Wakes

Wakes Week 2018 will start on Saturday the 9th of June

Early summer is a very good time to enjoy a bit of local culture in Derbyshire and if you decide to come and stay in one of our luxury self-catering cottages in the beautiful village of Kirk Ireton during their Wakes Week, you will be in for an absolute treat! It is immediately apparent that the local people have worked their socks off to provide a riot of colourful entertainment ….and all you have to do is sit back and soak up the atmosphere! Heather Cottage and the adjoining Honeysuckle Cottage are situated at the top of the village and have spectacular views down Main Street to the hills and countryside beyond. If the sun is shining, why not take a glass of something bubbly out into the front garden and enjoy front row seats at the Wakes!

View of Kirk Ireton Wakes from the front windows of Heather Cottage and Honeysuckle Cottage. The Brass Band assembles at the top of the hill ready to process towards the church.

Originally a religious celebration, and later, during the Industrial Revolution, a time when local industries closed down for maintenance, giving the workers a chance for a holiday, wakes weeks have largely died out in small villages, although they still take place in some large northern towns such as Burnley and Rochdale.

Kirk Ireton wakes week consists of a whole variety of quaint village events that take place all along the wide main street lined with charming old sandstone houses, as well as in the beautiful Norman church and village hall, and on the sports field. The wakes commence with a procession of high spirited villagers, led by a brass band, from the Barley Mow Inn to Holy Trinity Church for Thanksgiving. Then the fun really starts; there’s wheel barrow racing, a darts competition, home-made go-cart racing, fancy dress, a football match, hen-racing, a fun run, a ceilidh, singing, face painting, cake stalls…. I could go on! Feel free to join in, if you wish to expend some energy, or simply stroll through the village taking in the colourful sights and watching the procession of carnival floats and the village school children dancing round the maypole.

Before retiring to your luxury cottage for the night, pop into the Barley Mow Inn for a pint of real ale. Entering this beautiful Jacobean listed building with its tiled floors, roaring fire and beer served from a jug is like stepping back in time. It’s the polar opposite of today’s modern gastro pubs!

The entertainment goes on all week, with very little effort required on your part!

So raise a glass to those hard working Kirk Ireton locals, and enjoy your holiday