Derbyshire Venues & Accommodation For Every Occasion

July Newsletter

We are currently enjoying the glorious heatwave in the Derbyshire Peak District and we hope you can come and visit us this month to have fun at Uttoxeter races with a little flutter on the horses, or maybe a walk through Matlock with a visit to the arcades and a fish and chip supper. Get some friends together to come and experience our fantastic new function room, The Carsington Room. Visit Worth Brothers Wines and do your own wine tasting evening - better still let them come and organise it for you. Remember if you can't see all the articles just amend your interests by ticking or unticking the preference boxes...

What's on in July - Uttoxeter Race Course




Fancy an "exciting day at the races" Uttoxeter's Course offers Arena Horse Racing.

"Ladies Day" Friday 26th July 

Treat someone special to champagne and strawberries, enjoy a fun afternoon and end the night at Sunshine cottage and relax in the hot tub to continue the laughter... 

"Irish Night" Monday 29th July

 Get some friends together to enjoy the last race night of the summer, place your bets and may the best man win. End the night  with some Live Music and a stay at one of our large cottages at Nether Burrows Farm.

Enhance your racedy experience with a package at Uttoxeter Race Course for more details follow the link below.


EXCITING NEWS for Knockerdown cottages - Launching the newly refurbished Carsington Room





The new function room can accommodate from 8 to 30 people and can be hired for anything you want the room to be....


  1. Corporate events - for business meetings or team building exercises or simply to eat together.
  2. Group Dining - for family, friends and colleagues to all enjoy a meal together
  3. Weddings - catering for the smaller weddings, Wedding Ceremony for up to 50 guests coming soon...... or hired alongside the "Brackendale Room" (our other function room) for a "chill out" area for your guests to enjoy a natter with cake and coffee or drinks reception before the wedding breakfast.
  4. Events - for children for learning activities, wildlife hunting or simply holding a tea party.
  5. Clubs/Charities - for book clubs, demonstrations or to simply hold coffee mornings or tea parties
  6. Drink Receptions - for wine tasting sessions or pre theatre drinks & hor'dourves 
  7. Celebrations - for birthday parties and game nights
  8. Hen weekends for Hair, Make-up or cookery demonstrations
  9. Stag weekends for game nights such as a race night, murder mystery...

and so on.........

 Room facilities:-

Crockery, cutlery, glasses, chairs and table 


WC, sink area, fridge, kettle, microwave and hostess trolley

Deluxe Coffee Machine - bring your own coffee "pods"

For corporate events we include pens, paper, tea, coffee, biscuits and broadband.

Let us know if you require assistance with catering and we can help you out with one of our catering packages or simply just recommend a local company to come and wait on you.  

Ask for details on the "Carsington Room" when you enquire about the holiday cottages and we will do our best to accommodate your requirements.


Local place of interest


Wine tasting - how hard can it be!!

Worth Brothers Wines is local to our holiday sites and you can book a private wine tasting for your group by taking a trip to the establishment or bring the party to you..



Fancy a trip to the cellar!! you will taste 8 wines on a given theme. This could be an Introduction to Wine, Old World versus New World, Quaff My Bluff or take the Worth Brothers Challenge.... but hey it's not all about the wines let us not forget the wide selection of whiskies and boutique spirits - A Unique experience not to be missed...

Buy a gift for a friend, colleague or suprise that special person before arrival at our cottages to add that extra "wow" factor to your present. Give them something that they will remember, not just "another bottle", personalise the bottle with a message.

So what are you waiting for book that Wine tasting session and leave the experience with great memories of an entertaining evening...

July's Recipe of the Month - Banana, Raspberry and Nut Muffins

Banana, raspberry and nut muffins

Makes 12 muffins, preparation time 15 minutes, Cooking time 20 minutes


225g self-raising flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

75g light brown sugar

3 ripe bananas, peeled and finely chopped

150g pack raspberries

50g chopped almonds

300ml natural yoghurt

4 tablespoons smooth peanut butter

1 large egg


1. Preheat the oven to 200C or 180C if a fan oven. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cases.

2. sieve the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl. Add the brown sugar and a pinch of salt. Stir in the chopped banana, raspberries and half the chopped almonds.

3. In another bowl mix together the yoghurt, peanut butter and egg until the mixture is smooth.

4. As quick as you can pour the yoghurt mixture into the flour mixture and gently mix everything together.

5. Divide the mixture into the muffin cases and sprinkle with the remaining chopped almonds.

6. Bake in the oven for 18-20 minutes until risen and golden brown. Leave to cool on a wire rack and serve warm or cold.

July's local walk - Matlock

Matlock Walk

For Matlock walk please click on the link below. The walk is local to one of our holiday sites. Knockerdown Holiday Cottages


 Length: 5.miles.

 Start/finish: Car park on the west side of Matlock Bridge over the River Derwent.

 Location: On the A6 Derby to Buxton road.

 Terrain: Hilly and can be wet and slippery underfoot.


Matlock Special Feature - Heights of Abraham 

While enjoying the Matlock walk make a full day and experience the country’s first ever alpine style cable car system, which was installed in 1984.

You will be in for a treat as the journey will take you from the valley floor to the hillside above so make sure you take in all the spectacular views of the surrounding Peak District.

Have a look to see what delights await you at the top....