Ashbourne is a lovely old market town. It’s a small place just on the southern edge of the Peak District … it’s famous for the Shrovetide football match.

Today it has a twice weekly market, shops, cafes, pubs and a good range of festivals.


There are many independent retailers on the Ashbourne high street as well as a few nationals. It’s a great place for food shopping with produce available from local grocers and deli’s as well as a couple of supermarkets.

Ashbourne market
Ashbourne market


Small markets are held on Thursday and Saturday between 9am and 3pm.


The ancient Royal Shrovetide Football or “mob football” is held over Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. It involves thousands of townsfolk competing for the Up’ards or Down’ards of Ashbourne with the goals being Sturston Mill and Clifton Mill three miles apart with streets, rivers, tunnels and fields.

Shrovetide Football
Shrovetide Football – Ashbourne
Ashbourne Streetfest
Ashbourne Streetfest

The annual arts and performance Ashbourne Festival and Streetfest takes place each June-July, previous events have included Dr Lucy Worsley (BBC presenter and historian), Pandemonium (ceilidh band), the Peakland Players and many more.

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