The Peak District Highland Games will be back in August – Destination Chesterfield
By Josh Marais –
Some of the strongest men and women in the country will come to our region next month to compete with the aim of being the champion of the Peak District Highland Games 2022.
The flagship show, now in its seventh year, takes place at Matlock Farm Park on Sunday August 28. It features athletes competing in six demanding strength events, including the caber throw, the eight-tonne tractor pull and the Peak District Dinnie Stone Challenge. Beginning with a parade of the athletes accompanied by a Scottish Piper Band, the day sees an expert MC provide exciting commentary to enthrall the crowd, with the chance for spectators to even take part in a tug of war.
Lotty Hawkins, Assistant Manager of Matlock Farm Park, said: “We are delighted to once again be hosting this fantastic event. It is a favorite for so many people, regardless of age. It’s a real spectacle and with so many other activities in the park, there’s something for everyone.
The day also includes a range of food, market and craft stalls with a Bradfield Brewery beer tent and Franklin & Sons gin garden for summer refreshments. There’s an interactive encounter with exotic animals, plus much of the usual farm park fun, including sheep racing, handling small animals, and fun playing with their new enchanted hamlet and sound. jumping pillow.
The 2021 Games saw the introduction of Strongwomen at the event, who were warmly received by the crowd. Multiple Guinness World Record holder Nicky Walters and teenage sensation Millie Thornton took on a mighty Tractor Pull and Caber Toss, but it was arguably Chloe Brennan who stole the show lifting the legendary Peak District Dinnie Stones. This year will see the addition of Emma Wilson, Kay Gallacher and Michaela Moore.
Manbeast Events director Andy Picken said: “There is increasing diversity in strength sports and the women are showing great dedication to training and superb displays of strength.”
He continued: “Both female and male athletes are really excited about this year’s Peak District Highland Games, with some incredible competitors lining up. In 2021, Dave Thornton has twice beaten PDHG champion Scott Mark Litchfield and it will be interesting to see if either of them can win the title again.
With the introduction of new athletes, including 6-foot-7 strong youngster Terry Harrison from Lincoln, it will be fascinating to see how the newbies stack up against the experienced and established athletes.
For more information and to buy tickets for the Peak District Highland Games see matlockfarmpark.digitickets.co.uk/tickets.
Find out more about some of the great events and activities taking place in Chesterfield this summer on our Summer In Chesterfield page.
Matlock Farm Park supports the town’s marketing and economic growth through Chesterfield Champions, a network of over 200 organizations across Chesterfield and North Derbyshire.