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September Newsletter

Now that the best of the weather is behind us why not take a relaxing break away from the children out into the Derbyshire Peak District. There is still plenty of things going on and we have some fantastic offers for you to take advantage of as well as our usual walk of the month to Ashbourne and a tasty recipe to come back to at the end of the day!

What's on in September - Whilst the sun is still shining!

 Check out what's on in the Derbyshire Peak District

Matlock Bath Illuminations Sat 31st August to Sat 26th October 2013

Unique parade of Illuminated & decorated boats on the River Derwent

Fireworks on every Saturday




 Family Fun Day at Uttoxeter Race Course Sun 22nd Sept 2013

 Children's activities and entertainment, see the Moshi Monsters, Kastuma & Poppet

 Seven exciting jump races for everyone


Wirksworth Festival 6th-22nd Sept 2013

International & local artists take to the streets, houses & historical buildings.

The entire towns becomes a gallery

Music, dance, community celebrations, family entertainment, film, street theatre & fringe events

Come & see some world class performers

Exciting News! - Civil Wedding Licence at Knockerdown

Ceremony Guide for Knockerdown Holiday Cottages

Room Options:-

The Brackendale Room opens onto a patio area and steps leading down to a spacious meadow.  This room can accommodate up to 100 people.

The Carsington Room opens into a courtyard where you will find traditional stone built cottages; around the corner you will find our spacious meadow with a large patio area. This room can accommodate up to 50 people seated.

The patio areas also add an ideal location for your guests to enjoy a welcome drink & canapes with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside or as an alternative you could hire both rooms to suit weather conditions.

Photograph Locations:-

For photographs we have two options, enjoy the use of the grounds with the line of trees along the meadow with the fantastic view of the surrounding countryside or we are next door to the picturesque Carsington Water.

Extras if desired:-

Drinks, Flowers and Catering packages can be added for your special occasion.

Our events team can help you make this occasion as simple or as fussy as you want, at Gainsborough Retreats want to help you create the day of your dreams.

Local Place of Interest - Wild Park Leisure



WILD PARK DERBYSHIRE can offer enjoyment to all ages and above all you will be well looked after by the friendly & experienced team.

WILD PARK is "The Ultimate Paintball & Quad Trekking Experience!"

  • Paintballing - Crawl through the undergrowth, adrenaline rush, ultimate game of excitement
  • Quad Trekking - Gorge crossings, swamp navigating, speed trials, assault courses
  • Laser Tag - Combat game, streams, gullies, banks, towers, bridges
  • Archery - Hand eye coordination, let off steam, perfect your Robin Hood impression
  • Orienteering - Navigate between points, maps, clear thinking under pressure
  • Blindfold Driving - Ultimate test of trust, master the art of verbal communication 

Whatever the occasion, be it a birthday, team building exercise or stag or hen party, the Wild Park Derbyshire staff have the experience and skill to make sure your day runs perfectly and to make sure that everyone has a day to truly remember.

Time Out September Treat for Two!

Treat yourselves to a "Gainsborough Retreat" now that the kids have gone back to school! Get away from the traffic and endless ringing phone in the office and visit our beautiful site at Knockerdown Cottages nestled in the Peak District.

For our September Deal why not treat each other to a relaxing weekend away in the heart of Derbyshire to get over the busy and demanding summer holidays. Take a stroll around Carsington Water, visit Chatsworth House for a cultural day out, enjoy tired eyes facial and dine at one of the many cosy and intimate country pubs that surround us at Knockerdown.

Book a weekend or mid-week break away between Monday 9th September and Friday 27th September for only &300 per couple and receive a free bottle of champagne on arrival and 2 free spa treatments at the Brackendale Spa* on site.

Why not catch up with some friends and make it a party - come with another couple and pay only &250 per couple!

 Call us now on 01629 540525 quoting offer code 242014.



*Spa treatments can be any 2 from the following:

Luxury manicure


30 minute facial

Tired eyes facial

Eastern head massage

30 minute massage

30 minute hot stone massage


 Offers cannot be redeemed with any other offers and arrival dates must be between Monday 9th September and Friday 27th September 2013. Standard terms and conditions apply. Please quote the offer code when booking.

September's Recipe of the Month - Steamed lemon tilapia with teriyaki sauce

Steamed Lemon Tilapia with Teriyaki Sauce

Serves 4, Preparation 10 minutes, Cooking time 20 minutes


3 tablespoons Soy sauce

74ml Mirin

2 tablespoons sugar

1 lemon, half sliced, half juiced

250g basmati rice

3cm piece ginger, shredded

1 red chilli, sliced

small bunch spring onions, sliced

4 pieces of Tilapia


1. Pour the soy sauce, mirin, lemon juice and sugar into a small saucepan and bring to the boil. Simmer for about 5 minutes until it has gone slightly syrupy then remove and set aside.

2. Put the rice in a large saucepan and cover with approximately 600ml water. Bring to the boil and then simmer for approximately 5 minutes until the rice has absorbed about 3/4 of the water. If the water has been absorbed just add a little more.

3. Place the fish fillets on top of the rice and sprinkle with the ginger, chilli and a slice of lemon. Season, cover and cook for about 5 minutes until the fish is cooked through.

4. Serve with the sauce drizzled over the top and the spring onions sprinkled on.

Walk of the Month - Ashbourne

Ashbourne Walk

For Ashbourne Walk please click on the link below. The walk is within easy reach from all of our holiday sites.

Length: 5.25 miles

Start/Finish: Tissington Trail Car Park

Location:Heading out of Ashbourne, turn left along Union Street at the top of the Market Place and follow the road round to the right and keep straight on at the cross-roads towards Mapleton.

Terrain: Hilly, but nothing too strenuous. Some muddy patches.


Ashbourne Feature - Historic Market Town

Ashbourne, referred to as the "Gateway to Dovedale" with fine buildings, attractive shops, cafes & cobbled streets. 

Across St John’s Street hangs one of only a small number of gallows signs that remain.  Above the sign, the Blackamoor’s Head smiles as you arrive and frowns as you depart.

Royal Shrovetide Football Game played by the 'Up'ards' & the 'Down'ards' on Shrove Tuesday & Ash Wednesday every year not to be missed..