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 
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 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
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  Webwww.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
 colum@twinpeaksoutdooractivities.com  Website: www.twinpeaksoutdooractivities.com Column 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: BuxtonWebsite: 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 Webwww.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