The present Town Council was formed in 1974 it, is a “successor council” replacing Bakewell Urban District Council under the local government reorganisation
Bakewell Town Council has nine members and has traditionally been apolitical.
Meetings of full Council take place in the Council Chamber at Town Hall on the 3rd Monday of the month, there is no meeting in August.
The Town Council has representatives on a number of bodies in Bakewell and leads the Bakewell Partnership.
Bakewell, historic capital of the Peak and that quintessentially most
English of market town lies at the heart of the Peak District National Park.
The Town is synonymous with the world famous Bakewell Pudding.
The bustling Monday stall market, with a charter dating from 1330 goes from
strength to strength whilst the livestock market is the 2nd busiest in the
Britain. On the A6, Bakewell is easy to reach, being within an hour’s drive
for 16 million people. Whilst there is no longer a train line to Bakewell
those travelling by public transport are well catered for with regular
services to London, Nottingham, Derby, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Buxton and
Manchester. Local services operate to Matlock, Wirksworth and many
surrounding villages. Rail services are available at Buxton, Matlock and
Bakewell occupies a sheltered spot in a gentle valley approximately 400ft
above sea level with the hills to the north rising to 900 feet and those to
the east to 650, the town is thus protected from the worst of the winds from
the north and the east.
June sees the International Day of Dance with annual well dressings taking
place in late June/Early July ahead of the Carnival week and Arts Festival.
August sees the Bakewell Show which was established in 1819. The Bakewell
Christmas Event is held on the last weekend in November.
The town has a library, Information Centre, Police and Fire Stations, surgery
and dentists as well as a swimming pool/leisure centre. The town has four
schools. There are a wide range of civic and community groups
The civil parish covers an area of 3,061 acres and has a population of about
4000, it is part of the Derbyshire Dales electoral constituency. Many local
services are provided by Derbyshire Dales District Council
(www.derbyshiredales.gov.uk), although Planning is the responsibility of the
Peak District National Park Authority (www.peakdistrict.gov.uk).