October 2018

Matlock Storytelling Cafe are back again on Friday the 2nd November

The Question is...

How many warriors does it take to create a champion? Two to be precise. Two warrior women who have courage enough to outwit an army and fly through fire.
These are the caretakers of Fionn Mac Cumhaill, the Irish champion, who owes his skills and spirit to his mighty “Aunts”.

Have you the heart and stomach to be mesmerised by this magnificent adventure? Are you ready to learn the ways of the wild?

One of Ireland’s greatest legends brought vividly to life by the delightful duo: Storyteller Maria Whatton and Musician Sarah Matthews.

MIDDLETON BY WALKING - A walking festival for all the family

2:00 - 4:00 pm
Riddle of the Stones, Story of Sites of Meaning

10:00 - 4:00 pm
Riddle of the Stones, Other Stones : Other Meanings 1 & 2.

10:00 - 4:00 pm
Riddle of the Stones, Story of Sites of Meaning

Daily during festival hours: Refreshments and activities for children

The festival office, activities and refreshments are in the Playground, Middleton by Youlgrave, DE45 1LS.


Dear friend of The Old Lock Up Gallery,
the gallery re-opens on 13th October at 3pm with Salon 10 - ALL are welcome.
I'm extremely excited and looking forward to the contemporary art exhibition - where the gallery will be showing the work of eight fine artists.


What’s On At Cromford Mills OCTOBER 2018 (including DISCOVERY DAYS FESTIVAL)

Saturday 20th- Sunday 21st October


Location: Mill Yard in the Large Marquee

Cost: £3 per pumpkin

Time: 11am-3pm

Get ready for Halloween by taking part in a pumpkin carving workshop at the mill.

Come along and carve your very own pumpkin jack-o-lantern for Halloween.

Enter our competition and receive a prize and maybe you and your pumpkin will be featured on our website.

Markham miners remembered with memorial unveiling

Eleven new life-size steel figures have been unveiled as part of a memorial to miners who lost their lives at Markham Colliery. 

The figures were unveiled as part of the ‘Walking Together’ memorial – led by us – which will eventually feature 106 figures stretching between the village of Duckmanton in Chesterfield and the former pithead.

Each figure is part of a walking trail which symbolises a miner’s journey to the pit and back home again and represents the 106 men who lost their lives in 3 accidents at the site.


A  Fund Raising Event for The DHT Garden

Murder and Mystery at a Dronfield Hall Barn Bistro - LAST FEW SPACES AVAILABLE!


Coming soon... Artisan and Makers Market 

Our popular craft market returns this October. Why not come and start your Christmas shopping nice and early? Stalls will include textiles, jewellery, silver, metalwork, wall art, fine art, greetings cards, glassware and more!

Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st October, 11am until 4pm
Dronfield Hall Barn 
Donations welcome to support our charity. 




Art &

The Derbyshire region Design-Nation group are presenting at Art & York, the newly rebranded Art Market York, from 26-28 October 2018.


Donald celebrates 40 years of Festival friendship with a Final Fling

One of Buxton International Festival’s best friends is celebrating his 40-year love affair with the event at a musical Final Fling.

Opera singer Donald Maxwell, who performed in the very first Festival in 1979 and has also been its Artistic Director and Artist in Residence, is hosting a concert and dinner in the Pavilion Arts Centre on October 19, featuring highlights from across the years.

Buxton Fringe announces three weeks of fun to mark Fringe40!

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release September 27th 2018

Buxton Festival Fringe, which is getting ready to celebrate its 40th year, has announced that the 2019 Fringe will be longer than usual with the dates running from Wednesday July 3 to Wednesday July 24 - a full three weeks.


Repton Village is celebrate its literary roots in a new 3 day programme of events from 26th October - 28th October 2018.

Repton Literary Festival is the first of a new annual festival - telling stories and bringing engaging speakers to this historic Derbyshire village.

Politician, journalist and writer Lord Roy Hattersley opens the festival and will discuss his latest book ‘The Catholics’.


The idea is to provide an inclusive, fun social evening that appeals to more mature folk. Carers and their partners will be particularly welcome and volunteer dancers and foot tappers will take to the dance floor with any guests.

The first event was held on Weds 26th September at The Shoulder in Hardstoft; for more information about “Still Dancing” call Karen on 07817191272 or email: karen.waldram1@btinternet.com   

Derbyshire Woodland Festival a great success!

People from near and far flocked to our 18th annual Woodland Festival at the weekend in the grounds of Elvaston Castle Country Park.

The weather improved as the weekend got underway and 10,000 visitors enjoyed a weekend of traditional and contemporary woodland crafts, including wild food demonstrations and survival crafts.

Two new attractions this year – the recreation of a Viking village and entertainment from an 18 foot tall tree puppet were very popular.

Our Cabinet Member for Highways, Transport and Infrastructure Councillor Simon Spencer said:

The Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Funding Scheme

Derbyshire's Police and Crime Commissioner has invited community groups, non-profit making organisations and third sector organisations to work with him to deliver his priorities at a local level.

Large grants of between £2,501 and £25,000 are available for up to 12-months of activity.

These grants are to provide funding to promote partnership working with the Commissioner and help to deliver the objectives of his Police & Crime Plan. These objectives include: