Eroica Britannia

The iconic 3 day Summertime life, style and cycling festival Eroica Britannia returns to Bakewell for a second year. Known as ‘The Most Handsome Festival in the World’ and celebrating the very best of Great British.   It was named as ‘One of the Best Value Family Festivals in the UK’ by Visit England.

Eroica Brittania is three days of wonderful family fun set in the beautiful Peak District National Park with a cracking line up of live music, entertainment, acres of vintage sales, amazing shops and experiences. Come and experience Graze, the specialist Food Festival, and get your family and friends in training for the vintage style family Sports Day on The Sporting Lawns. Get dressed up in your vintage best for Best in Show and impress our judges, including Patrick Grant, British fashion designer and judge from The Great British Sewing Bee. Win dazzling prizes for Best Dressed Mr, Mrs, Miss, Master, Family and Dog!

Eroica Brittania in Tideswell

Eroica Brittania in Tideswell

Plus! Don’t miss the spectacular spectacle of Eroica Britannia’s famous pre-1987 bike ride on Sunday 21st June – ridden by 3000 adventurers in glorious vintage fashions. The riders will be taking part in The Great British Adventure on pre-1987 bikes as they travel through the glorious landscapes and villages of The Peak District. 

Tickets are £10 for a 3 day weekend pass. Advance purchase only. Kids under 12 go free. Click on the image to book your pass.

Fancy a Festival mini break? Stay for 3 nights! 3 nights camping, parking and a weekend pass for the family – £95 (based on 2 adults and children under 12yrs)

Eroica Britannia Routes

Tideswell lies on both the long and the short L’Éroica Britannia routes. You’ll leave the relatively level Monsal Trail and climb out of the Wye Valley before entering the village of Tideswell.

You’ll notice immediately that this isn’t some ordinary village. You’ll arrive during our annual “Wakes and Well-Dressing” week, where the village is out to party and many visitors join in too.

You’ll cycle past two decorated wells, before swinging round to the “Cathedral” and the feeding station. There will be marshals on hand to point you in the right direction to our secure bike storage area, before you wander off to sample some of our local food and drink in the shadow of the towering church. You’ll be able to choose food from a range of stalls before exploring the lovely village.

Once you are refreshed, marshals will be on-hand to guide you on your way with a cheery wave.


Tideswell is a village of 1700 people and boasts some fabulous shops, some beautiful houses and delightful residents. It is a place that is proud of its local food and drink and keen to show it off to visitors. And who better than the riders of L’Éroica Britannica.

Tideswell is home to the magnificent Cathedral of the Peak, the Parish Church of St John, and the Taste Tideswell Project that promotes local food and shopping – (

In the village, and surrounding area, we also have a range of accommodation including bed and breakfast, self-catering cottages, bunk barns and campsites.

Tideswell is only 10 kilometres from L’Éroica Britannia’s start and finish point in Bakewell so is a great place to locate yourself whilst in the Peak District.

For more details of how we can help you make the most of your L’Éroica Brittanica experience please read on.

Wakes and Well Dressing

Your arrival in Tideswell coincides with the opening weekend of our traditional Wakes and Well Dressing festival. Well Dressing is unique to The Peak District and originated as a pagan thank you for the life-giving waters of the local wells and streams.

Today the celebration has evolved into a magnificent floral display and Tideswell’s Wells are the best you’ll see anywhere, especially the main well in the centre of the village. Be sure to slow down and take a look as you cycle up through the village. For more details of wakes week –

Come and Stay in Tideswell

Tideswell has a range of accommodation available for your stay during L’Éroica Britannia. We do recommend you book early however – it is going to be a busy weekend.

You can see what accommodation we have elsewhere on this site where you can go through to the individual websites so you can book directly with the owners.

We offer bed and breakfast accommodation, self-catering holiday cottages available for short or week-long breaks, there are bunk barns if you’re coming in larger groups and there is a Youth Hostel just down the road too.

Getting between Tideswell and Bakewell

Tideswell and Bakewell are quite close and driving from one to the other only takes about twenty minutes. If you prefer to let others drive, there are regular buses that link Bakewell and Tideswell. Details are available here