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10 things I like about Ashbourne: #9 Hallowe’en, Bonfire Night and Christmas


Many places are great in the summer but it all fizzles out when the nights turn dark and the cold weather kicks in. Ashbourne is a cracking Autumn and Winter location with cosy pubs and lovely winter countryside.¬†Christmas is a … Continue reading

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10 things I like about Ashbourne: #1 Shrovetide


There could only be one winner. Before I came to Ashbourne I thought Shrovetide was a quaint village ceremony. Once you come to Ashbourne you realise very quickly that it is more than that… it is part of the DNA … Continue reading

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10 things I like about Ashbourne: #2 The Arts


One of the most important indicators of a civilised society is the creation and appreciation of beauty expressed through the Arts. We are lucky in Ashbourne to live in a beautiful town – the buildings themselves, Georgian and Victorian, create … Continue reading

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10 things I like about Ashbourne: #3 The pubs


Market towns are always great for pubs. They have thrived over the years on the weekly trade and work-driven thirst. The thing I like about Ashbourne’s selection is that there is a pub for all moods. My own preference, The … Continue reading

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10 things I like about Ashbourne: #4 Shopping: Try Ashbourne First


It may come as a surprise to some people but we do have a pretty good shopping range in the Town. There may be some concerns about the increasing number of charity shops ¬†occupying otherwise vacant properties as a sign … Continue reading

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10 things I like about Ashbourne: #5 Food and Drink: The Ashbourne Terroir


Ah…the Ashbourne terroir! Where to begin. For a town the size of Ashbourne to have the range of pubs, restaurants and great produce is terrific. We have excellent delicatessens in Cheddar Gorge, and Bramalls (sadly, we lost H Smith this … Continue reading

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10 things I like about Ashbourne: #6 Young people


I don’t want this to sound twee or unremarkable. It can’t be just me that thinks the future of the town is in safe hands. I think the teenagers in Ashbourne are generally well behaved (there are always going to … Continue reading

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10 things I like about Ashbourne #7 Highland Gathering


Unfortunately this year’s event was cancelled again – hopefully this isn’t the end of a recent Ashbourne institution. Let’s face it, its madness. Hundreds of pipers, tug-of-war, strongman competition and the fell race…all in Ashbourne. I would love to have … Continue reading

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10 things I like about Ashbourne: #8 The Fabric


All strong communities are built around the network, of church, school and government. Ashbourne is blessed with excellent schools from primary to Sixth Form. Something that struck me when I was first exposed to them is the clear vision of … Continue reading

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10 things I like about Ashbourne: #10 The Buzz


I’ve lived in a lot of places but I was born in a town very similar to Ashbourne. I lived in a market town with about the same population (but it had grown very quickly after the Second World War … Continue reading

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