Wakes Week 2010 was a great success by all accounts. The weather was wonderful throughout and the atmosphere so relaxed and friendly as everyone enjoyed strolled about in the warmth – no worries about brollies or wishing one had brought another layer.
Every year there is a huge range of events throughout the week, starting with the Oddfellows procession: the fancy dress carnival, the very popular Hill Race – which attracts many from outside running clubs to the adults section, while in the children’s section very many local children took part, some as young as five or six, children’s sports, treasure hunt, Strong Man of Parwich contest with all the contestants seriously strong, heaving barrels loaded with gravel and tractor tyres and so on.
A new event this year was a Nostalgia Night in the new Memorial Hall, where there were photographs from past Wakes Weeks, and a historic video made from old cine films dating as far back at the early 1950s. There were howls of delight and occasionally amused embarrassment as many people present recognised themselves or members of their families taking part in Wakes Week over fifty years ago. That sense of continuity and really belonging somewhere is priceless and increasingly rare these days.
Douglas’s Barn is available to book for short breaks 3 or 4 nights between 2 and 20 May 2016. Bookings usually start on a Monday or a Friday but if you want a break that starts on a different day get in touch. We are very flexible with bookings.
There are some new attractions added to the list of treats available with the Premier Cottages special privileges card. Amongst them are Renishaw Hall, Thornbridge Hall Gardens (new discounts), Hassop Station Cafe, Village Green Cafe Eyam, Carsington Water Sports and Leisure, Hartington Cheese Shop.
There are still a few free dates at the end of March/April in both Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns. Short breaks, 3 or 4 nights, which are not normally available are on offer. Please look at availability and give me a call or book on line.