and simmer gently until the potatoes are tender. Once drained tip the potatoes back into the pan.

2. Melt the butter in a small pan and add the curry powder and cook for a couple of minutes. Stir in the milk and warm through.

3. Mash the potatoes in the pan and add the curried milk bit by bit until the potatoes are smooth. Season and set aside until you have made the filling.

4. If you are using the quails eggs bring a pan of water to the boil and add the quails eggs for 3 minutes. Remove and immediately put into a bowl of cold water to cool and then peel.

5.Put the coconut milk and milk in a frying pan with the coriander and parsley stalks and heat until a few bubbles start to appear. Add all the fish, cover, and cook for about 6-8 minutes until the fish is cooked. Lift the fish out onto a plate and strain the milk into a jug.

6. Melt the butter in a large frying pan and add the onion and fry gently. Stir in the flour for 2 minutes and then slowly stir in the milk mixture a little at a time until the sauce is smooth. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes stirring all the time until the sauce has thickened.

7. Turn off the heat and add in the lemon zest and juice, peas, chopped herbs and seasoning.

8. Add the fish and quails eggs to the sauce and mix gently. Tip the mixture into an oven proof dish and then pipe or spoon the mash potatoes on top.

9. At this point you can chill the fish pie for a day or freeze. Ensure that the pie is completely defrosted again before cooking.

10. Heat the oven to 200C and bake for 30-35 minutes until golden on top.

Walk of the Month - Wetton Walk visiting Thor's Cave

The Walk

Start/Finish: Off the road car parking along the roadside near Wetton Mill

Location: Wetton Mill, access by car is possible from Wetton, Butterton, Warslow & Hulme End

Distance: 4.75 miles

Difficulty: Very easy walking conditions, climb up to Thor's cave can be steep & may be slippery

Climbing: 489m

Hazards: Care needed in Thor's cave

Refreshments: Ye Olde Royal Oak at Wetton or cafe at Wetton Mill


 Click here to see the route



Local places of interest

Dovedale and Thorpe Cloud

Dovedale is the name given to the section of the Dove valley between Milldale and Thorpe Cloud on the boundary between Derbyshire and Staffordshire. 

Ilam Church and Hall

Ilam Church, Staffordshire, is the burial place of St Bertram and a place of pilgrimage. A lovely church with some Saxon parts. Close to Ilam Hall.

Ilam Hall and Park

Ilam Hall is the remains of the hall built by the Watts Russell family in the 1820s, close to Ashbourne. The Hall and Park now belong to the National Trust

Manifold and Hamps Trail

The Manifold and Hamps Trail is a Staffordshire Peak District cycle track which follows the old light railway which once ran along the valley.