June 2017

Enter the Small Producer Quality Food Awards today!

The Small Producer Quality Food and Drink Awards, in partnership with Co-op, is a new initiative designed to help get small producers in front of the people that matter. 

All entries will receive feedback from an expert panel of judges, and the winner will receive a local/national listing in Co-op stores, and much more!

Art and Craft Workshops with the Barn

Stained Glass Workshops

Join our friendly stained glass group who will teach you how to work with glass - help us to create pieces for the Barn as well as your own piece!
All sessions are from 9.45 until 1.15pm upstairs in The Peel Centre on the following dates:
Monday 5th June
Monday 19th June
Monday 3rd July
Monday 17th July
Monday 31st July

£8 members (£12 non-members) per session

Poetry Workshop: Words are Windows

Celebrate the first ever National Writing Day with a fun and friendly workshop hosted by Fleet Arts.

Join former Derbyshire Poet Laureate River Wolton to explore real and imagined views, and discover new perspectives with pen and paper. Newcomers to writing are welcome.

Free parking and fully accessible.

Date: Wednesday 21st June

Time: 1pm-3pm

Place: Fleet Arts

The Fleet


DE56 1NU


Cost: £5 waged, £2 unwaged

Drawing and Painting Workshops: Still Life

Drawing and Painting Workshops: Still Life

Join us at Fleet Arts in Belper to work with professional artist Deb Allitt to learn and develop drawing and painting skills. Taking inspiration from a range of artists, Deb will support and guide you towards creating your own still life composition based on flowers, plants, ceramics, etc.

Artcore introduce Our Stories

Artcore would like to introduce Our Stories - free family workshops, led by professional artists every Tuesday at our main site, on Charnwood Street in Derby.

The workshops run from 10 am to 12 pm and are aimed at bringing individuals together from the local Normanton community especially during the summer holidays.

Anyone who enjoys a friendly an creative atmosphere is welcome to join and will find a supportive group, a cup of tea and a chat.

Life of Brian …

DOLL'S HOUSE productions present a comedy musical ‘Whatever Happened To Brian’ at the Green Man Gallery, Buxton, on July 12 and 20th at 7-30pm, as part of Buxton Festival Fringe.

With theatre band ‘The Sounds Bizzare,’ it is the story of a man whose life has slid ever downhill since childhood.

Unmissable Amateur Shows at Derby LIVE

Derby LIVE is pleased to present a number of amateur theatre productions that will be taking place at Derby’s Guildhall Theatre this spring. Kaleidoscope Players, The Watson Players and Big Adventures Youth Theatre will be entertaining audiences with a range of shows from musicals to murder mysteries.

Pride and Prejudice in Buxton

Audiences are welcomed to once again take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company, when they perform their production of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice at the Pavilion Arts Centre.

NAME A SEAT at Derby Theatre

Derby Theatre is delighted to launch Name a Seat, a campaign which provides audience members with the opportunity to support their local theatre through naming a seat after themselves or someone  special in their life.  
Do you have an anniversary coming up, or a landmark birthday? Or would you like to remember someone special? Name a Seat at Derby Theatre is a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion, or remember someone who has enjoyed the experience of live performance, whilst supporting the work of Derby Theatre. 

Free night club night for adults with learning difficulties

Due to the success of our first club night we have decide to organise another one and aim to run them quarterly.

 Our next club night is on

21st of August 2017


Club HQ 3-5 High Street East, Glossop.

Free all welcome

The clubnight is organised by 'Life you choose' an arts and multimedia group for adults with learning difficulties. Members of life you choose have put the music together and learnt how to used DJ software and equipment, so will be DJs on the night.

A new home for Buxton Fringe’s largest venue

The Buxton Fringe’s longest running venue has received a new lease of life, in the form of a new base above The Clubhouse pub in the centre of town.

After 10 years and 1,500 performances hosted under the historic Old Hall Hotel, Underground Venues were forced to move this year to make way for the multi-million pound Crescent Spa redevelopment project. Luckily their prayers, and those of 70 companies from across the globe, have been answered by the offer of a new home just over the road.

Memorial Garden Unveiled At Local Care Home

Family-owned funeral directors G Wathall & Son and Shelton Lock Care Home have celebrated National Care Home Day with the official unveiling of a memorial garden.

Wathall’s, which was recognised in the Derby Telegraph Business Awards for their contribution to the community, donated a selection of plants for the garden.


An exhibition depicting the past, present and future of an historic part of Derby’s St Peters Quarter will be held at St Peter’s Church on Friday June 23 from 6pm – followed by a tour of premises across the area.

The free exhibition has been organised by Derby City Council under the Townscape Heritage Initiative which is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

New Head Chef Joins Engine Shed Restaurant

Derby College has appointed Mark Hadfield as Head Chef of commercial operations at the Engine Shed restaurant at the Roundhouse campus in Pride Park.

Mark learnt his trade at Wilmorton College, which is now part of Derby College, and has since worked in a wide range of fine dining restaurants.

Bursary Awards For Derby College Students

Two Derby College Art & Design students have won bursaries from Arts Society Derby to support their move into Higher Education.

UAL Art Foundation Diploma students Danielle Smith and Lucija Hofstetere have won £400 and £200 respectively after being shortlisted for the annual Bryan Harris Bursary award – named after the Society’s founder and former chairman who died two years ago.

Record Total for JWC Rag Week

Students and staff at Derby College’s Joseph Wright Centre have raised a record £1,121 for three charities at their annual RAG week.

A wide range of competitions and activities were organised throughout the week and the money raised has been split between local charity Children First Derby, Cancer Research UK and Barnardo’s.

Déda Announces New Youth Company

Déda is launching a new youth performance company at its Derby studios as part of its creative focus to bring together and develop dance, contemporary circus and outdoor work.

A small group of young people have already joined a preliminary Youth Dance and Circus Company based at Déda.

They performed a short piece which combined contemporary dance with aerial and acrobatic skills in front of a wide range of arts professionals who recently met at Déda to discuss the way forward in fusing the art forms.

Derby Conference Centre launches new conferencing suite as part of £1 million refurbishment project

The Derby Conference centre have announced the launch of their brand new conferencing space, the ‘Douie Suite’. The private conferencing area comes as part of their £1 million refurbishment project, which began in 2016.

The Douie Suite is named after Bill Douie, the Chairman of the parent company RTC Group. The suite was unveiled at the annual RTC awards night and has recently been opened to the public.

MS Show Garden Wins Silver Merit

Horticulture staff and students at Derby College have won an award for the second year running at the prestigious BBC Gardeners World Live show at the NEC.

The team, based at the College’s Broomfield Hall land-based campus, again teamed up with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Derby and District Group to design and build an entry for BBC Gardener’s World Live 2017 – following their resounding success in last year’s show.

The show celebrates its 50th anniversary - coinciding with the 60th anniversary of the formation of the Derby Branch of the MS Society.

Cupcake Day To Raise Money For Dementia Research

Family-owned funeral directors G Wathall & Son will be inviting people to its branches in Derby city centre, Ashbourne, Borrowash and Alvaston on Thursday June 15 to help raise money for research into dementia.

The company is taking part in the Alzeheimer’s Society’s annual Cupcake Day and will be serving tea, coffee and cakes for visitors between 10am and 12 noon with every crumb of money raised going to the UK’s leading dementia charity.

Students Return From Dutch Work Exchange

A group of 12 Derby College students have completed a work placement programme in Holland as part of their studies.

Sport, Public Services and A level students based at Broomfield Hall and the Joseph Wright Centre spent a week in Sint Michielsgestel near Eindhoven.

Creative Students Showcase Talents

Creative Arts students at Derby College’s Joseph Wright Centre will showcase their talents at a free public exhibition on Thursday June 15 and Friday June 16.

Students on Art & Design will exhibit their work at the Joseph Wright Centre in Derby’s Cathedral Quarter which will be open to the public between 10am and 2pm on both days.

Superbike Champs Open Refurbished Gym

World superbike ace Alex Lowes and current leader of the British Superbike Championship Leon Haslam have officially opened Derby College’s refurbished Fitness Centre at the Johnson Building in Pride Park.

Puppetry Performance Planned for Derby Festé

A giant 20ft walking tree will be among the diverse range of cutting-edge street theatre that will bring the city centre streets alive during this September’s Derby Festé.

Arbor – who looks like a tree but moves like a human – is the creation of award-winning theatre company Smoking Apples who are this year’s chosen commission for the annual festival.

Poignant Programme For Sinfonia Viva

East Midlands Orchestra Sinfonia Viva will return to Derby Cathedral on Wednesday June 28 for a poignant performance as part of Derby Remembers - a season of cultural events and activities to commemorate the First World War and the city’s connection to the conflict.

The concert, starting at 7.30pm, will feature excerpts from Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem – focusing on the chamber orchestra elements and Wilfred Owen’s poems about the First World War.

University Interns Hit the Right Note With Sinfonia Viva Orchestra

East Midlands Orchestra Sinfonia Viva has called on support from the University of Derby for help in organising and promoting its busy summer programme.

The University’s Employer Engagement Team matched the Orchestra with students Rebecca Purcell (21) and Erin Hancox (20) who have been working alongside the Viva team based in Shaftesbury Street as part of a paid internship.

Rebecca has just finished her Business degree at the University of Derby and Erin has been studying Graphic Design.  Both are due to graduate this summer.

Derby College Hosts First Free Dementia Café

Derby College will hold its first free event on Monday June 12 for people living with dementia and their carers.

The Dementia Café will be held at the Engine Shed restaurant at the College’s Roundhouse campus in Pride Park between 2pm and 4pm.

Derby College Students Organise Charity Banquet

Catering and Hospitality students at Derby College are organising a fund raising banquet inspired by the characters from Roald Dahl’s books at the College’s training restaurant in Pride Park on Thursday June 22

The Engine Shed restaurant at the College’s Roundhouse campus will be specially decorated with themes from the authors famous books, students will dress up in characters to serve diners.

Cathedral Quarter Businesses Vote For Prize Project

Businesses across Derby’s Cathedral Quarter are currently voting for how they want to spend the prize money won by the area when it was recently crowned the Great British High Street Awards’ best city location.

The Cathedral Quarter awarded prize money of £5,000 and the Business Improvement District management group – made up of local business representatives - has drawn up a shortlist that is now subject to an online vote amongst businesses in the area.

The options shortlist is:

- A Cathedral Quarter Street Party or Celebration Day

Healthwatch Derbyshire Volunteers Appeal

Healthwatch Derbyshire, the independent organisation representing the views of the Derbyshire public on health and social care services, is appealing for more local people to get involved in its activities across the county.

The organisation, based in Milford near Belper, currently has more than 45 volunteers working alongside its ten-strong team of staff members in a wide range of roles.

There are however a number of vacancies and Healthwatch Derbyshire is currently recruiting volunteers to help with public events and marketing.

This Little Boutique Offers The Answer To the Age Old Question!

“This? – I’ve had it ages” is a phrase well-used by women over the decades to deflect questions about yet another new fashion purchase.

And now it has been the inspiration for a Derby woman to fulfil her dream of owning her own boutique.

This Little Boutique has been unveiled in Town Street, Duffield, by Mickleover mum of two Emma Auger – a self-confessed fashion fan.

Emma has spent the past 25 years specialising in marketing a wide range of professional services but her first love has always been clothes.

The Rotunda: A new pop up venue for Buxton Festival Fringe 2017

Buxton Festival Fringe 2017 will see the launch of the The Rotunda Theatre.  This brand new 120 seat studio theatre, housed in an eye catching blue geodesic dome, will pitch up at the Pavilion Gardens for the whole of the festival.  It will boast an exciting and diverse program that will include everything from a South African musical to some of the best solo theatre and a rare chance to see a film about working with the playwright Harold Pinter.

CQ Saturdays Street Circus

Unicycling, juggling and hula hooping are just some of the spectacles in store for visitors to Derby’s Cathedral Quarter on Saturday June 10.

CQ Saturdays Street Circus returns to the Waterfall stage in the Market Place with a host of free entertainment between 11am and 3pm.

Chango Fuego will keep proceedings moving at a furious pace interspersed with his own performances using fire, a unicycle and other unusual props.

Derby Conference Centre go green with new electric car charging points

Derby Conference Centre has invested in sustainable technology and is leading the way in being one of the few hotels in the Midlands to offer electric vehicle (EV) charging points.

The centre now has 14 charging points installed, making them the hotel with the most EV charging facilities in the East Midlands. The business is hoping the charging points will incentivise those using the centre to think more carefully about their carbon footprint.

Fundraising Appeal Launched To Restore Canal’s Golden Mile

Conservative parliamentary candidate for Erewash, Maggie Throup, has officially launched Derby and Sandiacre Canal Trust’s fundraising campaign to rebuild the first stretch of the former waterway and create a new visitor attraction.

A ¾ mile stretch of the canal in Draycott between Hopwell Road and Derby Road – known locally as the ‘Golden Mile’ - has been earmarked to be rebuilt into a level canal without locks.

Local Riders Triumph in Midlands Junior Duathlon

More than 250 young athletes from around the Midlands competed in a Junior Duathlon on a closed circuit at Darley Moor race track in Ashbourne on Saturday.

The event was open to young people aged eight to 16 as part of British Triathlon’s East and West Midlands Junior Race Series. It been organised by HUUB Events in partnership with junior triathlon clubs – Derby’s HUUB Sports Academy and Ashbourne-based Peak Performance.

Derby College Teams Up With Eurocamp For New Launch

Derby College has become the third FE college in the UK to offer a special Travel and Tourism course that includes a six-month paid internship in France with Eurocamp.

The level three study programme will start this September and is available to young people who are aged 18 by March 2018.

Bereavement Support Programme Starts

A free programme designed to give support and education to anyone following a bereavement will start again on Wednesday June 7.

The four-week Grief Journey Derby programme is funded by Derby and Ashbourne independent funeral directors G Wathall & Son.

The weekly sessions will be held during the day this time, between 1.30pm and 3.30pm, at the Cathedral Café in Iron Gate, Derby and must be pre-booked by contacting G Wathall & Son.

Local Student Wins Jewson Award

Jewson has named brickwork student Matthew Woodhouse as a winner in its 2017 Young Tradesperson of the Year competition.

Matthew (16) is a pupil at John Flamstead Community School in Denby and attends Derby College's Ilkeston campus one day a week to complete vocational qualifications alongside his GCSE programme.

Stained Glass Workshops with Ian Ward

These popular workshops are suitable for complete beginners and the more experienced, and with our friendly group you will work to produce beautiful pieces of stained glass. Workshops are being held on: June 5th, June 19th, July 3rd, July 17th, and July 31st. Sessions cost £8 for members and £12 for non-members, and run from 9:45am-1pm in The Peel Centre.

You can book for all of the above by going to our events page: http://www.dronfieldhallbarn.org/events/

Return Tour Signals Exciting Growth For Hubbub Theatre Company

Derby-based Hubbub Theatre Company is starting a three-date regional tour later this month to showcase the organisation’s exciting plans for the future.

Hubbub Theatre Company is an integrated ensemble of performers with and without moderate learning disabilities.

The company has re-worked its successful ‘Kessoku’ show – meaning ‘unity’ in Japanese - into a 30-minute remix featuring five of its talented performers with physical theatre and circus artist, Ria Ashcroft and Hubbub’s composer and musician, Matt Marks.

Taking Flight New Writing Competition – We want to hear your stories

After a successful launch in February 2017, Red Dragonfly Productions in association with Grist to the Mill are running Taking Flight Festival 2018 and are looking for new and emerging writers from British East Asian, South Asian and South East Asian communities who are interested in contributing and sharing their contemporary and traditional stories.

Successful applicants will be invited to a free workshop and from that three applicants will be selected to have their plays produced and performed in our festival in July 2018.

Silver Darling – The Musical

Story by Tim Harvey, songs and music by Phil Baggaley

Tue 27 Jun – Sat 1 Jul

Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre

Derby LIVE is proud to announce that Silver Darling – The Musical, written by Tim Harvey with songs and music by Phil Baggaley, will be visiting the Derby LIVE’s Guildhall Theatre.