November 2019

Visit our Peak District & Derbyshire Christmas Tree!

We’ve taken promoting the delights of the Peak District and Derbyshire to a new level this Christmas – by decorating a tree with specially-donated baubles from the area’s amazing attractions, accommodation providers and producers!


Sing along with Buxton Fringe!

Buxton Fringe is inviting everyone to celebrate the opening of entries to the 2020 Fringe with a festive Village Carols sing-along.

The exciting Christmas Party, hosted by Buxton’s Green Man Gallery, will take place on Saturday December 7th from 7 to 9.30pm and offer the chance to sing traditional Derbyshire Village Carols as well as to mingle and enjoy a drink. Wine and light refreshments will be provided with all donations going to the Fringe.

Kinder Choir concert is a Christmas cracker!

Kinder Choirs of the High Peak will be performing a selection of the most loved and well-known choral classics when they sing at Buxton Opera House on Sunday 12th January.

Musical Director Joyce Ellis has put together a programme which is a real ‘top of the pops’ of choral favourites including ‘Zadok the Priest’, the Hallelujah Chorus, Panis Angelicus and many more.

Spend Christmas with the Lost Boys

No, not at our home on Christmas Day, that would be weird. We don't even live together, we are not Bert and Ernie. We'd love to see you at one of our Christmas shows though - whether that's a night of interactive entertainment and beautiful food in a unique take on ‘A Christmas Carol’, another classic Dickens tale in Oliver with a Twist or a visit to the beautiful Sudbury Hall for a breakfast promenade performance of House Trap, a comedy adventure for all the family.

Light up your Christmas with candlelit concert!

Kinder Choirs of the High Peak

With the shops already piled high with Christmas gifts, not to mention mountains of seasonal food, it’s easy to feel less than enthusiastic about the festive season ahead. But there’s one sure-fire way to get into the true Christmas spirit and that’s by attending one of the heavenly, candlelit concerts presented by Kinder Choirs of the High Peak.

Roma Tales by Faith i Branko

There's still time to get your tickets for Faith i Branko, who we're looking forward to welcoming to the Barn later this week. Don't miss out on attending what will be a fantastic evening of live music by two incredibly talented musicians.  

'Roma Tales'
by Faith i Branko
Saturday 23rd November, 7:30pm
£8 Under 16s, £12.50 Adults

Don't miss our special events coming soon

There's always lots to keep you busy over the winter at Derby Museums

We have some incredible shadow puppets in the Museum’s World Collection. In our hands-on workshop you will create your own shadow puppet, inspired by our Japanese Ghosts and Demons exhibition.

East Midlands Graduate Showcase at Artcore

Residency: 6th January 2020 – 30th January 2020
Exhibition: 30th January 2020 – 15th February 2020
Venue: 8 Albert Street , Osnabruck Square, DE1 2DS

Participating Artists
Jenny Bramley (Derby), Sinead Kerr (DMU), Rachel Phillips (Loughborough), Theodora Prassa (NTU), Arianne Wilson (NTU) 

Home Exhibition at Artcore

This winter Artcore Gallery is pleased to invite you to an exhibition featuring work by Delpha Hudson and Natasha Joseph, who will be presenting the culmination of their residency, responding to the title Home.

Acrobatic performance will crack up audiences!

Selfie with eggs, is the latest hilarious and spectacular performance in Déda’s #CircusSaturdays programme!

Déda are excited to welcome acrobat Natalie Reckert for her Derby debut with Selfie with eggs this November as part of #CircusSaturdays, hilarious, risky and unique nights out for circus fans!

Help your business become international-ready!

Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire and VisitEngland invite you to "Taking England to the World", a free one-day training programme aimed at helping your tourism business become international-ready.

This invaluable workshop is free of charge and takes place on Tuesday 3rd December at Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa in Chesterfield.

Growing Lives Christmas Bazaar

1.30-4pm Wednesday 27th November 2019
at Derventio Housing Trust, 1 Grenville Drive, Ilkeston DE7 8HT

Derventio's Growing Lives project runs activities to improve skills, confidence and health. Come to the Christmas Bazaar to find out more about the project, eat and drink some tasty treats and buy hand crafted items made by participants.

All are welcome so please feel free to bring along friends, family or colleagues.

All the money raised will go back to Growing Lives helping us to continue to deliver this essential project in Derbyshire. 

Innovative Study Programmes Gain National Recognition

Derby College Group (DCG) has been commended nationally for its partnership work with local employers to improve the learning experience for Professional Construction students.

DCG has been awarded a commendation by the Association of Colleges (AoC) under the Beacon Awards programme for its innovation in curriculum design through a problem-based learning pedagogy/approach to both teaching and learning and assessment.

Dandelions Bereavement Support Expands To Help More People Cope With Grief

Wathall’s, Derby’s longest established independent funeral directors, have re-launched and expanded its unique Dandelions Bereavement Support programme to help more local people who have lost a loved one.

Dandelions Bereavement Support, run by a team of facilitators from Wathall’s, has several different strands to support people at times when they need it.

Festive Family Entertainment In Derby Cathedral Quarter

Lovable children’s character Peppa Pig will make a guest appearance in Derby Cathedral Quarter on Saturday December 7 as part of the Business Improvement District’s packed programme of free festive street entertainment.

Peppa Pig will be making appearances at intervals between 11am and 3pm at 2, The Strand – with families encouraged to bring their camera for the chance of a snap with Peppa Pig.

The Cathedral Quarter BID has also organised a programme of free family-friendly street entertainment every Saturday throughout December.

Live Entertainment Adds To Festive Cheer in St Peters Quarter

The busy streets of Derby’s St Peters Quarter will be filled with music, dance and entertainment on what is set to be the busiest shopping Saturdays in the run up to Christmas – thanks to a special programme devised by St Peters Quarter Business Improvement District (BID).

On December 14 and 21, acts including Derby Concert Band, Nottingham Tuneless Choir, singer Rebecca Jayne, UC Dance and La Di Dah will perform on the SPQ Live stage at St Peter’s Cross between 11am and 3pm.


Are you delivering activity which is supporting an early years and 1001 days agenda in your museum and/or supporting new mums navigate the world of motherhood? Are you working with children and young people to address wellbeing? We are compiling a national handbook on how culture can promote wellbeing in these contexts for commissioners et al.


A new £2 million fund is being launched to help organisations at the frontline of tackling loneliness across the country. The funding aims to support frontline, grassroots organisations that bring people together and help them build social connections - these could include community cafés, street parties, coffee mornings or local walking groups.

Join the new #FSBConnect Derby Networking group - 19 November

Join like-minded Derbyshire business people to chat business and get involved in a friendly and supportive business network, open to all whether you're a start-up or established business, FSB Member or non-member. This event is supported by University of Derby and the Co-Operative Bank and a representative from each will be on hand to chat about business engagement.

Yvonne Gorman of Essential Print Services Ltd will be hosting the event.

The Snoopy Question

Please do come along for my last show this year - in the truly lovely No. 28 Cafe, in Belper – of my story/ comedy/ poetry show “The Snoopy Question”: an entertainment.

Number 28 Cafe, 28 Market Place,

Belper DE56 1FZ

Saturday, November 30th: 7.30pm for 8.00pm

£10/£8 bring your own drinks

Tickets via www.eventbrite


The Snoopy Question

Fusion of Circus, Dance and Theatre as Joli Vyann return to Déda

Déda are excited to welcome the return of performance company, Joli Vyann, with their brand new show ‘ANIMA’ on Thursday 21 November at 7.30pm. Joli Vyann is renowned for presenting an innovative fusion of circus, dance and theatre, blurring the boundaries of dance and circus skills.

ANIMA explores the simple act of breathing in all its forms and how it connects us all. Featuring a live musician and using dance, circus, voice and wind instruments, breath becomes the soundscape for this stunning performance.

App reaches million milestone

One million bus journeys have now been planned by more than 120,000 customers on Bondholder trentbarton’s hugo app for mobile phones and other mobile devices.

hugo was introduced in the summer of 2017 to compare all the route options available to help customers choose the fastest journey. 

Start your Christmas celebrations with Hayfield Singers!

Get your Christmas off to a harmonious start by enjoying a mix of traditional and modern seasonal music performed by Hayfield Singers at St Matthew’s Church, Hayfield on Sunday 8th December at 7.30pm.

This year the Choir’s annual Christmas concert offers a wide variety of arrangements to suit all tastes and which is certain to leave its audience in the mood for the festive season ahead.

Musical Director, Simon Mercer, said: “This is an engaging mix of traditional, modern and occasionally pithy seasonal music by composers spanning the 18th to 21st centuries.

A Christmas Song - Opera Gala - Saturday December 21st 2019

Lucy McAuley, Jevan McAuley and Natalie Burch are delighted that ‘A Christmas Song’ will be returning this December for another festive gathering at The Florence Nightingale Hall in Holloway on December 21st.

Lucy is originally from Holloway, and moved to London in 2010 to study to become an opera singer at The Guildhall School where she met her husband, Jevan McAuley. 

Since their last ‘A Christmas Song’ concert in 2017, Lucy has been singing at Glyndebourne as part of the Summer festival, and is now with them on their UK tour.

Open Studios Art & Craft Fair at Long Eaton Art Room

Long Eaton Art Room are holding their Festive Craft Fair and winter open studios event on Saturday 16th November and Sunday 17th November 10am-4pm each day

This year will be as big as ever with over 30 stalls.  The perfect place to find locally handmade Christmas gifts.

Christmas is Coming! What's On At Derby Museums?

We're getting excited for Christmas here at Derby Museums! Join us this year for some of our magical events!

It wouldn't be Christmas without our fun, FREE Pickford's party! This year's theme is an Astronomical Christmas so come and join us for games, crafts, seasonal refreshments and of course a visit from Father Christmas!
We have lots more festive fun, get your diaries out for our calendar of Christmas treats!

Chesterfield Co-operative Choral Society "Christmas Concert"

On Friday December 20th Spital Arts are delighted to host another wonderful Christmas evening with the Chesterfield Co-operative Choral Society.

This excellent choir, who elebrated their 80th anniversary in 2017, will present a selection of Festive music celebrating feasts, dances and song. There will be something to suit everyone's tastes, including the famous Spital Arts Christmas food !

The evening starts at 7.30pm with doors at 7.00pm at

St.Leonard's Church,

Valley Road/Hartington Road



S41 0HA


Grey Skies, Stormy Skies and Samphire...

We've just taken delivery of a new group of Thomas Petit's Glass. Thomas is a Derbyshire artist, blowing glass in his studio in Lumsdale, birthplace of the Industrial Revolution. You can read more about him here or click the image to see his range of work.


Click the image to see Thomas Petit's range of blown glass...


The Christmas Collection at gallerytop

Our Christmas arrangements have been hampered by the recent exceptional flooding which has caused so much havoc in the area. However, the gallery is dry and sparkling with new work for our Christmas exhibition which will open this Saturday, whatever the weather forecast says!


Haarlem Artspace Winter Exhibition

Join us for a celebratory “salon style” exhibition of work by Haarlem Artspace studio holders and Associate Artists. Works will be available for sale and we’ll have mulled cider and refreshments on the opening night. All welcome FREE entry.

Public View Friday 22nd November 7PM, open Fridays and Saturdays 10-4 or by appointment.
For further information please get in touch:

Heartbreak Theatre's productions for 2020 are now available


We have been providing top notch entertainment across the UK since 1991 and are widely respected across the outdoor theatre industry. Actors and Directors have worked with us from the RSC, Royal National Theatre, West End, and television. These include Paul Chesterton, (Head of Acting, Bristol Old Vic Theatre School) James Bolam, Ben Crocker, Louise Jameson, Donald Sumpter and Barry Stanton.


Spending numerous late nights around the kitchen table thinking about wine may not seem like a productive pastime – but for former teacher Adam Salt it’s turned into a business!

Father-of-two Adam, of Wirksworth, Derbyshire, started inventing games as a boy testing out ideas with his brother in the garage of their childhood home and he’s carried on ever since.

A few years ago this entrepreneurial drive prompted him to combine his love of wine and his love of games.

Still not tired of Halloween?

On 29 November we will be screening three ghostly films in the Museum on the Wardwick! The Innocents (12A) will be showing at 6pm, Beetlejuice (12A) will be showing at 8pm and Ring (15) will be showing at 10.20pm. The Triple Header is showing as part of the UK Ghost Story Festival and screened in collaboration with Derby QUAD.  Grab your popcorn and we'll see you there for a frightful evening of film!

Derby LIVE announce full cast line up for Peter Pan

It is just a matter of weeks until Peter Pan flies into Derby Arena for Christmas 2019. Derby LIVE and Little Wolf Entertainment are really excited to be hosting the annual pantomime for the third year running, from Saturday 7 December to Saturday 4 January.

This year’s talented cast include Best Dame nominee Morgan BrindEmmerdale and Coronation Street’s Bill Ward and Katrina Bryan from CBeebies' Nina and the Neurons and Molly & Mack.

Over the Garden Fence: Our next networking event!

Our next Over the Garden Fence networking event will be taking place on Wednesday 27th November. The theme of the event is wellbeing, and guest speakers for the event will be:
Fleet Arts
Cara Amirah - MalaLala UK
Stephanie Haydon - Community Nursery Nurse

They will speak about their journey and approach to wellbeing within their roles.

Booking is essential! Hit reply to this email and we'll get you booked in.

We look forward to seeing you there!


New paintings by Kristan Baggaley

We have a group of new paintings by Kristan Baggaley arriving in the gallery. These three large canvases were painted in response to the weather across Alport Moor, depicting the water logged moorland. At four feet by three feet, they have the scale to capture the dramatic effects of weather across this ancient landscape. 


Click on the images for details


Christmas Craft Fair in Derby

This weekend is our Christmas Craft Fair at Artcore, Albert Street from 11am-5pm. There will be works created by artists, designers, local makers and our participants from our Create Your Future project. We hope to see you there. 


Artist Meet at Artcore - 11 November

We have a number of opportunities happening at Artcore over 2020 and beyond. We’d like to invite you to our Artist Meet and discuss with you about future projects,  workshops and our artistic programme. This will be an opportunity to find out more about Artcore and how to get involved with our activities and programmes.

Event Date: Monday 11th November
Event Time: 11.30am – 1.30pm
Venue: Artcore – 3 Charnwood St, Derby, DE1 2GT

Lunch will be provided.

Derby Theatre wins UK Award

Bondholder Derby Theatre has won the inaugural Excellence in Arts Education Award at the annual UK Theatre Awards - the only nationwide awards to honour and celebrate the outstanding achievements of regional and national theatre throughout the UK.

The Theatre won the award in recognition of its learning theatre vision and in specific celebration of This is Derby - a unique project delivered with other cultural and sports organisations in the city to provide a broad range of experiences to young people.

Peak Voices-Star Studded Gala Charity Show-One Song More! A Night at the Musicals Christmas Special!

Talented Derbyshire singing group, Peak Voices, which formed in November last year, have not only wowed audiences locally but across the UK with their successful and highly acclaimed shows. They will shortly be launching into their second performance year with a spectacular gala charity show in aid of Bakewell Youth theatre and the Bakewell Medway Community Centre at the Medway Centre this Christmas! Following sell out shows, standing ovations and rave reviews in their two tours this year, tickets for this must see extravaganza are selling fast!

InSPIREation 21 - Exhibition at the Barn Open Now!

Runs till Sunday 10th November, open daily 10am-3pm

We're delighted to welcome the group InSPIREation 21 to the Barn this week. The textile group, who are based in Chesterfield, will be in our courtyard room till Saturday 10th November. Be sure to come along, meet the friendly artists and see their work, which features machine and hand embroidery, printing, patchwork, applique, quilting and more! Some items for sale.


Derbyshire Artist Rose Butler's Berlin Exhibition Marks the 30th Anniversary Of The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

Investigatory Power is an exhibition by Derbyshire artist Rose Butler bringing together the artist’s own photographic work captured in the UK Houses of Parliament with video footage and imagery selected from the Stasi Records Agency film and video archive.  The exhibition runs in Berlin until 4 January 2020 and opens to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Derby's Delta force

Delta Air Lines has announced it will be adding a further two Airbus A330neo aircraft to its fleet powered by Bondholder Rolls-Royce's Trent 7000 engines, designed, developed and built in Derby.

The extra aircraft will take Delta’s total A330neo fleet to 37, with all engines covered by Rolls-Royce’s TotalCare flagship maintenance service.