Christmas Parties in Derbyshire At Knockerdown

Welcome to Knockerdown Events Venue. With a function room for up to 100 people and accommodation for up to 93 people we are the perfect location close to Derby to host your Christmas work party

Our Price Includes Accommodation and Exclusive Use of our Event Spaces

Knockerdown cottages consists of a total of 42 bedrooms and 31 bathrooms in 16 holiday cottages.  Below are some examples of how rooms can be configured.  

  • Sleeps 31 in private rooms with private shower/bathrooms
  • Sleeps 42 in private rooms sharing shower/bathrooms
  • Sleeps 81 in single beds sharing rooms and shower/bathrooms
  • Sleeps 76 in twins over 36 private rooms with shared /shower/bathrooms

Situated just 15 miles from Derby in between Wirksworth and Ashbourne. Knockerdown is the perfect venue to bring your team together for a special social event to celebrate Christmas. See Google Map

Please get in touch and let us know your requirements.

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Set In Rural Derbyshire

Give your staff an unforgettable Christmas bash in the picturesque Peak District. Knockerdown holiday cottages, located near Ashbourne and Carsington Water, is the perfect place to host your work Christmas celebration. Experience the snow-covered hills and have a jolly time with all the trimmings. 

We offer a special event package that includes the rental of 16 cottages for a maximum of 81 people for 2 nights, along with access to our heated indoor swimming pool, games room, event areas, and outdoor grounds.

The Brackendale room is the perfect  event space for your Christmas celebration.  Offering you a blank canvas it gives you the opportunity to create your own unique corporate Christmas event with your own personal touches, with a dedicated team of event coordinators on hand to help you put together and organise your event. It really does take the stress out of organising what could be quite an exhausting task.  

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Christmas Catering and Activities

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We have some great catering and chefs near us who can provide a variety of services such as breakfast, lunch, dinner and buffets. Knockerdown has the ideal space for team-building activities, including archery, axe throwing, murder mysteries, obstacle courses, gin tasting, cocktail making and more. Our sister company My Peak Event can assist with all your activity requirements for any onsite event activity. 

Plan ahead and book a group outing to Carsington Water, which offers cycling, fishing, and various activities, as well as a Christmas Food Festival with over 25 stalls featuring Derbyshire and Peak District's leading artisans for holiday gifts. Additionally, the nearby town of Ashbourne has plenty of festive events leading up to Christmas, such as the annual Christmas Light Switch On in the Market Place with sparkling lights, music, entertainment, and carol singing.

Enjoy Local Festivities

There are many Christmas craft workshops in the market town of Ashbourne,  where you can have a go at making your own Christmas gifts, tree decorations, Christmas cards and even sew your own festive wreath.  

Also, a short drive away is the quaint market town of Wirksworth with its narrow winding streets and fine views it's another fitting location for a festive outing.  There’s Christmas Shopping Nights where you can enjoy a little festive retail therapy along with a mulled wine and live music to really get you in the joyful mood! Not to mention a magical Christmas steam train ride through the countryside! 

Amongst all the festivities happening in the surrounding towns there is not to mention the cosy festive pubs with warming log fires that you can reside in with your group, for mulled wine or a sit-down meal there is plenty of options and I’m sure plenty of ‘cheers’ to be had 

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Knockerdown Christmas Team Building Ideas

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Looking for a few small company Christmas party ideas to kick off a different style of staff seasonal do with a fun activity. Continue reading for a few ideas to get the team bonding. Give our events team a call to discuss your ideas and we will be happy to help them come to life at our DIY event space. 


Selfie mirror

Tribute acts

Rodeo bull

Build your own gameshow

Fun games like the Cube

Use Christmas as a team building event

Ice carving

Mind reader

Singing waiters


Comedy act


Giant games console

Christmas team building activities to solve business problems

Red carpet

Ice cream cart 

Quiz night

Virtual race night

Candy cane making

Wrapping paper making

Improve communication skills with an escape room

Christmas scavenger hunt

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Corporate Christmas Party Ideas Quad biking in the snow


Crystal maze

Murder mystery

Ugly sweater party

Cocktail making


Simulators and games


Get the team outside their comfort zone with a karaoke competition!

Christmas tree decoration making

Pub games

Crazy golf

Race night

Christmas Do in January?!

The preparation for your annual event can be a very manic and stressful time and everyone’s normally busy with both work and family commitments, with people already having plans, remote teams, and busy social schedules in place, it can make a ‘Staff Christmas Party’ hard to organise, and who wants to endure such a stressful task!

So, what better way to kickstart the New Year than a ‘January Christmas Party’ at Knockerdown cottages in Derbyshire? 

Booking your Christmas Party with us couldn't be easier and makes for a great opportunity for a team get-together and a great way to motivate your team and look ahead to the targets and challenges of the New Year and you could even include a team-building exercise to really help your team get off to a great bonding start for the New Year!  

It’s also a great excuse to celebrate Christmas all over again in January and keep the festivities going a little longer, and as much of us love the traditional festive delicacies by the time January rolls around we have all had enough of mince pies, stollen and turkey, so fear not as our suppliers at Knockerdown Cottages can offer you a different selection of street food, informal buffets, celebration banquets or an exquisite fine dining menu to suit your style of Christmas social event.

So for the best, memorable January Christmas do in Derbyshire; Knockerdown cottages is the perfect place for celebrating, with its fantastic stylist event spaces, offering views over the countryside whilst you enjoy your choice of festive feast with friends and colleagues. 

We’ll make sure that nothing is forgotten, with our professional team on hand to put together exactly what you want. If you’re a small company we can offer a party night with another company and have a shared 'Christmas party’ and experience the buzz and atmosphere of a large 'office Christmas party', while also meeting plenty of other people at the same time, not to mention it can open up great new opportunities to network outside of your usual work settings.

We can help provide the food, music, accommodation and the décor - whether you want to create a  winter wonderland theme party in January, keep it minimal, or not Christmas themed at all, we can help you put together the best Christmas party package and all for a great deal without paying the premium December costs. 

So book ahead and secure your January Christmas party at Knockerdown cottages and have a Christmas work night out all taken care of!

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Our Top Tips For Organising Your Work Christmas Social

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Organising a work Christmas party can be a fun and rewarding experience, but it can also be a bit challenging. Here are some tips to help you plan a successful and enjoyable event:

  1. Set a budget: Determine how much money you have to spend on the party and stick to it. This will help you make important decisions about the size of the party and the vendors you choose.
  2. Choose a date and venue: Decide on a date and location for your party. This can be at your office, a restaurant, a hotel, or one of Knockerdowns amazing event spaces that you prefer. Be sure to reserve your venue as early as possible to ensure it's available on your desired date.
  3. Plan the theme and activities: Decide on a theme for your party and plan activities that will be enjoyed by your colleagues. Some ideas include a Christmas-themed cocktail party, a formal dinner, a Christmas concert, a Christmas bake-off, etc.
  4. Create a guest list: Decide on the number of guests you want to invite and create a list of potential invitees. This will help you determine the size of the venue you need to reserve.
  5. Send out invitations: Send out your party invitations, being sure to include all of the necessary information about the date, time, location, and any other important details.
  6. Plan the menu: Decide on the food and beverages you want to serve at your party. Consider your guests' dietary restrictions and preferences when making your choices.
  7. Plan the music: Choose the music you want to play at your party
  8. Plan the decorations: Choose decorations that match the theme of your party, such as Christmas lights, wreaths, and other festive decorations.
  9. Plan the gift exchange: Plan a gift exchange or Secret Santa if you want to do one.
  10.  Make sure to have fun: Remember to have fun and enjoy the party with your colleagues
  11. Consider the cultural and religious diversity of your team: Make sure that the party is inclusive and respectful of the cultural and religious diversity of your team.
  12. Don't forget to say thank you: After the party, don't forget to say thank you to everyone who helped organise and attend the party.

By following these tips, you can plan a work Christmas party that is both fun and enjoyable for everyone. Remember to stay organised, be flexible, and enjoy the planning process. This will ensure that your party is a success and that you and your colleagues have a wonderful time.

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