Local Attractions

The Peak District is a fabulous area to visit and provides places to see and things to do for all ages.


Tideswell is very accessible to many areas of interest and places of outstanding natural beauty. You may remember a BBC TV programme called Village SOS. The programme was funded by the Big Lottery and aimed to support village communities and create a sustainable rural enterprise.

Tideswell created Tastes of Tideswell School of Food. A year later and the project has been very successful. This was supported by a Food Festival which was a huge success and attracted many visitors. There is also a quality mark “Tideswell Made”, which is applied to a range of local foods.

Tideswell is a large and very lively village and you can find plenty to see and do within the village itself. It is famous for its church, St John the Baptist. It is better known as the “Cathedral of the Peak”, the name is a reflection of the size and importance of Tideswell in the past. Every year visitors are drawn to the Peak District for the Well Dressings. This is one of the best known customs in Derbyshire and the Peak District. It dates back many centuries, there have been religious associations, but the true origins remain a mystery.

Well dressing is celebrated in more than sixty towns and villages throughout the area during the Spring and Summer. The village wells are decorated with flower petals, berries, moss, cones and seeds, which are pressed into clay held in a wooden framework. It is a difficult task but the results are wonderful. Tideswell is famous for its four wells and during June each year during Wakes Week the wells are dressed. The entire week is one of celebration, decoration and culminates in a carnival and torchlight procession. The village has a number of shops, pubs, cafes and is an ideal place to stay.