The bustling market town of Bakewell in the Peak District is about 15 minutes drive by car from Riverside House holiday cottage. There are plenty of things going in Bakewell over the year including in February a poultry show and food festival; in May a showground spectacular and dog agility; in June a dogs unleashed show and dance festival; in July well dressing and carnival week (including pet shows, raft race, whippet races and a duck race!); and in August the Bakewell agricultural show.
Bakewell has a warren of shops in cobbled courtyards, side streets and the main streets. There is a visitor centre and tourist office and on Mondays a historic market and animal stock auction (fascinating and well worth a trip to watch), as well as the last Saturday of every month the Farmer's market in the Agricultural Centre. This really is well worth a visit and you can stock up on fresh produce for your stay at the holiday cottage.
In terms of eating out there is plenty of choice. Bakewell is home of the famous Bakewell pudding, which is served in local coffee shops, there are hotels, restuarants and pubs and plenty of places to find for lunch or evening meal. A lot of visitors like to get fish and chips from the many shops selling them and take them to the riverside and watch the numerous ducks, swans and trout being fed. There's an ice cream vendor near the river too and a walk to the riverside gardens is also worth doing.
Bakewell has plenty of parking either at the Agricultural Centre or the public pay and display areas (simply walk across the river bridge to get to the shops).