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Here is some helpful information for planning your Holiday or Event at  Lower Damgate Farm
You can find all our wedding information further down the page
Details for bookings:
 Lower Damgate Farm, Ilam. Nr Ashbourne DE6 2AD
www.damgate.com 01335 310367


It is important that you remember we are LOWER Damgate Farm and not our neighbours across the road

 

You have reached the Helpful information page, there are three tiers to this information so for “More Information” and “Local Information” please click on the top bar on each page. Apart from the information on this page which covers both the cottages, Weddings and Events, you will find lots of details within the other pages, such as information about the area, local villages and towns, there are also a number of walks as well as more information on local providers like pubs and country houses. We hope you have a wonderful time when you stay at Lower Damgate Farm and please remember if you need any more information please contact us as we are always happy to help with a policy the “Nothing is a Problem”

 

Babysitting Services and Wait on Service
If you would like some help either with the children or in service for a catering event or dinner party please book in advance. All my staff are trained in silver service and we can also provide a “wait on service” which helps you to prepare, serve or just clear up. “Nothing is a problem” for us and we are happy to help in anyway for any type of event which may be held at the farm....whether from a small dinner party or large group, private, corporate or wedding, or just to watch your children, thus ensuring that you enjoy your party as well.

Food Deliveries


All well-known Supermarkets deliver at the farm and our postcode is DE6 2AD. Please make sure that you are at the farm when the delivery arrives as we are not always here to sign for things!

 

Catering and Food

Please remember that we only recommend people who have cooked here and we have loved there food and been given great reviews. We do NOT take any commission for any of the services we recommend catering or otherwise.


Please also make you caterers aware of the Terms and Conditions of the farm and the use thereof of the farm premises.
 
Please note that all the local supermarkets and wine services like majestic deliver to the farm. You will need to be here to sign for everything but this is a popular option for guests

 

Dawn Rudd Catering – Tel 07715530784 or 01335 370011  email:dawn.rudd@zen.co.uk
Dawn is really very lovely and nothing is a problem for her and your event. She has provided mouth watering food for so many of my guests and the guest book is full of fantastic comments. Perfect for large or small gatherings, Luncheons, Dinner parties, small weddings and canapés or just sandwiches, cakes and high tea. I have known Dawn offer so many dishes and will certainly try to accommodate your catering wishes as much as she can.
Dawn also caterers for food on arrival and will happily plan a meal for you to be delivered on arrival or in advance or prepare packed lunches for a long walk. Local produce is always used. Dawn uses our onsite catering facilities.
One of the best cooks around and extremely reasonable, you certainly won’t be disappointed.

 

Cameron Jack - Hog Roasts – Buffets – BBQ’s – Dinners  - Canapé’s – Puddings - everything
Tel: 07584 200 567 email sales@hotroasthogs.co.uk www.Hotroasthogs.co.uk http://sa8529.wix.com/hot-roast-hogs

Cameron comes very highly recommended; he is so good that I used him for my own birthday party …. We painted the pig Gold (don’t ask!) genuinely he is such a lovely person and will endeavour to achieve what you ask. Many of our guests book Cameron and he is so good so I recommend you book early! Cameron mainly caters for larger groups, Cottage BBQs and Weddings, though has branched out more since coming to the farm a few years ago with his big pink barrel that looks like a pig and cooks a pig! Or anything that you would like!
So not only is he one of the best Hog Roasts around, he also does buffets, Canapé’s and puddings, he will provide the whole caboodle. Extremely reasonable and if you book a tasting you will come back for more I promise you. Cameron goes out of his way to make you feel special, not only will you love his food but also his amazing puddings J His attitude to everything is relaxed but he delivers 100% every time.

 

Sarah Lewis - Peak Park Food - Mobile: 07703 567123  Peakparkfood@gmail.com 
Sarah is also a fantastic cook and used to own one of the local pubs before branching out on her own. Sarah will happily bring you home cooked meals or sandwiches plus pudding if you require. Sarah can either leave them with you to serve and warm when you arrive or cook them here at the farm. Sarah also provides children’s meals and has a happy relaxed air which you will find expressed in her amazing food.

 

Casterne Hall  – Caroline Hurt - Phone:01335 310489  www.casterne.co.uk  email mail@casterne.co.uk
Private Dining at Casterne Hall is an experience not to be missed. The attention to detail here is everything and the setting is stunning, a miniature version of Downton Abbey, only at Casterne the films Far from the Madding Crowd and the 1983 adaptation of Jane Eyre were filmed here. Caroline caters in the house for 22 guests and her food is amazing.

 

Italian Food – Squisito – Sara Chambers Tel: 07824 314235 email: sara@squisito-deli.co.uk website: www.squisito-deli.co.uk
Sara is lovely and makes dining an experience – Tapas and Paella plus anything with an Italian flavour….. enjoy

 

Red Olive Catering – Charlie Thelaston - Phone:01332 331866 www.theredolive.co.uk  email mailto:chef@theredolive.co.uk
It really depends on what you would like at the farm as the Red Olive, though amazing food is not at the cheaper on of the budget! However the food is exquisite and the attention to detail is amazing. Certainly for those who require the finer things and can afford them.

 

Local Meat Delivered to the Farm – Richard Hobday on 01335 310060 or 07973 120985 White Peak Farm Butchers – www.whitepeakfarm.co.uk. Email Richard.hobday@hotmail.co.uk
This is an option if you would like to cook yourself or have a chef in the family!
Richard lives a mile away and produces his own local meat and has his own shop in Tissington and Matlock.
Richard prepares his meat in the traditional way and there is no stress with his animals so meat is really very succulent and tasty and popular with guests. You can directly order a Hog, lamb, Beef, Turkey or any locally produced meat joint from 10 – 140 people.

 

Maxine’s Mobile Pizza  – Maxine Pearson  Tel: 077306 76644 | 01298 73539 email maxinesmobilepizza@hotmail.co.uk Website : www.maxinesmobilepizza.co.uk

Locally situated in Buxton. Maxine prepares and cooks onsite and as her pizza’s are so good we are lucky to have her as she works all around the country and is very popular. Maxine uses her wood burning clay oven to make fresh, top quality baked Pizza’s, with locally sourced ingredients for your guests with a lovely festival atmosphere. Look at her website, Fantastic reviews and a lovely
lady.  

 

Dodson’s Mobile Fish and Chips - http://www.dodsonsfreshcatch.co.uk
Mobile Fish and Chips – Tom and Simons Kitchen  http://www.tomandsimonskitchen.co.uk

Artisan Mobile Pizza http://www.artisanpizzacompany.co.uk

 

PUB’s, Restaurants & Tea Rooms!

We have lots of pubs within walking distance of the farm (though there are many more) as well as a couple of hotels Tea Rooms. Plus the Youth Hostel at Ilam Hall has a bar.  Please say you are staying here and you will be treated really well. I am happy to book for you; with large numbers it is preferable if you book in advance, to avoid disappointment.

 

1 mile - The Watts Russell at Hopedale. Bruce and Christine 01335 310126. www.wattsrussell.co.uk
Slightly less than 1 mile, between Stanshope and Alstonefield - Turn Right out of the Farm Drive, or walk to Hall dale and down into Hopedale where the pub lies.

Bruce and Christine are very welcoming and will happily cater for large groups, book if you can but you can also turn up (if they are open!) The pub is a little quirky and rustic! It is a free house and beer is sourced locally. Bruce cooks all his food from scratch and if you are fussy with your food then he will accommodate you as much as he can. Though he is not a pie and chips person! The pub sometimes closes early or is not open! If you ring in advance then he will definitely open for you and they are quite happy for you to “take over” the pub.

 

1 Mile – The Manifold Tea Rooms at Ilam. Open daily most of the year call for details 01335 350245
Manifold Tearooms at Ilam Park sells a wonderful array of food and drink. If you sit outside you have the most amazing views of the park as well as the church with Thorpe Cloud in the distance. This is one of the most magical views around.

 

1.5 miles The Royal Oak at Wetton – Ian on 01335 310287 www.royaloakwetton.co.uk
The Royal Oak is a lovely country village pub, popular with the locals and very welcoming, its easy to walk to and about 1.5 miles on foot. (2 miles by road).  They can pre order large meals for you or even act as a take away!

A Free house with good beer as well as being a family pub (so you can bring the children). They have a children’s menu and serve chips! (Why children will only eat chips I don’t know!) Of course if you’d rather they ate carrots broccoli and pureed peas! Then try the Watts Russell! (I love peas)
Ian is happy for you all turn up whatever the number, for good meals and or Sunday lunch. If there are a lot of you please just ring to say you’re coming as it gets quite busy in the holiday period (in fact it best to ring and book) . Ian is happy to reserve a table and the pub has a great conservatory area for large groups. If you ring Ian may email you a menu and ask for your order early so that food is ready for when you arrive.
It’s a great walk with a pint at the end …To get there via walking,  Just go over the road, follow the track, keeping the neighbours farm on your left and through the gates (past our “well” which feed the stream past the house) you will then pick up the footpath. Keep the wall on your right going straight up the hill until you come to a copse of trees and then you will pick up the old road (not used) that will take you straight into Wetton. If you turn left at the copse of trees you will go past the old mines and pick up the longer route with stunning views and foot path leading right from the Heritage trail ( this has stunning views across the manifold river) .

 

1.5 miles The George at Alstonefield – Emily on 01335 310205 or e-mail emily@thegeorgeatalstonefield.com
Pre booking is a must at the George. If your group is large then you would have to book the upper floor of the Coach House, to the rear of The George, this is an intimate space for up to forty guests and there is an additional charge.
The pub is quite small and is not good for children though it does get booked very quickly and the food is excellent. It is more of a gastro pub and Emily would rather you ate there than drank! Beer is from Marston’s Brewery. There are many good walks to Alstonefield from here; one of the easiest routes is to walk to Milldale via footpaths from the farm, then up the old road past Polly’s “hole in the wall” tea room at Milldale to Alstonefield. The pub is in the centre of the village.

 

1.5 Miles – The Izaak Walton Hotel – Dovedale - Ilam  - Shura  on  01335 350981
A lovely walk from the farm over Bunster Hill and taking in the views of Ilam, from the Izaak Walton you can then walk along the Dove until you get to Ilam Bridge (bridge by Ilam Rock) go over the bridge and back up Hall Dale to the farm.
The Izaak has a great Pub as well as serves afternoon tea on the lawns over looking Thorpe Cloud and the Dove. Please say we have sent you

 

3.5 miles. – The Manifold Inn Hulme End – 01298 84537 http://www.themanifoldinn.co.uk

This is a popular pub and gets very busy in the summer as there are camp sites close by. On a Monday night there is a steak night with wine at £25 for 2 people and this is a really good meal. Happy and friendly pub


3.5 miles - The Old Dog at Thorpe – 01335 350990
This pub has recently been restored to a very high standard which the owners did themselves. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is very good. This is a place the locals go which speaks for itself.

 

3.5 miles - The Tea Junction, Hulme End Tel: 01298 687368 The Tea Junction
This Tea room is in the old station and railway shed at the end of the Manifold Valley cycle trail.  Wonderful home cooked food and cakes

 

4 miles - Herbert's Fine English Tearooms, Tissington Village, Phone: (01335) 350501 
This is a lovely tea room set in a delightful village of Tissington. It is worth a visit as it is quintcenially English and the drive to get there is stunning. In May there is the well dressing and well worth seeing


5 Miles – The Rose and Crown, Mayfield Tel: 01335 342498  www.pickledginger.co.uk/ 
Delicious and interesting food very well cooked and presented.

 

4 Miles The Okeover Arms, MappletonTel: 01335 350305 http://theokeover.co.uk/
Welcoming pub with good food and a great carvery on Sundays.  You need to book.

 

4 Miles - The Hare and Greyhound, Warslow Tel: 01298 87071 http://www.greyhoundinnwarslow.co.uk/
From 2015 this is under new ownership so we are still undecided about this pub … your comments would be appreciated

 

4 Miles The Staffordshire Knott – Sheen Tel: 01298 84329 www.thestaffordshireknot.co.uk
We go here to meet friends and it is a regular for New Years Day Lunch every year. Pub with lovely atmosphere and great food but it is a little quirky

 

4 Miles – Cottage Delight Foods

On the way to Leek on the A523 you will see a restaurant on the left. It is the new cottage delight shop and restaurant and the food is excellent. It feels as though you are going into a motorway service area at first but then you can browse in the shop and take home lots of cottage delights!

 

6 Miles - Ashbourne : The following takeaways and Restaurants are in Ashbourne. However Ashbourne has about 15 pubs as well as lots of little café’s and coffee shops. Church street is dedicated to Antique shops and there are many boutique shops hidden in little cobbled alleyways.

 

Impromtu  - on Church Street.
This is a little café on church street next to the pottery painting shop and surrounded by antique shops. This is our favourite and the food is amazing. All home cooked on site and if you are in Ashbourne one of the best café’s around.

 

The Flower Shop Café – Market Place
The little tea room is in the market place and every plate, cup and saucer is vintage! It has a lovely feel with lots of yummy cakes. It is great for sitting and watching the world go around.

 

Benny’s Pizza - Local Takeaway (Does other food other than Pizza) 21 Compton street, Ashbourne  DE6 1BX Tel 01335 346665
Benny’s Pizza is situated in the Compton area of Ashbourne, near Sainsbury’s. They are very accommodating and will deliver if the order is large enough. Italian family who have that flair and make you feel like your order is the only one in the world!

 

Fish and Chips – kebabs -  Market Place, Ashbourne   DE6 1EU, Tel 01335 344780
This is an extremely good takeaway in the middle of Ashbourne, they will deliver If the order is high enough.
We’ve used this Fish and Chip shop many times for cottage guests as well as late supper weddings at the end of an evening or even the main course, and it is very popular. They’ve delivered over 100 portions and they are still hot and it’s lovely for something a little different!
Ashbourne Market place Fish and Chips also deliver to the farm for free if the order is large enough from 15 persons.

 

Chinese – Dragons Nest, Market Place Ashbourne DE6 1EU - 01335 300546 http://dragonsnestashbourne.co.uk
This is an excellent Chinese restaurant with take away service. They will deliver if you give enough notice and the order is large enough. Everyone uses them.

 

Indian Restaurant – Anaya, Dig Street Ashbourne DE6 1DA Tel 01335 300021
This new Indian restaurant and is getting great reviews. We’ve eaten there a few times and you will not be disappointed. It was great. They can also and cater for larger groups and deliver if your order is large enough.
A stunning restaurant, very welcoming and the food is amazing.

 

Indian Restaurant – Bengal Cottage, 9 Compton Street Ashbourne DE6 1DA Tel 01335 348282 (No alcohol license)
A better takeaway than restaurant, will possibly deliver to the farm but you’d need to ring to check. If they are busy they wont, otherwise if your order is large enough they will. They always add something to the order for a special treat. It is a little less traditional and if you eat there you have to bring your own drinks.


There are other pubs locally (please call me for details) There is also Trip Advisor!

Parking and Travel

 

TRAIN - Derby is the nearest Mainline Station from London St Pancras and takes 1.5 hours on the Train. There are buses to and fro regually from Ashbourne, we are 6.5 miles from Ashbourne. Therefore you will need to either get someone to pick you up or get a taxi (details below)


We live in The Peak District National Park there are a lot of holiday visitors on our roads and the Highways prefer we don't add any more! Therefore we have put in place a dedicated Travel plan which must adhered to as it is part of our planning conditions.


For those guests staying in the cottages we reasonably expect you to have 12 cars. We have parking for more and this is on our travel plan which covers our events. Included in the booking is a parking plan as well as a layout. Please contact us if you require further parking.
For events and weddings please see further Travel and Parking arrangements below


At NO time will our neighbours allow parking on their property or upon the drive or verge adjacent to their property.

Please make guests aware that we are Lower Damgate Farm


Warrington’s Coaches of Ilam Tel: 01335 350204 info@warringtonscoaches.co.uk  www.warringtonscoaches.co.uk

We only use Warrington’s coaches to ferry our guests to and fro.  They are a local company based in Ilam; they are very reasonable and know the area and all the local accommodation extremely well and they are only a mile down the road, which is good for the environment and our ethos and saves you or your guest’s money. However to be honest we have had such good feedback and recommendations  from our guests that it just wouldn’t be right to use anyone else for general transport and they are very reasonably and per person much less than a taxi.

 

 

Moorlands Connect is a Day Time, Week Day Call and Hire Service covering the Staffordshire Moorlands Ashbourne  - – Daytime Travel. This is a brilliant service for locals and holiday makers alike and cover a wide area up to Ashbourne – Hartington and Leek
 Tel: 0300 111 8003.

For those staying in and round Ilam, Alstonefield and Wetton. You can use the Moorlands Connect (part of the council Moorlands intuitive) to travel to Lower Damgate Farm or in and around the Staffordshire Moorlands. It will meet your bus in Ashbourne or Leek and take you straight to our door. Plan a long walk and arrange for it to meet you somewhere and bring you back , or vice versa
For more information


Ilam Shuttle Service – Ashbourne Ilam Ashbourne – From 6th July 2015 there is a hail and Ride Service from Ilam Hall. This takes you to the Izaak Walton, Dovedale. The Old Dog at Thorpe, Tissington Village and Ashbourne.
Telephone 01335 300670 normally on until October Half Term

This is a Similar service to Moorlands connect only this service picks you up from Ilam Hall and takes you around the Derbyshire Dales to Ashbourne.
Pick Up from Ilam (NT Car Park)  12.35 14.35 17.35 19.35
Bus back from Ashbourne 12.00 14.00 17.00 19.00

 

TAXIS

Please Note that Taxis are intermittent in our area and are unreliable as we are rural. We cannot guarantee Taxi’s especially at night. We also find that they are quite expensive as we are remote
Warrington’s of Ilam                      Ilam                      01335 350204    1 mile away (small group / minibus hire)
Burgess Taxi Services                      Warslow              01298 84931       5 miles away
Ashbourne Taxis                              Ashbourne           01335 345198    6 miles away
ACT Taxis                                         Ashbourne         01335 343928  or 07798 738845 or 078310 788845 6 miles away
Peak Cars                                         Hognaston         01335 370937

 

 

WEDDING & EVENT INFORMATION

 

 

Setting up, taking down and leaving the venue clean and tidy after all events is the responsibility of the hirer. We are a “DIY” Do It yourself venue and the policy is “leave it as you find it”. I will try and be at your event for the whole weekend ensuring that everything goes to plan and a hidden support if you have need of anything, If for any reason I cannot be here, please be assured as I use professional and trained staff that are familiar with the farm and know how it works.  You will find that having us on site for your day helps you enormously and takes the pressure off you and your family so you are not running around trying to find and sort everything.


There are normally 5 staff plus myself and family on site during event days and my staff are available for 10 hours from 1.30 to 11.30pm (or by arrangement so please let me know as soon as possible what time your event starts) We will help prepare and serve welcome drinks, clear tables, wash up and ensure that everything would be as you wish it for your afternoon and evening. We do not help catering unless by prior arrangements though if needed we will help with any cold food you bring and lay out cheese, cakes etc. By the end of the evening we will have done as much as possible to lighten the load for clearing up the following day.

 

Where to have your Ceremony

 

We do not have a wedding licence at the farm. However you can have a Natural Blessing at the Farm as part of your package and details of two celebrants who offer this service are below: If you do choose to hold your ceremony here in this manner, you can have it where you like, even at the very top of our hill with the stunning views this offers.  The legal part takes 20 minutes in your local registry office with two witnesses either on the morning of or a day or so before your Ceremony. You will first have to give your registrar Notice that you intend to marry, and then make arrangements with the registrar for the date and time of your registration as soon as possible.

Below is a list of some local venues where you can have your ceremony and return to the farm for your reception.

 

Registrar.
If you are marrying at a venue such as Beechenhill or Ilam Hall you will need a registrar from Staffordshire moorlands and the details are:  Registrar Monday - Friday 08:00 - 18:00 Saturday - 09:00 - 13:00
registrarsenquiries@staffordshire.gov.uk Tel: 0300 111 8001

Alternatively there is a registrar in Ashbourne or Ashbourne Registry Office which is part of Derbyshire Dales

 

Town Hall Market Place Ashbourne DE6 1ES. The registrar has moved into the new library, however you can still have your service in the Town Hall, this is an elegant Victorian building offering a graceful backdrop for special occasions. There are two marriage rooms offering space for up to 35 to 150 people

Ashbourne Library, 2 Compton, Ashbourne DE6 1DA Tel: 01629 533969 or 533985 for Superintendent Registrar email: ashbourne.registrars@derbyshire.gov.uk

Opening times. To give notice of marriage or civil partnership, marriage or civil partnership enquiry, Monday and Wednesday, 10am to 12.30pm. All appointments must be pre-booked.


There is also Leek Registry office – Staffordshire Moorlands. 
And Buxton, Matlock and Bakewell Registry offices – Derbyshire Dales

 

Ilam Hall Youth Hostel – Set in the grounds of the National Trust Park of Ilam – 1.5 miles in the centre of the village of Ilam – 01335 350212

Ilam Hall is set in a stunning setting. The Hall is the Flagship property for the YHA and encased within the National Trust surroundings and an idyllic place to hold your ceremony. They also do weddings themselves (so the option is yours) and we would rather be happy wherever you go then feel you had compromised your day. The Hall is also nestled next to Ilam Church with the river running 50 yards away. I held my 40th there before we finished the barn and it has a special feel to the property.

 

 Izaak Walton Hotel1.5 mile via road.  Contact the Manager, Shura on 01335 350951
The Izaak Walton has recently changed owners and is a lovely hotel and great for ceremonies or receptions though very different from us, it is well worth a look. Please say we have recommended you. If you would prefer an easier wedding there, then please enquire for that too. However they also just do ceremonies.  

 

Casterne Hall – I mile as the crow flies, 2.5 miles by road – Call Charles & Caroline Hurt TEL:  01335310489, EMAIL: mail@casterne.co.uk
Casterne Hall is also close to us and lovely neighbours. You can walk to the Hall via a used track just up from the farm. However to drive is slightly longer as you have to go down to Ilam, turn right and then back up the hill paralleling us via a private drive. The views are breathtaking and it is a lovely venue for a reception, however they also just hold ceremonies. Perfect if you are looking for a smaller wedding, the size to accommodate both Casterne and Beechenhill.
If you decide we are too big or not right for you, then both of these venues are lovely.

 

Local Churches  -

Ilam or Alstonefield Churches - Clerk to the Vicar Marion Beloe on 01335 310253 or email mbeloe@gmail.com
Getting married in one of our local churches is actually a simple procedure, if you have any connection with a Christian church in any way and are happy to visit on a monthly basis for banns being read (Ilam only has a monthly service) then our vicar is happy to marry you.

 

Ilam Church and Alstonefield Church are both just 1.5 miles away.
Ilam Church is within our parish and I think one of the prettiest churches in England, It is an Anglo Saxon church and there are three Saxon crosses in the churchyard. There is also a triagonal section where Jess Watts Russell (who owned Ilam Hall) built a monument to honour his wife Mary. The church is just set back from the River in the grounds of NT Ilam Park with the views of Thorpe Cloud (entrance to Dovedale) in the distance; this church is an idyllic place to hold your wedding ceremony and gives the feel of being set in the times of Pride and Prejudice. 

Alstonefield Church is larger and grander but nerveless a lovely old English village church and you can often hear the bells peeling away on a Sunday. Our vicar who resides over both the churches above lives in the New Rectory just next door to this church.
Both churches are stunning and well worth a visit; however most of my guests marry in Ilam Church.  

There is a Qualifying criterion for getting married in church if you can show the one of you:

  1. Has at any time lived in the Parish for a period of at least 6 months or

Was baptised (Christened) in the parish concerned or
Was prepared for confirmation in the parish or
Has at any time regularly gone to normal church services in the parish for a period of at least six months **

  1. That one of your parents, at any time after you were born:

Has lived in the parish for a period of six months or
Has regularly gone to normal church services in the parish for a period of six months **

  1. That one of your parents or grandparents was married in the parish

** If you attend the Parish church’s usual services at least once a month for a minimum of six months you will qualify to get married in the church you attend the services in. However at least one of the couple, must have been baptised in the Christian faith to qualify.

 

Blore Church (2m) – Rev Arthur Hack (it may also be possible for Arthur to marry you at Ilam Church as this is his old parish) 01538 309844 Blore church is part of a tiny hamlet with views across the tops to Dovedale.


Celebrant –Email: lita@ceremonynorthwest.co.uk     Mobile: 07590 033064 www.ceremonynorthwest.co.uk
Can you really have a Beautiful.Meaningful.Personal Civil Partnership or Wedding Ceremony for similar cost to an off the peg civil union…?
Yes! With Ceremony Northwest! We want your wedding or civil partnership day to be unique and special to you…with all your fun and personality, a lovely, respectful day for you, your friends and family to remember… because it’s true to who you are and what you want to say to the world about your relationship…

 

Accredited Humanist Celebrant  - Hannah Wroe Gill – BHA,  One of the only full-time Celebrants in the UK.

Tel: 01484 840757 mobile:07790 458622 website: www.yourthreedays.comemail - hmwroe@hotmail.co.uk phone:
Hannah designs entirely bespoke and original wedding ceremonies for couples who want something more than a little bit special for their wedding day. Humanist weddings are non-religious and inspired entirely by the people at their centre and so she would work with you to create an irreplaceable experience that will celebrate your love, your way. They're not 'alternative', nor do they involve beards/chanting/robes or anything that would make your grandmother uncomfortable. They're simply the wedding ceremony everyone should have a chance of having...and they're catching on...fast. Hannah is always happy to hear from anyone who would like to find out more. 


Other Local Accomodation


When booking other accommodation please say or ask your guests to mention that you staying and attending an event at our property Lower Damgate Farm – This helps us within our community especially as we are all working together, and hopefully you will get a better service because of it. Thank you

Lower Damgate Farm, Ilam Moor Lane, Ilam Nr Ashbourne DE6 2AD
We sleep up to 28 guests in 13 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms and this is included with the wedding package. For additional accommodation, please see below.
(Please note we cannot have additional guests either sleeping in caravans, tents or other structures on site, however there are many local options many within walking distance, and I have given you a little more information below)


All bookings other than the our cottages and venue are independent of ourselves

 

Beechenhill Farm – Ilam Moor Lane - ½ Mile South towards Ilam – Sue, Terry or Ally on 01335 310274
www.beechenhill.co.uk (easily walkable – and where most of our couples get married outside of the church)
Sleep 14. Self catering in two cottages sleeping 2 and 6. Plus an additional three B&B rooms in the farm house sleeping 6.
Beechenhill is lovely and we work closely with them as they often host the ceremony there and then guests either walk or transport back to our farm for the reception. It is an amazing walk with stunning views. Beechenhill is a smaller venue and beautiful and has 3 B&B rooms with a 3 bedroom and a one bed room self catering cottage. A lovely welcome is always assured and the views are stunning.

 

Stanshope Hall – Ilam Moor Lane - ½ mile north at Stanshope – Naomi on 01335 310278 (easily walkable) www.stanshope.demon.co.uk
Sleep 6. Three luxury B&B rooms in the Hall sleeping 6.
This B&B is also within walking distance and you get to stay in a most beautiful Old Country Hall. Naomi offers 3 x 4 star luxury B&B rooms with stunning views within the ambiance of an old Georgian Hall...fabulous breakfast and great hospitality, unusual rooms with murals all with stunning views down Hall Dale.

 

Church Farm Cottages – Ilam Moor Lane. ½ mile at Stanshope. Call Sue on 01335 310243 www.dovedalecottages.co.uk (easily walkable)
Sleep 10. Self catering in two cottages sleeping 4 and 6.  4 & 5 star luxury accommodationon this small working farm,  with stunning views down the valley across Hall Dale. These are 5 star cottages and beautifully compliment the area for that added luxury.

 

Garden Farm Ilam – Ilam Moor Lane – 1 mile south at Ilam – Debbie and Richard on: 01335 350808  Mobile 07904 196962 www.gardenfarmpeakdistrict.co.uk (easily walkable on the road but it is uphill from there, down hill back!!)
Sleep 12. Four B&B rooms in the house sleeping 8 plus one catering cottage sleeping 4.  
Less than a mile down into Ilam just before you reach the village. Garden Farm offers beautiful accommodation in a delightful setting with stunning Views across Ilam Hall and the River. Richard and Debbie are excellent hosts and go out of there way to make you feel welcome. They often ferry guests to and from the farm and there is always an added extra with them. Highly recommended as you will always be assured a warm welcome and a friendly smile.

 

Air Cottage Bed and Breakfast - Ilam Moor Lane - 1 mile towards Ilam south/east. Joan on 01335 350475 (close but very isolated up a long track and not easily walkable in good shoes, but fantastic position overlooking the top of Dovedale)
Sleep 6. three B&B rooms in the house with stunning views. Set in the middle of nowhere but only a mile from the farm towards Ilam, Our Neighbours at Air cottage have the most stunning views anyone could find. It really is an amazing retreat. Richard and Joan are the most welcoming of guests and happily put the kettle on for you and make you feel at home.

 

The Old Vicarage – Wetton - Nicky on 01335 310296 www.oldvicaragewetton.co.uk (Less then 1.5 miles via footpaths across the fields and 2 miles via Road, guests will need to drive or get the mini bus.  This B&B plus self catering cottage is also next to a pub!) Sleep 12. Four B&B rooms in the house sleeping 8 plus one catering cottage sleeping 4.
This is a beautiful period old vicarage set in the middle of the village, with stunning gardens and warm welcoming hosts. There is a walkable footpath (1.5m) directly from the farm to Wetton across the fields and the views are amazing. Nicky is an excellent hostess and breakfasts are lovely. I always get fab reviews from guests staying here.

 

Casterne Hall  – Caroline & Charlie Hurt - Phone:01335 310489  www.casterne.co.uk  email mail@casterne.co.uk Easily Walkable across the fields from the farm via a track just up the hill towards Ilam, Turn left at the S bend and walk along the track for a mile to Casterne. By road it is 2.5 miles.

Sleep 8. 4 B&B Luxury Country House rooms.  This house is stunning and one of the finer smaller country Halls around. Still in private ownership Caroline & Charlie let 4 B&B rooms in luxurious surrounding. It is well worth a stay here and I would highly recommend it. Set in an enviable position, with stunning views and walks straight from the door.

 

The Orchards at Rushley Farm – between Ilam and Cauldon (Throwley)  1.5 miles – Vanessa Holland on 01538 308205  - email : vwholland@icloud.com
Moderately Walkable across the fields to Ilam Hall, easy by road and about ¾ mile outside Ilam village.

Sleep 6. Self catering cottage three bedrooms. Vanessa is a wonderful host and often a cake or something warm to eat is left for you to enjoy. Please be aware that Vanessa is partially deaf when enquiring. This cottage is in an enviable situation with stunning views and walks from the door.

 

Throwley Hall Farm, Ilam, Ashbourne  - DE6 2BB - Ilam towards Colton – 2.5 miles away Muriel Richardson  Tel: 01538 308202 - Fax: 01538 308243 - throwleyhall@btinternet.com - www.throwleyhallfarm.co.uk/
(Close as the crow flies, but not walkable on a wedding day) On other days this property is over the valley via Castern Hall about 3 miles away) Easy via road and about 1 mile outside Ilam village. You think you are going into the middle of nowhere until you stumble across this wonderful old Hall, with ruins in the grounds)

 

The Manor – Alstonefield.  1.5 miles north. Jo and Rob on 01335 310393 www.alstonefieldmanor.com
Sleep 12. Four B&B rooms in the house sleeping 8 plus two catering cottages sleeping 2 each. (again another lovely walk to this property and close to the George pub – however too far to walk on wedding days) Alstonefield Manor is your optimum Georgian manor experience with candlelit breakfast ...... a beautiful setting for any occasion. Jo and Rob are warm, welcoming hosts where nothing is a problem. They also have Self catering cottages with breakfast provided and it is close to the church in a beautiful village.

 

Button Cottage – Alstonefield.  1.5 miles north. Lucie-Claire Watson  on 07970705659  www.buttoncottage.com
Email : info@buttoncottage.com
Sleeps 2 or 3  in a luxurious two bedroom cottage (again another lovely walk to this property and close to the George pub – however too far to walk on wedding days) Button Cottage is a designers haven, filled with luxurious furnishings and antiques, central to the village and a stone’s throw from the award winning local pub The George… great for couples and those wanting a little more luxury

 

The Haybarn – Hope Dale , Alstonefield.  1.2 miles north. Corilee Smith  on 01335 310328 Email : smithcdawn@aol.com http://www.hopegreenfarm.co.uk   just past Stanhope so an easy walk, possibly too far to walk on wedding days)

 

Ilam Hall Youth Hostel. Ilam 1 mile south – T: 01335 350212  or 0845 371 9023 http://www.yha.org.uk/hostel/ilam (easily walkable on the road but from the Hall it is an uphill climb for 1.5 miles, down hill going back!!)
Sleep 200. 118 beds in a number of family, bunk and double rooms. This property nestled in National Trust land is in fact a huge Gothic manor house, complete with turrets and crenels on the top of the walls, Ilam Hall is the Youth Hostels Flagship property and recently had a multimillion pound makeover.  Ilam hall is also set in a beautiful setting and very comfortable. They have over 118 beds

 

Ilam Bunk House  - Ilam - part of the National Trust Properties  Tel: 01335 350503 (right next to the Youth hostel)
Sleep 16 in open plan bunk rooms. llam Bunkhouse offers group accommodation in the old stable block building behind Ilam Hall. Open year round, it sleeps 16 in bunk beds, has showers, a large kitchen and dining area. Dogs welcome at an additional charge. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/peakdistrict

 

The Izaak Walton Hotel –  Dovedale Ilam 1.5 miles south 01335 350981 www.izaakwaltonhotel.com (slightly further on from Ilam Village on the road from Ilam to Thorpe…. Across the fields and Bunster Hill it is a fantastic walk. Not easy though)
Sleep 80 in 38 bedrooms. This lovely hotel has new owners is situated in a stunning location overlooking Dovedale. Recently upgraded summer of 2014 and is a lovely country house hotel. The Izaak Walton is probably the most expensive option but it is a wonderful place to stay and hosts 38 bedrooms ranging from £115 per night.

 

Dove Cottage – Lode Mill (Milldale) Right on the Rive Dove – 2.5 miles west Call Rupert on 01335 310389 (not walkable in high heels but a lovely walk along the river to this property, wedding guests will need to drive!)
Sleep 5. Self catering cottage in three bedrooms right on the River Dove. Only a mile as the crow flies but just over 2.5 driving. This property is easily accessible and situated in a stunning setting.  They may even give you a lift to the farm! Dove cottage is situated in one of the loveliest spots right on the river Dove so you wake up with sound of the river outside your door. This property also has the added benefit of having fishing rights, so if you’d like to party one day and fish the other then this is the option for you.

 

Hillcrest House Bed and Breakfast 2.5 miles south in Thorpe DE6 2AW – Tel 01335 350436 www.hillcresthousedovedale.co.uk. (You can walk across Thorp cloud along the Dove and up Hall dale from this property but guests will need a car)
Sleep 14. Five B&B rooms in the house plus a 2 bed self catering cottage. Hillcrest House is a former 19th Century coaching inn on the road to Dovedale and overlooking Thorpe Cloud. It has the most amazing views and you can hike down the Hill directly into Dovedale.

 

Jasmine Cottage, Thorpe, Ashbourne, DE6 2AW Tel: 01335 350465 – Liz Round. 2.5 miles
Sleep 4. Two B&B rooms .Very close to Hillcrest house this lovely B&B cottage is nestled just below Thorpe Cloud. The views are quite stunning.

 

Hall Farm Cottages – Wetton – Ian and Christine on 01335 310035 – www.hallfarmwetton.co.uk (about ¼ mile further on than the old vicarage, great walk from the farm but probably not on wedding days)
Sleep 12 in Three self catering cottages sleeping 3, 4 and 5 with stunning views across the manifold valley and overlooking Thor’s Cave. Kind considerate hosts where nothing is a problem, they may even give you a lift to the farm!

 

The Old Chapel - Wetton – Lynne Imeson on 01335 310450 Lynne.imeson@tiscali.co.uk www.oldchapelwetton.co.uk
Sleep 6. Three B&B rooms in the house A lovely charming chapel within Wetton.

 

Pevril of the Peak Hotel - Thorpe, Dovedale, DE6 2AW.Tel: 01335 350396 Fax: 01335 350507 www.peverilofthepeak.com - Sleeps 100 guests in 45 bedrooms

 

Butterton Moor House – Anita on 01538 304506 or 07941 297463 www.buttertonmoorhouse.co.uk
Sleeps 12 in Two self catering cottages Swimming Pool included with stunning views across the Butterton moors. (Very easily accessible to us via car with amazing views, but not walking distance, drive down the manifold valley just past Grindon about 5 miles away) Anita and Paul are fantastic hosts and if possible may also give you a lift to the farm! With the added benefit of a swimming pool you can spend a luxurious weekend celebrating and unwinding in unspoilt stunning surroundings.

 

Camping / Caravans / Glamping

 

Ilam Park NT Camping and Caravanning site. 1.5 miles south. Ilam Hall, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AZ Tel 01335 350310

This site is part of the National Trust section of Ilam Park.  It is lovely and well equipped, during the summer there is a dedicated minibus to and fro to Ashbourne. The setting is quite lovely.

 

Dovedale Camping – 1.2 miles south to us on the River Dove -  Barry & Jane Frith on 01335 350361. This is an amazing setting right next to the River Dove – also accommodates camper vans  (If you walk along the river via the stepping stones (1/4 mile from this site) you can walk to the farm via hall dale, so cross the river at Ilam bridge walk up hall dale and hang a left before Stanshope. It’s a long walk but very lovely. This campsite is situated just below The Izaak Walton Hotel which does bar meals and The Old Dog which is a lovely warm and good food pub.
I just love this camp site, no facilities accept up at the farm but situated on the River Dove (so you can put your toes in the water) A magical setting with the River on your doorstep and Thorpe cloud as your window. I do not think you could find a more perfect camp site. Barry and Stephen are our neighbours who also own some of the land surrounding our own and fantastic farmers who care for the land very well. They are very accommodating with our camping guests. 

 

Ilam Top Farm.  - ¾ mile from the Farm near Ilam. Sue and Andrew Leeson on Tel :01335 310275 (Sue and Andrew are Camping and Caravans - our immediate neighbours 3/4 mile towards Ilam and on the same side of the road as us).
Sue and Andrew have an official caravan site hosting up to 10 caravans on there working farm. Slightly higher than us with fantastic views, lots of animals including Donkeys and a stunning setting.

 

Glamping, Caravans and Camping – 4 miles south - Sarah Lewis on 01538 308385 or 07703 567123
This Site is set up on Carlton moor with stunning views across the hills. They have clamping chalets and hook ups for caravans and loads of space for tents. Includes Shower, toilets and washing facilities. 

 

Hulme End Campsite and Caravans – 4 Miles North to us on the River Manifold, Next to a Pub! Will Sutton on 01538 304375  Large lovely setting near to the Manifold River and close to the Manifold Inn at Hulme End.

 

Music

 

Relations with our neighbours is very important as we are mindful of others living in our rural community. Music is an important part of a wedding but we ask that you be considerate to the type of music you provide. We pride ourselves on being a rustic relaxed venue so whilst music is welcome; we ask that it’s not played into a Sunday and no outside music unless unplugged!

 

We have an Electronic Orange Noise Limiter Installed


Amplified Music must finish by 11.30, Drink up and winding down time is until midnight and hopefully you won’t turn into a pumpkin before you leave!
We welcome Ceilidh’s Bands and Disco’s but If you are looking for a loud head banging, rock, heavy rave type event or even a full blown Jazz band we are not for you as we have an electronic noise limiter installed. This is set to the councils specifications. Most Bands, good Dj’s as well as folk or Ceilidh bands do not have a problem with the limiter.

 

If you are using someone who is not on our list, please inform us and give us their details so we can contact them and go through the rules set in our Terms and Condition. Consideration of our neighbours is very important to us. We work with you to ensure that the best sounds are appreciated by all and our Musical criterion is detailed in our Terms and Conditions.

 

Hope Wilderspin – email hopencw@outlook.com or Carolyn@damgate.com  tel: 01335 310367
Hope plays guitar and sets up a small amp near the bar or on the stage to play and sings quietly whist your guests mingle at the welcome reception. PLease email Carolyn@damgate.com to be sent a recording of Hope's Music and Play list. I hope you will be pleasantly surprised at the beauty of her voice. Payment is pocket money only as Hope is only doing this to build up her confidence with her music A level. However feedback has been amazing and Hope will work with your playlists and learn any songs that you would like to be played.

 

Will Hack – (not just a DJ but also live sound and band mixing) email inspiregeneration@hotmail.com
Tel: 07595726264 www.inspiregeneration.co.uk   
www.facebook.com/inspiregeneration
Affordable - Bespoke, Music and Light Show, DJ, all types of music to suit your needs – specialising in weddings and light ambiance. Will specialises in creating the most amazing event and very reasonably too. Inspire generation offers impressive lighting for your wedding to colour the occasion and to bring your party to life. Will also offers audio solutions from amplifying your speeches to recording them for your memories. He then produces background music until you are ready to party. You can then either have a DJ System or set up for a band for the rest of the evening. Will personally goes through a play list for you and sets one up to your requirements ensuring you get the music of your choice and incorporating many different genres. He will be on hand throughout the day and will bring, setup and run all of the sound and lighting equipment for you, so you can relax knowing it has been taken care of. If prior arrangements have been made Will can record and mix MP3s of your wedding speeches as a memento of your big day. You will not believe what you get for the price.

 

DJ - Leslie Ball – email: bobby@djbobby.co.uk  Tel: 01283 512846 or 07923 353684 www.djbobby.co.uk  www.facebook.com/djbobbymobiledisco

Les is a highly recommended DJ and a UK Disco Member, with all his own gear, light show everything you would want and as he does this for a hobby is very reasonably priced. He turned up for one of our first weddings and is a real gem of a man but very popular so if you can book early.  He knows his stuff and will put a play list together to suit your needs. We’ve known him spend days working on a clients list and everyone has been impressed with him. He is a really lovely genuine warm man

 

Ceilidh / Barn Dance / Folk / Irish Music
Jeremy Wilford.  jeremywilford@btinternet.com  Tel : 07880 715479
This group have done many of our weddings and I think get better and better. Fantastically energetic group and will have you all up and dancing. Caller or just folk/Irish the choice is yours and they are very flexible and happy to work with you.
They play as a hobby and this is fun stuff for them and because they enjoy themselves, you do too.  At the beginning they will have everyone up and dancing as well as laughing. They are all music teachers from our local school and honestly they are the best Ceilidh band I know and we’ve had a few here. I’m not just saying it, every event they have is successful and guests have loved them.  I have had rave reviews not just from my guests but locally as well. Because they do this only for fun they are extremely well priced and popular so book them early!

 

Geoff – The Slippery Hill Boys . Tel Enquiries: 07985 425932, email enqs@grassslipperyhill.co.uk
Website www.slipperyhill.co.uk
I think this group is brilliant – all sorts of music from soulful, close harmony songs to blisteringly fast bluegrass classics and ceilidh) The Slippery Hill Boys are a must for all lovers of Americana. There's quite a bit of swapping around of instruments and they are amazingly fun and inspirational- it's rare to have one highly talented banjo player in a band, let alone two, one of whom doubles as a fine flatpicker. Mandolin and bass complete the line up, with the occasional bit of penny whistle. Magical. But that's not all. With an optional barn dance caller, The Slippery Hill Boys are the perfect barn dance band for any hoedown, hog roast, corporate event, Wild West party or wedding.
Though the guys may think they're in Kentucky, The Slippery Hill Boys are based in North Staffordshire, England.

 

The Guns – wwwthegunsband.co.uk – Nick Taylor 08452263177
This band is brilliant. Have a look on facebook or on their website to see what they perform. They are all really great guys who love their music and have fun with you as well. Well worth a visit to see what they do.

 

Highly Strung – String Quartet and String Trio – Sarah Huson-Whyte. Email sarah@highlystrungquartet.com  
Tel: 07967 361717 www.highlystrungquartet.com

Sarah’s sister had her reception here in august 2015.  This beautiful group are a pleasure to have here and I cannot recommend them highly enough.

 

Andrew Wood –  web: www.andrewwoodjazz.co.uke-mail: andrew@andrewwoodjazz.co.uk  Tel: 07927 644812 https://www.facebook.com/perfectharmonymusicuk
Andrew has established 'Perfect Harmony Music' and plays with three bands and they are all very accomplished, have a look at the demos: The Shakes - Soul / Motown 4 piece band. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZRfbfqiKvo and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pgk8jkUUF50This band comes self contained with PA system and lighting. £950.00.  The Perfect Harmony Trio - Jazz piano trio. £495. They played here for Chris’s wedding in August 2015 (Chris is a professional Musician so this recommendation speaks for itself). Currently no video yet for this group but they do have recordings online: https://soundcloud.com/perfectharmonymusic/sets/jazz-piano-trio-perfect-harmony-trio and with saxophone + singer... https://soundcloud.com/perfectharmonymusic/sets/swing-band-cat-mancini-the-playboys

 

SpookyFish  - Roger Moggs. Cover Band. Email roger@moggs.org    Tel : Tel: 01332 258324 Mob: 07971 297043
This Quartet Cover band with female vocalist playing Dance Floor Classics are absolutely brilliant. I can honestly say that they keep your guests on the dance floor and are such lovely guys that you won’t want them to stop. They will also organise background music or your own play list music during breaks or speeches and keep the party going till late whilst they clear up and you won’t even notice. This group go that extra distance to make your event special and work with you for your first dance and even try and find music that you think is forgotten. They are local and extremely reasonable, in fact I somehow wonder how they can afford to play for so little but they just love it.

 

Chris Mapp -  Cover Band-  email chris.mapp@mac.com  
Chris had his own wedding here at Lower Damgate Farm in August 2015. It was an amazing day and the band was fantastic. We also used this group for our school summer ball and have re booked for next year! They are brilliant; really honestly they are a great cover band with their own music as well.

 

Soulvation – Contact Angela email: angiemac242009@hotmail.co.uk website : www.soulvation.co.uk  Soul Mototown and Disco band.
Fantastic soul and motown band from Manchester. They are great and a very experienced band that have played many gigs across the country. They have a sound cloud page https://m.soundcloud.com/soulvation-band 

 

Benjamin Clark – Tel 07815 444049 www.benjaminjamesclarke.com  email info@benjaminjamesclarke.com
Benjamin graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester University in 2001 and has extensive experience performing for weddings, concerts and events at venues throughout the country. Notable engagements include: the 2012 Royal Variety Show with Neil Diamond, recitals at London's Wigmore Hall and Manchester's Bridgewater Hall, a Mitsubishi/Pirelli World Rally Victory Party and a Cheshire Life Wedding Of The Year. “Benjamin's playing was sublime...his music and professionalism throughout the day helped make it a wonderful and unforgettable occasion”.(Emma Hannon – Cheshire Life Wedding of the Year

 

The Splinter Band Call   Ady: 07966 830102    www.splinter-band.co.uk  BOK US 07947 669003
thesplinterband@yahoo.com
This band is full of energy and fun, five outstanding musicians creating superb Pop, Rock and Indie performances, tailored perfectly to Lower Damgate Farm. 

The Balkan Express Call Steve on 0780 0905027 www.myspace.com/thebalkanexpress  
Gypsy music!  They can also play 'unplugged', around the fire or outside on a hot day, giving more flexibility to respond to the flow of any event.

 

Supersession  - http://manchesterweddingband.co.uk/
SuperSession is a six piece band that plays a range of Funk, Soul & Rock classics. They are really good and will have everyone up and dancing. However you will have to specify no Brass instruments as this may set off the limiter.

 

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Sweets, Cakes & Ice Cream!

Molly’s Ices – Molly Miller   Tel - 01335 310325 – Ilam
Molly provides a full working Mr Whippy type ice cream van for your event which is a novel way of offering something a little different for puddings, or in addition to. It also gives the day that fete feel. Really great if the weather is scorching! Here hoping! You can also find Molly in Ilam as it is one of her ice cream vans you can hire.

 

Sweet’Arts of Ashbourne
Email  sweetartsofashbourne@yahoo.com  Tel 07496 814716 www.sweetarts-of-ashbourne.co.uk
Jacqueline Brooks is a new business in Ashbourne, specializing in wishing well hire, sweet and chocolate centre pieces and favours

 

Newlyn’s Ice Cream !A traditional Trike for hire and a Sweet Cart
Email  rogernphillips20@gmail.com 07891020114
A Traditional 1940’s style Pashley’s Ice Cream Tricycle always attracts attention and will add a wonderful sense of old-world charm and an essence of warm and sunny bygone days to your occasion. Serving the very best Dairy Ice Cream

 

Truly Scrumptious Gelato.  Another traditional Trike for hire. call 07761115153 web : www.truelyscrumptiousgelato.co.uk
Another  Traditional 1940’s style Ice Cream Tricycle. Lovely ice cream with lots of unusual flavours yummy  

 

Vitaliano’s Ice Cream! A traditional bike for hire. email: Contact@vitalianos.co.uk – Stoke on Trent
Wonderful Ice cream with a man on a bike, more like a trike. Highly recommended and Vitaliano has also branched into chocolate with lots of chocolate treats as well. He is a really lovely man and you can choose a whole range of delicious locally sourced ice cream as well as his traditional Italian scummy ice creams

 

Manor Cakes - Tel: 07545298919 www.manorcakes.co.uk
Based within 2 miles of the farm, Manor cakes offer a huge selection of cakes for any occasion. Have a look at their website as they really do have a lot of offer and the cakes are delicious......

 

Green Kitchen Cakes- Tel: 0115 9635699 www.greenkitchencakes.co.uk
These cakes are amazing with lots of different styles, The last one was a bespoke organic cake with lots of fruit and quite plain but tasted delicious.

 

Cakeface – Tel 01782 436169 M 07714 165918 email: Cakeface.designs@hotmail.co.uk  www.cakefacedesigns.co.uk

 

Sweets / Candy Carts:
It is often cheaper to actually make your cart and provide your own sweets and use one of our tables. I have also placed a table under a shelving unit to look like a sweet table, it works! And will save you money. However if you would rather hire look at this website www.cottoncandycarts.co.uk

 

Beer and Bar

Whether you are here for a wedding or for a gathering in the cottages, we can order a 72 pint local beer barrel for you at cost. These barrels need to settle and will be delivered a few days before your arrival in the cottages or the barn.  We only use our local beer company Whims Ales who provide Beer for our guests, either in the cottages or for our weddings. In all honestly their range is one of the best for local beers and very popular with locals and guests.  Please email me at Carolyn@damgate.com or 01335 310367 if you would like to order this.

 

We do only a few weddings at the farm and our ethos is about a relaxed earthy environment at one with the land and scenery (which is quite stunning) therefore we do not charge corkage nor do we allow sales at the bar (in the same way we don’t take a commission) Our weddings are honesty based and we offer you our home and expect respect and drinking behaviour to be considerate to our ethos. With this is mind we provide a licensed staff member to man the bar for you until 11.30pm maintaining the feel of a bar and monitoring overindulgence! You will also need to provide all the glassware (Plastic) for your bar. We do not allow your guests to bring their own drinks and only serve drinks that you provide from the bar or at the table.

If you are having a charity event and would like to raise funds from the bar for good causes, the only way around this is for you to apply for a temporary event licence from Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.


 

 

 

 

Parking – Coaches and Taxis

We live in The Peak District National Park there are a lot of holiday visitors on our roads and the Highways prefer we don't add any more! Therefore we have put in place a dedicated Travel plan which must adhered to as it is part of our planning conditions.
 As more cars are often required to get people to and fro, we use our local coach company Warrington’s in Ilam 01335 350204 who are happy to ferry your guests to and from there accommodation, to your wedding venue, back to the farm and then back to their accommodation at the end of the evening. (This option will not break the bank)  By using this system we find that it works really well as it keeps everyone on site and your guests can drink and relax


Warrington’s Coaches of Ilam Tel: 01335 350204 info@warringtonscoaches.co.uk  www.warringtonscoaches.co.uk


We only use Warrington’s coaches to ferry our guests to and fro.  They are a local company based in Ilam; they are very reasonable and know the area and all the local accommodation extremely well and they are only a mile down the road, which is good for the environment and our ethos and saves you or your guest’s money. However to be honest we have had such good feedback and recommendations  from our guests that it just wouldn’t be right to use anyone else for general transport and they are very reasonably and per person much less than a taxi.

Generally they will put on a bus of your choice to reflect numbers, pick them up from their local accommodation, taken them to your place of ceremony, bring them back here to the farm and then later pick them all up again by midnight and taken them “home”  in a number of shuttle runs. This takes the stress out of driving for your guests and as an added bonus they are very helpful and accommodating.

 

 

Moorlands Connect is a Day Time, Week Day Call and Hire Service covering the Staffordshire Moorlands Ashbourne  - – Daytime Travel. This is a brilliant service for locals and holiday makers alike and cover a wide area up to Ashbourne – Hartington and Leek
 Tel: 0300 111 8003.

For those staying in and round Ilam, Alstonefield and Wetton. You can use the Moorlands Connect (part of the council Moorlands intuitive) to travel to Lower Damgate Farm or in and around the Staffordshire Moorlands. It will meet your bus in Ashbourne or Leek and take you straight to our door. Plan a long walk and arrange for it to meet you somewhere and bring you back , or vice versa
For more information


Ilam Shuttle Service – Ashbourne Ilam Ashbourne – From 6th July 2015 there is a hail and Ride Service from Ilam Hall. This takes you to the Izaak Walton, Dovedale. The Old Dog at Thorpe, Tissington Village and Ashbourne.
Telephone 01335 300670 normally on until October Half Term
This is a Similar service to Moorlands connect only this service picks you up from Ilam Hall and takes you around the Derbyshire Dales to Ashbourne.
Pick Up from Ilam (NT Car Park)  12.35 14.35 17.35 19.35
Bus back from Ashbourne 12.00 14.00 17.00 19.00

 

Hire a Yorkshire heritage bus. Website: www.yorkshireheritagebus.co.uk Tel. 07552126170 or 01422 886900

 

 TAXIS

Please Note that Taxis are intermittent in our area and are unreliable as we are rural. We cannot guarantee Taxi’s especially at night. We also find that they are quite expensive as we are remote
Warrington’s of Ilam                      Ilam                      01335 350204    1 mile away (small group / minibus hire)
Burgess Taxi Services                      Warslow              01298 84931       5 miles away
Ashbourne Taxis                              Ashbourne           01335 345198    6 miles away
ACT Taxis                                         Ashbourne         01335 343928  or 07798 738845 or 078310 788845 6 miles away
Peak Cars                                         Hognaston         01335 370937

 

Event Hire Other


Equipment, Linen, Crockery Florists, Flowers, Favours and Vintage, Other

 

Even though we provide tables and chairs etc, sometimes guests would like that little something extra so here is a small list of people we’ve used to date:
All the props in the barn, such as soft seating, tables chairs etc are all included as are the authentic artificial trees and flower stands and you are welcome to use what we have.

We also have a few items that we hire for charity like 180m of beautiful Bunting, Table decorations and candles that you look very real as well as a few other items which include Oblix patio Heaters which look stunning when lit, and indoor gas heaters for cooler nights. We can also provide wood for our fire pit and Gazebos etc, Disco lights and a small portable speaker with a mic as well as 6ft benches if you would rather use these than the chairs.

 

We cannot provide everything, though we are collecting and it is often nice to pass these gifts on like jam jars or even an arch for standing under etc, so please ask if we can help as we can supply some of these items for free which will hopefully keep costs down for you. Please also let us know if you would like to donate anything or even sell anything as it is lovely to be able to provide added extra for our guests.

 

Crockery Hire and Luxury Linen – Alan Dunnicliff 01332 862292  www.luxury-linen-hire.co.uk

Luxury Line and Crockery Hire - This family is amazing and such helpful people. Based locally Alan and Henry Dunnicliff own this family linen, china, cutlery and glassware hire company. They drop off and pick up and all their items are perfect for weddings or events. You won’t even have to wash up after yourselves as they take away plates etc dirty and wash them themselves perfect!

 

Crockery / Specialist Hire - See Caroline Siddons Catering above. Tel 01335 310166   email : c.siddons@btinternet.com

Caroline has her own crockery to hire up to 180 Guests, full Dinner service, Full tea place setting for 180 guests, Beautiful Vintage china, and teapots. Silver platters and silver condiments. Bunting, shabby Chic and other beautiful items.

 

Wild Orchid – For Beautiful flowers and Table Decorations or even the whole thing, Please call Teresa Critchlow – Mobile: 07976  678866 – Email info@wild-orchid-florist.co.uk   website  http://www.wild-orchid-florist.co.uk/
Teresa is such a lovely person and very local living in a nearby village. If you look at her website you will see how amazing her work and attention to detail for her bride and grooms are. Her talent is inspiring, so please have a look at her website or facebook page to see all the photos and extensive list of what Teresa offers. You will not be disappointed

 

Newton Carnival – Dexter Bullock 07881 562354 email dexter@newtoncarnival.org  Web : www.newtoncarnival.org ( Non profit charity) Chairs – Glass ware, Crockery, Pop up Marquees – Bouncy Castles
If you don’t like our chairs then you can hire others from Newton Carnival. This option is almost as cheap as hiring chair covers as the cost to wash these is high. This Charitable Team hires marquees, chairs, Tables, event equipment to community groups and organisations as well as individuals. All income generated from the hire of this equipment is used to develop projects and activities within the local community. As they are a ”not for profit” organisation they fully appreciate the hard work and dedication volunteers commit to staging events therefore they aim to offer equipment and marquee hire at a greatly reduced cost.

 

A&M Marquees: based in Knutsford website: www.ammarquees.com telephone: 01565 633977
This company also hires chairs (lots of different types) and all sorts of equipment for your wedding. They deliver to the farm and seem very reasonable.

 

Taylor Made Events. – Phillip on 07798 808774 email Phillipmarks2@hotmail.com www.taylormade-events.co.uk
Providing everything from Marquee Hire, Tables, Chairs, Public Address and Lighting to lots of other things. This is a locally based company and we work with them a lot. They will happily provide those extra items that you need to make your wedding and event perfect.

 

 

Victory Vintage Hire -   Mo Deville - Tel: 07792 958118 www.victoryvintagehire.co.uk
Victory Vintage Hire is delighted to offer an extensive collection of vintage china and other accessories to create the right atmosphere for your special day. There huge stock of vintage items is available to hire for weddings, tea parties etc and they can create the right atmosphere for your special vintage event, tea for two to tea for 500. There china includes Shelley, Crown Staffordshire and Rosenthal and will add that extra dimension to your vintage event. They also offer event styling and help with coordination/food service etc on the day if required. They have many props and unusual items to help make your special event perfect and just how you want it.

Mo also offers Tasty Tiny Teatime Treats and provides miniature cakes, sandwiches and canapés with tea or coffee or a winter tea with soup for chillier days. Teatime sorted! ( see catering section for details)

 

Royale Casino Promotions - Kathy Beddow Tel 01785 665202 Mob/Txt 077 650 10000
www.royale-casino.co.uk
Kathy has provided both a Photo Booth and Casino tables for events at the farm and they have been brilliant. If you order you get “free” printed money or other props with your photo on. This company is a pleasure to deal with.


The Photo Booth -   Midlands Photo Booths 01283 792 974  www.midlands-photobooths.co.uk
Midlands Photo Booths provide party Photo Booth hire for special occasions The hire includes unlimited visits to the booth with an instant print per visit and the option of a second copy of every Photo Booth 'sitting' printed and kept for client in a guestbook. A personalised message on the prints, booth attendant, props box, CD of all photos, and online password protected gallery of all photos are included as standard.

 

Flowers - Nadia Di Tullio   Tel: 07973 952 249   Email: nadia@nadiaditullio.co.uk  w: www.nadiaditullio.com
We use Nadia a lot at the Farm and she is wonderful, producing the most amazing creations and specialising in earthy and natural flowers which seem to be preferred and adds to the ethos of our venue at Lower Damgate Farm. Nadia also has a range of props to compliment your decorations so please look at her website for inspiration as she has many photographs.

 

Sheila at Freedom Flowers email: contact@freedomflowers.co.uk     phone: 07531 286757
Sheila flowers at Fenny Bentley nr Ashbourne are grown on her own land and are truly beautiful, so you can go and choose what you would like before they are picked. She has inspiring ideas and it is a wonderful ethos to know you have flowers directly from the garden.

 

Floral Inspirations – Joan Wain at Air Cottage, Ilam  Tel: 01335 350475
Joan loves at Air cottage and only a mile away from here which is also one of the local accommodation venues.
Joan is amazing with her beautiful arrangements, bouquets, buttonholes, bunches, for our guests at the farm.

 

Rosedale Floral Designs - Jane   Tel: 01332 824741 m. 07971 285929  info@rosedalefloraldesign.co.uk
Jane is another inspiration with flowers and nothing is a problem. These flowers and table decorations are truly stunning.

 

Photography
Photography is a personal call so it has to feel right for you, all the photographers below have worked at the farm and it is hard to choose one from the other, I just wish you could use them all.

 

Adrian Wilson 07900 43115 email Adrian@willheyweddings.com
Adrian married here at Lower Damgate Farm in October 2012. The most generous of men, he specialises in wedding photography and making your day as perfect as possible. Having seen many venues he understands your needs and for us it is a fantastic recommendation that he chose our farm for his own wedding. He says that this is one of the loveliest venues he had the pleasure to work from and I truly think his photos are stunning. Adrian also stays till the end and will work with you to get that individual picture with stunning results, you will not be disappointed.

 

Lucy Little M: 07771 514 256  W: http://www.lucylittle.co.uk  FB: http://www.facebook.com/lucylittlephotography
Lucy is a gem going over and above the call of duty to get the best pictures for you and your day. She will shadow you and stay for a long as you need her, longer even!

 

Pixies in the Cellar – Pete and Sara – T - 07929 713072  http://www.pixiesinthecellar.co.uk/
What a delightful name to go with a delightful couple who make your wedding day feel like a dream. Have a look at their website it says it all and you truly feel like a pixie when wandering around their site.

 

Sassy at sassy@assassynation.co.uk  07968 948114
Sassy is based in Gloucestershire, England however she travels anywhere and her travel costs are really rather reasonable, so near or far please get in touch.  Again another inspirational photographer……

 

Becki Castle  . www.redsquaregallery.co.uk  Tel 01335 360103

Becki is young and vibrant and based in Ashbourne, having recently worked at the farm for a wedding, we had fun and it was relaxed and easy.

 

Cathy Higgins  - Oethlers Photography . www.oehlersphotography.co.uk  Tel 01332  871654 or M 07817657041

This is another lady whose photography inspired me, a Husband and wife team who made some amazing shots…. .

 

Therapists & Beauty

 

Georgia's – Ashbourne -   Tel: 01335 346 664  - Address 29-31 St John Street Ashbourne
Georgina is very local and has a brilliant reputation for making the bride and her entourage feeling like a princess on their big day. I can’t recommend Georgina highly enough. We all use her locally. She has a salon in Ashbourne and will come to Lower Damgate Farm to pamper you on your special day.

 

Rosey MCkinney   www.roseysbeautylounge.co.uk   Telephone 07516 261 437
Rosey is accomplished in Makeup artistry; her prowess is to make your dreams become a reality with the given attention to detail, care and use of quality products. At Rosey’s Beauty Lounge you are always treated with respect and always treated as a unique individual.Professional Make-up products such as MAC, Bobby Brown and sought after cherry picked cosmetics are used for their supreme qualities and high performance, therefore your required look is maintained for the duration of your celebrations.


Makeup Bliss by Angie Warburton – Makeup Artist 07968 352091 or 01298 871552
Email: angie.warburton@gmail.com
Make your wedding day makeup an enjoyable, calming experience, amid the excitement your wedding morning preparations.
You know the look you want but don’t want the stress and pressure on your wedding day? Or, maybe makeup is just not your thing and you have no idea where to start?

 

Beauty by Leah – 07966 639459 www.beautybyleah@mail.com – Individuals to large groups and weddings
We can highly recommend Leah and as a mobile therapist and she will come and give a range of beauty treatments directly in the cottage, from manicures including shellac and gelish, a whole range of treatments from make-up, waxing, spray tanning, and massages.  Leah is very reasonable, lovely and will make you feel like a million dollars. Leah can also arrange for a number of therapists so everyone in your party can have a makeover.

 

My Personal Sanctuary – 01625 540 557 enquiries@mypersonalsanctuary.co.uk  www.mypersonalsanctuary.co.uk
Beauty and Therapy Treatments directly at the farm, great for larger groups and relaxing moments whilst the men look after the children! Or vice versa.

 

Buxton Spa – At the Dome in Buxton – 01298 338408
Buxton Spa is part of Derby University and uses their senior professional therapists who are fab and the costs are a lot less than your normal spa prices. They offer a range of heavenly spa treatments designed to restore balance, release tension and leave you looking and feeling incredible. In between treatments get comfy in a robe and make the most of the spa facilities including hydrotherapy pool, essence-filled sauna and steam rooms and relaxation lounge.

 

Hot Tub

For wedding weekends the Hot Tub is only available for the wedding couple – At other times the Hot Tub can be pre booked for £5 per person per session and all donations go towards the Rescued Animal Farm – Terms and Conditions apply.

 

Farm Equipment -  Hay/Straw bales.
Sometimes guests would like a farm theme, sadly we cannot take you to church in a tractor for insurance reasons but you might want to hire some farm equipment or hire small Straw bales which are often difficult to get nowadays.
If you would like this option please contact Philip Goldstraw on 07854 308203

 

Other Entertainments.

Paul http://www.walkonents.co.uk/ 01335 372744  or 07801535687
They do pianists, musicians, table magic, children’s entertainment 

 

Magician – Nick Rushton  www.nickrushton.co.uk  Tel: 07771 524035

 

Bernie the wedding magician    tel:07975671876 http://www.magiciansmagicians.co.uk

 

Newton Carnival - Dexter (Charity run company) Dexter Bullock 07881 562354 email dexter@newtoncarnival.org  Web : www.newtoncarnival.org – as well as providing  chairs etc Newton Carnival also provide other equipment like Bouncy Castles and Games etc

 

Peak Castles of Ashbourne -  Bouncy Castles – 07970 847 758
Children's castles available for indoor/outdoor hire, suitable for birthdays, weddings, christenings, school fete's/gala's, charity/corporate events. Sun/rain covers provided with all castles. Full set up and pack away with Free Delivery.

 

 

 

 

 

Babysitting Services
We can arrange babysitting services for £7.00 per hour directly in your cottage. You will need to book this with us in advance and only subject to availability.

 

Other Things to Do .... If you have time!

Please go to our Information page on our website, from the main page click on “Helpful Information” you will find these details,  for more information click on the “more information” link on the top bar and then you can local information by again clicking on the top bar. There are three tiers of information. Within these pages you will find  lots of information about the area, local villages and towns, there are also a number of walks as well as more information on local providers like pubs and country houses etc.


At a glance here are a few more ideas…………..

 

Organic Milk and Cheese. Have you ever wanted to go to the farm and collect your own milk or cheese? Our neighbours (only quarter of a mile south of us) at Beechenhill farm provide just that experience for you. They produce unpasteurised organic milk and cheese (feta style) on their farm. They have a producer licence that allows them to sell milk from the farm, and it goes through extra tests. They have several customers who come to the farm regularly to collect their milk in their own sterilised containers; some come every week, others every month, or local guests who like to try and see the experience. Unfortunately they don’t bottle or deliver their milk you have to go and pick it up
They would be delighted to see you if you wanted to call in and collect some milk or cheese. Please call either  Sue, Alex or Terry on 01335 310274 to order and arrange collection of your milk or Cheese.

 

Local Walks
One of the things about living where we do at Lower Damgate Farm is that there are stunning walks straight from the farm. We are literally situated between the river Dove and Manifold and both are a short stroll away. These are popular attractions so if you would like to go off the beaten track a little bit, please call me or arrange for me to show you the way!

 

National Trust Park at Ilam – down the Hill.
Ilam Park is often missed and well worth a visit whilst you are staying at the farm. There is always a load to do at Ilam Park, The National Trust rangers put on activities every weekend and you can join in and enjoy the experience. There is also a tea room which serves yummy cakes. Fridays are open walk with a ranger day and are free.

 

The youth Hostel at Ilam is also open to the public and as well as doing breakfasts ( see catering section) they also have a bar and on a summers or warm evening you can meander along the river and have a beer! There are often loads of activities going on at Ilam so just pop down there or call 01335 310212 to find out any information.

 

Chatsworth House:  Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP Tel:  01246 565300
Home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire and only half and hour from the farm, if you have time this is a must as the scenery, house gardens and setting is stunning. I still go often and it’s right on my doorstep.

 

Threads Workshops – Cathy and Janie Tel 01335 310125 or text 07732 222206 email - threadsworkshops@gmail.com  website - www.threadsworkshops.co.uk
Cathy and Jani deliver creative and enjoyable needlework workshops and craft workshops at the farm. The cater for a range of abilities and are very popular, especially with groups, wedding or hen guests and often do workshops specifically for groups to make corsages etc.  At Threads you can make Japanese temari balls, corsages, fabric boxes, work designs in crewel wools or silk, learn the embroidery stitches, and much more. Enjoy learning a new skill and come away with a special hand-made item to keep or use as a gift. They also offer a bespoke service to groups celebrating special events such as a birthday, anniversary or wedding, where they will design an item to suit your individual needs. This is a great activity whatever the weather and there is plenty of space at the farm to cater to your needs however large or small.

 

Visit some Caves – There are many famous caves locally to us :
Pooles Cavern, Speedwell Cavern, Blue John Cavern and more, all worth a visit.

 

Adventure Activities
1.  Aspire adventure activities - David Matthews Tel: 01629 732445 Mobile: 07786740384
www.aspireadventureactivities.co.uk email info@aspireadventureactivities.co.uk
Dave offers friendly, professional instruction in rock climbing, abseiling, rock scrambling, mine exploration, caving, orienteering, guided walks, team building for school, youth, special need groups, families, adults, scouts, guides and special events, birthday and stag and hen groups. Gift vouchers available for special events. AALA licensed (L2730/RO520) Climbing, Water sports, caving and Trekking. Open all year.


2. Twin Peaks Outdoor Activities - Colum Walsh Tel: Mobile: 0797 972 4014
Email: colum@twinpeaksoutdooractivities.com  Website: www.twinpeaksoutdooractivities.com Colum from Twin Peaks Outdoor Activities offers a range of Adventurous activities for any type of group and can cater to your needs. Hen, stag parties, family groups, team building, recreation, outdoor education, development and training to voluntary organisations, individuals, families, adults, youth groups, schools and corporate groups. Either here in our 20 acres or there, this company will enthusiastically plan a great time for you. There sister company Twin Peaks Adventurous Activities also provides activities to individuals who are enthusiastic and want to go further, higher and deeper.........


Paintball and Quad Biking : Wild Park,  Brailsford -  Tel : Richard 01335 360485 info@wildparkleisure.com :  www.wildparkleisure.co.uk
Now this is fun (really fun) and where my boys 13, 14 and 40 always want to go...me too as this is not just for boys! You can have a great time, quad biking around 10 miles of very different terrain and getting covered in mud (overalls and helmets are provided) paintballing and my goodness if you get hit sometimes it hurts, I have welts to prove it,  so this is not for the faint hearted. There is also laser tagging, for those who don’t want to dodge paint balls but who get tagged instead... Richard is a really nice chap who will look after you and try not to get you too muddy!

 

Horse Riding - Tissington Trekking Centre - Wood Farm Tissington Tel: 01335 350276  ask for Sue.
Great for beginners and novices and your ride includes a leisurely scenic tour of the peaks. Stunning. If you are an experienced rider be warned you will not be able to go off on a gallop, however all ages and ranges are catered for. You can stop off for tea at Tissington coach house on your way back...... A really enjoyable experience for everyone and a lovely day out.
 
Water Sports/ Sailing / Fishing etc  - Carsington Water –  01629 540478  enquiries@carsingtonwater.com   www.carsingtonwater.com.
There is lots to do at Carsington and not just Sailing, Kayaking, windsurfing or power boating ( though you can do those too) and in high season all water activities need to be booked in advance as it gets very busy. Carsington is also a wildlife heaven and bird watching paradise with a little fishing thrown in as well....though I prefer the river Dove for that...You can walk, ride (hire bikes) shop, lunch, picnic and relax there whilst taking in the view of one of the largest lakes ( reservoir)  in the Peaks. Carsington also offer Fishing days and is one of the premier competition lakes in the country. ( Trout Master)

 

Fishing on the Dove
Day Tickets are available from Hartington Stores in Hartington on selective parts of the River Dove and Manifold River.
Alternatively if you call Rupert Hignett on 01335 310389 you may possible be able to hire a day ticket for a three mile stretch of the Dove from Milldale to Berefordsdale. Those tickets are very limited but sometimes there are guest rods for hire. This is one of the best fishing areas on the Dove.

 

The Yeaveley Estate – Shooting, Clays, Fly Fishing. Contact Guy on 01335 330247 www.yeaveley-estate.co.uk
The Yeaveley Estate located about 15 mins away offers a wide range of shooting sports, Fly Fishing and country pursuits. They have extensive clay pigeon facilities which can provide a challenge to both novice and experienced shooters.

 

Go-Ape: Buxton. Website: www.goape.co.uk or  Tel: 0845 643 92 15.
You need a head for heights with this one and I did it with my 14 year old under duress and then went back for more. I loved it. You climb up into the trees and attach yourself to zip wires. Under 14’s need to be accompanied by an adult ( hence having to go with Reuben) The idea is to get from one end of the park to the other without touching the ground and using muscles you didn’t realise you had, you’ve seen monkeys do it, well that’s about it you become the monkey! The final highlight is flying through the air on a zip wire, exhilarating. 

 

Sticky Fingers – This is a shop in Ashbourne (12 Church Street) which does ceramic painting and has a craft studio. 01335 4108001 enquiries@stickyfingers-parties.co.uk
This is incredibly good fun and a great way to spend your time with your children or just friends. My children love going here and will spend hours painting their own pot or creating a “masterpiece” of some sort of construction! There is also a tea room in house with fabulous cakes.

 

Alton Towers : 15 minutes away - Theme Park: Open March to mid November.  Web: www.altontowers.com
My children go to Alton Towers all the time and never tire of it...rides ranging from scare thrills to tea cups and you will definitely get wet on the water rides...Sea Life centre is also there now and has a lovely display of sharks! We have been going since my children were little and the rides cater for tots to teens/adults and if you don’t like the rides you can meander around the beautiful cultivated grounds and park, though you may hear a lot of screaming in the background from the hoards of people who are there for the thrill rides, my little tykes included. The largest and most famous theme park in the country is just down the road and your children will never forgive you if you don’t take them.......just don’t tell them its there. If you do go I suggest you book your tickets online as it will save you a fortune.

 

Alton Towers : Water Park Caribbean lagoon –  www.altontowers.com
Part of Alton Towers above though situated in the Splash landings Hotel away from the theme park.  It is a little like oasis, water world or centre parcs and is like a tropical island with lots to do both inside the dome and out, swim wear is a must. Splash landings claim the longest water ride in the country as well as flumes and water rapids. The hot tub is nice.

 

Alton Towers Spa, Tel: 0871 702 7043 Half day packages from £45
Just chill and relax and let someone else look after you...

 

Airways Air Sports :  01335 344308   E-mail: office@airways-airsports.com Web: www.airways-airsports.com
Airways Airsports is one of Europe’s top flying schools for Hang Gliding, Paragliding and flying Micro light aircraft. Darley Moore Airfield, Darley Moore, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2ET  Darley Moor is on the A515 just outside Ashbourne going south and is great for that special treat or for something a little different..You never know.... 

 

Peak District Hang Gliding Centre, Tel: 01538 382520 or 07000 4264 454 - mike@peakhanggliding.co.uk  - www.peakhanggliding.co.uk
1/2/3/5 day hang gliding courses for complete beginners. Ok I lied again I haven’t done this either but I still want to.

 

Golf:  Ashbourne Golf Club, Wyaston Road , Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 1NB Tel: 01335 342078 E-mail: sec@ashbournegc.fsnet.co.uk     Web: www.ashbournegolfclub.co.uk
Enjoy a round of golf in Ashbourne and appreciate the stunning views over towards our farm and Dovedale. Ashbourne is a lovely course and many of our guests highly recommending it. My friend whose brother plays professionally took me around and taught me how to play. I can now appreciate the draw to the game and if I had more time or I was on holiday like you then this is where you might find me....Oh I changed my mind I think I’d like the gliding better..... or the Paintballing.....

 

A Time to Kiln – Mobile pottery painting.  Ask for Jenny  01543 481176  www.atimetokiln.co.uk
You really can’t beat this for something different and brilliant fun for all the family. We have a great time and keep adding to the collection.  Whatever you make Jenny will kiln it for you and send your items directly to you back home. Very reasonable for an afternoon of creativity and only £11 per person.

 

Acclimbatize :  01629 820268 info@acclimbatize.co.uk Website : www.acclimbatize.co.uk  01629 820268
This is a really fun outdoor bound type of activity including some abseiling and treasure hunts and outdoor adventure activities. Great team building and bonding! Worth giving it a go with great rates for larger bookings... when you ring them say where you are staying and remind them that last time I did this at Melanie’s Hen Party I got stuck in a hole on top of a mountain..Now how can I be in a hole at the top of a mountain!

 

We often find that on a wedding weekend a BBQ is easy and you can get anyone to cook a Barbie! Richard Hobday from Peak Farm Butchers lives in Alstonefield and often delivers brilliant BBQ food to the farm. Call him on 01335 310066 for details.


Please note that no more than an additional 16 guests can join you onsite at the farm either the preceding or following day. This is perfect for those staying across the road at winnow barns as they can join you here with us for the duration of your stay.

 

There is lots more to do whilst at our farm, like walking straight from the cottages without the hassle of finding a parking space or enjoying the splendour of Chatsworth or one of the many National Trust properties around. Please visit National Trust Ilam Hall with its Tea Rooms just a mile down the road and the National Trust have activities most weekends at Ilam.


At Milldale along the Dove, only a mile and a half’s walk from the farm, you will find the hole in the wall tea room, great for grabbing a cuppa and pasty or icecream and eating it by the river.


Dovedale and the Manifold Valleys have amazing walks and you can find links to these on our website WWW.Damgate.com

 

Please also look at our Facebook page and add your photos and make comments or leave interesting to-dos for other intrepid guests.

 

We also hope you will just enjoy the ambience of the farm and relax in the garden or on the decking areas with a glass of wine or chilled juice..... you are welcome to  picnic in the fields and make use of the 20 acres of farm grounds we have with the farm.

 

There is also our Forever Farm – we have rescued farm animals on site and you might like to go and greet the alpacas and goats, or give the ponies and Horses apples, though the goats might like some too and the alpacas will just look at you bemused!

 

Please collect eggs (if there are any left!) Straight from the hen house, and you are welcome to feed the ducks and geese

..........but whatever you do at Lower Damgate Farm enjoy yourself and have fun.........

 

Thank you and we hope you have a wonderful time.  

With best wishes Carolyn

 

 

 

 

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