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About Tideswell

Nestled between the rugged dark peaks to the North and the gentle rolling hills of the Derbyshire Dales to the South. Tideswell is the second largest settlement in the Peak District with a population of approximately 1700.

The Village

Tideswell is unusual for a small village in that we are lucky to have lots of facilities, shops etc, while managing to remain peaceful. This tranquility is mainly due to the fact that the village is not situated on a through route so the roads especially in the evening are remarkable traffic free!

The Name

Tideswell known locally as "Tidza" is one of the most ancient settlements in the central Peak District and was granted a Royal Charter for market in 1251.

Not unusually there is some debate as to how the village got its name. One school of thought is that the village is named after a Saxon warlord who's burial mound can be found just outside the village boundary. Others think the name comes from the existence of a
"Tiding well" to be found on Manchester Road in the north of the village.

Tideswell History

Take a walk around the village and you will notice cottages dating back to centuries - parts of Markey Gate Barn is believed to date to the 14th century. More Info!

Tideswell is probably best known for the unusually large and impressive St John The Baptist Church otherwise known as
'The Cathedral of the Peak' with many unusual medieval wooden and stone carvings of hybrid mythical creatures.

Living In Tideswell

We are truly lucky; that in Tideswell there are a number of very active social groups covering a wide variety of interests, and resulting in some large scale public events, some of which are listed below!

Events In Tideswell

Food Festival: Since May 2011 Tideswell has been host to an ever increasingly popular food festival with a wide array of independent food and drink suppliers, both local and well travelled all sharing one thing in common, a passion for good quality hand made food. More info.

Wakes Week: Every June near the summer solstice, the village holds a week long festival known as Wakes. There are a number of activities and events culminating in "Big Saturday", which includes a large scale procession with dressed floats and improvised costumes, followed by an evening Torchlight procession led by Tideswell Brass band playing a unique tune called "The Tideswell Processional" accompanied by villagers dancing a traditional weaving dance. More info.

The Arts: Every September Tideswell holds it's own art festival and in recent years these have feature the jazz singer and Cleo Lane's daughter Jacqui Dankworth, and the current poet laureate Carol-Ann Duffy.

Other events are held during the year include live plays performed by
Tideswell Players including Arthur Miller's play "All My Sons". Since 2016 the TDCA have also organised the very popular 'Tideswell Last Night Of The Proms', featuring Tideswell Band.

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